Internships and Service Learning in Madrid
Adapting to a new culture involves not only learning the language and culture but also gaining a better understanding of the work environment and how methods and habits may differ from one's home setting. IAU provides access to unpaid, for-credit internships available at local enterprises for Fall and Spring semester and summer term students. Interested students should provide their resume to IAU before the start of the semester. While placement cannot be guaranteed for those without sufficient Spanish language experience, it is possible for students with lower-level Spanish to be placed. These situations are handled on a case-by-case basis.
Students work with the IAU Internship Coordinator to prepare a resume in Spanish, to practice interviewing standards and techniques and to prepare for placement in a Spanish enterprise. Pre-Interviews for these positions will be conducted within the first week of the semester. Most internships will allow for a 10-day trial period, after which the commitment cannot be broken. The internships listed below are examples of typical internship placement opportunities where IAU semester and summer students have been placed in the past.
Students complete a seminar directed by the IAU Internship Coordinator in tandem with their internship experience. They meet once a week to follow their progress, learn about topical issues in Spanish labor, and work on their reports and final semester project. Students can expect to spend 12-15 hours per week at their internship placement along with an additional 2 hours per week in seminar. Students are awarded 3 credits upon successful completion of their internship.
Several different opportunities for internships are available for students in Madrid at a wide range of businesses and organizations throughout the city. Service learning opportunities are also available for interested students.