Intern in Barcelona

Ever dream of working at a magazine, travel agency, or finance institution in beautiful Barcelona? Well, now you can! Work in English or Spanish, and soak up Barcelona’s wonders during our hands-on orientation and guided tours of the city.

On Intern in Barcelona, we’ve got custom internship placements that match your skills and interests! By considering your background, life experiences, and career aspirations, we’ll find an internship in Barcelona with a company, business, or industry that’s an ideal match for you.

We fell in love with Barcelona, and we know you will too.  At CISabroad, all our advisors have studied or lived abroad, and we’re here to advise you on how to get the most of your experience. We think Barcelona is one of the coolest cities in Europe, and we can’t wait for you to see what we’re talking about!

We offer one of the most affordable internship programs to help you work in Barcelona! We know how important an international internship is and make it as affordable as possible. Plus, lower costs mean more money for you to travel around Spain and the rest of Europe!

Enjoy a custom international internship in the heart of one of Western Europe's cultural and business hubs!  Our Intern in Barcelona program lets you gain relevant, career-oriented experience while enjoying the best of Europe: cultural immersion, proximity to a coastline of white sand beaches, and an exciting, cosmopolitan city that never sleeps.       

Your internship in Barcelona offers both professional development and the chance to soak up all that Barcelona has to offer.  Our internships are customized to match your interests; internships last a minimum of 6 weeks, but we encourage you to stay as long as you can.

Are you interested in developing your resume and interview skills before participating in a 6-12 week internship?  Check out the Special 4 Week Option: 4 Week Intern in Barcelona Experience! 

Pristine white-sand beaches – Barcelona’s beaches and boardwalks are a main attraction. The city enjoys a Mediterranean climate whose mild winters and hot summers make a visit to the beach perfect any time of the year.

Live and work in Barcelona: life in the cultural capital of the Mediterranean – The café culture, boutiques, tapas restaurants, and world-famous nightlife are enough to keep you busy for a semester. Barcelona is home to more UNESCO World Heritage sites than any other city in Europe. Imagine the architectural and cultural splendor of a city with 2,000 years of history! Numerous museums, churches, cathedrals, and concert halls, plus the influential modern art of Antonio Gaudi, Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, and Mies Van der Rohe, make Barcelona an aesthetically appealing destination for visitors from all over the world.

A custom international internship – We understand that you want to get the most out of your internship. We take into account your career aspirations, interests, and skills. Magazines, travel agencies, and finance institutions await you!  

Choose your own style of accommodation – Intern in Barcelona offers different housing options. You can live with a Spanish family or share an apartment with other international students. 

A vibrant social life –  You will get to participate in a weekend trip in Spain. Possible trips include the beautiful Costa Brava, the magical Granada, or majestic Madrid.

360° Networking Toolkit - You will receive business cards, resume/interview coaching, and an internship completion certificate. You’ll also gain access to a seminar series on topics such as developing and maximizing a LinkedIn account, interview expectations, adding the experience to your resume, and more! Jump-start your career with the CISabroad global network!

If you've ever wanted an international internship in Barcelona, then check out our Intern in Barcelona program. Here are a few of the key highlights that make this program unique.

  • Diverse internship placements
  • Placements that accommodate all levels of Spanish-language proficiency
  • Work with people from Spain and all over the world
  • Hands-on orientation and guided tours of the city
  • Cultural activities within Barcelona

Check out the optional 4 Week Intern in Barcelona Experience!

On top of your on-the-job learning, excursions within the city and possibly a day trip outside of Barcelona will be available to you as part of Intern in Barcelona. Possible activities include guided tours of different areas of the city, a Catalan cooking class, a flamenco show, guides to local festivals, and activities to get to know Barcelona in-depth—beyond the tourist-only destinations. You may have the opportunity to participate in excursions to the beautiful Costa Brava, majestic Madrid, and even Morocco. Check another country off your list!

As an intern in Barcelona, an international center for business, commerce, politics, and a wide variety of industries, you will take part in the fascinating day-to-day activities of a Spanish organization or company. You will work on projects, tasks, and activities designed to help you learn more about your field of interest. You can select a 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12 week internship and choose from several start dates. We encourage you to stay as long as you can to learn the language, get the most out of your internship placement, and immerse yourself in the local culture.

