Intensive Internship Experience (4 Weeks)

Barcelona SAE’s 4 Week Intensive Internship Experience (IIE) helps you build a job portfolio, improve your Spanish skills, and have the time of your life in Barcelona. If you only have a short amount of time to pack in a professional experience abroad, this is your best bet!

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Program Overview

Barcelona SAE’s 4 Week Intensive Internship Experience (IIE) maximizes your time to help gain work experience, build a job portfolio, and have the experience of a lifetime in Barcelona.

You and the other interns will complete specific projects from local companies in Barcelona, while taking language classes, attending professional development workshops, and joining in cultural and social activities. This program is one of the best ways to make the most of an internship experience if you only have a short amount of time to dedicate to Barcelona.

During your Intensive Internship Experience, You Will:

  • Contribute to various projects while interning with an organization in Barcelona
  • Engage in 20 hours of intensive Spanish Language Courses fit for your level
  • Enhance your Professional Development skills through presenting your final project and participating in workshops
  • Learn how to showcase your experience abroad on your resume and in interviews!

So…what are you waiting for? Apply Today and get ready to embark on the Barcelona experience of a lifetime!

Why Intern in Barcelona?

Barcelona is an innovative and professionally thriving city, which makes it an incredible place to intern.  The city allows for professional growth and international exposure to the business world.  Despite economic struggles in the rest of Spain, Barcelona continues to flourish, internationalize and succeed, making it the ideal city to develop your professional goals and gain work experience.

Outside the Internship

Bucket List

Be prepared to pack a lot into your internship! Your experience in Barcelona will go well beyond the walls of your internship, and we are there to help you get the most out of it! Not only do we plan tons of Barcelona SAE Cultural Activities to keep you exploring the local culture, we send you a Weekly Cultural Agenda full of events so that you know what is happening throughout the city. You’ll also have a staff mentor who will help you to get involved in a club or activity based on your interests.

You’ll also enjoy numerous Barcelona SAE Day Trips and Weekend Excursions that mix historical tours with modern events, while we try to get you off the beaten path to see Spain through a local lens.

And when you’re not with us? We’ll give you a Barcelona SAE Bucket List with 100 ways to experience the city! Go to a Barça game. Check out the Picasso Museum. Window shop in the Bohemian Gracia District. Discover a new restaurant with your Spanish friends. Why not?! There is no end to what you can do in Barcelona!

Internship Placements

Barcelona SAE offers customizable placements in the following fields:

  • Accounting
  • Animation
  • Art
  • Architecture
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Culinary Arts
  • Dance
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Event Planning
  • Fashion
  • Government & Politics
  • Graphic Design
  • Health & Fitness
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Information Technology
  • International Business
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Photography
  • Public Relations
  • Theatre

…and MORE!

Don’t see your major listed? Don’t worry! Since our internships are 100% customized, just Contact an Advisor today and we’ll help you find the placement that’s right for you!

Sample Itinerary

Week 1:

  • Orientation Sessions (Logistical and Cultural)
  • Welcome Lunch
  • Introduction to your Company, Projects and City

Week 2:

  • Internship Work Week (Average of 20+ hours)

Week 2: 

  • Internship Work Week (Average of 20+ hours)
  • Intensive Spanish Language Courses

Week 4:  

  • Internship Work Week (Average of 20+ hours)
  • Final Evaluation and Presentation
  • Interview Techniques and Re-Entry Career Workshop
  • Receive your Certificate of Completion
  • Farewell Event

Dates & Costs

For a comparison of all of Barcelona SAE’s program dates, costs, and application deadlines, please visit our main Dates and Costs page.

Summer 2017 Dates & Costs

June 19, 2017 - July 15, 2017 (4 Weeks)Apartment or Homestay: $3,950

Your Barcelona SAE application and $200.00 program deposit must be received NO LATER THAN TWO MONTHS prior to the start date.

To assist with the customized placement process, your $500.00 program confirmation deposit must be received NO LATER THAN SIX WEEKS prior to the start date.

