Gain valuable internship experience, boost your resume, and live like a local in Madrid, Spain.
“Madrid me mata” is kind of like “Viva las Vegas“, born out of the Movida counter-culture movement depicted in so many Almodovar movies. The expression encapsulates the sensation of this city. As the capital of Spain, Madrid occupies the literal center and heart of the country and serves as its economic and cultural hub. Participating in an International Internship in Madrid will be a chapter in your life you won’t forget.
When you arrive in Madrid, the home to our most developed International Internship program, you’ll be met at the airport and brought to your apartment. Settle into your new Spanish home; our apartments are in excellent condition and centrally located in working, busy areas and short walking distances to Metro stations and bus stops.
We’ll guarantee this is the most affordable internship in Madrid program you’ll find on the market today! All of our programs include housing and a guaranteed internship placement with a company that will help you gain quality experience in your field of choice. Immerse yourself in a new culture, learn a new language, and build your resume – all at the same time!
Prior to beginning your international internship experience, you’ll plunge into two weeks of intensive Spanish language courses. Upon completion of your two-week course, your internship begins. Internships are usually 4 hours a day, 5 days a week so you have the opportunity to experience what day to day life is like for Spanish inhabitants.
Outside of your internship, make the experience your own! Travel around the country, take in all the city has to offer, or mingle with the locals. We provide the means, you create the experience!
We offer placements in Architecture and Design, International Business, Culinary, Education, Journalism & Media, Medical & Nursing, Teaching English and more (click on the tabs below for a complete list of internship fields available) or work with us to create one for you if you can’t find your desired field!
Help us assist you in creating your internship experience by applying now.
NOTE** For most international internships in Spain, some Spanish language skills are required.
What's Included in Your Madrid Program?
Madrid is our longest running international internship program and it includes many features. Here are a few key points:
- Over 250 local and international companies participate in our Intern in Madrid program.
- The amount of time you choose to intern is flexible, with program lengths ranging from 1 to 6 months; all begin the first Monday of the month.
- The Intern in Madrid Program can be done for academic credit (240 contact hours for a 3-month program, for example).
- Two weeks of intensive Spanish language classes are included in the internship program.
- A contracted international internship work assignment is guaranteed, and you will know where you are interning long before you arrive. Candidates gain real, international work experience to upgrade their resume.
- You’ll always have a room to yourself, no double bunking! We understand your need for privacy. You will know your exact address in Madrid long before you arrive.
- Our Director in Madrid is from a long line of Madrilenos and is a golden resource for anything and everything that has to do with this great city. He also has deep experience with international students living in Madrid – that’s you!
- Excursions are included during your initial 2-week intensive Spanish coursework. We also organize events each month, through the language school, which you are welcome to participate in — some have a small fee, others are free.
- Our programs are meant for the independent traveler who doesn’t need hand-holding or strict itineraries, a near impossible thing to promise in an international setting.
Is This Program Right For You?
Answer the following questions:
- Are you an independent-minded individual?
- Will you be 18 years of age 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 eight International Locations
- Over 30 career fields available – Guaranteed Placements
- 1 to 6 Month programs available year-round
- Gap Year opportunities for high school graduates, freshmen & sophomores
- Affordable programs for students, recent grads & more
Hear From Our Past Candidates
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.
List of Internship Fields Available in Madrid
Architecture: Projects, Courses, Associations, Consulting
Requirements: Field of study, computer skills
Design / Decorating: Design association, consulting, individual client 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, and 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 to sell 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 include:
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
Lots of international internship opportunities for engineering candidates in the fields of mechanical, electrical and civil engineering in Madrid. Candidates could be working on projects for airports, hotels, hospitals, schools, commercial buildings or urban developments.
Engineering Companies in Madrid provide the following:
- Learn about automatization processes in which several programming languages will be involved.
- Master Python/C++ Skills
- Transversal Skills (Spanish Environment)
- The intern will be in charge of developing for the company an automate program in which the output of the different data logs will be gathered, processed and formatted in order to present a report of the operation with the minimum human involvement as possible.
- The intern will receive training about the GCS (Ground Control Station) software from which data is gathered, and he will have orientation on a daily basis about programming languages and the architecture of the program to be developed.
- Learn programming languages such as Python.
- Characterization of Turbine and Propeller.
- Validation of experimental date with theoretical results.
- The intern will be in charge of developing for the company characterixation models of turbine and propeller which will be used on the final version of the platform, and correlate the results of thrust and power with the obrained in the ground and flight tests.
- As expected output: A program in which you will introduce parameters and will output figures with the desired vairables to be quantified.
- As desired output: The same but with nice user interface in order non-skilled people could easily work with.
- The intern will be involved in the testing processes and will receive orientation about Aerodynamics. They will master programming skill sby developing th emodel (OOP) and creating a GUI.
