Study abroad in Barcelona with IFSA

IFSA Summer Internships in Barcelona

Program Overview

Build your resume with an eight-week internship in the incomparable Barcelona, where you can enjoy the seaside Mediterranean culture, tapas, and nightlife while gaining meaningful work experience. With easy access to the rest of Europe, explore all Barcelona has to offer during the week and visit other European cities on the weekends.

Details in a Glance

Application deadline

March 15

Minimum GPA

2.00

Credit load

3 - 10

Housing

Apartment/Flat;Residence Hall/Dormitory

Instruction language

English

Prerequisites

Some placements may require 4 semesters of university-level Spanish. What does this mean?

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Academics

Enhance your learning and develop marketable skills with an eight-week Summer Internship in Barcelona.

Essential Spanish 

If you’ve never studied Spanish before, you’ll take this introductory seminar taught intensively at the beginning of your summer session to complement the IFSA internship experience. By introducing key words and phrases in the classroom—and venturing out into the city to practice them—this class also provides insights into local customs and daily life in Barcelona. (1 U.S. semester credit hour)

International Internship Seminar 

All internships include participation in the International Internship Seminar, which uses a blended learning framework with online and in-person components. Online modules provide structured opportunities to reflect on the practical experience of the internship, learn more about your host country’s business culture, and further develop the professional skills needed for a successful transition from undergraduate coursework into a career or graduate school. Plus, you will engage with an online global cohort of IFSA internship participants, gaining exposure to business cultures around the world. At your IFSA location, you will meet in-person with fellow interns to participate in exclusive field visits, learn from guest speakers about working across cultures, and attend workshops on leveraging your strengths for your future job search at home or abroad. (3 U.S. semester credit hours)

OPTIONAL CLASSES

You may enroll in one additional class per four-week session. All classes are worth 3 U.S. semester credit hours and a supplemental fee is applicable per class.

SESSION 1 CLASS

Understanding Spain Through Its Art

This class aims to provide the students with knowledge of Spanish culture within the context of art history. The history of the Spanish culture will be evaluated through the lenses of its most well-known artists including Goya, Picasso, Gaudí, Miró, and Dalí, among others. Through films, field visits across Barcelona, and multiple visual and audiovisual assignments, students will develop a critical understanding the past and present of the current Spain in which we live. (3 U.S. semester credit hours)

SESSION 2 CLASS

The Economics of Professional Soccer

Professional soccer, or football as it is more commonly known, is both a multicultural obsession and a globalized economic market. FC Barcelona, one of the world’s top soccer brands, was valued at more than $1.5 billion USD in 2020. This class explores professional soccer through the lens of behavioral economics, a discipline that blends sociological insight with economic theory. Through a case study of FC Barcelona, we will analyze various aspects of international soccer industries, as well as how professional soccer informs how Spain is viewed around the world. (3 U.S. semester credit hours)

PLACEMENT PROCESS

Once you submit your application, including your resume and an IFSA Internship Intent Form, our experienced advisors will connect with you individually to identify your professional strengths, review your goals, and refine your internship interests. We will also provide internship preparation resources and interviewing tips to further set you up for success.

Our team will match you with meaningful and credible internship opportunities tailored to your interests, strengths, and background. You will interview with your internship match before your placement is confirmed. Keep in mind, final placements are highly dependent on the prior experiences and skills you may have to offer, availability of companies, and the local environment for these positions.

PLACEMENT HIGHLIGHTS

Interns are engaged for 15 or more hours per week with their host organization. All internships are credit-bearing and unpaid opportunities. Interns are jointly supervised by a site supervisor and seminar instructor, and coordinated by IFSA resident staff.

The following list showcases the variety of potential internship opportunities in Barcelona. While some of these internship opportunities may be available for upcoming terms, internship placements do vary from term to term. We will work with you individually to identify a placement that meets your unique personal, academic, and professional goals.

Placements are conducted in English, unless otherwise noted. If you have at least four semesters of Spanish language experience, ask your IFSA Admissions Counselor about opportunities to conduct your placement and/or complete the seminar in Spanish.

Organization: Accounting and finance firm

Subjects Areas: Accounting, Finance, Marketing

Potential Projects: You can work on market research and analysis, financial trends, multinational consulting, and auditing projects.

Language: English

Organization: Education and mentoring organization

Subjects Areas: Education Studies, Marketing

Potential Projects: You can work on marketing and social media for education campaigns, or mentor students to match them with potential future employment.

