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Internships in Barcelona

Gain valuable internship experience, boost your resume, and live like a local in Barcelona, Spain.

The largest metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea, the capital of Catalonia serves as a tourist, cultural, and economic hot spot, while heavily influencing the region’s commerce, entertainment, education, fashion, science, media, and the arts. This makes Barcelona the ideal site for an international internship.

Adelante’s offers unique internship placements at companies looking for an injection of new blood in their respective industry. Internships are 4 hours a day, 5 days a week and can last from 1-6 months. All begin the first Monday of every month.

Upon arrival, you’ll be picked up at the airport and taken to your lodging accommodation located in the most sought after neighborhoods in Barcelona. You’ll have your own room in an apartment with a Spanish owner, sometimes with other Adelante candidates. You also have the option to bring a friend from home to live with you during your time there!

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We prepare you by providing two weeks of intensive Spanish language courses prior to beginning your internship. No matter what, we’re confident you’ll come away with a greater understanding of Spanish culture, enhanced Spanish language skills, and professional experience in your intern sector of choice!

We’re confident in saying this is the most affordable internship in Barcelona program you’ll find. Placements in various fields, such as Architecture and Design, International Business, Culinary, Environmental, Event Planning, Fashion, Law, LGBTQ, and more!

NOTE** For most international internships in Spain, some Spanish language skills are required. These are perfect internships for Spanish majors and anyone looking to become fluent in another language – great addition to your resume! Begin your internship experience by applying now.

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What's Included in Your Barcelona Program?

   Our Intern in Barcelona program boasts a handful key features, here are just a few: 

  • Adelante’s internship program in Barcelona is our second longest in operation, going strong after 13 years!  Our Director for this program was born and raised in Barcelona and is a true “Barceloni” – she treats our candidates like the independent young adults they need to be
  • Our International Internship programs – in ALL cities, not just Barcelona – are the most economical you are going to find.
  • Academic credit can be received for this internship program.
  • Two weeks of intensive Spanish classes are included, right when you arrive in-country, to get you ready for your work assignment
  • contracted international internship work assignment is guaranteed, and you will know where you are interning long before you get to Spain. Candidates gain real, international work experience to upgrade their resume.
  • Placements are either in a local, Spanish-owned company or a larger, international corporation with offices in Spain or within the non-profit sector, whichever best fits your goals for this program.
  • We are also happy to approach a specific company and create a new sector on your behalf.
  • Housing is your own room in a shared apartment, not a dorm!  In this program, candidates live with BOTH a local + other Adelante candidates or international students under the same roof
  • Some excursions are included during your first two weeks of intensive Spanish coursework and are posted in a “sign-up sheet” format at the language school, each week.

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Is This Program Right For You?

Answer the following questions:

  • Are you an independent-minded individual?
  • Will you be Age 18 or older by the time you begin your program?
  • Do you speak fluent English? (This program is open to candidates worldwide)
  • Do you desire the opportunity to live and work alongside local people abroad?
  • Are you flexible and open to situations outside of your comfort zone (i.e. public transportation, new environment, different customs, etc.)?
  • Are you looking for a program duration between 1 to 6 months?

If you answered YES to these questions, then this program is right for you!

For many programs, Spanish skills are required at least at a low-intermediate level, but placements can be found in some sectors for complete beginners (e.g. Teaching English). Certain fields may have specific requirements for prior experience or studies.

Our program works, for the right candidate, even if you haven’t yet begun your international travels. We’ll create a customized once-in-a-lifetime program for you!

Why Should You Choose Adelante Abroad?

  • Internship programs offered in NINE International Locations
  • Over 30 career fields available – Guaranteed Placements
  • 2 – to 6 – Month programs available year-round
  • Gap Year opportunities for high school grads, freshmen & sophomores
  • Affordable programs for students, recent grads & more

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Application Process

The application deadline is 60-90 days prior to your chosen start date.

Late applications are accepted on a case by case basis and are subject to a $250 late fee.

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List of Fields Available in Our Madrid Internships

Architecture: Projects, Courses, Associations, Consulting

Requirements: Field of study, computer skills

Design / Decorating: Design association, consulting, individual clients needs

Requirements: Field of study, past experience, marketing, creativity

Apply for an Architecture and Design international internship in Madrid today!

