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Barcelona – Full-Time Semester Internship

Why Barcelona?

Barcelona is an economic and cultural hub of the Iberian Peninsula. Pair this with the fact that the city is a major player in many industries, including commerce, education, technology startups, entertainment, media, and fashion, and you have yourself the perfect location for a semester internship abroad. (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 the sights and sounds of this bustling Spanish city, located between bright blue sea and majestic mountains. Sample tapas throughout the city’s diverse neighborhoods, head to the Gothic Quarter to see several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, explore one (or more) of Barcelona’s museums— should we go on?

Your Internship

Our program guarantees* an unpaid, for-credit, 12-week internship placement of at least 30 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 go, 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 your placement to housing to cultural activities, our job is to make sure you have the best internship experience possible. If your work schedule allows, join IES Abroad-organized cultural events and field trips to experience the Spanish culture and learn more about your host country and its people. On the weekends, tour the city to taste the delicious cuisine, explore the fantastic art scene, or take in a concert at one of Barcelona’s live music venues.


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

  • Sports and entertainment media company
  • Family support and education center providing space for mothers to meet other moms, work, tend to their pregnancy, and participate in fitness class, while their children enjoy activities such as tai-chi and language classes
  • Medical Center specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • Internationally-recognized real estate company representing the Iberian Peninsula
  • Global personnel recruitment firm with partners in South America, Asia, and Europe
  • Mobile game development company
  • Online e-sports community directed at fans
  • Hospital specializing in pediatrics, gynecology, and obstetrics
  • Public elementary and primary school working with children from underserved communities
  • Global venture capital fund specializing in the internationalization of startups across Europe and Asia

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

Don’t see what you're looking for? Just talk to your IES Internships Representative—new internships are always being added!

Daily Life

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.)

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$5 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our financial aid programs.


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.

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 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

Your internship coordinator will work with you to find a placement in the field of your choice. We’ve placed past interns in the fields listed below.

  • Business
  • Education/Language Instruction
  • Health (non-clinical)*
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • IT
  • Journalism
  • Law*
  • Marketing
  • Media & Communications
  • Not-for-Profit Organizations
  • Psychology (non-clinical)*
  • Tourism
  • And more!

Don’t see your field listed? Just talk to your IES Internships Advisor. We are always finding new opportunities.

*Some fields might require an advanced knowledge of Spanish.


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

Course Name Term Language Credits
ED/IN 395 - Internship Seminar: Education Fall, Spring English 3
Internship Seminar
Course Name Term Language Credits
ED/IN 395 - Internship Seminar: Education Fall, Spring English 3
IN 395A - Internship Seminar Fall, Spring, Summer English 3
IN 395B - Internship Seminar Fall, Spring Spanish 3
SO/IN 395 - Internship Seminar: Social Action Fall, Spring English 3
Course Name Term Language Credits
SO/IN 395 - Internship Seminar: Social Action Fall, Spring English 3

Field Trips & Events

Though you’ll be living and working in Barcelona, you also have the opportunity to join IES Abroad-organized field trips that take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. These trips are available for an additional cost and are dependent on your work schedule.

Here are a few possible destinations:

The Basque Country & Navarre
4 Days | Fall & Spring
Discover the unique gastronomy of the Basque Country, learn from artisans who elaborate local delicacies, and attempt to create (with your own hands) the meals that make up this rich culinary tradition.

4 Days | Fall & Spring
Explore this vibrant city with a youthful population that provides a clear window into Spain’s unique historical symbiosis of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism.

Costa Brava
3 Days | Fall & Spring
Visit Greek and Roman ruins, the medieval city of Girona, and the “dreamland” of Salvador Dalí between Barcelona and the French border.

3 Days | Fall & Spring
Discover the vibrant capital of Spain! See the works of El Greco, Goya, and Velazquez first-hand in the world-famous Prado Museum.

3 Days | Fall & Spring
The island of Mallorca offers visitors exquisite beaches, stunning art and architecture, and views that inspire

1 Days | Fall & Spring
Explore volcanic terrain and hike through the forest of this northeastern county of Catalonia.

1 Day | Fall & Spring
Spend the day hiking the mountain of Montserrat and visit the Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey.