Language: English

Organization: Corporate finance company focused on acquisitions and mergers

Subjects Areas: Business, Finance, Organizational Management

Language: English

Organization: Coworking, mentoring and networking team

Subjects Areas: Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Organizational Management

Potential Projects: From design to international business to sports events planning, you can work on different projects within the coworking community of entrepreneurs and start-ups.

Language: Spanish

Organization: Government tourism agency

Subjects Areas: Communications, Marketing

Potential Projects: Work on social media marketing and international campaigns promoting Cataluña tourism.

Language: English

Organization: Developer of professional software for retail management

Subjects Areas: Business, Computer Science, Marketing

Potential Projects: Work on operations, sports business, and retail projects.

Language: English

Organization: Provider of subscription-based meal kits in Barcelona

Subjects Areas: Communications, Marketing, Media/Multimedia Studies

Potential Projects: Work on marketing, communications, and web and app design projects.

Language: English

Organization: A global manufacturer and provider of hybrid packaging solutions for beauty brands

Subjects Areas: Communications, Human Resources, Marketing, Organizational Management

Potential Projects: You can work in areas of the organization including human resources, marketing, international business relations, and global manufacturing.

Language: English

Organization: A crowdfunding site which focuses on projects which generate a collective return through promoting the common, open source code and/or free knowledge.

Subjects Areas: Advertising, Communications, Social Work

Potential Projects: You can work on different projects to promote the organization and expand its visibility.

Language: English, Spanish

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Eligibility

  • You must be at least 18 years of age. Students under 18 may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
  • You must be currently attending or recently graduated from a U.S. or Canadian community college, technical college, two-year college, four-year college, or four-year university.
  • You must have completed at least one (1) semester of study at your home institution before the beginning of the term.

Recommendation Letter

Not required.

Visa/Residence Permit Requirement

Not required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. A visa may be required if you are a citizen of another country.

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TRANSCRIPT

Upon completion of your program, IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. semester credit hour system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost. See our Transcripts page for more information.

Excursions

Program Activities:

Activities and excursions are an important piece of your IFSA experience, designed to pull you into the fabric of the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. That said, at times, circumstances beyond our control — including local government regulations and health protocols — could impact our ability to hold these events as planned.

Know that we’ll make every effort to run the activities, trips, and excursions slated for your program. You’ll see detailed examples of previous outings offered during this program below. Keep in mind that the options could look different for your program, and that we cannot guarantee these activities, trips, and excursions.

Activities are optional, but they are included in your total program fee. Activities vary each term based on availability, but previous events have included:

  • Catalan Cooking Class: Experience authentic Catalan cuisine during a Catalan cooking class preparing famous Spanish dishes.
  • Sagrada Familia Tour: Tour Sagrada Familia church, one of the most architectonic beauties of Barcelona.
  • Museum of Art Visit: Bask in the stunning view of Barcelona from the Museum of Art and peruse the most comprehensive collection of Catalan art in the world.
  • Gothic Quarter Tour: Enjoy a guided tour of the Gothic Quarter and several other prominent Barcelona neighborhoods.
  • Flamenco Class: Learn new moves such as sevillanas, rumba, catalana, and soleas during a fun and festive Flamenco class.
Program Excursions:

IFSA excursions are included in your total program fee and though these are optional, most students choose to participate. Excursions vary each term based on availability.

  • Figueres Day Trip: Visit Figueres, the birthplace of Salvador Dalí, and Girona, a medieval, walled city and site of several filming locations for The Game of Thrones.
  • Calella Day Trip: Calella is small town on the Costa Brava which preserves its picturesque white houses and traditional fishing village along the Mediterranean.
  • Montserrat Day Trip: Montserrat is a stunning mountain landscape topped with a famous Benedictine monastery and perfect for hiking excursions.
  • Tarragona Day Trip: Tarragona is where you can find the second most important ancient Roman sites in Spain including a mosaic-packed museum and a seaside amphitheater.

Housing and Meals

Housing

Apartment/Flat;Residence Hall/Dormitory

Meals

Self-Catering

Details

You will live in centrally located, fully furnished residences in Barcelona. You will have a private bedroom and private or shared bathroom. You will share a living area and a fully equipped kitchenette. You will purchase your meals or cook for yourself.

Dates and Fees

Term

Term begins

Term ends

Program costs

Application deadline

Summer 2023

May 29, 2023

July 21, 2023

$6,495 (estimated)

March 15

Term

Summer 2023

Term begins

May 29, 2023

Term ends

July 21, 2023

Program costs

$6,495 (estimated)

Application deadline

March 15

Program Counselors

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