Internships in Madrid - Adelante Abroad

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Madrid is the most developed international program in Adelante's arsenal of programs with over 250+ participating companies. Who stands to gain the most out of that? YOU.

Take advantage of a program that provides a solid work, cultural, & life experience. A wide array of internship fields are offered to meet your needs and accelerate your professional development. In addition, you'll receive two weeks of intensive Spanish language classes included in our program to help sharpen your language skills and prepare you for your internship!

If you can't find your field below, do not fret! Visit Adelante's site for a complete list of internship fields. We can seek out new companies and create a customized program for you.

Take advantage of this unique opportunity and set your sights on interning in Madrid!

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  • Flexibility: Our programs start the 1st Monday of every month with year round start dates. Choose to intern anywhere from 1-6 months.
  • Centralized Housing: You'll have your own private room in a shared apartment close to shopping, public transportation, and nightlife.
  • Tailored Internship: Gain solid international career experience by interning in a locally owned Spanish company or an international corporation with offices in Madrid's cultural and economic hub!
  • Local Staff: Our programs are meant for the independent traveler and are not group-focused. Our on-site staff in Madrid and the US are available throughout your program, and you can truly immerse yourself in the culture however you wish.
  • Economical Pricing: We are budget friendly! Do your research; nearly all other programs are at least DOUBLE the price. Not to mention, housing is included in our program price. You'll have your own private room in a shared apartment.

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based on 52 reviews
  • Growth 8.6
  • Support 8.7
  • Fun 8.8
  • Housing 8.7
  • Safety 9.6
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Nursing Internship in Madrid

I am finishing my Bachelors in Nursing, with a Spanish minor, so I was looking for a unique internship in a hospital setting. I applied to Adelante with this in mind, and they found a great choice for me! I was placed in a hospital with an orthopedic surgeon. I assisted him in the operating room and in consultations before and after surgery. It was definitely hard to adjust to the language difference, especially since surgical and medical words are sometimes quite complex. However, the doctors were very patient and I quickly became comfortable working and speaking in tense situations in hospital. The surgical team of nurses and doctors took me under their wing and taught me so much. Each and every nurse and doctor I worked with was truly exceptional.

How can this program be improved?
A little trouble with the living situation. I was in a 6 bedroom apartment, where I was under the impression that everyone would be an English- speaker. However, I was the only American (which was fine) but only 2 of my roommates spoke English. 2 did not speak English or Spanish. Even with the language barrier, we all got along.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Shadowing an orthopedic surgeon in Madrid--an experience of a lifetime!

Quick Summary:
I just finished an amazing two-month "shadow a surgeon" internship program with Adelante Abroad in Madrid (September-October 2013). For this particular program, the first two weeks are spent taking intensive Spanish classes in a language school called Eureka. The following six weeks are spent doing an internship with a local hospital or clinic, where the student shadows an assigned surgeon. Honestly, it was an experience of a lifetime & I would definitely recommend this program!!

Program Administration:
In the few months prior to my trip, the California-based office of Adelante Abroad communicated with me via phone and email, explaining the program and answering any questions I had. They were all very nice and encouraging. The part that got a little messy was when I was actually leaving for Madrid. The program is run by both the California-based office and their Madrid-based contacts. The California office talks to the students that would like to go abroad, performs the screening process, etc., while the Madrid contacts figure out the internship details (they have major connections in Madrid). I was expecting to know who I would be shadowing at least 1 month prior to my trip. I found out 2 weeks prior to my trip that my internship assignment wasn't confirmed yet, although they told me who I might possibly be shadowing (not too great for reassuring panicky parents). In their defense, my internship was a unique one--I am a bioengineer searching a medical shadowing position. PLUS, Spain is on vacation for August and many of the businesses/offices are closed, making it really difficult to make the arrangements for my internship. But still, I would have liked to be reassured that there was something concrete for me to come to before leaving.

Living, Spanish Classes & Getting Situated:
I arrived in Madrid, where I was welcomed and taken to my centrally-located apartment by Angel, the main Adelante Abroad contact in Spain. I absolutely loved my apartment--close to everything, safe, and cool apartment mates from Adelante and Eureka. During the first two weeks I took Spanish classes at Eureka, and my experience there was perfect! The staff and instructors were incredibly nice and welcoming, and I really felt encouraged to speak Spanish. The internship coordinator, Antonio, met with me throughout the first two weeks to talk to me about my internship assignment. My assignment changed twice before I actually started. Yes, it was a bit frustrating and confusing at first, BUT once I started my internship, I felt much more relieved.

I shadowed a surgical team in the orthopedics, sports medicine, and trauma department. It was a bit difficult to adapt because my lacking Spanish skills (this will happen with ANY internship abroad program), but it was an absolutely amazing experience. I felt like I was immersed in real Spanish life--culture, food, work. I came into the clinic and literally sat in the operating rooms while I watched back-to-back surgeries. I saw total knee replacements, rotator cuff repair surgeries, ACL reconstructions, meniscectomies, and much more. Whenever I had questions, the surgeon was willing and ready to answer. The surgeons really made me feel welcome, even including me for a team dinner during my first week!