The internship program is open to all levels of Spanish speakers. However, intermediate to advanced speakers will have more placement options than beginners. Depending on the length of your internship, you will also participate in either a 1- or 2-week on-site Spanish-language course to refresh your skills.

Internships are available in the following fields*:

● Accounting
● Advertising
● Economics
● Entrepreneurship
● Event Planning/Management
● Finance
● Hospitality/Tourism
● Human Resource Management
● International Business
● Management
● Marketing
● Sports Management

● Communication
● Film and Television
● Journalism
● Public Relations

Health Science
● Food Studies/Nutrition
● Healthcare

Social Sciences & Humanities
● Education
● Social Work

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
● Engineering
● Information Technology

Visual/Performing Arts & Design
● Architecture
● Design
● Fashion Design
● Graphic Design
● Photography

Don't see your field? Contact an advisor and we'll be happy to help find the best internship for you!

*Placements in the fields above are not guaranteed due to the changing needs of the local businesses/organizations and applicant qualifications. We always try to make the best match for you!

You may be able to receive undergraduate academic credit for your internship through CISabroad’s partnership with Plymouth State University or through your school. 

Option 1: Credit through CISabroad
Through our partnership with Plymouth State University, you can earn between 3-12 credits in the fields listed below. Note: the field is listed, the Plymouth State University course number that will appear on your transcript, as well as the range of credits available. Contact an advisor to see if the the following fields are available in your study abroad location. 

Course Name/
Credits Applicable Fields for Transfer Credit
Art History AH 4880 3-6 Museum Studies, Curation
Anthropology AN4610 3-12  
Business  BU 4600 3-12  Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Economics, Finance, International 
Communications and Media Studies
CM 3950 3-6  Advertising, Communication, Film and Television, Journalism, Public Relations.

students must have taken "Intro to Media and Cultural Studies" and "Intro to Communication"
Criminal Justice CJ 4580 3-6  Criminology, Law, Political Science
Dance DN 4410 3-12      
English  EN 4950 3-12 English and Literature 
only offered as pass/fail. 
Environmental Planning  EPL 3960 3-6  Environmental Science and Sustainable Development
Geography GE 3960 3-6
Graphic Design
AG 4900 3-6  only offered to students with senior status (students must have completed the equivalent of 90 credits).
History HI 4000 3-6       
Music  MU 4410 3-12      
Philosophy  HI 4000     
Political Science PO 4010 3-12  
Social Sciences SO 3910 3-6 Psychology, Political Science.
Sociology SO 4601 3-12  
Theater  TH 4410 3-12      
Tourism Management  TMP 4000 3-12  Eco-tourism, Hospitality, Tourism, Recreational Management.

To receive credit from CISabroad through Plymouth State University, interns must have completed a minimum of 60 hours (approximately 2 full years) of college or university credit before going on the program and be majoring or minoring in one of the fields listed above.

GPA 2.5

There is an $800 fee for interns who wish to receive credit from Plymouth State University. There is no price difference for 3, 6, 9, or 12 credits.

How is credit given?
Credit will be assessed and given based on the successful completion of a variety of assignments. Assignments include an essays, journals, and evaluations and will be assessed based on the grading rubric.

  • Minimum 3 page pre-departure paper based on intern’s goals for the program
  • Directed, reflective internship journal completed by intern during the program (four entries)
  • Mid-term Online Evaluation completed by intern
  • Evaluation completed by internship supervisor
  • 8-10 page reflective essay on overall learning experience

Credit is given in letter grade format (A,B,C,D,F) in a specific academic discipline. The amount of credit is awarded based on the number of hours interned: 120 hours = 3 credits, 240 hours = 6 credits, 360 hours = 9 credits, 480 hours = 12 credits. Interns will receive a transcript 6-10 weeks after the program ends stating the grade and the number of credits earned. The number of hours that can be completed depends on type of internship and location.

Plymouth State University, CISabroad’s accrediting partner, is a NEASC accredited institution with over 20 years of experience awarding internship credit both domestically and internationally. Plymouth State University has been nationally recognized for its commitment to the environment and for innovative programs that are making an impact both regionally and globally.

