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Full Time Internship | Barcelona

Spain | Optional Credit Available | Spring 2024
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Barcelona, Spain
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  • Spring 2024

  • Fall 2024

  • Spring 2025


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The capital of Spain’s Catalonia region is home to world-famous beaches, delectable meals and has a seemingly endless array of opportunities. Is it any wonder that Barcelona is consistently ranked in the top 10 destinations for visitors?

Teeming with thousands of businesses, NGOs, and agencies both big and small, Spanish Internship participants will find that Barcelona is a dream city for those looking to strengthen their knowledge in numerous fields like public relations and marketing; tourism and events; and finance and business.

Internships in Barcelona are full-time, for 8 weeks during the summer or 12 weeks during the fall and spring terms.

Alongside the Mediterranean Sea, prepare for your future career by developing foundational professional skills and create memories that will last a lifetime!

What’s Included

The AIFS Abroad inclusive program fee includes all of the great features below in addition to many pre-departure, on-site and upon-return services to help interns make the most of their time abroad.

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  • Guaranteed Internship Placement

    Once accepted into program we guarantee an internship in one of your approved career fields

  • Global Career Readiness Program

    Connecting academic goals to professional experiences

  • Housing


  • Excursions & Day Trips

    3-day excursion to the Pyrenees in the Fall and to the Tarragona region of southern Catalonia in the Spring, and day trips to Girona, Figueras and the Salvador Dalí Museum, and Montserrat

  • Cultural & Social Activities

    A wide range of AIFS-organized cultural activities and social events to enrich your experience.

  • On-Site Support Staff

    to help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program

  • Green Initiative

    Providing carbon offsetting for all flights

  • Health & Safety

    24/7 emergency support and comprehensive insurance

  • Personal/Professional Development

    Access to the renowned Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and alumni network

Additional Options & Opportunities

  • Flight Package

    Round-trip flights from 25 U.S. gateways

    Airport transfers to and from accommodation

  • Credit

    Credit can be obtained through our School of Record, Fairfield University

    Earn up to 12 credits during the summer or semester

    Some universities require credit to be earned, and we cannot change a university’s requirement

  • Optional Excursions

    Seville and Granada, Andalucía (3 days).

    Basque Country, Northern Spain (3 days)

Program Details: Full Time Internship | Barcelona Multiple Career Fields

Program is closed


January 7, 2024March 30, 2024



Application Deadline

October 31, 2023

Inclusive Fees



Open to First Year, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Minimum of GPA

Currently enrolled in university as a full-time student.

Visa Requirements

A visa may be required for this program. Please contact your advisor or log into your portal for more information.

Global Themes

  • Arts, Culture and Creative Industries
  • Business, Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Education, Social Services, and Psychology
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Internship Opportunities

AIFS Abroad offers a unique global educational experience for interns on this program, with the following academic options available:

The AIFS Abroad Enrollment Team reviews application materials, which are a combination of relevant work experience, college or university level course work, and an assessment of maturity and readiness for working in a professional setting. After a participant has been accepted, we guarantee an internship placement. 

Our team works with applicants 1:1 to gain a better understanding of the skills you will bring to your team, talents you want to grow, and expectations you have of your experience. By working individually with each intern, we can assess academic knowledge, career goals, language proficiency, and overall expectations for your time in London, in order to place you in a dynamic work environment.

Once a match is found, all interns will interview by phone or Zoom with your manager before the placement is offered and confirmed. When you arrive in London, Location Coordinators will be there to help you start your internship and support you with on-site check-ins and coaching to make the most of your internship placement. 

AIFS Abroad has 20+ years of history matching talented interns with top tier international companies. Our placement team is dedicated to finding the right employers for our interns in a variety of career fields. Below are some of our top fields for Barcelona, but are not limited to these:

  • Accounting
  • Architecture
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Event Management
  • Fashion Business / Marketing
  • Interior Design
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • NGO/Non-profit
  • Public Relations
  • Travel/Tourism
  • Video Production

AIFS Abroad provides an award-winning Global Career Readiness Program which combines assessments, career coaching, and experiential learning to connect students’ academic knowledge with their professional ambitions. The Strengths-based approach focuses on interns meeting their potential and thriving in their future careers. 

Core Components Include

  • CliftonStrengthsFinder® Assessment
  • One-on-One Career Strengths Coaching
  • Goal Setting and Career Planning
  • Interview preparation
  • On-Site Career Seminars and Networking Events
  • Leadership Training and Recruitment Opportunities
  • Summer, up to 12 Credits
  • Semester, up to 12 Credits

Adding credit can allow interns to access existing financial aid options and gain credit towards graduation for many majors. This is suitable for interns who attend a university that does not offer credit for internships. Some universities will require credit and we cannot change university requirements. For more information please discuss your situation with your program consultant at time of application.

Credit will be obtained through our School of Record, Fairfield University. 

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Living Abroad

AIFS Abroad provides excellent accommodations, activities, resources and staff to help interns learn about and integrate into their host community.


Stay in a shared apartment in a centrally located neighborhood of Barcelona.

  • Live with up to 6 other AIFS participants
  • Apartments may be co-ed
  • Shared double room (single room available for supplement)
  • Communal kitchen, living area and bathroom(s)
  • Fully furnished with shared washing machine

Internet access is included in all AIFS Abroad housing in Barcelona.


