How to Find an Intership in SpainCategory: Student Tips
Have you ever considered doing an internship in Spain? You might be feeling hesitant because maybe you have never been there or maybe you don’t have very much experience branching out and traveling to different countries. However, just because you don’t know what to expect, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. An internship abroad, especially in a country as unique as Spain, will help you to learn so much. Not only will you gain an incredible international experience, but you will be surprised how much you learn about yourself. Having an experience like this can truly be life changing and give you the confidence to achieve your biggest goals and where better to do it as in a place as diverse and beautiful as Spain?
You should also consider how having an international internship would look on your resume. An experience such as this will help you stand out and it will also prove that you aren’t afraid to try new things, be independent and work with people of diverse backgrounds at the same time. Your potential new employer will feel more confident hiring someone with this experience and know that you would be more open to working in and adapting to a diverse work place.
You will be surprised to see how important some of the people you meet on in internship abroad become to you. During this experience, you will see the significance of friendship with people of diverse backgrounds and having internationally based work contacts is always a plus.
Now, if you have decided that Spain might be where you would like to carry out your internship, let us give you a few tips on where to begin and how to make it happen. While making arrangements, don’t stress yourself out and remember that this may be a once in a lifetime chance so just have fun with it, get as much as you can out of it and enjoy every step of the way.
It is possible that you don’t speak Spanish, which will require you to use your patience and resources as best you can, but it doesn’t mean the internship isn’t possible. Although many Spaniards don’t speak English, they often times need people within their businesses who do. That’s where you come in. If you’re not sure where to start, think about tourism. As Spain is such an interesting and popular travel destination for people all around the world, companies in this field need people who speak other languages, such as English.
Another direction you might want to look into is teaching English. Since so many people are interested in learning the language, there is almost always a high demand for native English speakers. So, if you are looking for a way to get involved with the people in your new community and really make a positive impact on their lives, teaching may be the perfect option for you.
You will need to do quite a bit of research to decide which industry you want to work in and what you would like the focal point of your internship to be. Consider your skills and future goals while making this decision. Another big choice will be which city you want to do this in. The most popular areas of Spain for internships are usually the bigger cities, such as, Madrid and Barcelona. If you, on the other hand, feel more comfortable in a more lowkey setting, places like Seville, Granada, Cordoba, and Valencia all have fantastic opportunities for international interns as well.
Madrid, Spain’s capital city, is one of the top choices for international interns. The city has so much to offer and explore. Whether you are interested in tourism, art, nightlife, politics, etc., Madrid will likely be able to fulfill your interests. In Madrid, you will be right in the heart of the hustle and bustle of the nation’s capital. Barcelona is another great choice as it will give you the chance to mingle with the locals and make contacts from all over the world. Barcelona will allow you to enjoy the nearby beaches, explore incomparable architecture and culture that simple isn’t available in other cities. Although Barcelona is more laid back than Madrid, it’s opportunities are so unique and you can rest assured you won’t regret your time spent there. If you decide on going to a bigger city like Madrid or Barcelona, keep in mind that you will need to consider your budget, as like in any big city, rent and other expenses will be a higher.
If you aren’t comfortable in such big cities, Spain has other options that people have enjoyed just as much. Smaller cities such as Seville and Granada also have so much to offer. Their closer-nit communities all for a more personal experience. The tiled patios and cobblestone streets make for beautiful and inviting atmospheres. You will love exploring the city’s markets and historical sites. Since Spain isn’t a huge country geographically, you can still check out places like Madrid and Barcelona on weekends or holidays. Keep in mind that the country has great public transportation which allows for easy and quick weekend travel.
If you don’t know anyone who has travelled to and is familiar with Spain, a great place to start looking for ideas as to how and where to do your internship is, yes you guessed it, the internet. Inter-nations is a great resource for getting connected with expats from all over the world. You can put the word out that you are interested in doing an internship in Spain and you just might come across someone who can point you in the right direction. Another helpful page is the Erasmus Internship Facebook Page is also great as it is specifically set up for discussing just this. You can check the site frequently as new information is constantly being posted there. Internship positions are also advertised on various other sites, such as Spain-Internship.
One of the most highly recommended companies to go through for international internships is CEA Study Abroad, with headquarters in Arizona. They offer internship programs all over the world and work closely with and have multiple options in Spain, specifically in Alicante, Barcelona, Granada, Madrid and Seville. An internship through CEA are all pre-planned and provide you with support throughout the entire process. CEA is also recognized for their efforts in preparing participants with cross-cultural and workplace orientations, housing, social activities, excursions, airport pickup and around the clock support.
Internship Makers is another great place to look at for interning in Spain as they offer programs in Madrid and Barcelona. You can find more information about what they offer at internshipmakers.com. If you are interested in going forward with doing an internship through them, they are very helpful and responsive throughout the process. You will first need to register and set up an initial phone or skype interview. If that goes well, you will need to decide exactly what type of work setting you would like to be placed in and then will be interviewed a second time for the specific internship you are interested in. Next you will need to sign a training agreement and start planning for your time abroad.
IES Internships is another popular choice for students looking to gain international experience through an internship in Spain. They offer a very competitive and beneficial program in Barcelona that will help set you apart from your peers and give you the knowledge, experience and confidence to attain your future goals. You can start finding out more and ask any specific questions at www.IESabroad.org/internships.
So, start spreading the word of what it is you are interested in doing. Start doing some research and asking your questions. Your plans will start coming together you before you know it you will be on the adventure of a lifetime.