Option 2: Credit through your university

Many students are able to arrange for credit through their home universities. Contact your study abroad office, academic advisor, or career services to see if this option is available at your school!

We’ve tried to make the internship application process as smooth and simple as possible to ensure a quality experience for you. Follow the steps below to a fantastic internship abroad!

Step 1: Complete the CISabroad Online Internship Application to begin the application process.

Step 2: Pay the $200 application deposit and have your pre-acceptance interview with a member of our staff. This is NOT an extra fee, but a deposit applied towards your total program fee.

Step 3: Submit the following documents to CISabroad to complete your Intern Abroad Application Checklist. (Please note that CISabroad needs your COMPLETE application 90 days prior to the start month of your program in order to accept you):
    •    Applicant Profile
    •    Approval Contact Form
    •    Internship Questionnaire
    •    Current Resume
    •    Official Transcript from home college or university
    •    Optional Scholarship Application
    •    Program-Specific Materials
    ◦    language proficiency form
    ◦    housing form

Step 4: After all of your materials have been received at CISabroad, you will have a  Skype interview so our US based CISabroad internship coordinator can learn more about your skills,  interests, and ideal internship to determine which placement may be the best match.

Step 5: Wait for your acceptance decision!

Step 6: Submit the $500 internship deposit. This is NOT an extra fee, but a deposit applied towards your total program fee.

Step 7: As your internship departure date approaches you will receive  confirmation of your placement, pre-departure materials, and complete an online pre-departure orientation .

Step 8: Off you go and the fun begins. You’ll be greeted at the airport by a local staff member and begin your Spanish adventure!

GPA Required: 2.5. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Use the "Contact An Advisor" button on this page or call us to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you.

Language Proficiency: The internship program is open to all levels of Spanish speakers. However, intermediate to advanced speakers will have more placement options than beginners. Depending on the length of your internship, you will also participate in either a 1- or 2-week on-site Spanish-language course to refresh your skills.

Did you know that 70% of all CISabroad students receive scholarships or grants to study or intern abroad? Scholarship and grants are awarded for everything from applying early to blogging about your intern abroad experience to taking photos of the fabulous scenery on a weekend excursion or volunteering with a local green organization!

For details on all scholarship and grant offerings and to apply, please click here.

An economic powerhouse, a center for business in Europe, and a culturally rich city, Barcelona is an incredible location for an international internship! In a privileged position on the northeastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula and the shores of the Mediterranean (near France), Barcelona is the second-largest city in Spain in both size and population. The population of the city proper is 1.5 million, but this number spirals to nearly 5 million if the outlying areas are included. Barcelona has 2 official languages: Castilian Spanish and Catalan, which is generally spoken in all of Catalonia.  Living in Barcelona will give you the opportunity to practice and improve your own Spanish language abilities.  Due to Barcelona’s location, you will also have the chance to learn more about unique Catalan experiences such as Caganers (small statues) and Castellers (human towers that can reach up to 10 stories tall).

Love being outdoors? The temperate climate of Barcelona means you can enjoy the outdoors year-round. The city beaches have modern walkways and public facilities, and by using public transportation, you can enjoy many other beaches to the north and south.  In addition to beaches around Barcelona, the city’s efficient public transportation system allows for easy access to the campus and great sites located around the city. 

Barcelona is unequivocally a Mediterranean city.  This is not only due to its graphic location, but also to its history, traditions, and cultural influences. Although it immediately strikes you with its Spanish and distinctly Catalan flair, it’s also known for an amazing international mix of people and activities. As a student, you will be immersed in diverse and vibrant environment. Your surroundings will stimulate your desire for cultural exploration and discovery. It is difficult to think of better backdrop for student life in Spain!

Intern in Barcelona offers two types of housing: an apartment shared with other students or a local home stay. 

The apartments are located off-campus in the city of Barcelona, just a 25-minute commute to classes.  They are fully furnished apartments with a shared living room, a well-equipped kitchen, and bathrooms.  Two students will share a room and there will be up to six students in each apartment.  Due to the central location of the apartments within the city, students will have the opportunity to experience life living in Barcelona.  They will be near shops, cafes, restaurants, bars, museums, and will have the chance to learn more about the culture through the people they meet and the roommates they will live with.  What more could you ask for?