Along with speaking Spanish, most people in Barcelona speak the regional language of Catalan as their native language. You will see signs in both languages throughout the city; it’s an excellent opportunity to be exposed to another language rich in culture.


Barcelona is one of Spain’s most energetic and vibrant cities. Not only will you find amazing modern and art nouveau architecture throughout the cities of Spain, you will also find world famous UNESCO Heritage Sites- the most in any one country after Italy.

Inma Lopez

After traveling throughout Europe, Morocco and the US, Inma decided to call Barcelona home in 2008. A world traveler, she grew up in Granada, Spain and has spent time in Toulouse, London, Liverpool and Edinburgh as well.

Inma has been involved in international education and exchange for over a decade, from giving city tours in Barcelona to coordinating and directing programs in Spain.

The impact she has not only on the immediate program experience but on students’ lives is what she loves most about the job.

In addition to day trips and excursions, a cultural calendar of weekly activities and social events is included in your program fee. These activities will include both typical tourist sites and attractions and lesser known visits which take advantage of the expert knowledge of our local AIFS Abroad staff and give you a more authentic and insightful view of life in Spain. Typical activities, tours and visits include:

  • Guided city tour
  • Welcome meal and farewell activity
  • Gothic Quarter and Cathedral
  • Gaudí’s Park Güell
  • The Sagrada Família Basílica
  • Cooking class
  • Tours and workshops designed to learn about Barcelona from another perspective
  • Wellness events and more!

You may be asked to pay a small supplementary fee for some events.


This program offers a range of day trips and excursions that will take you outside Barcelona and deepen your social, historical and cultural understanding of Spain. Previous excursions have included:

Pyrenees view.

The Pyrenees (Fall only)

Scenic trip to Cadí National Park. Visit the principality of Andorra. Includes round-trip transportation, accommodations and some meals.

  • Spain
  • 3 Days
  • Included in Program Fee
Roman ruins in Tarragona, Spain.

Tarragona and Southern Catalonia (Spring Only)

Take in the spectacular Roman ruins in Tarragona, the most Roman city on the Iberian Peninsula. Scenic trip to Ebro Delta Nature Reserve. Includes round-trip transportation, accommodations and some meals.

  • Spain
  • 3 Days
  • Included in Program Fee


Spend a day exploring this beautiful medieval Spanish town. Includes round trip transportation and a guided sightseeing tour of important monuments.

  • Spain
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee

Figueras and the Salvador Dalí Museum

Examine some of Salvador Dali’s greatest works in one of Spain’s most visited museums. Includes round-trip transportation, entrance fee, and guided tour.

  • Spain
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee


Explore the distinctive mountain of Montserrat, visit the beautiful monastery, and see the 12th century carving of the Black Virgin. Includes round-trip transportation, entrance fee, and guided tour.

  • Spain
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee
Seville, Spain cityscape.

Seville and Granada, Andalucía

Visit the Alhambra Palace, Generalife gardens, the largest gothic cathedral in the world, the Giralda tower, Barrio Santa Cruz, and more. Includes airport transfers, entrance fees, guided tours, and some meals. Flights are not included.

  • Spain
  • 3 Days
  • $475 Spring 2024 / $495 Fall 2024/Spring 2025
Basque country, Northern Spain

Basque Country

Discover the strong cultural traditions, world famous cuisine and scintillating modern architecture of Bilbao and San Sebastian. Don´t miss the opportunity to photograph the magical islet of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe along the stunning Biscay coastline. Includes round trip transportation, entrance fees, guided tours, and some meals.

  • Northern Spain
  • 3 Days
  • $695 Spring 2024 / $745 Fall 2024/Spring 2025
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Social identity & access

One of the best things you can do before departure is enter into the journey knowing that your time abroad will be unique to this experience. The resources, community, and support available to you when abroad will likely be different as well. In order to help you prepare for your experience, we have compiled many resources about social identity and access in specific locations abroad. Your program staff will also provide you with more details pre-departure and during orientation.

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Important Dates & Deadlines

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Dates & Deadlines


  • Early Application Deadline*
    October 1, 2023
  • Application Deadline**
    October 31, 2023
  • Scholarship Deadline
    October 1, 2023
  • Visa Deadline****
  • Optional Departure Flight from US***
    January 6, 2024
  • Program Begins
    January 7, 2024
  • Program Ends
    March 30, 2024
  • Optional Return Flight to US***
    March 30, 2024
  • * We encourage applicants to apply by this date for a better chance of acceptance into their preferred career fields.
  • ** Deposits are due within 10 days of acceptance.
  • *** Included for students on AIFS flight package.
  • **** AIFS Abroad offers visa processing services to applicants who enroll into the program by this date. All other applicants who enroll after this date will be responsible for securing their own visa with guidance from AIFS Abroad.

Optional Flight Package

Students can select an optional transportation package for all AIFS programs. Students who choose to book their own flights should meet up with group at the program location and will need to make their own ground transportation arrangements.

Below are fees by departure city based on average historical costs and subject to change. If you select this option on your application, the total flight package price will be confirmed in your account 6 months prior to departure. (Program fee is guaranteed.)

Depature City


  • Atlanta
  • Boston
  • Buffalo
  • Charlotte
  • Chicago
  • Cincinnati
  • Columbus
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Des Moines
  • Detroit
  • Houston
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Minneapolis
  • New York
  • Newark
  • Orlando
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenix
  • Pittsburgh
  • Raleigh/Durham
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • St. Louis
  • Washington/Dulles
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