Program Overview

CISabroad’s 4-week Intensive Internship Experience (IIE) maximizes your time abroad to help you gain work experience, build a job portfolio, all while having the experience of a lifetime in Barcelona. While in Barcelona, you and the other interns will complete specific projects from local companies in Barcelona while taking language classes, attending professional development workshops, and participating in social activities. This program is one of the best ways to make the most of an internship experience in a shorter amount of time.

GPA Requirement
2.5
Application Deadlines
Summer: April 15
Fall: September 1
Spring: December 1
Avg Course Load
U.S credit may be available through CISabroad and/or your home university
Language(s) of Instruction
English and Spanish

Key Program Highlights

  • Develop a custom project at your internship
  • Enjoy weekly cultural activities
  • Networking opportunities that allow you to make career connections
  • Professional development workshops
  • 1 week Spanish course

Your Journey Begins Here

  • Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.

  • Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.

  • Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.

Internship Placement

This unique program allows for an exceptional combination of professional development activities, workshops, and a short-term, project-based internship that you’ll likely collaborate on with fellow program participants. Internships are typically available in the following fields, and more; however, based on the group-oriented nature of the internship project, you may be expected to work on a project outside of your area of interest/academic background:

  • Accounting
  • Animation
  • Art
  • Architecture
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Culinary Arts
  • Dance
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Event Planning
  • Fashion
  • Government & Politics
  • Graphic Design
  • Health & Fitness
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Information Technology
  • International Business
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Photography
  • Public Relations
  • Theatre

Note: If you’re looking for more of a customizable, individualized internship placement (for 6 weeks or more), you may want to consider the (Customizable) Intern in Barcelona program.

Internships available in Spain
Earn credit 

Through our partnership with Plymouth State University, you can earn between 3-12 credits in the fields listed here. Alternatively, many students are able to arrange for credit through their home universities. Learn More →

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in excursions. This program includes one day excursion as well as a city tour. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.

Day Trips

This day trip around Catalonia includes guided tours, some museum entrance fees, a group lunch, and some free time. You'll visit the Salvador Dalí Museum in Figueres, hike the beautiful coastal trail known as the Camino de Ronda on the Costa Brava and wander the old Jewish Quarter in beautiful Girona.

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4 Days in Morocco

Fall and Spring semester students also have the opportunity to join a four-day trip to Morocco with a non-profit organization dedicated to helping travelers jump off the beaten path and understand the local culture.

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Weekend Trips

During weekend trips, you might experience Flamenco and tour the beautiful Alhambra in Granada; eat Spain’s best tapas and visit wineries in Basque Country; or hike coastal trails and tour medieval villages in Costa Brava. Trips change each semester.


Life in Barcelona

Welcome and Orientation

Once you arrive to the capital of Catalonia CISabroad staff will meet you at the airport and help get you to your apartment or homestay. Upon arrival you’ll take part in the CISabroad Logistical, Cultural and Academic Orientation with other students and interns on the program. The onsite staff will introduce you to this dynamic and cosmopolitan city that you will call home, giving you tips on to how to be safe and healthy as well as how to make the most of your time in vibrant Barcelona.

After our fun, interactive orientation sessions, we’ll have a welcome lunch in a traditional restaurant, giving you your first culinary experiences in the new city by trying the staple, “pan con tomate,” along with other delicious Mediterranean food!

Farewell and Re-entry Program

As the program draws to a close, we will be sure you go home with the tools you need to make the most of your experience. In our re-entry workshop you’ll learn how to cope with cultural differences you’ll experience as you go home, how to put your abroad experience on your resume and in job interviews as well as how you can keep traveling in the future. We’ll end the trip with a farewell meal with all your new CISabroad “amigos” and the staff, for a chance to say “hasta luego” to your new city!

Housing Options

You can choose to live either in a shared apartment or in a homestay during the Intensive Internship Experience program.

