International experience is becoming more essential to today’s employers. Madrid, as the capital of Spain, is a dynamic city with professionals from all over the world and a diverse population. The Madrid Summer Internship Program offers students the international opportunity to gain professional experience in addition to developing their language skills. Our interns are placed in all fields and disciplines including fine arts, teaching, psychology and social work, business and finance, marketing, and the sciences. Successful candidates are clear about their interests and goals in advance of their summer arrival and are prepared to work hard by fully immersing themselves within a new culture.
Prerequisites: Spanish proficiency (completion of CCR2 or the equivalent) is required.
Arrival in Madrid: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Departure from Madrid: Saturday, July 7, 2018
OIP staff and EUSA Academic Internship Program coordinate placements and provide in-country support for BC students interning in Madrid. EUSA staff in Madrid draw on an extensive network to identify individual placements based on student skills, prior work experience, interests, and academic or professional goals. From fine arts to social work, the placement team provides intellectually engaging internships for students across a broad range of industries.
All internships are conducted in Spanish; therefore, your language level will also play an integral role in the type of placement you receive.
All internships are unpaid due to foreign labor and visa regulations.
Students will be billed for summer programs via their Agora account in early May, and payment is due prior to departure. Any questions related to billing should be directed to Student Services.
Three separate costs are billed to Agora:
- Program fee ($4,700)
- GeoBlue international health insurance ($100)
- Enrollment fee ($45)
Students are responsible for coordinating and paying for their own travel to Madrid and budgeting for meals and personal expenses not covered by the program fee. Details on housing and meals is included below.
In order to improve your language skills and further immerse yourself in Spanish culture, you will live in a homestay for the duration of your time in Madrid. Placements in homestays will be arranged by the BC Resident Director based on consideration for student preferences. Daily breakfast and dinner will be provided by your host family and are included in the program cost.
As a complement to the internship, all students will complete a one-credit course, which will consist of guided cultural reflection through frequent, informal written assignments.
*Please note that, per Boston College policy, only one internship may be counted toward graduation requirements. Any additional internships will be recorded as enrichment only.
Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Madrid.
Students with disabilities are encouraged to speak with their OIP Advisors about any concerns or questions they may have about studying abroad.
The Office of International Programs reserves the right to update, change, or cancel any BC Summer program without notice due to unexpected events abroad, curriculum, or enrollment issues.