Get a head start on your career by gaining international work experience with a semester internship in Barcelona, the economic and cultural hub of the Iberian Peninsula. Barcelona is a major player in many industries, including commerce, education, technology startups, entertainment, media, and fashion. There are also excellent opportunities in international healthcare not-for-profit organizations, and the arts. Build a global network of professional contacts while taking in everything this beautiful Spanish city—located between the bright blue sea and majestic mountains—has to offer.

Our 12-week internship program in Barcelona guarantees an unpaid, for-credit, internship placement of 30 to 40 hours a week in the field of your choice. Develop your professional skills, your ability to communicate across cultures, and gain real work experience that will jump-start your career in today’s competitive job market.

Before you leave to intern abroad, we work with you to find the ideal internship placement that fulfills your career goals. We’ve placed students in a wide variety of organizations and businesses. If we don’t currently work with a business or organization in your field of interest, we will search for a placement that’s right for you. We want you to feel at home in Barcelona, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. From placements and housing to cultural activities, our job is to make sure you have the best internship experience possible. On the weekends, enjoy Barcelona’s whimsical architecture, wonderful food, fantastic art scene, and laid-back Spanish lifestyle. Depending on your work schedule, you may be able to join IES Abroad-organized cultural events and field trips, as well. (These are available at an additional cost.)

With IES Abroad’s dedicated staff and international connections, you can be sure that you’ll find an internship that meets your goals. You’ll learn, and learn to stand out!


Past students have interned in the fields listed below. Keep in mind that this list is by no means exhaustive. We encourage students of all majors to apply.

  • Architecture
  • Business
  • Education & Language Instruction
  • Health*
  • International Relations
  • IT
  • Journalism
  • Law*
  • Marketing
  • Media & Communications
  • Not-for-Profit Organizations
  • Tourism

*Some fields may require a knowledge of Spanish. Speak with your IES Internships Advisor to learn more.

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad Barcelona
  • City: Barcelona
  • Country: Spain
  • Program Credits: 3 per semester
  • Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
  • Language Prerequisites: None

Program Dates

After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.

Fall 2018

  • September 3 - November 24

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

  • Fall 2018 - May 15, 2018
  • Spring 2019 - October 01, 2018


Before you go, we work with you to fine-tune your résumé, perfect your cover letter, and hone your communication and interview skills as we prepare you for working in a new cultural environment. You’ll be guaranteed a placement at a local business or organization that fits your professional interests.

Our Academic Seminar

While working in Barcelona, you’ll also enroll in a required 3-credit internship seminar with other IES interns, where you’ll gain context for your internship placement by examining cultural issues in and outside the workplace. Topics covered include:

  • Understanding workplace culture
  • Improving communication
  • Strengthening work attitude and aptitude
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Navigating issues, challenges, and opportunities so you can succeed on the job in Barcelona and when you return home

Personalized Placements

Past students have interned in the fields listed below. Keep in mind that this list is by no means exhaustive.

  • Architecture
  • Business
  • Education & Language Instruction
  • Health
  • International Relations & Business
  • IT
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Media & Communications
  • Not-for-Profit Organizations
  • Tourism


This is a list of planned course offerings. A final list of course offerings will be made available to you in your MyIESabroad account.


  • ED/IN 395 - Internship Seminar: Education (Fall, Spring)

Internship Seminar

  • ED/IN 395 - Internship Seminar: Education (Fall, Spring)
  • IN 395A - Internship Seminar (Fall, Spring)
  • IN 395B - Internship Seminar (Fall, Spring)


We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Barcelona, it will feel like home.

Homestays – Normally, two or three IES Interns live in a homestay and students share a double room. You are provided two meals a day (breakfast and dinner) while the program is in session.

Student Life


The program begins with an orientation that introduces you to the IES Abroad Barcelona staff, your fellow students, and the city of Barcelona. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, and health and safety are covered during this time. Also, you will take a basic survival language workshop, so you’re able to confidently explore Barcelona. Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home. You will also meet our Barcelona cultural companions or tutors cultures, who will join you on DiscoverIES and help you get to know the Spanish culture. A study journey is included as part of orientation. Past destinations have included Costa Brava and Tarragona.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events DiscoverIES

With 60+ DiscoverIES per semester, you have the exciting opportunity to familiarize yourself with Barcelona through cultural activities led by IES Abroad Barcelona professors. Visit the city’s many influential buildings, learn about its one-of-a-kind history, and become part of the Spanish and Catalan culture. DiscoverIES are also a great way to meet and spend time with other students on your program, as well as IES Abroad Barcelona staff and professors. All DiscoverIES are an additional cost and availability will depend on your work schedule. Past examples of DiscoverIES include:

  • Discover the Quadrat d’Or, or Golden Square, in a guided tour in the Eixample District, an exceptional area that focuses on Barcelona’s Modernist style (Art Noveau) at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century
  • Enjoy a Flamenco workshop, where you’ll learn a few basic dance steps, the history of the dance and attire, and taste traditional Andalucían fare
  • Hike Tibidabo, the tallest mountain in Serra de Collserola, tour the Modernist and Neogothic Sagrat Co Temple, and visit the oldest amusement park in Spain
  • Visit an organic farm and learn about sustainability with an IES Abroad professor

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your home school
  • 2.5 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale (GPAs under 2.5 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • At least sophomore standing before application; rising junior status at the time of program departure. (Students who have completed one year of undergraduate study may apply and will be considered on a case-by-base basis.)
  • Non-U.S. citizens must refer to their local consulate to learn about visa requirements and determine eligibility; IES Internships cannot advise on visa regulations for non-U.S. citizens.
  • Non-U.S. citizens attending school outside the U.S.: Native English fluency or IELTS score of 6.0 or above, taken within the last two years. Visit the IELTS website to find a test location near you. IES Abroad reserves the right, in its sole discretion, not to accept students who it believes do not have the necessary English language competency to succeed in an Internship Program, irrespective of the applicant's score on a language proficiency exam.
  • Students may be enrolled in a full-time degree program, or a graduate intending to begin their internship no more than 5 years after their graduation date (solid academic credentials related to studies or experience in the desired field of placement required); graduate students enrolled in a full-time degree program may apply and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Passport & Visa Requirements

A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required. U.S. citizens in possession of a valid passport do not need to obtain a visa to enter or study in Spain. Non-U.S. citizens may be required to obtain a student visa before arrival.


Fall 2018

  • Tuition: $3,835
  • Housing: $2,700
  • Insurance: $230
  • Total: $6,765

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

Program taught in:
  • English
  • Spanish
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