Internships in Madrid FAQs

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What Happens After I Apply, Step By Step?
Once we receive your completed application packet (this is a straightforward online form + one email with required documents as attachments), we conduct an hour long Skype or phone interview, to go over your application and the placement abroad process. Be ready to take a lot of notes here! We then check two of your references. At that point, by approximately 5-10 business days after receipt of your application packet, you are formally confirmed into the Intern Abroad program.  Next step is to send your file to our team – Director and Intern Advisor – in your program city abroad.  They begin presenting your file to our participating companies abroad, in your desired sector.  Once the best company for your specific program parameters chooses your file, we then contract you with them for your internship. You will sign this contract, too.  Concurrently, we 1) coordinate the housing you have chosen (apartment usually, homestay in some cases); and, 2) enroll you in the two or three week intensive language course / module you will take upon arrival.  We like to be done with the entire step by step process by no later than about 30 days prior to your program start date. So, candidates will know both where they are living and where they are working long before they arrive abroad.

Is housing included in the price of the program?
Yes – You will have your own room in a shared apartment with other Adelante candidates/international students or with Spanish roommates…you choose! Plan on doing your own food shopping and your own cooking, quite an eye-opener that first time in a Spanish grocery store! The apartments are in sought after, working neighborhoods in Madrid, near to Metro and multiple bus stops. All apartments are fully furnished, with bedding, fully equipped kitchens, washing machine, sheets, towels, pots, pans are also included.  All apartments have Wi-Fi.

What Spanish language classes are included?
For the first two weeks, you are enrolled in an Intensive Spanish Language course for 4 hours per day, 5 days per week (approximately 40 hours). This course takes place at a prestigious private language institute and your level is determined by a placement test.  Each level course is no more than 10 students.

How much should I budget for living expenses per month, above and beyond what is included in the program fee?
For Madrid we suggest approximately $125 USD per week, and this covers normal expenses like groceries, metro money, some going out and one or two nearby excursions a month. The price goes up when you start going out at night more and when you begin to travel further abroad (which we do encourage!  For example, you can get to Portugal, France, Morocco or Andorra very inexpensively from Madrid).

Is there an Adelante contact in Madrid?
Yes – We have two Adelante Directors for this program. Angel Pinuela will be the person handling your housing accommodations and Antonio Pallares will be your internship advisor abroad. You will be meeting with Angel and Antonio during your first week of classes before your internship starts. You will be given Spanish contact info and emergency contact info for the directors, and Angel speaks English.  Both men have ample experience in the education abroad industry and are successful professionals.