With great influence in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, and the arts, Barcelona has made its mark as a major player in the global market. Walk to work or take the metro, bus, or tram through this remarkable city of architectural and cultural wonders. Lunch is always an opportunity to sample the best of Mediterranean fare: delicious tapas, the freshest seafood, and Crema Catalana for dessert!

An IES Internship develops your professional skills, your ability to communicate across cultures, and provides substantive work experience to jump-start your career in today’s competitive job market. The optional language class increases your Spanish language proficiency and fluency. You’ll be guaranteed* an unpaid internship placement at a local business or organization, where you’ll work for at least 22 hours a week. We will work with you to help find the closest match between your expressed preferences and professional goals with what’s available via IES Internships in Barcelona. Before you go, your internship coordinator will 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.

When you arrive, the staff at our Barcelona Center will welcome you for orientation. This includes an introduction to the city including housing, commuting, and professional and cultural expectations. The Barcelona Center is your central place for instruction, support, and meeting other interns. You also will enroll in a required 3- or 6-credit academic internship seminar with other IES Abroad interns, where you’ll learn about a variety of local business settings and opportunities. You also can enroll in an optional 3-credit Spanish language course.

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, 6, or 9 credits
  • Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
  • Language Prerequisites: None (some Spanish knowledge preferred for select placements)

Program Dates

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

Summer 2018

May 22 - July 21

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

Application deadline has passed


Our Academic Seminar

While working in Barcelona, you’ll enroll in a required 3- or 6-credit academic internship seminar with other IES interns, where you’ll gain context for your internship placement by examining cultural issues in 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

You may also enroll in an optional 3-credit Spanish language course taught at the Center.


This is a list of planned course offerings. A final list of course offerings will be made available to you in your MyIESabroad account. To learn more about IES Abroad’s innovative theoretical and pedagogical approaches to teaching language abroad, refer to the IES Abroad MAP for Language & Intercultural Communication.

Internship Seminar

  • IN 395 - Internship Seminar: Leading Across Cultures (6 credits) (Summer)
  • IN 395 - Internship Seminar: Leading Across Cultures (in English - 3 credit) (Summer)
  • IN 395 - Internship Seminar: Leading Across Cultures (in Spanish - 3 credit) (Summer)


  • SP 101-INT - Spanish Language in Context: Novice Abroad I (Summer)
  • SP 221 - Spanish for Professions: Novice Abroad (Summer)
  • SP 321 - Spanish for Professions: Independent Abroad (Summer)


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 Abroad students live in a home with local residents and students share a double room. You are provided two meals a day (breakfast and dinner) while the program is in session.

Apartments – You live with three to five other IES Abroad students in double rooms. A Barcelona Cultural Companion or tutor cultural may also live in the apartment to help you with cultural integration. Apartments have fully-equipped kitchens, and meals are not provided.

Student Life


The program begins with a 3 day orientation that introduces you to the IES Abroad Barcelona staff, your fellow students, and the city of Barcelona. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, extra curricular activities,professional and cultural expectations, and health and safety are covered during this time.

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 prior to application; rising junior status at 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.)
  • Students must be enrolled in a full-time degree program, or a graduate intending to begin their internship no more than 12 months after their graduation date (solid academic credentials related to studies or experience in 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.
  • 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.
  • Previous study of the Spanish language is not required. Basic comprehension and conversational ability may be preferred for competitive placements.

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. Visit to locate U.S. passport agencies in your area. 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 prior to arrival.


Summer 2018 3 Credits

  • Tuition: $5,145
  • Housing: $1,900
  • Insurance: $135
  • Total: $7,180

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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