Overall, I would definitely recommend this program.. I mean, how often are you able to do it all in one program--learn Spanish, live in central Madrid, AND watch cool surgeries!

How can this program be improved?
More organized and fluid communication between California office, Madrid-based contacts, internship company, and student regarding internship assignment.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Madrid Practica

I had an amazing time in Madrid. My internship was teaching English in a community organization. I loved working with the kids and had a great time. My Spanish improved immensely by having Spanish co-workers. I lived in housing with two friends that was just south of the Palacio Real. It was nice accommodations (aside from trying to figure out the washing machine!). I also appreciated having my own place, rather than in the language school's housing, which had to worry about noise complaints and unfriendly housekeeping.

How can this program be improved?
I had a great time with my practica and my housing. I wouldn't have changed anything.
Yes, I recommend this program
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I got placed in the law firm of my dreams (immigration law) with international coworkers and was living with 3 native Spanish university students my age. There is no bad time to go to Madrid; however, the summer months of July and August have the best sales and also the most flexible working hours, so you can slip away for a long weekend to travel wherever your heart desires (Madrid is central like that).

How can this program be improved?
The program directors (in Spain) were never in contact with me again after the initial 2 weeks of classes, so we never did any weekend excursion trips like I had paid for.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Most bang for your buck!

You won't find a cheaper and easier way to visit Madrid. Everything is included in the fee; housing, Spanish classes, the internship, and various outings to the city’s landmarks. The outings consist of guided trips to the various museums and sights. The internship was also great and gave me excellent insight into what it is like to work as an engineer in Spain. Throughout the whole experience Adelante staff was there to answer any question and help with any problem. My only complaint is the lack of activities or opportunities to meet and interact with native Spaniards apart from the nightlife.

How can this program be improved?
The apartments I stayed in were not air conditioned and during the summer it can get over 100F. I understand that this would increase the rent but it is necessary.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Stop looking for a better option


I did my research before choosing this program, as I concluded this was the most personalized experience I could have. Adelante was extremely helpful in-country and abroad in accommodating my interests.
I decided to do this after graduating from college, as I wanted to have an experience abroad, more specifically in Spain, and get some experience prior to entering grad school in the fall. I was looking for a psychology internship that would guide my interests in graduate school, and I got it.
I worked with a non-profit organization that provides services for immigrants in Spain. Given that I am a native speaker, I was able to take on more responsibilities and co-coordinate a summer camp for children with the program director. I was placed in the same organization with a friend with a beginners level of spanish and her responsibilities were based on the service she provided teaching english. Together we volunteered to teach english to the summer camp children as a part of the program, and it worked very well given our respective language levels.
I was also looking for a place that would allow me to work hands-on with children, since I am considering working with them in the future. To design the camp, I worked with the social psychologist on site and was given a lot of freedom to design a curriculum to teach english and work on their developmental needs. It was a challenge because the group consisted of 47 kids ages 4-12, all together, but it was very rewarding and there was a lot of support from Spanish volunteers. In addition, I faced a lot of the cultural and socioeconomic issues that affected these children, which was important in understanding their needs as first or second generation immigrants. Overall, my internship experience was PHENOMENAL. There was a clinical psychologist on site as well, and he welcomed observation as well. He ran emotional intelligence workshops for adults. My supervisor and my co-workers were all very friendly and they really appreciated the work. This goes for my friend as well, and in her case they really appreciated the effort to communicate in spanish.
General feelings on culture
SPAIN IS A MUST! The culture is extremely welcoming, the nightlife is ongoing, the bars can be anything from a family friendly block bar to a dancing night club bar. The society is much more liberal than in America, which means you will either have a great experience soaking in their lifestyle and non-judgmental views, or you may find it a bit uncomfortable when you walk down the street and see couples openly displaying their affections, be it heterosexual or homosexual. That is up to you. I personally found it was a positive experience. For the most part it was very liberating to be in an environment where people really don't think twice about "awkward moments" or "outrageous clothing" or PDA. PS- I am not a "hipster"- whatever that means. Spanish people live their lives on their terms and no one else's, and that really come through in their culture.
If you go over the summer, wait until july or august to shop. Their summer sale is amazing and you will save some money
Summer traveling is a bit more expensive due to the season, but if you are in Madrid there are plenty of nearby cities you can visit on day trips that'll cost anywhere from 10-20 euros roundtrip.
TRY EVERYTHING even if you don't know what it is. Chances are you will get something strange every now and then, but most of it will be delicious.

Final word: GOOOOO!

How can this program be improved?
Only negative review: housing through the spanish academy is not ideal. They tend to be more strict because not all the student living in the apartment are part of Adelante, and they have to respect everyone's needs. For obvious reasons they do not encourage social gatherings (by this I mean a dinner of 6-8 people, not a party) in apartments where other roommates may be language students who also work etc. (friends lived in this housing)
I lived in Aluni Housing (you get this when you request to live with spanish roommates). much more laid back and they do not meddle in how you handle your living space (which you do pay for after all). They also have better cleaning service, from what I heard from students living in academy housing.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Great Program in a Wonderful City!