Fall 2017 Dates & Costs

November 6, 2017 - December 2, 2017Apartment or Homestay: $3,950

Your Barcelona SAE application and $200.00 program deposit must be received NO LATER THAN TWO MONTHS prior to the start date.

To assist with the customized placement process, your $500.00 program confirmation deposit must be received NO LATER THAN SIX WEEKS prior to the start date.

Spring 2018 Dates & Costs

TBAApartment or Homestay: TBA

Your Barcelona SAE application and $200.00 program deposit must be received NO LATER THAN TWO MONTHS prior to the start date.

To assist with the customized placement process, your $500.00 program confirmation deposit must be received NO LATER THAN SIX WEEKS prior to the start date.

  • The program dates posted here are for reference only and are subject to change.
  • Please do not book your flight until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.
  • Costs are for shared rooms; an individual room is available for an additional fee.
  • Please note that costs may fluctuate based on currency exchange.

What’s Included

The Intensive Internship Experience (IIE) Includes:
Countdown to Barcelona:
While in Barcelona:
  • Customized Internship Placement
  • Airport Pick-Up (Must Arrive BEFORE 12:00pm on Program Start Date)
  • Logistical & Cultural Orientations
  • Staff Escort to First Day of Internship
  • Housing for the Duration of Program (Homestays include Breakfast/Dinner!)
  • Comprehensive Medical & Accident Insurance through CISI
  • 24-Hour Emergency Support
  • Full-Time, Native English Speaking Staff of Barcelona Experts
  • Independent Travel Advice
Professional, Cultural, & Social Activities:
  • “Working Across Cultures” Workshop
  • Multiple Day Trips Outside of Barcelona (Tarragona, Girona, Montserrat, Figures, Besalú, etc.)
  • The “Barcelona SAE Bucket List” (Suggestions of 100 Different Things to Experience in Barcelona!)
  • Weekly Cultural Agenda (The Local Perspective of What’s Happening Each Week!)
  • Weekly Cultural Activities (Cooking Classes, Salsa Lessons, Barrio Tours, and MORE!)
  • Intercambios (Language Exchanges with Local Students)
  • Mentor Program & Cultural Dinner
  • Welcome Hike & Traditional Catalan Meal
  • Re-Entry Workshop & Farewell Meal

A weekend excursion(s) outside of Barcelona is available at an additional cost.

For Continued Success After the Program:
  • Alumni & Career Services
  • Invitation to Barcelona SAE’s LinkedIn Alumni Group
  • Opportunity to Apply for Barcelona SAE’s “Best of the Best” Internship Program
  • Opportunity to Apply to be a “Barcelona SAE Campus Ambassador Intern” on Your Home Campus
  • Invitations to Study Abroad & Internship Returnee Conferences Throughout the U.S.


The Program Does Not Include:
  • Round-Trip Airfare to/from Barcelona
  • Visa Costs (If Applicable)
  • Mobile Phones & Charges
  • Local Transportation
  • Personal Items

Housing in Barcelona

Homestays - Our Most Popular Option!

Homestay Photo

A homestay can be one part of meaningful cultural integration and increased safety of the study abroad experience. Homestays are designed to be a mutually valuable experience for both the hosts and the participant. We work to find homestays that want to share their culture and language with the students and create a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

A homestay family does not always mean a husband and wife, two children and a cute dog. In fact, what is more common is to live in the apartment of an older, widowed woman who enjoys the company.

The thorough screening process, regular family check-ins and homestay reviews allow us to monitor safety and the quality of the homestays we place our students with.

And as an added bonus, homestays include breakfast and dinner every day, laundry services once a week, a set of keys to the apartment to come and go as you please, and an individual or shared bedroom.


Apartment Photo

Living in an apartment in Barcelona provides students with a very realistic experience of life in the city. Apartments are fully equipped shared living spaces that Barcelona SAE students may live in jointly with other students – whether they’re American or International. Our apartments are spread throughout the city in safe areas, all with easy access to public transportation, restaurants and shops.

Students who choose to live in an apartment do not get meals included, but every apartment has a full kitchen facility which allows students to do their own cooking (and grocery shopping… which can be a very entertaining activity in Barcelona!)