Art Galleries: Art Consulting, Expositions, Marketing works of art (local and foreign artists)
Requirements: international internships in the arts require field of study, ability to present in front of groups, continuing education

Accounting:  Future CPAs this is the international internship placement for you! Think Audits, P&L statements, Controller jobs, shadowing and learning how this sector works in Europe.  Candidates are also taught routine duties related to accounting: databases, inputting expenses and payments (A/R), billing, banking, financial procedures, budgeting in accordance with Plan Nacional Contable in Spain. Work with firms that provide legal and tax advice.  Intern in the Accounting Department of a company or for an Accounting / Financial firm that provides these services to its exterior clients.

Banking / Financial Sector: Interns are taught and work within European finance functions, finance departments, administration, account management and financial consulting.  Smaller investment firms take our interns too, work with stock market & bonds analysis, individual investment planning and more. Requirements- Field of study at the university level, strong language skills, strong computer skills, past finance internship helpful, desire to have a career in this field.

Consulting: This international internship will require studies in the field of Law, Economics, Political Science or similar and a minimum intermediate level of Spanish. Duties related to corporate strategies: consulting regarding changes or bettering corporate culture to ensure productivity, helping to set “benchmarks” and make sure they are met, testing of corporate culture, “coaching.” Duties related to corporate Organization: organizational design, analysis, diagnosis and implementing then tracking of procedures. Duties related to Marketing: marketing plans, research, relational marketing, and satisfaction studies of existing clients. Duties are related to investments: auditing, financial advice, fiscal and labor issues.

Import / Export or Exterior Commerce: From Arabian textiles (importing them for sale in Madrid) to wine (exporting Spanish wine for sale abroad), interns work in small to medium-sized firms in the import/export industry. Lots of entrepreneurial placements in this sector – startup Spanish companies, new products.  

Culinary international internships in Madrid options:
Food: Companies in the food industry: wine, ice cream, confection, juices, kids nutrition, supermarkets, Spanish hams, beer, cheese, chocolate, etc.
Requirements: Marketing, computer skills, good language skills, extroverted

Catering: Food service industry, schools, airlines, weddings, conferences, private catering companies or larger food service departments
Requirements: experience in the industry, language skills

KINDERGARTEN & PRE-SCHOOLS: Attention and teaching to young children
Requirements: Field of study, licensed would help, past experience and patience

LANGUAGES: Candidates interested in the world of languages can participate in international internships collaborating in language classes for Spanish adults or for children, creating instructive lessons / new ideas for learning, designing materials, developing new activities that will be used during classes, both theoretical and practical.

STUDY ABROAD/TRAVEL & EXCHANGE: Intern at a Study Abroad, Travel and Exchange Firm in Barcelona – much like Adelante but in Spain! Great location, lots of work and both languages spoken in the office. 3 month minimum preferred. Some Spanish required.

Environmental, ecology, and horticulture international internship options in Madrid:
Ecology: Natural parks / forests, packaging / recycling, pollutions issues
Requirements: Field of study, good language skills, past experience plus desire and “ecologically minded”

An event planning international internship in Madrid is a front-office favorite here at Adelante HQ – interns do everything from organizing extreme tourism events to coordinating locals-only tours, to helping a boutique Hotel create one of a kind food events for their select clientele. Tabling at Conventions, Wedding or Automotive Fairs and Expos for participating firms; Event Planning and even Student Interchange companies seek out candidates for internships in Spain.

Special Events / Event Planning / Publicity: Promotions, conferences, seminars, organizing, and administration, consulting, product launches

Requirements: Marketing, imagination, good computer skills, sales skills

Online fashion blogs in Madrid, Spain are growing and seem to always be needing interns! Candidates must be euro and US fashion-savvy, know how to write and also photograph.  Also available, international internships at a clothing manufacturer, think larger name brands and bigger, more industrial placements, or intern at a Spanish design house that then sends their clothing designs to the larger manufacturer.  Online or print fashion magazines take our interns too. Requirements: Knowledge of industry, Marketing, good computer and language skills

Graphic Design: Creation of web pages and promotional materials such as catalogues, brochures, logos, info CD’s, special promos, etc. The intern will be placed in companies that have as their clients other companies who need GD services or also in companies that have a GD department to design their own materials. We also offer international internships working for Magazines or local Newspapers under this heading in Madrid.