Environmental, ecology, and horticulture international internship options in Madrid:
Ecology: Natural parks / forests, packaging / recycling, pollution 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 catalogs, brochures, logos, info CD’s, special promos, etc. The intern will be placed in companies that have as their clients other companies who need graphic design services or also in companies that have a Graphic Design 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
International Business: The principal job duties in these international internships will be to create and execute new business strategies, cultural programs, educational / advocacy programs, new products or services; and to assist in bettering the existing processes. Madrid, Spain maintains business relations with different European, American, African and Asian countries, which provides an appropriate backdrop to do a variety of things during an internship in this field. Also, the NGO’s (non-governmental organizations) with projects ongoing in third world countries offer a good opportunity to get to know and evaluate distinct economic and social situations.
Import/Export: Logistics and international transport, to include work in document management, airline transportation issues, maritime and over-land transport, including Customs work; warehousing new or incoming or outgoing products and then distributions of these products.
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 an 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 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 internship 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”
Opportunities are available to intern in a clinica located in the urban center of Madrid. The clinica offers close and quality care for patients who come to its facilities and offers a broad portfolio of services including:
- Anesthesia and Resuscitation
- Plastic, Pediatric, Maxillofacial, and Thoracic Surgery
- Child Endocrinology
- And more!
This medical international internship in Madrid program will provide the candidate the opportunity to shadow a nurse, doctor or surgeon. Initially, the candidate may do minor tasks associated with patients and patient care, and will be given more responsibility once his/her capacity is determined. For some, this will be mostly observation. For others, this can be a realization of medical duties. Logically, much depends on the candidate, their level of Spanish, past internships, etc.
This is an amazing opportunity to experience first-hand how the medical profession operates in a foreign country, and to appreciate how the policies and procedures differ in Europe as compared to the United States. A minimum of low-intermediate to intermediate Spanish is required for this sector.
Read a review from a candidate:
“I shadowed a surgical team in the orthopedics, sports medicine, and trauma department. It was a bit difficult to adapt because of my lacking Spanish skills (this will happen with ANY internship abroad program), but it was an absolutely amazing experience. I felt like I was immersed in real Spanish life – culture, food, work. I came into the clinic and literally sat in the operating rooms while I watched back-to-back surgeries. I saw total knee replacements, rotator cuff repair surgeries, ACL reconstructions, meniscectomies, and much more. Whenever I had questions, the surgeon was willing and ready to answer. The surgeons really made me feel welcome, even including me for a team dinner during my first week!”
Shadow a Surgeon:
Shadow a Specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Hospital 12 de Octubre in Madrid, a prestigious research facility and state of the art surgery center. This is a skilled doctor who feels it is a big part of his work to mentor, so come on over to Madrid, nursing, medical and surgical interns! At least low-intermediate Spanish required, especially for shorter programs. 2-month program minimum required.
Read what our candidate wrote:
“I had an amazing internship experience! I had specialized my internship through a connection with a maxillofacial surgeon in Madrid. I spent three weeks in the maxillofacial department and three weeks in the gynecology department. In the maxillofacial department, I was able to examine patients during consultations and observe consultations, department-wide conferences and surgeries. I learned a lot about the specialty and about new ways doctors are treating head and neck cancers. The most interesting thing I saw was a free-flap surgery. The patient had mandibular cancer, so he/she needed to have a whole section of mandible removed. The doctors then took out most of his/her fibula and reconstructed it into a mandible. Using microsurgery techniques, the surgeons attached this new “mandible” to the existing jaw. In the gynecology department, I was given the opportunity to complete a medical school student rotation. I spent one week in the paritorio (delivery ward), one week in consultas (consultations), and one week in urgencias de maternidad (maternity emergency ward). I saw over 10 live births (cesarean, vaginal, and forceps deliveries), a laparoscopic hysterectomy, and various gynecological/obstetric issues. Not only did I learn about the specialties in which I worked, but I got to learn everything in Spanish, which enhanced my vocabulary and speaking skills. I went into the program understanding 60-70% of Spanish and speaking about 30% and left the program understanding almost 100% of Spanish and being able to Speak 60-70% of the time. Who knows how much I would have improved if I got to stay longer! So, I would highly recommend staying for more than two months if you have the chance.”
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.
Pharmacy internships in Madrid are varied. Intern with a large, national organization whose mission is to serve the Spanish population via education, networking and direct access to pharmaceutical products and services: as an umbrella company connected with both pharmacies and service providers, this is a broader placement. With this international internship in Madrid, the main goal is the sustainability of the Spanish Health System. Interns will work either in the classroom, preparing pharmacy professionals, or on the Public Education side, advocating for safe self-care using pharmaceutical products. This is a huge and growing business in Spain, with one of the largest networks of pharmacies in the world – one on nearly every corner in some cities! Pharmacy internships in Madrid also include working in a locally owned or run pharmacy, which means a lot of face time with the Spanish public. More and more, local pharmacies there are focusing on alternative or more “natural” medicines and prevention (intermediate Spanish and a minimum 2 month program duration required).
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 Social Media 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 / sports 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 departments 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, or 5- star establishments, will do rotation in all departments, depending on language ability.
Requirements: Field of study, good public relations skills and language skills.
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. 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 under-served 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 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!