Barcelona Internships

Global Experiences Barcelona, Spain internship program will take you to one of Europe's most vibrant and progressive cities. Situated between the mountains and the Mediterranean, Barcelona is famous for its architecture, culture, sports and has been home to artists such as Picasso and Miro.

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  • INCLUDES What to Expect
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  • ELIGIBILITY Am I Eligible?
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About Barcelona Internships

Located in the northeast of Spain and bordering the beautiful Mediterranean, it offers internship program participants a unique environment to gain invaluable Spanish language skills and professional work experience. With over 500 million Spanish speakers around the globe, improving your Spanish gives you a competitive edge as you move forward in your career.

Join Global Experiences for a language and internship program in Barcelona while sampling a variety of authentic tapas and real Mediterranean paella. Imagine yourself walking through the birthplace of legendary architect Antoni Gaudi, discovering the ancient and unique language of Catalan, and immersing yourself in one of the world's most lively cultures.

As the economic epicenter of the Catalonia region of Spain, Barcelona boasts a booming job market and vibrant social scene unlike any other in Europe. Internship placements are available in a wide range of career fields. All placements are fully customized to each participant based on individual career goals. Acceptance is competitive and based on your Spanish language proficiency and relevant work experience.

Academic Credit

Yes, you can earn academic credit for this program. The best credit option will be determined by your home university and academic advisor, and we can work with you to determine if credit through your school is possible. The other way is to earn independent credit from our US-based affiliate university, Eastern Washington University. We will work with you and your school to attain credit if possible and help you navigate the process.

More information regarding academic credit options.

Barcelona Internship Schedule

The following is a schedule of dates and fees for the Barcelona internship program

Spain: Barcelona 12 weeks (Fall 2014)

Start Date: 8/31/2014
USD Cost: $6,990.00

Spain: Barcelona 12 weeks (Spring 2015)

Start Date: 1/11/2015
USD Cost: $6,990.00

Spain: Barcelona 10 weeks (Summer 2015)

Start Date: 05/31/2015
USD Cost: $6,990.00

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Barcelona Program Inclusions

Our comprehensive internship program in Barcelona provides much more than just your customized guaranteed internship. We focus heavily on matching you with the best employer so you have a great practical work experience but we also include a range of other program components to make sure you have an excellent overall experience.

Guaranteed Custom Internship Placement

At Global Experiences, we guarantee placement to all participants accepted into its internship programs. Unlike traditional recruitment companies, we work with each applicant on a one-to-one basis to understand their expectations and match them with the best employer in their prospective career field. By getting to know each individual applicant, learning their academic background, career objectives, language proficiency (where relevant) and overall expectations for their experience abroad, we are able to place each individual in a work environment that will help them gain valuable work experience abroad. We help each prospective intern create an effective resume, professionally prepare for an interview with potential employers, and psychologically prepare for their experience living and working abroad.

Intensive Spanish Language Training

Your program will begin with full time intensive Spanish language training in a group environment. Each program participant will receive 20 sessions per week of intensive Spanish language training during the first part of the program, in a group setting at our accredited language school in Barcelona. Language length depends on each program type. Program participants will take part in full immersion style studying in which classes are taught only in Spanish. Our language partner is located in a modern, fully equipped building in the heart of Barcelona. Interns will be within easy access to public transportation and world-class attractions. Please inquire with our staff about gaining university credit for language training, the internship, or both. All participants will be issued with an official certificate of completion of their Spanish classes to be used when applying for credit with your home university.

Excursions and Social Events

Global Experiences wants you to work hard and also play hard with our excursion and activities calendar designed for you to maximize your time abroad. You can travel independently or with fellow interns, using Global Experiences travel resources to compliment your social calendar. Consult one of our program coordinators to learn what is included in your program of interest (it depends on the time of year). All programs include a variety of social opportunities to make the most of your time in Barcelona.

Housing in Barcelona

The program includes furnished student accommodation for the duration of your program. You will live in a single room in a shared apartment with other students. Apartments have a kitchen and bathroom, and most household amenities are provided for you.

Other Important Inclusions

  • Optional academic credit provided by accredited US university. Inquire further with a program consultant
  • Travel Medical Insurance (Emergency Medical + Personal Liability) valid for the length of your program
  • International Mobile Phone
  • Internet access at the language school
  • On the ground support & 24/7 emergency contact
  • Information and assistance obtaining required visa (as necessary)
  • Welcome social event and orientation meeting
  • Extensive pre-departure information provided by enrollment coordinator and online portal
  • Dedicated program coordinator to prepare you for your program

Career Fields Available in Barcelona

We offer a wide range of career field options in all our territories. If you do not see yours listed below please contact a program consultant as we are able to find placements in other career fields.