Home stays are perfect options for students interested in immersion into the Spanish culture.  Two students will share a bedroom that is furnished with linens, and there is a shared bathroom with a toilet and bathing area.  Students will have access to a communal living space or a kitchen with a table and chairs.  Laundry service is included each week and the host family will provide students with breakfast and dinner.  This is an opportunity for students to learn more about the people and the culture that Barcelona offers, which can only enhance your study abroad experience!

*Please keep in mind that home-stays in Spain generally consist of a room rented privately, and you may be living not with a traditional nuclear family but with an older woman or a young professional.

​CISabroad’s Site Director in Spain:

Clara was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, but when she was five, she and her family moved to Barcelona. Although Clara wasn’t born in Barcelona, she grew up there and considers it home!

Clara completed a Hotel Management Program at the University of Barcelona, and then went on to study Public Relations and Advertising. Recently, she completed her Master’s degree in Event Management at a specialized program that is part of the University of Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona.

In her free time, Clara enjoys reading, travelling, and spending time with her friends. She loves to get lost in Barcelona and find new places, and random cafés, where she can open a good book and read. She has traveled to Canada (where her family lives), the US, Mexico, Cuba, Jamaica, Brazil, all around Europe, and countries as far as Tanzania and the Maldives. She also recently returned from her honeymoon- an African Safari! A fun fact about Clara is that everywhere she travels, she makes sure she visits a supermarket!

In addition to Clara’s support, we have a full office of onsite staff who will be able to help you during your time in Barcelona! You’ll be introduced to all of them during orientation and they will go over each of their different roles. You’ll have plenty of support, should you need it!

4 Week Intern in Barcelona Professional Development Experience

Our unique four-week internship experience is designed for students and recent grads who want to experience life in Barcelona, while also working on professional development. The Intern in Barcelona Experience is different from our other internship programs because in four short weeks, you will get to work across cultures, seek advice and gain knowledge from native professionals to help you develop marketable skills, improve your resume and interview techniques, complete a project in your field, learn Spanish, and explore Tarragona and lesser traveled areas of Barcelona.

Choose the field that most interests you!  Fields range from Art, Education, Fashion, International Business and Marketing, to Photography, Public Relations and Teaching English!  You will also take Spanish lessons and work to improve on the skills most coveted in today’s job market. 

Dates: June 22 - July 18, 2015 

Price: 4 Week Intern Experience with apartment - $4,590 

          4 Week Intern Experience with homestay - $4,350  

The Experience:

Week 1: Orientation: Interns will participate in guided tours, lunches and have the opportunity to get to know Barcelona! Includes a day trip outside of Barcelona

Week 2: Interning at a local business: During the second week of your internship experience, you will be working closely with a supervisor or business coach from your field on an assigned final project.

Week 3: Language and Culture Courses with guest speakers:  Spanish language lessons for interns at all levels!

Week 4: Professional Development: You will be participating in workshops, enhancing your resume, and practice interviewing!  Each intern will also present on the project they finished during the second week of the program. 

To apply: Choose "Intern in Barcelona" from the online application, then from the available "Program Options" select "4 Week Intern in Barcelona Experience"

1. What is the cost of the program? What is included in the program fees?

The program cost for Intern in Barcelona can be found here.  

2. When are the program fees due?

Program fees for Summer Intern in Barcelona are due on April 15th or May 1st, depending on your start date. CISabroad will email invoices to students approximately one month before the program payment deadline. For example, if your payment deadline is July 15, you should expect your invoice in mid-June. If you are using financial aid, please ensure all financial aid paperwork is returned to our office by the payment deadline. If your financial aid does not cover your entire balance, CISabroad accepts these payment methods.For rolling Intern in Barcelona programs, the final payment deadline depends on which month you start. If you have any questions about tuition deadlines, please contact an advisor at

3. What is due with my application and when is my application due?

There are three easy steps in the application process.

1) Fill out the online application, which includes your contact information, what program you are applying for, etc.  

2) Pay the $200 application deposit in order to secure your space in the program. This amount will be applied toward the final cost.