Graphic Arts: Studios, Printing firms, Graphic Design, Marketing, Logistics
Requirements: Experience in Graphic Design, field of study, good computer skills

These international internships in Madrid may include programming, software design, development and testing, IT user support, and system maintenance. Candidates may also be involved with maintaining and improving internal processes at different corporations / organizations, digitalizing processes and planning new technical products. Candidates may be placed in IT companies dedicated to creating programs or providing services for other companies, in the IT Department of a larger company, or in an NGO.

Information Technology: Product distribution (new software), firms that outsource their IT staff to clients needing help in this area
Requirements: Good computer skills, field of study, imagination

Interns will participate in editing and publication of newspapers and magazines, including marketing, communications, design, writing and correction of articles, photography, research, web design and more. This international internship usually requires a pretty strong level of Spanish for Spanish only publications, and we also place in Spanish-to-English publications in Madrid.

Publishing / Press: Book preparation, economic books, text books, catalogues, billing, Library. National, regional, local press, writing, ads / announcements
Requirements: Marketing, experience in the sector, good computer skills, persistent

TV / Broadcasting: Internship program offered in multimedia companies in Madrid, including audiovisual services for advertising or corporate production. Candidates will be exposed to all aspects of producing TV programs, corporate videos, and / or advertising spots from beginning to end, including script writing, photography and illumination, broadcasting, technical assistance, shooting, editing, and post-production.

TV Journalism: Fast-paced internship at one of the world’s top 24-hour news channels. Limited spots are available for the right candidate. Interns must be able to follow instructions and work independently. Advanced Spanish skills and Journalism or Communication Studies are required.

TV – Radio: Local and regional and some national station spots available.
Requirements: Past experience in sector, good language skills, good computer skills, and extroverted personality

This sector is often times the most complicated to place in: the actual law firms in Spain require not only a high level of Spanish but also that candidates have taken their LSAT’s and / or are already enrolled in law school. We can and do place in the Municipal Courts in Madrid, in legal departments in companies and in law firms.

Law – Legal: Labor, Criminal, Administrative law. Project and case assistance
Requirements: Law field, LSATs preferred, good computer skills

Opportunity in a Spanish Law Firm: This international internship is with a law firm working mainly for international clients established in Spain. Day-to-day work involves many situations where knowledge of foreign law and languages is required. It is a chance to acquire practical knowledge in an international environment, while also getting an approach to Spanish law and the Spanish legal system.

Interns will work in legendary organizations advocating equal rights for the LGBTQ community, some since as early as 1950. With this international internship, there are older, well-established groups, almost political in nature now, and many newer organizations, all working towards educating, advocating and making more visible any and all LGBTQ issues in Madrid. People have been able to marry who they want in Spain since the turn of this century (2000) so it is a wonderful and accepting place to live for the LGBTQ community and their families.

This international internship can take place in distinct firms and organizations in Madrid. In the larger corporations, the candidate will work in a specific department usually focusing on maintaining and reinforcing the already created projects / clients, attending to specific client and collaboration company’s needs. In the smaller organizations and companies the objective may be to create and maintain new marketing / ad / PR strategies to garner new clients / results. The candidates will do their internships in private companies, corporations or in non-profit agencies or organizations.

Communications: Communications Sector to include business in Tourism, the Press, magazines, insurance, automotive, health services
– Requirements- past experience or internships in the sector, good language skills, field of study, creativity, enthusiasm

 Event spokesperson / Company Rep: Public Relations, Corporate Fairs / Expos, Product Launches

 Requirements- Able to speak and be in front of groups, language skills / aptitude, “people person

Associations / Non-profits: International internship opportunities in Madrid for non-profits include- Women’s issues, under-served children, “third age” issues, Immigrant rights groups, Addiction and rehabilitation groups, Employer groups, Downs Syndrome, Gay, Lesbian, Bi/Transsexual assoc, and more.
Requirements: Vocation, experience with desired group or association, good language skills & computer skills, marketing, desire to assist and advocate for others.

