Intern in this mediterranean metropolis while immersing yourself in language and culture. Walk to work or take the metro, bus, or tram through this remarkable city of architectural and cultural wonders. Lunch is always the 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.
You'll be guaranteed an unpaid placement at a local business or organization, where you'll work for at least 22 hours a week. You also will enroll in a required 1- or 6-credit academic internship seminar with other IES interns, where you’ll learn about a variety of local business settings and opportunities. You can also enroll in an optional 3-credit Spanish language course taught at the Center.
Before you depart, 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.
Spend your free time getting to know Barcelona and its surroundings through IES Internships-organized cultural events and optional field trips to places like Costa Brava, Valencia, and Tarragona.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
While working in Barcelona, you will enroll in a required 1- or 6-credit academic internship seminar with other IES interns. Topics include:
You also can enroll in an optional 3-credit Spanish language course taught at the IES Barcelona 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.
IN 395 Leading Across Cultures Internship Seminar - 1 credit
IN 395 Leading Across Cultures Internship Seminar - 6 credits
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.
During your time abroad, you live in a student apartment with three to five other IES interns in mostly double or triple rooms. Live-in Spanish Resident Assistants (RAs) guide you in cultural integration. No meals are provided, but the apartments have fully-equipped kitchens.
Part of making you feel at home in Barcelona is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.
The staff at our Barcelona Center will welcome you for orientation. This includes an introduction to the city including housing, commuting, student life, and professional and cultural expectations. The Barcelona Center is your central place for instruction, support, and meeting other interns.
You can participate in field trips and extracurricular activities in and around Barcelona, and cultural activities at the IES Barcelona Center.
All field trips are optional for Internship students and additional costs apply. These trips are academic, not solely touristic, in nature. Potential destinations include:
Dr. Cèsar Alegre AlsinaIES Abroad Director
Dr. Cèsar Alegre Alsina has been the Director of our Barcelona programs since 2008. He is originally from Barcelona and speaks Spanish, Catalan, and English fluently. He brings more than 20 years of experience in higher education to IES Abroad, including a noteworthy teaching career in the United States, experience in student services, and a strong research portfolio. Before coming to IES Abroad, Dr. Alegre Alsina taught Spanish language, as well as Spanish and Hispanic Culture and Literature at Amherst College for 16 years. He is the author of a book on Hispanic Americans (Scholastic), and has contributed to the Encyclopedia of Hispanic Americans (BRG Oxford) and numerous articles and reviews in American and international journals. Dr. Alegre Alsina received his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University, his Master’s degree in Hispanic Literature at Auburn University, and his doctorate from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
IES Abroad Staff
Jane EwartHead of Registration and Advising
Francesc FontesAdministration Coordinator
Pilar GraciaAdministration Coordinator
Salvador OrtizOutside Courses and Customized Programs Coordinator
Noemí PoloStudent Affairs Coordinator - Health and Safety, Homestays
María RomeroAssistant Dean of Faculty
Olga SánchezHead of Student Affairs
Beatriz TabernerCenter Administrator
Ferran TeresStudent Affairs Coordinator - Apartments
Betsey TufanoGeneral Manager and Director of Administration
Alex WalkerDirector of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty
María MejíasLanguage Faculty Advisor
Ignasi PérezArea Faculty Advisor/p>
Ataúlfo PortelaLanguage Faculty Advisor
Laura VázquezLanguage Faculty Advisor
Cèsar Alegre AlsinaSpanish Language, Literature and Linguistics
Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics, University of Massachusets Amherst
John Frederick AndersonMaster of Arts in Documentary Photography, University of Wales College Newport, UK
Sandra BecerrilSpanish Language
Nieves BorregoSpanish Language
Rosa BrionSpanish Language
Ph.D. (in progress) Linguistics, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Ph.D. in Biology, Universitat de Barcelona
Laura CerviPhD. in Political Science, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain- Università degli Studi di Pavia, Italy
Matthew ClearArt History
Ph.D. in Mediterranean History, University of Sussex
Josep María ContrerasSpanish Language
Xavier De PedroEnvironmental Studies, Sociology
Ph.D. in Biology, Universitat de Barcelona
Ph.D. in History, Tufts University
Marga García BolivarSpanish Language
Ph.D. in Spanish Literature and Linguistics, Temple University
Ph.D. in History, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Dawn HiscockAnthropology, Sociology
Jeannine HorowitzInternational Business
Ph.D. in Genetics/Biochemistry, University of East Anglia/John Innes Institute
Sinan HosadamPolitical Science
Ph.D. (in progress) in Political and Social Science, Graduate Center, City University of New York
Pep InglésCatalanPh.D. (in progress) in Spanish as a Second Language, Universitat de Barcelona
Ph.D. (in progress) in Management Sciences, Universitat Ramon Llull
Raúl LozanoSpanish Language
Ph.D. in Hispanic Philology, Universitat de Barcelona
Meritxell MartínReligious Studies
Ph.D. in History of Religions, University of Virginia
James McGladeHistory, Archaeology
Ph.D. in Archaeology, Cambridge University
María MejiasSpanish Language
Ph.D. (in progress) in Education Studies, Universitat de Barcelona
HistoryPh.D. in History, University of East Anglia
Mauricio MolinaPhD in Philosophy Music, City University of New York
International BusinessMBA, Emory University
Iolanda NievesSpanish Language
Ignasi PérezHistory, Political Science
Ph.D. in Political Science with European Honors (Doctor Europeo), Universitat de Barcelona/University of Florence
Nuria PlazaSpanish Language
Ph.D. (in progress) in Philology, 17th Century Spanish Literature, Universitat de Barcelona
M.A. Spanish, Miami University, Oxford Ohio
Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, University of Southern CA
Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Manchester
Daniel RodriguezMáster Spanish Teaching as a Foreign Language, University of Granada
Ph.D. in Archaeology, University of Texas at Austin
Isabel SanchezArt History
Nuria SilvestreSpanish Language
PsychologyPh.D. in Mental Health, Trinity College, Dublin
Anna Solé del BarrioMaster Degree in Economic History, Universitat de Barcelona
Suzanne StrumUrban Studies
Ph.D. (in progress) in Architectural Theory and History
Laura VázquezSpanish Language
Ph.D. (in progress) in Teaching of Language and Literature, Universitat de Barcelona
Alexander WalkerUrban Studies
Ph.D. in Planning Studies, University College London
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