3) Submit: Internship Questionnaire, Official Transcript from your Home College or University, Advisor Contact Approval Form, Current Resume, Applicant Profile, and CISabroad Scholarship Application (optional).

For detailed instructions, see application instructions. For rolling interns who intern throughout the year, the application is due three months before the first of the month in which you plan to start your internship. For possible start dates, go here.

4. Do I need a passport or visa? When should I apply for my passport/visa?

Yes, you do need a passport to travel to Spain. Your passport must be valid for 6 months BEYOND the date you return to the United States. For detailed passport instructions, U.S. citizens should check the State Department's Travel Site. If your internship lasts over 90 days, you WILL need to obtain a visa.

5. Is there a GPA requirement?

Yes. For the Intern in Barcelona program, the GPA requirement is 2.5.

6. What are my housing options? 

The Intern in Barcelona program offers either a homestay with a local host or an apartment with international or U.S. students.

7. Will other students participate in the program with me? How many?

CISabroad programs are not only a great way to meet local and international students, but also students from around the United States. Program size varies each year - if enrollment size is important to you, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

8. Are the internships paid positions?

No, the internships are not paid positions, but they are an irreplaceable way to build your resume! If you are interested in receiving academic credit for your internship, you should contact your academic advisor or education abroad advisor to see if your university offers course credit for internships. 

9. What is the internship matching process?

We custom match each intern with the organization that best meets the interests, skills, and goals of the intern. To best accomplish this, all interns must go through the application process, which includes indicating their top two fields of interest. Interns will also interview with the CISabroad Program Coordinator and/or the On-Site matching team. Once the $500 internship deposit has been paid, the On-Site team will move forward to match the intern with an organization in his or her top two fields of interest.

10. What is the difference between an Intern Abroad and a Study Internship program?

The difference between an intern and a study intern with CISabroad is that a study internship allows you to take classes, earn credit, and participate in an internship in the same program! The intern program is solely focused on your professional experience and may or may not include credit.

11. Can I intern in my major?

Yes! It is possible to intern in your major. The process is highly individualized so that your placement is the best match! For the Intern in Barcelona program, check out our placement and credits page to see sample placements.

12. Why do I have to pay a $500 internship matching deposit?

The $500 internship deposit is an extremely important part of the matching process and is part of the program fees. It is not an extra fee. The deposit represents a commitment from you to participate in our internship program, which allows CISabroad to confidently contact organizations on your behalf in order to find the best match possible!

Term: Summer 2016
Arrival May 9 | May 23 | June 6 | June 20
Application Deadline Feb 1 | March 1 | March 15 | March 15
Term: Spring 2016
Arrival Jan 11 | Feb 1 | Feb 29 | April 4
Application Deadline Oct 15 | Nov 1 | Dec 1 | Jan 1
Term: Fall 2016
Arrival Early Sept | Mid Sept | Early Oct | Early Nov
Application Deadline June 1 | June 15 | July 1 | July 15
Term: Summer 2016 Price: $5,490 - 8,190 more info
Term: Spring 2016 Price: $4,990 - 6,990 more info
Term: Fall 2016 Price: $5,490 - 8,190* more info

Dates posted here are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

To view expected additional expenses for this program, click here.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Cultural and recreational activities in Barcelona
  • One guided day trip outside of Barcelona
  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing (apartment or local home)
  • Meal plan available with a homestay
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • Cultural orientation
  • On-site support
  • Carbon offset of travel & Green Travel Guide


*CISabroad  reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.

Summer 2015 prices:

6 weeks apartment/homestay: $5,590 / $5,890

8 weeks apartment/homestay: $6,190 / $6,490

10 weeks apartment/homestay: $6,790 / $7,090

12 weeks apartment/homestay: $7,390 / $7,790 


Fall 2015 prices:

6 weeks apartment/homestay: $5,490 / $5,690

7 weeks apartment/homestay: $5,890 / $5,990

weeks apartment/homestay: $6,190 / $6,490

9 weeks apartment/homestay: $6,690 / $6,990

10 weeks apartment/homestay: $7,090 / $7,490

11 weeks apartment/homestay: $7,390 / $7,890

12 weeks apartment/homestay: $7,690 / $8,190