Political Grassroots Organization: Interns will work in a very busy, deadline oriented political Assembly organization in Barcelona. A regionally focused association whose goal as a civic movement, is to help Catalonia earn its statehood. With international internships in political science, duties include editing text for international political websites in the US, Ireland, Canada and Great Britain; supporting the Communications Department including keeping databases updated, media contacts updated and livestream of any speeches or events from Spain updated. Solid writing is a must as well as an ability to adapt the Spanish message to the American or International market, so a good sense of cultural awareness is also a plus. This is a good position for any Poli Sci, Communications, Journalism, Translation or International Business majors.

Interns will work shadowing a psychologist (space based on availability – doctors can usually only take one intern at a time), or work in the private sector or within a non-profit. Many placements lean heavier towards Social Work simply because most of our interns are not ready or capable of handling their own clients or caseload.

Private sector examples are centers dedicated typically to a subset of issues such as neurocognitive rehabilitation.

Examples of nonprofits who take our interns are many – from larger non-profits that serve a number of groups of the Spanish and International population to smaller and effective grass roots organizations. Different areas are: at-risk youth, battered women; immigrant rights; refugee rights; gay, lesbian and bi – trans-sexual issues, drug dependence; homeless, and many, many more. These are amazingly diverse and international and quite rewarding placements that fall under both Social Work and Psychology sectors.

Shadowing a Psychology Placement: Position available with a prestigious, award winning and published Spanish psychologist. With offices located in one of the most central neighborhoods of Madrid, this doctor has international internship possibilities for those looking to take part in a private practice assisting patients struggling with  stress, mental abnormalities, marital conflicts, family issues and more.  A sought after research physician with a thriving private practice, this position requires prior studies in the psychology sector and an intermediate level of Spanish.  Spots are limited.

Read what our candidate wrote:

My international internship in Madrid consisted of working in a private clinic with a very well-known psychiatrist and his team of psychologists and psychiatrists. On a daily basis, I observed patients in sessions with the doctors, I learned how to do introductory diagnostic consults, I learned how to administer diagnostic tests, and learned all of the treatments given to the patients (pharmacotherapy, behavioral cognitive therapy, etc.). An experience like this would never exist in the U.S. for a student who has not yet received their license to practice psychology. I was so lucky to have had this opportunity! This experience was unbelievable and totally exciting. I was lucky enough to work with some really great people that were really helpful – since Spanish is not my first language.

Calling all social media junkies!  Our companies in Madrid are looking for a new angle to stand out on SM platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest. Candidates in this internship will be responsible for thinking up new ideas, then researching and gathering content around those new ideas, adding graphics / taking photos, anything that is needed to build up the brand.  Almost all industries have or are building their Social media presence, so interns will work in companies that vary, think Fashion, to Journalism to Architecture to Textile importers – all need or want to better, their presence on Social Media. There will be opportunities to participate in marketing initiatives and business development. Sometimes candidates are asked to bring their own laptop and digital camera. Creative writing skills preferred with this international internship in Madrid. Beginner speakers often welcome here!

Internships include working with one of the major league soccer teams in Madrid. Internships in this sector also include working with Madrid’s burgeoning basketball team. We place within sports interning in a sports co-op network promoting sports and physical education as a social integration tool in developing countries, the U.S. and Spain. International internship program areas in Madrid include education – teaching the social values of sports and the inclusion of disabled, training and coaching, education and prevention of HIV/AIDS, and youth development – the making of community leaders.

Sports: Sports teams: soccer, basketball, cycling, image consulting / agents
Requirements: Proficient in desired field / sport, experience

Our international internship program in Madrid works with various companies teaching English. Inquire with us today to find out more details!

Candidates interested in the world of languages can participate in internships collaborating in language classes for Spanish adults or for children, creating instructive lessons / new ideas for learning, designing materials, developing new activities that will be used during classes, both theoretical and practical. In summer there are opportunities to intern as a language assistant with university students taking intensive summer English courses. Under this heading we also offer Translation internships, whereby candidates can assist Translation Agencies. With this international internship in Madrid, there is also a good opportunity to serve as “host” or “hostess” at Conventions, Fairs and Expos for participating firms; Event Planning and other Interchange companies also seek this type of candidate for internships in Spain.