Accounting and Tax Planning

A Barcelona based accounting firm is looking for a general accounting intern. The intern will gain insight into European accounting and finance standards. He or she will have the opportunity to work on projects and assist clientele. Upper classmen and recent graduates with a background in accounting and/or finance are encouraged to apply.

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Marketing with Focus on Social Media and Internet Campaigns

This Marketing Services Company focuses on email campaigns, social media and advertising for their clients. Two marketing interns are needed to assist in their growing enterprise. The selected interns will assist with digital marketing campaigns, communicate with clients on their projects and carry out online marketing, including email campaigns and advertising campaigns.

Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have a strong background in marketing and digital marketing and writing and language skills. With offices in Barcelona, Paris and Rome, these positions require an advanced Spanish proficiency. French and Italian skills are a plus.

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Marketing within well established Barcelona organization

This organization assists students and professors in finding short and long term housing solutions in Barcelona. They are looking for a marketing intern to work with clients, support their team, and assist in their all-around marketing efforts. The intern will communicate with school officials, study abroad programs and students who visit their office location.

Ideal Candidate: Intermediate Spanish. Coursework or experience in marketing or customer relations. A great attitude and a proactive candidate is desired. Must have an intermediate level of Spanish and high level of English.

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Industrial Design with a Creative Edge

A collective community for creative people, this organization collaborates on projects including the design of products & spaces in one of the most iconic architectural cities in the world. They promote working, learning, and play within the creative community. Interns will work on design projects, creating and executing design solutions for problems of form, usability, physical ergonomics, marketing, brand development and sales.

Recent graduate studying industrial design with a strong portfolio. Great attitude with a creative edge.

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Creative Architecture Placement

This architecture firm was formed in 2006, by a group of young architects from Barcelona, that share the same attitude and understanding towards design and architecture. Their objective is to share resources, ideas, and experiences. Each one of them forms the team that is more appropriate for each project depending on subject, expertise and availability. Interns will complete research, draft ideas and work on multiple projects with the firm. Interns may be involved in many projects including residential, urban planning, hotels, and public planning.

Ideal Candidate: Senior or recent graduate. Interns must be able to draft, be innovated, and have a great attitude.

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International Business

An insurance brokerage firm with over 30 years of experience is looking for a confident business student for a general international business support role. The intern will work with clientele, including expats, regarding the firms services and will review their customer profiles. The role has room for customization based on the students business background and career objectives.

Ideal Candidate: Intermediate Spanish is required and a finance angled background is ideal. 3.0 GPA and rising junior status.

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Event Planning

Event Planning & Management

A unique opportunity for students looking to gain experience through an international event planning internship, this organization specializes in corporate events, social events, festivals and excursions. They even have an “extreme” division which includes skydiving events and whitewater rafting! As an intern, you will get to assist with researching, planning and proposing events to clientele. Once the client decides on a location/event, the selected student will then work to make arrangements and see the event through.

Ideal Candidate: Intern studying event management/event planning. Must be outgoing, have a get it done attitude, be enthusiastic, professional and polished. Must be able to work with all types of clientele. Native English speaker, no Spanish necessary.

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Event Planning

Corporate Event Planning

This international business is a travel and tourism agency that caters to blue chip clients like HP, Vodaphone, etc. and is seeking an event planning and management intern. Tasks include researching venues, communicating with clients, sending out arrangements and making sure all vendor information is current.

Ideal Candidate: Intern studying event management and/or travel and tourism. Fluent in English. Spanish is not necessary.

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Fashion Business

Styling intern

With overwhelming artistic and creative intent, this Barcelona based firm, prides itself on attention to detail and fabrics, that give subtlety and tenderness blended with something sexier. This brand has its own identity with a recognizable fresh and feminine style. This placement focuses on styling for magazine campaigns and advertising.

Ideal Candidate: Fashion student or someone with styling experience. An independent intern that can take direction and follow through with a task without being micromanaged. Projects differ so you must be enthusiastic and like variety.

