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Barcelona Summer - Internship

Why Barcelona?

With great influence in commerce, education, media, fashion, and the arts, Barcelona has made its mark as a major player in the global market.

Our program guarantees* an internship placement to help you develop professional skills that will jump-start your career and make you more attractive to employers in today’s competitive job market. IES Internships’ unpaid, academic internships have placed Barcelona interns in fields such as IT, journalism, and tourism, while also showing them the sights and sounds of Spain.

Your Internship

Before you depart, we work with you to fine-tune your résumé, perfect your cover letter, and hone your networking and interviewing skills, as well as prepare you for working in a new cultural environment. You’ll be an intern at a local business or organization, where you’ll work for at least 25 hours a week. You also will enroll in a required 3- or 6-credit academic internship seminar with other IES interns, where you’ll gain context for your internship placement by examining cultural issues in the workplace. You can enroll in an optional 3-credit Spanish language course, as well.

With IES Internships’ dedicated staff and international connections, you can be sure that you’ll have an internship that meets your goals. You’ll learn, and learn to stand out!

Spend your free time getting to know Barcelona through IES Abroad-organized cultural events, also known as DiscoverIES, and an optional field trip. Past destinations have included Costa Brava and the Pyrenees.

Past students have had internships in Barcelona 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 moms to meet, work, tend to their pregnancy, and exercise, while their children enjoy activities like 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 placements 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

Spend your free time exploring Barcelona, an architectural wonderland of Gaudí masterpieces (La Sagrada Familia, Park Güell), the historic old city, and Las Ramblas. Save time for IES Abroad organized field trips outside the city (additional cost).

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$5 Million in Scholarships & 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 scholarship and aid programs.


Our Academic Seminar

While working in Barcelona, you’ll enroll in a required, 3-credit academic internship seminar with other IES interns and students, offered in English or Spanish. In summer, a 6-credit seminar option is available, as well. Regardless of which option you choose, 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

You may also opt into a 3-credit Spanish language course taught at the Center to complement the summer internship program.


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

To learn more about IES Abroad’s innovative theoretical and pedagogical approaches to teaching language abroad, refer to the IES Abroad MAP for Language & Intercultural Communication.

Internship Seminar
Course Name Term Language Credits
IN 395 - Leading Across Cultures: Internship Seminar Summer English 6
IN 395A - Leading Across Cultures: Internship Seminar Fall, Spring, Summer English 3
IN 395B - Leading Across Cultures: Internship Seminar Fall, Spring, Summer Spanish 3
Course Name Term Language Credits
SP 101 - Spanish Language in Context: Novice Abroad I Summer Spanish 3
SP 221 - Spanish for Professions: Novice Abroad III Summer Spanish 3
SP 321 - Spanish for Professions: Emerging Independent Abroad Summer Spanish 3

Field Trips & Events

Although your adventure begins in Barcelona, our DiscoverIES take you to other great cities in and around Spain. DiscoverIES brings you closer to the Barcelonan and Spanish culture through a broad array of activities that merge together the academic insight provided by field trips and the guidance of our faculty. They provide contrast and context for what you are learning in Barcelona.

All DiscoverIES are an additional cost and availability will depend on your work schedule. Here are a few possible destinations.

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

Note: IES Abroad DiscoverIES 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 well-located and comfortable, or our DiscoverIES that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services.


Upon arrival in Barcelona, you’ll participate in orientation with other interns and students. Orientation includes an introduction to the city, as well an overview of the internship program, the local culture, professional expectations, commuting, and housing.


Share a double room in a homestay with local residents where daily breakfast and dinner are provided. Summer interns also have the option to live in a furnished apartment with three to five interns in double or triple rooms along with a live-in Barcelona Cultural Companion who will be your guide to living in the city. This option does not include meals, but offers access to a fully equipped kitchen.

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: Summer 2019
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Summer 2019
3 Credits
$5,250 $1,940 $135 $7,325

Summer 2019
6 Credits
$5,780 $1,940 $135 $7,855

Scholarships & Aid

Program-Specific Scholarships

Summer Need-Based Financial Aid
Up to $1,000

Open to students who apply to and attend an IES Abroad or IES Internships summer program.

Criteria reviewed to determine award:

  • Level of financial need as determined from infromation provided on the application. Priority is given to Pell Grant recipients.
  • IES Abroad program location.
  • IES Abroad membership status of home campus
Service Learning Summer Internship Scholarship
Up to $5,000

The Service Learning Scholarship was initiated by the Hemera Foundation, whose mission is to foster basic human goodness in individuals and society. This Scholarship, which will be sustained through a foundation collaborative, aims to inspire students to make a social impact through summer internships within philanthropic or direct service/social service organizations.

Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$5 Million in Scholarships & 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 scholarship and 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