Translation: Review texts, look up vocabulary (Spanish-English and English-Spanish) for the translators; translate texts from Spanish into English, and/or proofread texts that have been translated by other translators.
Requirements: Advanced Spanish skills

International theater internships in Madrid consist of the following options:
Cinema: Film distribution, production, presentations / new releases, administration
Requirements: Field of study, computer skills, language skills, high enthusiasm

Spain is one of the countries most receptive, and most successful, in the Tourism industry. Candidates who choose international internships in Madrid in the sector of Tourism and Hospitality are placed in Hotels, where they “float” thru a variety of Department depending on their skills / abilities. We also place in Travel Agents, where candidates help with marketing their products, client services, reservations and more. There are many companies in this sector, including Special Event management firms, Interchange groups (very similar to Adelante but sending Spaniards abroad!), and more.

Hotels: Hotel industry, work in 3-, 4-, 5- star establishments, will do rotation in all departments, depending on language ability
Requirements: Field of study, good public relations skills and language skills

 

OTHER FIELDS

 
 

Candidates can participate in international internships at Veterinary Hospitals, the Zoo, and local Animal Shelters or for non-profits fighting to preserve and educate about certain species in Madrid.

Candidates in this sector have as their main goal either giving back to the communities they are living in while abroad with us, or making a difference in those same communities.  International internships in capital cities Barcelona and Madrid, there are dozens of underfunded organizations run by passionate individuals looking to assist, typically, a massively under-served population. Come join them!  Able-bodied, curious, giving volunteers are always in demand.

 
 

Associations / Non-profits: Work with underserved children or children with Downs Syndrome in a non-profit setting Requirements: Vocation, experience with desired group or association, good language skills & computer skills, marketing, desire to assist and advocate for others

Kindergarten and Pre-Schools: Attention and teaching to young children Requirements: Field of study, licensed would help, past experience and patience

TEACHING ENGLISH / LANGUAGES: Candidates interested in international internships in the world of languages can participate in internships collaborating in language classes for children, creating instructive lessons / new ideas for learning, designing materials, developing new activities that will be used during classes, both theoretical and practical. In summer there are opportunities to intern as a language assistant with university students taking intensive summer English courses. Under this heading, we also offer Translation internships, whereby candidates can assist Translation Agencies. There is also a good opportunity to serve as “host” or “hostess” at Conventions, Fairs and Expos for participating firms; Event Planning and other Interchange companies also seek this type of candidate for internships in Spain.

With international internships in Madrid, the sky is the limit in terms of field placements! There are too many for us to list them all out but such placements in Political Science, Archaeology, Auto Industry, Zoo, Photography, Veterinary, and others do exist (even something like Poultry Sciences!)… if you don’t see your desired field on the list, it doesn’t mean that we can’t place you!

HOTEL/HOSPITALITY: Hotel internships in Barcelona mean doing a little bit of everything.  We work with a national chain of hotels, with properties throughout Spain; also, an alternative space, think 10 rooms and bikes in the lobby, takes our interns; Bed & Breakfast style establishments and Hostels, too.  The hotel chain is new-ish and services mostly business travelers, located in one of the premier neighborhoods of Barcelona. They are becoming famous for their service, so training of interns is rigorous.  The alternative Hotel internship lets candidates in on the secret of boutique properties:  devoted and regular clients and a menu of things to do each day that can include cooking classes and bike tours.  Hostels mean budget service to the vast array of visitors that make their way to Barcelona and don’t want to spend the whole budget on lodging.

With this international internship, candidates will learn how to work in all areas, including responsibilities for reservations, bookings, check in-outs, restaurant attendance, bar, kitchen functioning, public relations, and guest and room services in Barcelona.  Candidates come away with a real understanding of the tourism operates in one of the most visited and cosmopolitan cities in the world.  NOTE:  Low Spanish is acceptable!! 3 months is the very minimum requirement, .

TOURISM: Spain is one of the countries most receptive, and most successful, in the Tourism industry. Tourism internships include placements within locally owned and run Travel Agencies and newer, flexible  online organizations that send locals out to guide a visitor who wants something off the beaten path.  Candidates help with marketing products, client services, reservations, event coordination and participation, and more. There are many other companies in this sector, including Special Event management firms, Interchange groups (very similar to Adelante, but sending Spanish candidates abroad), and vacation planning / tour guide companies.

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