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Hospitality on the front lines

This is a unique hospitality placement with a family-owned & operated establishment located in the heart of Barcelona (along Las Ramblas). They seek talented business or hospitality students. The interns will receive a well-rounded experience in all facets of the business including reception/check in, accounting, finance, ordering and operations. The organization is dedicated to offering a valuable experience and encourages feedback and participation from the intern in the business, allowing for an amazingly tailored experience. REQUIREMENTS: Rising Junior, 3.0 GPA. A native English speaker with some Spanish background is ideal.

Ideal Candidate: Hospitality/Tourism experience and/or coursework. Must have interest in hospitality. Native English speaker is best. Great attitude needed, friendly and willing to bring fresh ideas. Owners are very open to feedback from a fresh perspective.

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Client based Travel Services

Interns at this young, dynamic property leasing company will get to experience the real Barcelona. The company refurbishes flats in downtown Barcelona and caters to English speaking students, tourists, and businesspeople. The main tasks in this placement are related to client relations. Students with a hospitality or tourism focus will be able to meet with clients, organize events, provide support, and obtain an intimate glimpse into the industry. A background in hospitality/tourism and intermediate Spanish proficiency are required.

Ideal Candidate: An intern with intermediate Spanish language skills that has a background with coursework in tourism/

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Information Technology/Computing

IT Computing/Web Marketing

An accommodations service provider with apartment rentals throughout Barcelona is looking for a student or recent grad with IT or web development skills. While tasks will touch on web programming, development, SEO, IT, and general business tasks, the intern will play an integral part in harnessing technology in a marketing capacity. The company is owned by UK citizens who love living in Barcelona! This is an English friendly work environment. REQUIREMENTS: Advanced programming and development skills.

Ideal Candidate: Web student, or student studying marketing. Someone that is outgoing. Spanish is not required for this placement.

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Information Technology/Computing

IT Placement with Major Global Organization

One of the largest search engine organizations in the world is looking for IT interns for its Barcelona office. This specific office specializes in data management, social media, geo-related applications and semantic systems. Interns will have the chance to write script, conduct data analysis for projects and create new programs for their search engines. REQUIREMENTS: Interns must have experience in Linux, Java and Scripting languages. This is an English speaking placement for a big name international company. No Spanish is required, though more proficiency will open up even more doors.

Ideal Candidate: Intern studying IT and/or web design.

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Law with a Top Four Firm

One of the biggest and most iconic audit, tax and advisory firms in the world is looking for a legal intern to support their Barcelona office. This renowned firm is known to work with every Fortune 500 company and provides superior training/grooming for their highly selective international law internship program. Chosen interns will use their advanced proficiency in Spanish on assignments with an assortment of client projects in various departments.

Ideal Candidate: Intern must have an advanced level of Spanish. Business may be done in Spanish and/or English. Law School student preferred. Candidates with a finance background or background in taxes are a plus.

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Legal research for non profit

A great opportunity to gain legal experience in the non profit world. This organization has a great cause and you have the chance to be a part of it! This position involves research into international law, publishing law and immigration. This position requires a proactive intern that does not need hand holding and in return you will be given projects and responsibilities.

Ideal Candidate: Intern studying IT and/or web design.

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Marketing and PR for an NGO

This charity is focused on helping NGOs promote their cause and gain the appropriate funding needed to implement change. Their three main areas of development are Environment, Animal Rights and Education. The intern will work with clients on promoting their cause; help out on social media projects; brainstorm on creative solutions to increase visibility; assist with various marketing and PR tasks.

Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have a good attitude; an interest in NGO/Business/Events/Marketing/PR; and be enthusiastic about creative ways to get the organization noticed. The office is informal and everyone works together at times so team players are necessary.

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Digital Publishing Internship with a Nonprofit

A great opportunity to gain digital publishing experience in the non profit world. This organization has a great cause and you have the chance to be a part of it! This position involves the managing of digital assets, working with the operations department to deliver e-books and publishing workflow. This position requires a proactive intern that does not need hand holding and in return you will be given projects and responsibilities.

Ideal Candidate: Candidates must love books, be fluent in spoken and written English, and have strong technical skills.

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Public Relations

World Renowned PR Firm

One of the most storied international public relations firms is offering a truly incredible opportunity for anyone in the PR field. This agency has pioneered many practices that are universal today in the PR industry, and some of their clients include HP, eBay and LinkedIn. A massive range of PR functions and responsibilities await the intern selected for this prestigious placement including participating in brainstorms, reading and identifying media clips from clipping services and on-line resources and monitoring client competition coverage. Under direction of the supervisor, the intern will also draft pitch letters and email pitch memos to vendors, pitch the media, assist with preparation of press kits for distribution, update media lists, conduct and compile research and assist with compilation of media coverage reports.

Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have: strong writing skills, advanced Public Relations coursework, excellent organizational skills, the ability to adapt to new conditions and the ability to meet assignment deadlines. Knowledge of MS Office Suite and social media are also required. The roles are generally English speaking with basic Spanish requirements.

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Video Production

Event Video Production

This is an excellent opportunity for a talented video production student with an events organization that specializes in the planning and production of corporate events, festivals and excursions. They even have an “extreme” division which includes skydiving events and whitewater rafting. The selected intern will document particular events and excursions as well as create short videos for promotional use.

Ideal Candidate: Creative intern that has experience in video production and/or graphic design.

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Barcelona Internship Program Eligibility

Participants for the Barcelona internship program are required to be 19-30 years of age, have some Spanish language experience, and some relevant coursework in their preferred internship career field. US applicants must also be a current university student or a very recent graduate to secure the required visa.

Visa Eligibility

Global Experiences can accept those listed below into the Barcelona Program. If you are uncertain regarding your eligibility please inquire with a program consultant.

The following chart provides more detailed information regarding program eligibility (including Global Experiences and Country visa requirements):

For a stay under 90 days
No Visa Required
Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, South Korea, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Ecuador, United States, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Romania, Saint-Marin, Singapore, United States, Uruguay and Venezuela
  • Valid Passport
  • 19-30 yrs
  • Evidence of financial ability to support oneself

Eligibility and acceptance is determined based on a completed application form and formal acceptance into the program.

Global Experiences Intern Profiles

The following profiles are real examples of past interns, where they went, what they did during their internship and some other insightful information as you consider your own international internship. We are happy to provide further information about these past participants upon request.


Name: Lucy
Company: University of Alabama
Field: Fashion Business
Location: London

Description: Lucy was placed with a high end wedding dress designer.

Tasks: Range of design work, pattern making, cutting, sewing and bead work. Attending fashion week events and promotions

Testimonial: "London is fantastic. I looove everything about it! London Fashion Week was absolutely AMAZING. Words can’t even describe!"

Name: Robert
Company: Université de Moncton
Field: Law/Legal
Location: Paris

Description: The firm where I was placed was small but very active in employment law and international arbitration. My mentor and her staff were very helpful in explaining the office procedures and were very attentive to bringing me on board to work on various projects. The firm used a team approach with regular discussions on how to handle the different files. My mentor also made sure that I was able to observe a variety of law courts in the Paris region.

Tasks: The project that I am particularly proud of is helping put together a presentation on international labor arbitration that my mentor presented to the Honourable Society of Gray's Inn, in London, U.K..

Testimonial: “The internship in Paris that Global Experiences provided me was excellent in every way. First, the application process was thorough in making sure that I would be placed in a situation where I could achieve my goals, and the subsequent pre-trip assistance was very helpful. The host family, where I was accommodated, was welcoming and inclusive, and the location of their apartment in the heart of the city made it easy to get around. The two-week language course, prior to the internship placement, enabled me to renew my command of the French language, as well as become accustomed to the Parisian accent. In addition, it was great during that time, to be able to get to know the other North American program participants, which led to later getting together on a regular basis to sightsee and to socialize. The provided cell phone helped us all keep in touch. Last but not least, the actual intern placement met all my expectations. Having completed my first year of law (in Canada, law is a post-graduate degree), I was anxious to gain experience working in a law firm and to do it in French (Canada is a bilingual country). All in all, it was a tremendous learning experience for me, living in Paris, immersing myself in the culture, and doing meaningful work in my chosen profession. Thank you Global Experiences.”

Name: Nancy
Company: Siena College
Field: Environmental Science
Location: Washington, DC

Description: I am majoring in Environmental Studies at Siena College in Loudonville, New York. For my major, I am required to take an internship related to Environmental Studies. I knew I wanted to make the best of my internship experience by working in another part of the United States or the world. I came across the Global Experiences website and saw that they offered an internship opportunity in Washington, D.C. and so I applied.

Tasks: Research, presentations, writing reports.

Testimonial: "Interning in Washington, D.C. through Global Experiences was the best opportunity I had in my life. I worked for a non-profit Environmental Organization working to improve China’s environmental quality and I gained great experience by being able to attend meetings and do research on climate change. Not only did I have a great working experience but I also made friends that I will have for a lifetime and networked with many people. I would recommend anyone to take an internship through Global Experiences because the knowledge gained through working and networking, meeting new people, and being able to go to events was truly one of the greatest experiences of my life and has helped me grow as a person."

