Intern in Barcelona with The Intern Group (Summer)
- UAlbany students, come intern with The Intern Group in Barcelona, Spain! This is an excellent opportunity for UAlbany Global Distinction candidates who are studying Spanish and/or Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
- The Intern Group's personalized process ensures that you will be interning in the industry sector of your choice, in a role that is tailored to your professional goals.
- An internship in a global city like Barcelona will make you stand out from the crowd. As one of millions of young people applying for their first job, you need to find a way to jump off the page!
- You’ll make friends and expand your professional network in Barcelona and beyond because the program participants come from all over the world.
- Moving to a new place can be unsettling. That is why The Intern Group team is there to give you support 24/7.
- The program also includes your accommodation, visa assistance, professional development workshops, social events, access to Talk Space, and a one-on-one career coaching session when you finish the program.
The Intern Group offers first-class internships across all career fields, year-round placing talented international participants in internships in Europe, Asia, Australia, North America, and Latin America. The Intern Group is regularly featured in the world’s top media, including CNN, Time, WSJ and Forbes. UAlbany is pleased to offer 8-week summer internships in Barcelona to Global Distinction candidates and other UAlbany and SUNY students, particularly those planning to work in Spain.
Course Descriptions and Syllabi
The Intern Group’s international internship program in Barcelona is the perfect way for students to climb the career ladder and travel the world. International interns can gain hands-on experience in Spain, one of Europe’s strongest economies, while taking advantage of everything the country’s beautiful geography has to offer.
The Intern Group offers international internships across all career fields, from Engineering to PR and Marketing, and TIG alumni have interned with corporations and NGOs alike. No matter your interests or background, there’s something for everyone in Spain.
Review The Intern Group’s website for more information regarding program offerings and placement options.
You will earn 8 credits for an 8-week internship (1 credit/week) after the successful completion of an online internship reflection course (GEB3000: International Internship Program via The Intern Group) offered by Florida A&M University. Grading is Pass/Fail.
From the course syllabus: “This course is designed to assist, enhance, and monitor a student’s progress while completing an international experiential learning assignment. The course consists of an international internship role; related sessions and materials delivered in the internship city; and an online component through the course management system. At the conclusion of this course, it is expected that the student will have cultivated a higher level of professional and career development, critical thinking skills, global and cultural awareness, communication skills, and teamwork skills; and the ability to apply all of these to future professional and educational opportunities.”
If you want to improve your Spanish language skills, The Intern Group offers optional group lessons, at all levels of proficiency, for an added fee.
General Education Information for UAlbany Students
Credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. Three credits of foreign language study will satisfy the Foreign Language requirement.
Major/Minor Information for UAlbany Students
Courses may also satisfy major and minor requirements, upon approval by the department.
All courses taken abroad count towards UAlbany General Elective credits. Credits and grades will appear on your UAlbany transcript. You may file a request to have additional courses approved for equivalency as necessary.
The Intern Group provides each student with their own private bedroom in a shared living space, in one of Barcelona’s safest neighborhoods. All apartments are equipped with bedding, basic cooking utensils, and WiFi.
Although meals are not included in the program, all participants will have access to a kitchen where they can cook with fellow interns and roommates. There are also many affordable restaurants in Barcelona.
Estimate of Costs
For reference, review the Summer 2019 Estimate of Costs. Please check back soon for the Summer 2020 Estimate of Costs.
The program charge includes an internship placement in your first or second choice of career field, accommodation, visa assistance, cultural and social activities, professional development workshops, transportation, access to Talk Space, and a one-on-one career coaching session.
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Remember to speak with the Office of Financial Aid at your home campus to determine how your aid package could apply towards your program abroad.
Applicants must be UAlbany or SUNY students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher, and have accumulated at least 24 college-level credits before the start of their international internship. Before applying, please check the UAlbany Education Abroad Subject fields to ensure that The Intern Group offers an internship in your future career field in Barcelona.
The Intern Group organizes regular optional events for program participants on a weekly basis. Whether it is trips to museums, cinemas, or restaurants in Barcelona, or day-trips outside of the city, interns will always have plenty of things to do while in Spain. Program excursions include:
- Gaudi La Pedrera night tour
- Girona, Figueres and Dali Museum Day Trip
- Camp Nou Lunch and Tour
Most financial aid and academic awards will apply to semester programs.
External scholarships, listed on our website, are a good way to partially fund your study abroad experience. In addition, the Center for International Education and Global Strategy offers two scholarship programs for UAlbany students studying abroad on UAlbany or 4-year SUNY programs.
More information on applying to these scholarships is located on the Scholarships web page. Pay special attention to the new Great Dane Internship Scholarship.
The Intern Group also offers various funding opportunities listed on their Financing web page, including financial aid, grants and scholarship resources.
- UAlbany students receive a $300 USD discount towards any program with The Intern Group
- Pell Grant-eligible students will receive a $500 discount, courtesy of The Intern Group.
- You can also receive $300 USD for referring a friend to the program and $1,000 for referring your sibling to the program.
- Check The Intern Group’s financing page to see if you’re eligible for any other honor society discount.
- Global Distinction candidates are eligible to apply for a partial flight voucher.
In Their Own Words
“My internship experience in Barcelona this summer with The Intern Group was great. The Intern Group sets up everything for you, from getting you your actual internship to housing and transportation. Barcelona is an amazing city and I felt very safe the whole time. I would say it is safer than most cities in the world. The Culture in Barcelona is awesome as well. I would recommend learning a few simple phrases in Spanish but it really is not necessary to know Spanish to have a successful internship. When I first arrived, I wanted to meet people and make friends to explore the city and take weekend trips with. Caterina who was my coordinator with TIG set up a full social calendar for us and I met lots of friends, many of whom I am still in touch with. One of the biggest highlights for me was making new friends from all over the world.”
-Daniel, The Intern Group Barcelona alumnus
About the City
Where relaxed weekend beach life meets bustling innovative city during the work week, Barcelona is an obvious choice for an internship abroad. Birthplace to some of the world’s most famous artists and architects, Barcelona is a bohemian paradise.
In the professional realm, Barcelona is an international hub for business, fashion, manufacturing, social media, tourism, biotechnology and science. The opportunities in Barcelona are endless.
A valid passport is required to participate in this program. More information regarding the visa application process is available upon acceptance to the program. While The Intern Group provides advising, students are responsible for acquiring and paying for their own visa. For more eligibility-related questions, please refer to the Eligibility section on The Intern Group’s website.
Applications become available online one semester before the program start date, based on the following timeline:
- Summer programs: December
06/06/2020 to 07/31/2020
About the Program
Your internship program includes an internship placement in your first or second-choice of career field, accommodation, visa assistance, cultural and social activities, professional development workshops, access to Talk Space, transportation, and a one-on-one career coaching session.
Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet other program participants, discuss in-depth the details of your program, and prepare for the overall education abroad experience. The summer semester pre-departure orientation will be conducted the week before the end of Spring UAlbany classes.
Upon arrival in Barcelona, you will attend a mandatory orientation. This is an important and informative set of sessions organized by The Intern Group.
UAlbany’s Office of Education Abroad staff assists you during the application process, in your preparation to travel abroad, and on-site if necessary. The Intern Group also provides you with access to a licensed online therapist for up to 3 months using Talk Space. The Intern Group’s staff serve as an experienced resource for resolving issues that you may encounter while abroad.