Madrid Internship Opportunities

Would you like to boost your CV while studying abroad? Looking for an extraordinary experience? Are you considering living and working in Spain in the future? Here’s a good starting point: an internship in Madrid.

Suffolk University Madrid Campus offers curricular internships to help students fully integrate into Spanish work culture while developing language and practical professional skills and fulfilling their course load. These internships are part of a course and are therefore supervised by one of our SUMC professors. Sophomores, Juniors, or Seniors in good disciplinary and academic standing, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, are invited to apply for the Madrid internship program.

Internship Types

Our Madrid internship advisors place students in a range of intellectually engaging internships based on interests, academic and business goals, and skills. Intermediate Spanish language level (equivalent to SPAN 201 to SPAN 202) is required for any internship placement. The higher your Spanish level is, the easier it will be to offer you a placement that closely matches your interest and skills. Nevertheless, many companies and other entities highly value the addition of a native English speaker to their team.

While participating in the Internship program, you may find yourself in a variety of roles, including in:

  • International Organizations
  • Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations
  • Business, Finance & Consulting
  • Health & Human Services
  • Arts & Architecture
  • Law services

We currently offer these internship courses at our Madrid Campus:

  • POLS 521 Internship in Government
  • SPAN I295 Spanish in the workplace (advanced Spanish level required)

Internship Process

If you’d like to have an internship experience in Madrid, first you need to decide what course you’d like to take. If you are not a Government major, your option will be SPAN I295, provided your Spanish level meets the minimum requirement. Once you choose your course, you need to submit your internship application.

We’ll stay in touch with you to discuss your priorities, skills and placement preferences. As soon as we find a placement for you, we’ll contact you with a description and sponsor information. In most cases an interview (online or face-to-face if possible) with the sponsor will be organized. The estimated timeframe for this is:

  • Summer semester: middle of May
  • Fall semester: end of June
  • Spring semester: beginning of December

Upon acceptance of the internship agreement by both parties (student and sponsor), you’ll be assigned a supervisor in the company/entity, who will guide you through your tasks and supervise your learning. At Suffolk University Madrid Campus, you will be supervised by the course professor and receive the support of our internship coordinator.

Your periodical and final self-assessments and reflections, as well as those from your company supervisor will be considered for your final grade on the course, see individual syllabus for details.

For more information, contact our internship supervisor Silvia Salazar.

Application Deadlines

Fall & Summer Semester: April 30

Spring Semester: October 15

Intern Testimonials

“My internship took place at the Madrid office for Confederación Colegas, which is the Confederación Española LGBT. They have departments doing hate crime research and reporting, working in community education and engagement, health services tailored to the LGBTQ community, and an international department working with the European Volunteer Corps.

During my time with Colegas, I worked with all of the departments on different projects. Despite having a very diverse role, there are a few projects that really stand out to me. First would be the translation of qualitative data charts for the Research department. Second is making graphics for a public exhibition for the Education department. Lastly, my final community engagement project was to put together a performance based event to raise awareness about violence against women. During my internship, I gained a new level of confidence in my Spanish language capabilities. It also allowed me to learn some Spanish vocabulary that you wouldn’t learn in a traditional classroom, such as, cultural slang, work place terms, and LGBTQ terms. I also gained experience in a multicultural work space.”

Mara Davidson, Fall 2019 Intern at Confederación Colegas

“There are several things that I learned in my Government 261 - Theories and Practice of International Relations class that connected to my internship in immigration law. I know that globalization is only going to continue to spread and whether that is a positive or not is debatable but it does raise concern about how the European Union and the rest of the west is going to change their policies on immigration. I find immigration law and policy making fascinating. I think there will be a need for more homogenous immigration policies in the future so this is something I can see myself working on. It would be amazing to be someone that helps create effective but humane immigration policies.

Overall, my internship was one of the biggest highlights of my educational career. I am so lucky to have taken these government classes that only enhanced the experience. It has helped shape what I want to do in the future which is hopefully some combination of law or policy making and hands on work with immigrants.”

Samantha Williams, Fall 2019 Intern at Proyecto Oceano law firm