Name: Charlotte
Company: University of Edinburgh
Field: Fashion Business
Location: Sydney

Description: My placement is a wonderful little fashion company, everyone is friendly and the clothes are gorgeous!

Tasks: I have a very hands on role regarding web orders, updating the website, seeing to PR requests which is brilliant as I get to choose which clothes to send to the magazines!

Testimonial: “I went to a fashion show this afternoon which was really good fun and now have a stack of Australian fashion magazines which came in our goody bags! I have had a fabulous first week. It has gone so quickly! Firstly the other interns, who I met last Friday, and myself went to a zoo in Sydney last Sunday and we are also going out tonight for a meal and maybe a couple of drinks! They all seem lovely! In a couple of weeks there will be more work to do with their birthday celebrations events so that will be exciting. But overall a wonderful first week in Sydney! It is forecast to be 27 degrees this weekend so think I’m going to head to the beach!!”

Name: Rushana
Company: Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Field: Finance/Economics
Location: London

Description: I signed up for the program with Global Experiences in the end of winter 2009. Global Experiences arranged my placement and a great place to live with our large group of interns for the summer. My internship was in my field of study and I earnt credit from my home university. I learned a lot about the finance industry in London. People at work were very friendly and helped me a lot to get more comfortable in the office. There was a group of around 25-30 students who came at the same time I did and we all lived in the same building but in different apartments. I lived with one girl from Canada and we got along very well. Weekends were always free and that was the time when I learned more about London. We went to different parts of London, Oxford, Scotland with my friends that I made while living in that city. The only one thing that I was not prepared for was the weather! I thought since I am going to live in London in the summer it will be warm, I should have brought a jacker! But I loved shopping there are so many amazing clothes stores in London. Two months of my internship went by very fast and in no time I was back at home. I gained a lot of experience working in a finance industry; I met a lot of new people and got familiar with London!

Tasks: Rushana worked alongside the director of Policy and Taxation. Tasks included: research into international banking policy, prepared briefing summaries for the director, initiating working on responses for British Code of Practice.

Testimonial: "I am a 3rd year student majoring in International Business and Finance at Rochester Institute of Technology. This past summer I spent in London doing [an] internship in a banking industry with Global Experiences. It was great, studying different cultures, learning about London and meeting a lot of new people. I always wanted to go [to] London and not just as a tourist, but actually live there and experiencing working and studying. I had the time of my life."

Our Placement Process

We excel at matching each intern with the best employer by learning about you and your expectations of your experience abroad. There is not another group or company that does this as well as Global Experiences.

Finding the career that is right for you is a journey that may last a lifetime. Global Experiences will help you identify your personal and professional interests and skills while affording you an opportunity to apply those in a real world work environment.

Global Experiences does not place you with just any company, but rather walks you through a comprehensive consultation to understand your academic background, learning and career objectives, language proficiency (where relevant), and whether you are interested primarily in the cultural travel experience or the professional development opportunity. Getting to know you and understanding all of these variables helps Global Experiences identify the internship that will best serve your needs and expectations.

We work with thousands of employers worldwide covering a broad range of academic and career fields. Once you inquire with Global Experiences, we learn as much about you and convey the types of placements that are available. We are generally able to let you know in our first contact whether you are a good candidate for our program. As we guarantee our internships, Global Experiences will not accept you into the program unless we are confident about finding a suitable placement.

Once you are accepted into the program and pay your program deposit, Global Experiences will immediately begin formalizing your internship placement. We will work with you to create an effective resume, prepare for an interview, and organize the documentation required to secure your visa. All participants will have access to a portal of pre-departure information that will help prepare you for your Global Experience.

Barcelona Internship Schedule

The following is a schedule of dates and fees for the Barcelona internship program

Spain: Barcelona 12 weeks (Fall 2014)

Start Date: 8/31/2014
USD Cost: $6,990.00

Spain: Barcelona 12 weeks (Spring 2015)

Start Date: 1/11/2015
USD Cost: $6,990.00

Spain: Barcelona 10 weeks (Summer 2015)

Start Date: 05/31/2015
USD Cost: $6,990.00

How to Apply

While career development and true cultural immersion are lifelong endeavors, we make the process of securing an international internship quick and easy. Five simple steps and you will be involved in an unforgettable experience that will truly give you an edge in life.

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