Barcelona Internships Overview

    Imagine living in paradise for 10-12 weeks while improving your Spanish skills and gaining professional experience in your career field. Make your dreams a reality with one of our full-time internships in Barcelona, Spain this summer, fall, or spring. Home to hundreds of businesses, agencies, and non-profits, Barcelona is an ideal location for anyone who is interested in international business, public relations, NGO’s, law, finance, or tourism.

    Along with your internship in Spain, you will partake in Spanish courses for the first few weeks of the program to better prepare you for your internship placement and daily life in Spain

    About Barcelona

    Located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is famous for its colorful architecture, amazing food, and welcoming people. With its unique characteristics, it is no surprise that Barcelona is consistently ranked as as one of the world’s top 10 tourist destinations. Millions flock to the sandy coasts each year to indulge in the Spanish culture of living life to the fullest.

    Furthermore, the aesthetic design of Barcelona is unlike any other city in the world with a blend of mosaics and original creations by famous local visionary architect Antoni Gaudi. Couple that with some of Europe’s most famous beaches, delicious local cuisine, the largest football (soccer) stadium in all of Europe, and a flare for flashy nightlife and celebrations, and you’ll have your hands full trying to see and do everything you set out to see and do during your internship in this vibrant and exciting city.

    What to expect from the Barcelona Internship Program

    So I bet you’re wondering what students experience day to day during their internship in Spain and I want to give you a sneak peek! Internships in Barcelona for college students provide an opportunity to be involved in one of Europe’s most international, vibrant cities where you can thrive off of the energy of the city and its people.

    Apart from your fellow interns on the program you will also connect with your colleagues at your internship and the people of the city. You’ll find that the work atmosphere is much more casual in Barcelona. Dress codes are rarely formal and it is not a very hierarchical workplace. It’s an inclusive culture where most colleagues eat meals together which helps interns acclimate to their new team. Since lunch is late in the day (typically 2pm) and dinner is as well (typically 9-10pm) most people take time after work to enjoy a stroll, work out, go to the market and wind down.

    Want to get to know the locals? Barcelona’s entrepreneurial spirit is on display with the many new independent restaurants opening which makes the cultural scene rich! Get out amongst the locals and enjoy the buzz currently surrounding new restaurants in St Antoni and El Raval. It’s one of the best ways to connect with a culture and practice your language skills.

    After the work week Barcelona is ready for the weekend! Most people go out later and stay out later than other cultures are accustomed to on the weekends. It is customary to follow dinner by going to see live music or spending time with friends in dance clubs or bars after dinner. It’s a relaxed atmosphere and depending on the weather, there are a lot of great options outdoor as well.

    Being in such a vivacious, collaborative culture is step one to expanding your network, enhancing your skill-set and creating the experience of a lifetime. Viva Barcelona.

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    Program Dates & Tuition

    Barcelona 12 weeks (Fall 2015)

    Start Date: 08/30/2015

    USD Cost: $7,990 SAVE $1000 (Reg. $8,990)

    Barcelona 12 weeks (Spring 2016)

    Start Date: 01/10/2016

    USD Cost: $8,990

    Barcelona 9 weeks (Summer 2016)

