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Full Time Internship | Barcelona

Spain | Optional Credit Available | Summer 2024
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Barcelona, Spain
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Select Your Program Option:

  • Summer 2024

  • Summer 2025

Overview

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

    Apartment, homestay, or student residence

  • Excursions & Day Trips

    Figueras and the Salvador Dalí Museum (day trip)
    Tarragona (day trip)

  • Cultural & Social Activities

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

  • On-Site Team

    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

    AIFS Abroad offers credit bearing courses to complement your semester or summer internship, with credits issued through Fairfield University, our school of record located in the US. Some universities require credit to be earned, and we cannot change a university’s requirement. Learn more.

  • Optional Excursions

    Weekend trip to Madrid

Program Details: Full Time Internship | Barcelona 8 Week Internship

Program is closed

Dates

May 31, 2024July 27, 2024

Term

Summer

Application Deadline

March 1, 2024

Inclusive Fees

$7,990

Eligibility

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.

Note

*Summer 2025 dates are being finalized and will be confirmed by August 2024.

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 Barcelona, 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 Barcelona, 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 your potential and thriving in your 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

AIFS Abroad offers credit bearing courses to complement your semester or summer internship, with credits issued through Fairfield University, our school of record located in the US. 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.

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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.

Homestay

The best way to immerse yourself in the languages and cultures of Spain, and many students choosing this option find that it is the most rewarding part of their time abroad.

  • Double room (single room available for additional cost)
  • Breakfast and dinner Monday through Friday
  • Weekly laundry

Apartment

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 $795 supplement)
  • Communal kitchen, living area and bathroom(s)
  • Fully furnished with shared washing machine

Student Residence (additional cost)

Situated in a vibrant neighborhood of Barcelona within walking distance of the city´s beautiful beaches and the awesome Sagrada Familia. Located near several bus lines and metro stops, which provide easy access to universities in less than 30 minutes.

  • Single room with private bathroom
  • State of the art shared kitchen facilities
  • Laundry facilities
  • Access to onsite gym
  • Stunning rooftop swimming pools with views of the Barcelona skyline
  • Study areas, cinema and games room
  • Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Barcelona

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

Language

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.

Architecture

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:

  • Welcome dinner of tapas and paella – get to know your fellow AIFSers and the AIFS staff in Barcelona
  • Gothic and Jewish Quarter tour
  • Panoramic tour of the city and the Sagrada Família
  • Gaudí’s Park Güell
  • Barcelona from a Different Perspective walking tour
  • Salvador Dalí Museum
  • Farewell tapas dinner and Flamenco show

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

Excursions

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:

*Please note optional excursion fees may change slightly depending on the term. Fee will be shown at time of application.

Girona.

Girona + Tossa de Mar

Head north and east of Barcelona for an insider’s look at historical Spain: Stroll along the medieval walls of Girona and then take in the views of the cerulean waters from the ramparts of Tossa de Mar.

  • Spain
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee
Figueras.

Figueras and the Salvador Dalí Museum

Guided museum tour with free time to explore. Includes round-trip transportation and entrance fees.
  • Spain
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee
Roman ruins in Tarragona, Spain.

Tarragona

Take in the spectacular Roman ruins in Tarragona, the most Roman city on the Iberian Peninsula. Enjoy some time on one of the Costa Dorada’s stunning beaches below the Roman city.
  • Spain
  • 3 Days
  • Included in Program Fee
City of Madrid.

Madrid

Guided sightseeing and visits to the world-famous Prado Museum, Royal Palace, and Plaza Mayor. Includes round-trip transportation, accommodations and breakfast. * A minimum enrollment of 15 is required for the tour to run. 
  • Spain
  • 3 Days
  • Estimated fee: $625*
Barcelona,Spain
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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

Details

  • Early Application Deadline*
  • Application Deadline**
    March 1, 2024
  • Scholarship Deadline
    March 1, 2024
  • Visa Deadline****
  • Optional Departure Flight from US***
    May 30, 2024
  • Program Begins
    May 31, 2024
  • Program Ends
    July 27, 2024
  • Optional Return Flight to US***
    July 27, 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

Participants can select an optional transportation package for all AIFS Abroad programs that includes a round-trip flight from 25 U.S gateways and airport transfers to and from campus. Participants who choose to book their own flights will be responsible for connecting with the group at the program location and will need to make their own ground transportation arrangements from the airport.

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 approximately one month prior to departure. Your program fee is guaranteed, and the optional flight package is an additional fee. Please note that once we have finalized the pricing for your flights the cost may change, and you will be responsible for making the additional payment if you want to participate in the flight package. Your program advisor will be in touch should there be any changes in the price of your flights.

Depature City

Fee

  • Atlanta
    $2,120
  • Boston
    $2,160
  • Buffalo
    $2,160
  • Charlotte
    $2,300
  • Chicago
    $2,400
  • Cincinnati
    $2,240
  • Columbus
    $2,180
  • Dallas
    $2,400
  • Denver
    $2,440
  • Des Moines
    $2,400
  • Detroit
    $2,240
  • Houston
    $2,400
  • Los Angeles
    $2,240
  • Miami
    $2,340
  • Minneapolis
    $2,240
  • New York
    $2,020
  • Newark
    $2,020
  • Orlando
    $2,320
  • Philadelphia
    $2,240
  • Phoenix
    $2,440
  • Pittsburgh
    $2,160
  • Raleigh/Durham
    $2,320
  • San Francisco
    $2,360
  • Seattle
    $2,580
  • St. Louis
    $2,400
  • Washington/Dulles
    $2,160
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For more dates or questions, contact your program consultant:
(203) 399-5163 or email: intern@aifsabroad.com