The apartments are, on average, about a 25-minute commute from the centrally located campus.The convenient location means you’ll have easy access to everything Barcelona has to offer, like shops, cafés, bars, museums, restaurants, and more!

  • Fully-furnished, with a shared living room, a well-equipped kitchen, and bathrooms
  • You’ll share a room with one other student, and most apartments accommodate four to six program participants

A homestay is the perfect way to fully immerse yourself in Spanish culture.Living with a host family is great way to try home-cooked Spanish cuisine, improve your language skills, and experience life like a local.

  • Laundry service provided
  • Breakfast and dinner served daily
streets in the gothic quarter, Barcelona

Local Life

  • Soccer match: Barça, Barça, Baaarça! Experience one of the best football clubs in the world and cheer like “culés,” fans from Football Club Barcelona.
  • Barrio tours: Staff will take you on a tour of a neighborhood in Barcelona, showing you the history but also where locals hang out. Each tour includes a chance to try some local treats.
  • Human Towers: Go to the practice space of the local Castells, a sport where teams compete to make the tallest tower possible.
  • Cooking classes: Cooking classes with a professional chef.
  • Intercambio night: A language exchange with local students.

More About Barcelona

It’s no wonder that Barcelona is one of the top tourist and study abroad destinations in the world. This incredible location on the shores of the Mediterranean has a delightfully mild climate year round. Plus, Barcelona is one of the most exciting and vibrant cities to live in! The second-largest city in Spain has two official languages, Castilian Spanish and Catalan. It’s the perfect place to challenge yourself and practice your own Spanish skills, while also learning more about the unique Catalan history and culture.

The city is bustling, and you'll be in awe of the architecture, including Gaudi's towering Sagrada Familia basilica. When you're ready to immerse yourself in nature, you can easily reach beaches and hiking sites just outside of Barcelona. The efficient public transportation system allows you to quickly travel to the many beaches to both the north and south of Barcelona. It also means you can easily navigate campus and the many amazing sites located throughout the city.

The city’s diverse international population, colorful flair, exciting nightlife, and vast array of cultural, historical, and modern attractions makes Barcelona an unparalleled place to study abroad!

Student Feedback

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This program changed my life in many ways, but most importantly it taught me how to be adaptable. I thoroughly enjoyed the intern mixers that allowed us to meet others in our program.

Sara Platt - Clemson University

Program Support

Meet Our Staff

Before, during, and after your study abroad experience, you’ll be supported by the dedicated and passionate CISabroad staff. Our goal is quick responses to your questions before you depart, and even quicker once you’ve arrived on site.

Robust Advising Center

Our team of advisors will help you choose a program, connect with your home university regarding classes and financial aid and get you prepared to apply for your program.

Team of Dedicated Program Coordinators

Your Program Coordinator will assist you in finalizing housing, enrolling in courses, booking flights, obtaining visas, arranging payments, and provide pre-departure orientation.

Experienced On-site Staff

From greeting you at the airport to a robust On-site Orientation to La Vida Local Activities our on-site staff will be there to support you throughout your time on-site.

Ongoing Support

Our support doesn’t end when your program does. We have alumni programming, webinars, and resources to help you readjust when you’ve returned from your experience.

Your Support Staff

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please do not book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Summer 2018
    Application Deadline
    April 15
    Arrival
    June 18 (Estimated)
    Orientation
    June 19 (Estimated)
    Departure
    July 15 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $5,190 (Estimated)
  • Fall 2018
    Application Deadline
    September 1
    Arrival
    November 5 (Estimated)
    Orientation
    November 6 (Estimated)
    Departure
    December 1 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $5,190 (Estimated)
  • Spring 2019
    Application Deadline
    December 1
    Arrival
    January 21 (Estimated)
    Orientation
    January 22 (Estimated)
    Departure
    February 17 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $5,190 (Estimated)

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

Program Inclusions

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Internship placement and supervision
  • Housing
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • Pre-departure and onsite orientation
  • One Excursion
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Airport pickup service
  • On-site support
  • Career Launch Toolkit
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program