    Start Date: 05/30/2016

    USD Cost: $7,990

    Barcelona Intern Testimonials

    There are many Spanish-speaking countries and cities in the world, but Barcelona has so much to offer with its rich culture, friendly locals, beautiful architecture, and sunny beaches.
    Hannah S.
    University of Richmond / NGO's/Nonprofits
    Initially, I took a leap of faith by trusting a company to find suitable employment and accommodations for me in a country I had never visited before. Global Experiences went above and beyond my expectations by matching me with a wonderful internship with a beautiful and convenient apartment, and ample social excursions. I left Barcelona feeling like I experienced everything I could dream of, opened my eyes to a new way of life, and learned more about myself and the world around me.
    Nicole J.
    Emory University / Business
    I loved every bit of the internship from my apartment to my roommates and my work. I made lifelong friends and know that if I ever needed assistance or have a question with my new career than I always contact my old employer. Having Global Experience on my resume has been great for gaining interest of possible future employers therefore landing interviews more frequently.
    Shannon M.
    Georgia State University / Event Management
    This experience has helped me both realize my professional and personal goals. I am definitely even more confident to return to Europe for work or school. I am eager to go home and continue working on my language skills. I think that the experiences from traveling so independently will be very valuable in a professional setting. I look forward to applying for more advanced jobs now thanks to what I've learned in this internship.
    Marketing and Public Relations / Ohio State University
    It's made me realize how much I love to travel and experience new things. Magda was awesome! Everyone at Global Experiences was great! I couldn't of had a better time in Barcelona!
    Amy C.
    Merchandising / Colorado State
    I had the time of my life in Barcelona excluding the internship experience. Through everything, I learned a lot about myself, communication, and about other people. Having so much contact with people from different cultures made this experience so much more valuable. I'm leaving my half heart in Barcelona!
    Steff M.
    Event Management / California State University-Fullerton
    It has made me see life differently. Working at my internship definitely got me in the routine of working long hours everyday and working hard. I am more prepared to go into the workforce and have a better idea of what I want to do as a career.
    Evan K.
    Economics and Political Science / University of Colorado-Boulder

    Barcelona Program Inclusions

    Our comprehensive internships in Barcelona provide much more than just your internship placement. We focus heavily on matching you with the best employer so you have a beneficial internship, but we also include a range of other program components to make sure you have an excellent overall experience with your internship in Spain.

    Guaranteed Custom Internship Placement

    At Global Experiences, we guarantee an internship to all participants accepted into our internship programs. We work with applicants on a one-to-one basis to understand their skills, talents and expectations. By getting to know your academic background, career objectives, language proficiency, and overall expectations for your time in Spain, we are able to place you in a dynamic work environment providing real world work experience. We help each prospective intern create an effective résumé, prepare for an interview with potential employers, and get ready for the of thrill of living and working abroad.

    Housing in Barcelona

    The program includes furnished student accommodation for the duration of your program. You will be living in a single room in a shared apartment with other Global Experiences participants, the apartment landlord, or other international students.

    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 at an accredited language school in Barcelona. Program participants will take part in immersion style classes that will be based on each student’s skill level. The language school 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 and/or the internship.

    Social Events & Excursions

    As fervent travelers ourselves, Global Experiences understands there’s more to your trip than your internship in Spain. While your work experience should be your top priority, it’s also important to make time to explore the city and country in which you’re living and cut loose! We coordinate several lively social events and group excursions on your behalf – all of which are included in your program. These events tend to take place every other weekend and, in Barcelona, may include the following: a picnic at Parc Guell, a day trip to Montserrat, day trips to Figures and the Salvador Dali Museum, and group fiestas.

    Other Inclusions

    • Travel and medical insurance
    • Local staff support & 24/7 emergency contact in Barcelona
    • Career development with access to the Clifton StrengthsFinder® assessment
    • Information and assistance obtaining required visa
    • Local Transportation Pass included
    • Welcome social event and orientation meeting
    • Extensive pre-departure information provided by a Program Advisor and online portal
    • Mobile phone or SIM card rental

    Career Fields Available in Barcelona

    Our comprehensive program for our internships in Barcelona provide much more than just your internship placement. We focus heavily on matching you with the best employer so you have a beneficial internship, but we also include a range of other program components to make sure you have an excellent overall experience with your internship in Spain. See below for a representative sampling of available internships in Spain. This list is hardly exhaustive, so apply and speak with a consultant to find out more about what options could be custom tailored to you.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.


    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.


    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/

    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.

    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.

    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.

    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

    All Global Experiences participants must be 18-30 years of age and have at least 1-2 years of relevant university coursework and/or professional experience within their desired internship field. Spanish language skills are not required for internships in Barcelona, but some Spanish is strongly preferred.

    No visa is required for an internship experience in Barcelona that is less than 90 days if you hold a valid passport from one of the countries listed below.

    If you have any questions regarding your eligibility for an internship with Global Experiences in Barcelona please contact us.

