Master remote working while adding international experience to your resume.
Remote work isn’t the future way global business will function – it’s the present. With a virtual internship in Barcelona, work on projects for an international organization from your home base while adding a global perspective to your professional work experience. Apply your in-class knowledge to real-world projects, gain hands-on experience, expand your skill base, and learn what it’s like to work remotely across time zones and cultures. Although not a substitute for a traditional on-site experience, virtual internships can serve as an important stepping stone to build up your skills, resume, and cross-cultural understanding – a great foundation for future internships on site.
What to Expect:
Language: English | Spanish placements available
Average Courseload: 140-230 contact hours U.S. credit is available
GPA Requirement: 2.5
Visa Requirements: NONE Required!
- Gain international experience without leaving your home - and earn up to 3 credits!
- Earn a Working Virtually Across Cultures digital credential
- Virtual La Vida Local experiences to connect you to Barcelona
- Regular check-ins and support from your Site Director
- Structured seminars to build professional skills and support the possibility of home school credit
Art & Design - Virtual internships available in Spain
Below are a few sample Art & Design - Virtual placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!Other countries with Art & Design - Virtual internships
Graphic Design Intern at an Art Magazine
As a content creator, you will select images and artistic material for an art magazine in Barcelona. Other work includes creating videos for their online presence and conducting research for new articles.
Graphic Design Intern at a Board Game Company
As a Graphic Designer for a board game company in Barcelona, you’ll select and edit visual content for their website and well-known boardgames!
Business & Economics - Virtual internships available in Spain
Below are a few sample Business & Economics - Virtual placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!Other countries with Business & Economics - Virtual internships
Business Analyst at a Marketing Company
As a Business Analyst, your work will focus on project-based competitive research. Your analysis will help the company make smarter, data-driven decisions.
Business Developer at a Real Estate Company
As a Business Development intern, you will take care of the company’s KPIs, prepare reports for management, and collaborate with the team to help achieve department and company goals.
Entrepreneurship - Virtual internships available in Spain
Below are a few sample Entrepreneurship - Virtual placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!Other countries with Entrepreneurship - Virtual internships
Business Intern at a Startup
As a business intern, you’ll support the management team at a startup in Barcelona. You’ll support the creation of a business plan for the company, as well as competitor analysis and market research.
Marketing Intern at a Barcelona Startup
As a Marketing and Communications intern at a Barcelona startup, you’ll support the team in the setup and implementation of the company’s digital marketing plan and social media strategy. You’ll also get to help brainstorm new ideas and campaigns.
Business Intern in Startup Company
As a student interested in Startups and entrepreneurship you will work on research on funds and investors, creation of financial plans and practices for startups.
Fashion - Virtual internships available in Spain
Below are a few sample Fashion - Virtual placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!Other countries with Fashion - Virtual internships
Fashion Designer Assistant Intern
As an assistant for a fashion designer in Barcelona, you’ll support the daily operations of the studio, such as social media, market research, and business development.
Content Creator at a Fashion Company
As a content creator in a fashion company in Barcelona, you’ll be in charge of the blog, creating weekly posts and doing research on new trends and styles.
Finance - Virtual internships available in Spain
Below are a few sample Finance - Virtual placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!Other countries with Finance - Virtual internships
Finance Intern at an Investment Company
As a Finance intern, you will research specific markets in order to help your host company in Barcelona find potential new customers. Your research will culminate in presentations to your supervisors that will help them make business decisions.
IT & Computer Systems - Virtual internships available in Spain
Below are a few sample IT & Computer Systems - Virtual placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!Other countries with IT & Computer Systems - Virtual internships
As a UX intern, you’ll help improve an e-learning platform from a UX and efficiency point of view.
3D Modeling Intern
As a 3D modeler with experience in Unity, you’ll help prototype a new product, brainstorm ideas to improve products, and think about ways to improve customers’ user experience.
Developer at an IT Company
You’ll use your coding skills to support the development team in creating custom web and mobile apps at your internship.
Marketing Advertising & PR - Virtual internships available in Spain
Below are a few sample Marketing Advertising & PR - Virtual placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!Other countries with Marketing Advertising & PR - Virtual internships
Digital Marketing Intern at an eCommerce Company
Help with SEO and SEM strategy at an eCommerce company in Barcelona. You’ll work on planning campaigns, analyzing metrics, and identifying trends for a Spanish shopping app.
Marketing Intern at an IT Company
You’ll support the marketing team with social media strategies and create and analyze email marketing campaigns.
Social Media Intern at Startup Company
You’ll work at an IT company, updating their social media content, preparing marketing campaigns, and working on the promotion of the company.
Sports & Exercise Science - Virtual internships available in Spain
Below are a few sample Sports & Exercise Science - Virtual placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!Other countries with Sports & Exercise Science - Virtual internships
Content Creation for a Sports Company
Working at this sports company in Barcelona, you’ll get to prepare online trainings and propose new functionalities for a new sports management platform.
Your Virtual Experience
Once you apply and submit your $90 deposit, you’ll have a Skype interview with your CIS Abroad Program Enrollment Coordinator to learn more about your work experience and goals so we can start looking for the best-fit internship placement for you in Barcelona. We’ll also make sure you get pre-program support to ensure you’re feeling great about your virtual experience.
Online seminars are a core part of your virtual internship. CIS Abroad teaching assistants, under the supervision of the Vice President of Academic Affairs, provide ongoing support, guidance, and reflection sessions that help you understand your work experience in a cross-cultural context.
About Our Partner
HOST ORGANIZATION SUPERVISOR CHECK-INS
Look forward to “face-to-face” meetings with your host organization supervisor in Barcelona at least once a week to ensure you’re on the same page and get additional feedback and direction on your project. This will also help you practice key skills like facilitating a remote meeting and working with remote colleagues in a cross-cultural setting. Additional, daily communication with your supervisors is expected – you’re already a pro at technology platforms, so this will be second nature to you.