Note: IES Abroad field trip destinations, activities, and lengths of stay may vary according to term and availability.

Daily Life

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 welllocated and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services.


The program begins with an orientation that introduces you to the IES Abroad Barcelona staff, your fellow students, and the city of Barcelona.

Our Comprehensive Orientation & Re-Entry Experience (CORE™) begins right when you arrive and continues through the semester with activities focusing on academic and cultural adjustment. Detailed information about housing, public transportation, culture, health and safety, and other important topics are also covered.

You will also meet our Barcelona Cultural Companions or tutores culturales, 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 Tarragona.


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).

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events


Through our IES Abroad Barcelona Center, you have the exciting opportunity to familiarize yourself with Barcelona through cultural activities led by IES Abroad Barcelona professors. With more than 60 DiscoverIES per semester, you can visit the city’s many influential buildings, learn about its one-of-a-kind history, and become part of the Spanish and Catalan cultures. 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.

Past examples of DiscoverIES include:

  • Visit an organic farm and learn about sustainability with an IES Abroad professor
  • 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 behind the dance and attire, and taste traditional Andalucían fare
  • Hike Tibidabo, the tallest mountain in Serra de Collserola, tour the Modernist and Neo-Gothic Sagrat Cor Temple, and visit the oldest amusement park in Spain

Get to Know Your New City

Have Fun in the Sun

Spend time strolling and swimming under the sun along Barcelona's four miles of sandy beaches.

Hike Mount Juic

A climb up this hill offers spectacular views of the city. From here, you can also explore several great museums and the beautiful buildings from the 1992 Olympic Games.

Check Out Some Live Music

From huge festivals to hole-in-the-wall venues, playing everything from electronica to punk, there’s more to Barcelona’s music scene than its iconic Rumba Catalana.

Appreciate the Art

Home to numerous works by Pablo Picasso, the surreal sculptures of Joan Miró, and the fantastic, dreamlike architecture of Gaudi, there’s plenty of art—indoors and out—to inspire you.

Eat, Drink, and Eat Some More!

Catalan cuisine consists of savory stews, fresh seafood, delicious jamón, spicy potatoes, olives, and so much more. Wash it down with a cold orxata (a refreshing drink made from the tiger nut plant).

Program Cost

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.

Term: Fall 2019
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Fall 2019 $4,595 $2,825 $230 $7,650

Term: Spring 2019
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Spring 2019 $4,460 $2,810 $230 $7,500

Scholarships & Aid

Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$5 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our financial aid programs.

Our Center

The IES Abroad Barcelona Center is located in the center of Barcelona near the Plaza Catalunya. Features include:
  • High-speed and wireless internet access
  • Multimedia classrooms
  • Study lounges with printers
  • Large outdoor terrace with social and study space

Our Staff

Cèsar Alegre Alsina, Ph.D.

Center Director & AVP for Program Development

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

IES Abroad Staff
Samanta Ascaso
Academics Department Assistant

Lorena Chinnici
Outside Courses and Customized Programs Coordinator
Head of Registration Interim

Elizabeth Ferreiro
Student Activities and DiscoverIES Specialist

Natalia Gil
Academics Department Assistant

Pilar Gracia
Administration Coordinator and DiscoverIES Coordinator

María Mejías
Language Faculty Advisor

Beatriz Moya
Student Affairs Assistant

Salvador Ortiz
Head of Administration and Human Resources

María Paéz
Internship, Service Learning and Volunteering Specialist

Ignasi Pérez
Area Studies Faculty Advisor

Noemí Polo
Student Affairs Coordinator - Health and Safety, Homestays

Ataúlfo Portela
Language Faculty Advisor

María Romero
Assistant Dean of Faculty and Faculty Advisor Coordinator

Olga Sánchez
Head of Student Affairs

Beatriz Taberner
Center Administrator and Orientation Coordinator

Ana Tarife
Internship, Service Learning, and Volunteering Coordinator

Ferran Terés
Student Affairs Coordinator - Apartments

Laura Vázquez
Language Faculty Advisor of Educational Technology

Alex Walker
Assitant Director and Dean of Faculty