    Citizens of the following countries do not require a visa for Spain for a stay of less than 90 days:

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    • Albania
    • Andorra
    • Antigua and Barbuda
    • Argentina
    • Australia
    • Bahamas
    • Barbados
    • Bosnia Herzegovina
    • Brazil
    • British nationals (Overseas)
    • British overseas territories citizens (BOTC)
    • British overseas citizens (BOC)
    • British protected persons (BPP)
    • British subjects (BS)
    • Brunei Darussalam
    • Canada
    • Chile
    • Costa Rica
    • Croatia
    • El Salvador
    • Guatemala
    • Honduras
    • Hong Kong
    • Israel
    • Macedonia
    • Albania
    • Japan
    • Korean Republic
    • Liechtenstein
    • Macao
    • Malaysia
    • Mauritius
    • Mexico
    • Monaco
    • Montenegro
    • New Zealand
    • Nicaragua
    • Northern Mariana Islands
    • Panama
    • Paraguay
    • St. Kitts and Nevis
    • San Marino
    • Serbia
    • Seychelles
    • Singapore
    • Taiwan
    • Uruguay
    • USA
    • Vatican City
    • Venezuela
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    Barcelona Internship Program Tuition and Schedule

    Change your perspective and your future with internships in Barcelona with Global Experiences. Our staff takes great pride in helping young professionals and students achieve their dreams of gaining international work experience. Through our years of experience we’ve crafted an internship program that includes personalized attention from our team, housing, social events and excursions, and award-winning career development.

    Join us for a summer, spring, or fall semester internship in Spain to get an edge in your career. Review this page for more information about program dates, prices, and financing options.

    What’s Included

    • Guaranteed internship placement
    • Professional development
    • Interview preparation
    • Access to the Gallup StrengthsFinder® assessment
    • US-based dedicated Program Advisor
    • Pre-departure informational packets
    • Visa support
    • Furnished accommodation
    • Welcome orientation upon arrival
    • Group social events and excursions
    • Travel/medical insurance
    • International mobile phone or SIM card
    • Local support staff
    • 24/7 emergency contact
    • Spanish language classes

    Payment Options

    Upon acceptance to the program, we require a $1,000 USD deposit to secure your spot. The remainder of the program tuition can be paid with the following options.

    Pay in 30 Days: The program tuition balance will be due within 30 days of enrollment.

    Installment Plan: The Installment plan allows for students to break up the remaining balance into equal monthly payments. The full program tuition must be paid 30 days prior to departure. There is a 5% interest fee on installment payments. Consult the Global Experiences accounts department ( for more information.

    3 Year Plan: Through our partnership with Upstart, you’ll be able to pay off your program over a 3 year period at a low rate. Simply apply, get approved, and secure your funds for your program. You’ll then be able to pay off your program over a longer period of time, reducing your monthly payments.


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    Program Dates & Tuition

    Barcelona 12 weeks (Fall 2015)

    Start Date: 08/30/2015

    USD Cost: $7,990 SAVE $1000 (Reg. $8,990)

    Barcelona 12 weeks (Spring 2016)

    Start Date: 01/10/2016

    USD Cost: $8,990

    Barcelona 9 weeks (Summer 2016)

    Start Date: 05/30/2016

    USD Cost: $7,990

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    Program Tuition Details and Mission Philosophy

    What goes in to our program? We pride ourselves on transparency; below you will see a breakdown of exactly what the program tuition goes towards. Global Experiences is committed to the most affordable programming while still ensuring a top tier experience for our participants..


    Internship placement, pre-departure staff, career development, visa assistance- Ensuring the highest quality and personalized program means having a committed staff spending many hours of one-on-one time with our each of our participants.

    Housing- We often negotiate contracts with housing 18 months in advance and make deposits for our students to ensure we get quality housing in the best location possible.

    Location staff, program orientation costs and social activities- We have permanently based staff in every location, and will send more staff to assist with larger groups when needed to ensure we have plenty of local support for our interns.

    Management and organizational costs- Management, marketing, rent, university program development and campus visits, technology, professional services, travel and program development and other costs.

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