Whether you are taking this internship for credit or not, online seminars are a core part of your virtual internship in Barcelona. We have an itinerary planned for you; from a cultural orientation before you start working, to how to best work remotely in the country and city you chose, to meeting our site directors around the globe, to how to make sense of it all and know what skills you gained. All in six weeks!
See below for the 7 online seminars that span your 6-week experience. Check out the Academics tab for our comprehensive Virtual Global Internship course syllabus that includes more details on each seminar.
Our course is structured around 7 main elements:
1. PRE-PROGRAM: CULTURAL ORIENTATION
You’ll participate in an online, interactive cultural orientation with CIS Abroad staff, giving you tools for success working within that culture.
2. PRE-PROGRAM SEMINAR: THE FUTURE OF REMOTE WORK
You’ll explore each of the four Remote Work modules, learning the fundamentals of working in a remote environment and across cultures, before reflecting with other virtual internship participants.
3. MENTORED, HANDS-ON LEARNING
Guided by your on-site supervisor, you’ll work on specific tasks and assignments that meet the needs of your internship organization.
4. INTERNSHIP SEMINAR SERIES: BUILD YOUR SELF BRAND
This online seminar offers an opportunity to reflect on your personal drivers, values, and how you want to be perceived as a professional entering the workforce.
5. INTERNSHIP SEMINAR SERIES: WORKING ACROSS CULTURES
To be successful in navigating both international and domestic cultural differences, you need an understanding of what culture is, how it affects your interactions with others, and what skills you must develop in order to be successful intercultural leaders.
6. CROSS-CULTURAL DEBRIEFS
CIS Abroad Site Directors will facilitate live cross-cultural debriefing sessions each week
7. CONCLUDING SEMINAR: OWN YOUR CAREER
You’ll be guided through an individual reflection to help you articulate your experience in order to increase employability.
Virtual Intern for Credit
With a Virtual Global Internship, you will work on a project for an international organization from your home base in the U.S. while adding a global perspective to your professional work experience. Apply your in-class knowledge to real-world meaningful work, gain hands-on experience, expand your skill base, and learn what it is like to work remotely across time zones and cultures.
You will participate in the Virtual Global Internship course, developed by our Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Jennifer Engel who has been teaching culture and career-oriented courses online for more than 10 years. This course is made up of 7 seminars.
Depending on the number of hours worked per week, each six week internship comprises a total of 140-230 contact hours. This means that you may be able to combine this internship with university coursework, a regular job, or another internship.
3 credits per six-week internship is available through our partner, Plymouth State University. To learn more about how to earn credit, please read our Virtual Intern for Credit information. Credit may also be available through your home university.
All participants in this program are eligible to earn a Working Remotely Across Cultures Microcredential at no extra charge! Make sure you opt in at the beginning of the course.
Why Virtual Life in Barcelona
Barcelona’s incredible location on the shores of the Mediterranean inspires one of the most exciting and vibrant cities to work in! The second-largest city in Spain has two official languages, Castilian Spanish and Catalan. Your virtual internship in Barcelona is the perfect place to challenge yourself and practice your own Spanish skills, while also learning more about the unique Catalan history and culture.
Start planning your IRL visit as you learn about Barcelona’s awe-inspiring architecture, including Gaudi’s towering Sagrada Familia basilica. The city’s diverse international population, colorful flair, and vast array of cultural, historical, and modern attractions make Barcelona an unparalleled place to create a connection with!
- CIS Abroad advising support throughout placement process and duration of internship experience
- Support pursuing university credit (optional)
- Pre-Departure and Post-Program seminars to set you up for success
- Daily/weekly check-ins with host organization supervisor
- Internship Placement Confirmation Guide, which lays out the project work and outcome of the remote internship
- Opportunity to present end-of-program project results to supervisor and/or remote organization
- Working Virtually Across Cultures digital credential
- Access to Insta LIVE: On-Site Culture Sessions
- Virtual La Vida Local Online Series
Elena was born in Girona, but has lived in a variety of cities in Spain. She earned a B.A. in Advertising and Public Relations from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) in Barcelona and an M.A. in Communication, Tourism, and New Technologies (e-Tourism) from the University of Barcelona. Her previous work experience was at UPF in the Communications Department and research focused on Place Branding Online. Elena is also the co-founder of the International Exchange Erasmus Student Network at UPF, which helps welcome university students to Barcelona. She worked and studied in various countries throughout Europe, including Italy, England, Ireland, Holland, and Turkey. Elena has been working since 2010 helping and mentoring international students. Currently, she is perusing a Coach Training Certification. Elena loves languages, dancing, traveling, culture, and, above all – people.
Your Support Staff
Add to your program for no extra fee!
As a virtual intern, you have the opportunity to earn a micro-credential from CIS Abroad! Having a highly visible addition to your resume or LinkedIn profile can help you stand out from other job seekers. It’s a fast-track way to identify demonstrated skills that make YOU a more valuable contributor to an organization.
HOW TO SIGN UP
If you’re interested in earning this micro-credential, please message your instructor by the beginning of the second week of your virtual internship. In your online classroom, see the Events tab in the left sidebar menu for the exact deadline!
Dates & Prices
EXTENDED!Sep 7Sep 1
- Arrival: October 19
- Departure: November 30
- Price: $1,990
EXTENDED!Dec 15Nov 15
- Arrival: February 8
- Departure: March 19
- Price: $1,690
- Application Deadline: Dec 15
- Arrival: March 29
- Departure: May 7
- Price: $1,690
CIS Abroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.