Barcelona, Spain

Full-Time Semester Internship

Full-Time Internship
Fall, Spring, Academic Year

At a Glance


Apartment, Homestay, Residence Hall


3 per Semester

Primary Spoken Language(s):

English, Spanish

Language Prerequisites:


Visa Required:


About the Internship

Our Barcelona internship 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.

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Personalized Placements

We'll work with you to find a placement in the field of your choice.

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Academic Seminar

Enroll in a required 3-credit internship seminar with other IES interns.

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Field Trips

Travel and experience all that Spanish culture has to offer.

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Attend Cultural Events 

Like walking tours, flamenco workshops, and soccer games.

Spring 2025

Program Dates:

January 07 - April 12

Application Deadline:

Estimated Cost:


Internship Program Advisor

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Alexis Watson

Once you’ve applied for an internship, I’ll be your direct point of contact. From field placements to housing and everything in between, I’m here to help you prepare for your internship. Once you’re accepted to your internship, you’ll find even more detailed information about what you need to know before you depart in your Predeparture Guide. Let’s get started!

📱 800.995.2300  ✉️

About the Destination

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.

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, experience fresh flavors at the city's famous La Boqueria market—should we go on?

Learn More About Barcelona

Get to Know Your New City

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Have Fun in the Sun

Spend time under the sun along Barcelona's sandy beaches.

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Check Out Some Live Music

Barcelona boasts an iconic music scene.

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Appreciate the Art

There’s plenty of art—indoors and out—to inspire you.

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Eat, Drink, and Eat Some More!

Enjoy stews, seafood, jamón, spicy potatoes, and so much more.

The Student Experience

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A minimalist living space featuring bright red furniture, a large window, a television, and a dining room with red chairs.
  • Apartment
  • Homestay
  • Residence Hall


Student Apartment – You live with up to 12 other IES Abroad students in a single or double room. The student apartment offers the communal vibes of a residence hall with the comfort of an apartment. Apartments have fully equipped kitchens, Wi-Fi is included, and meals are not included but optional meal plans are available for purchase onsite. Laundry is coin operated and an additional fee applies to this housing option.

City Apartment – You live with up to 7 other IES Abroad students in single or double rooms in a typical Barcelona style apartment. These apartments are located in residential areas throughout the city. Apartments have fully equipped kitchens, Wi-Fi is included, and meals are not provided. Washing machines are available for free but dryers may not be, as they are not commonly used in Spain. An additional fee applies for this housing option. This is not student housing so there will be no onsite staff. This option is recommended for students who are more independent and outgoing.