Internship in Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia or Tenerife?
You’re spoiled with choices. You're sure you want to do an internship in Spain, but in which city? As Spain's political and economic center, Madrid is ideal for a professional internship in many business and financial areas. Barcelona is as least as important as the capital of the country. The architectural features of the city and of course it’s convenient location near the sea, attract many international companies. This would be a very sensible choice for an internship in media, design, logistics and tourism.
But then there is Valencia, worth a visit not only for its orange trees. This small Mediterranean town offers great internships in marketing, media and the social sphere.
For internships in kindergartens, surf school or hotels, an internship in Tenerife will be the right choice.
Internship Guide Spain
Español en España – Learn Spanish in Spain
Spanish is the national language of 20 countries and spoken by approximately 420 million people worldwide, ranking fourth most common language spoken in the world. For these reasons Spanish is a wise choice of languages to study. Where better than to learn Spanish than in the country of its origin? While in most Latin American countries predominantly very modified forms of the language are spoken, the Español in Spain remains traditional. This would be the time and place to learn textbook Spanish. Language schools are a dime a dozen in Barcelona, Madrid or Valencia. Surrounded by an intriguing culture, unique architecture and numerous leisure activities, one is easily drawn under the spell of the language and sucked into the Spanish flair.
Classical Spanish and Catalan are both spoken in Barcelona, giving the city a special linguistic feature. You may find this is some parts of Valencia as well.
"Both Barcelona and Madrid are famous university towns where you will get along with English very well."
English-Language Internship in Spain
While it may sound somewhat absurd to say it there’s no problem with showing up in Spain with no Spanish language skill, it is possible to get by just fine with English. Many companies operate internationally and have established English as their corporate language. Therefore, when it comes to your work, you are covered. However, it’s a good idea to get down a few phrases and throw in a "Como estas?" here and here. In terms of accommodation, in hotels or hostels, you are guaranteed an international environment. But if you choose with a host family get ready for a "lost in translation" adventure. If you want to explore your surroundings "in English", that won’t be a problem in the popular student cities such as Madrid and Barcelona. Here one can get along very well with English. But in Valencia you can be certain to have trouble finding someone that can explain the shortest route to the nearest tapas bar.
The best thing about Barcelona?
We wanted a straightforward answer from the interns, "What did you most enjoy about your internship in Barcelona?" Here are the top answers:
- Sun, sun, sun
- Going to the beach and enjoying the sea
- Delicious food!
- Strolling through Barcelona's streets
- The slow pace of Barcelona
Surprise! No Sagrada Familia! Only very few people have ever answered this question with a particular tourist attraction. No wonder: Long lines and an expensive ticket are in fact not the best conditions for students who do not want to look like a tourist. The overall concept of Barcelona, with the right mix of sun, sea, cafes and good-humored faces is simply enough to fall in love with.
Trip to the Canary Islands
If that pleasant Spanish climate on the mainland is still not enough, the "Island of Eternal Spring", Tenerife, holds great internship opportunities in tourism. It is the largest and best known of the Canary Islands and it endures the winter very well with an average of 20 C/68 F. This provides chances for many leisure activities like trekking, golfing or even surfing, which make an internship on Tenerife even more attractive.