Through Adelante Abroad I was able to spend three fantastic months in Madrid! While I had been to the city once before, I missed out on a study abroad experience in college so I wasn't exactly sure what an extended stay in a foreign country would be like. Thankfully Adelante helped immensely with the lead-up - with an involved pre-departure orientation - and with the transition once there. They had me picked up at the airport, transported to the front door of my lodgings, and immediately plugged into two weeks of language classes at Academia Eureka. My apartment was incredibly well located; practically in Puerta del Sol (the city hub of activity and transportation). The language institute director, my internship advisor, and the Adelante coordinators/directors back home in the US were friendly, helpful, and attentive throughout the entire process. I never once felt that if I needed assistance their support would not be there. After my classes at the language institute, I move on to my internship at a Spanish film company. Notably, this is not a usual area of focus that is requested of Adelante, but they worked with me to customize a more than suitable internship. My bosses (an independent director and his business partner) and my coworkers were very nice and patient with me. Through my internship I got a good look at how the business of cinema is handled in Spain, and I also gained a friend during my time in Madrid, as my most immediate coworker was around my age. Through him, my classmates, and flatmates, I stayed social and interacted with people from countries all over the world: Spain (of course), but also Germany, Korea, Italy, Japan, China, Russia, Brazil, Greece, Ireland, Netherlands, Panama, and others. I would do it all again in a heartbeat...

How can this program be improved?
The only real problem was something that I recognize Adelante could have no control over: I was hoping the film company at which I was interning would be in production on a project while I was there (i.e. "on set"), but unfortunately they were between projects so the majority of my work in the office dealt with the development phase and business concerns.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Amazing Program, Horrible Housing

The program overall was amazing and worthwhile. I gained invaluable professional experience at a psychiatrist's office and met a lot of incredible and intelligent people. I enjoyed living in the apartment, and I would definitely recommend requesting to live WITH SPANISH roommates instead of with Adelante candidates. If you request to live with Spanish roommates you might not actually live with Spanish people but at least you won't have to deal with the horrific situation on Calle Arenal (the apartment where Adelante candidates live when they request to live with other Adelante people). They do random checks of the apartment whenever they feel like it, letting themselves in and snooping around making sure that nobody has any friends that are staying over. If you let a friend or two crash on the couch until morning after a night out, and they find out, they will take your deposit away. They claim that there is no need since Madrid is a very safe city, but both myself and my roommates (all female) have seen men masturbating on two separate occasions in broad daylight and early in the morning. It's easy to understand why a woman wouldn't feel safe walking home alone after a night out, no matter how safe Madrid is generally. It's ridiculous to me that you pay so much for accommodations in Madrid and are unable to help a friend out by letting them stay on your couch till morning (nobody is staying for days or weeks on end). The lack of understanding and empathy from the people who do the random checks and who own the apartments on Calle Arenal is embarrassing and unprofessional. DO NOT LIVE IN ADELANTE HOUSING, but definitely do the program because otherwise it is a fulfilling and incredible experience.

How can this program be improved?
Ridiculous and unsafe housing standards.
Response from Adelante Abroad

Thank you so much for taking the time to write your review. Thank you too for confirming that your internship with Adelante Abroad in Madrid provided you with real value and actual, relevant international work experience. The housing rule is a hard rule for many to understand, however it is a firm one, and also clearly published. Industry wide it is the norm too, not just Adelante Abroad has this rule. The main reasons for it are these: 1) we used to allow our candidates to have friends spend the night. We figured they would speak to the other roommates and have an adult discussion and come to an arrangement. Invariably someone took advantage of this and had a family member or friend stay for days and even weeks. 2) There is a safety issue! We know and have screened the other roommates, or our Director has, but we don't know everyone's friends and family. During that same period when Adelante did allow candidates to have guests over, items went missing from peoples rooms. So, we joined the rest of the programs out there in adding the “no guests” rule about 6 years ago. Long story short, we hope you do understand the reasoning behind this rule!

Yes, I recommend this program
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UIMP summer program

My Madrid experience was good. The city is very hot in the summer but overall I enjoyed myself and made many new friends. I enjoyed working in Colegio Mayor Guadalupe

Yes, I recommend this program
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Taken advantage of as free labor

Looking through the comments above, I am almost positive that these "reviews" were written by Adelante Abroad staff in order to heighten their own ratings.

I recently came back from a nightmarish experience in Spain, which is why I am taking the time to write this review- I want no other students to go through what I did.

For those of you seriously considering Adelante, I urge you to choose a different program (going through your University is probably the safest option.)

If you go through Adelante, be prepared to have no help from the staff, who will suddenly go MIA. Also be prepared to be exploited as free labor during your internship. It clearly states on the site that you will only work a maximum of 4 hrs/day, when I was FORCED TO WORK OVER, AND AT THE END I WORKED A 12-HOUR DAY.

I ended up leaving Madrid months early due to my work schedule and other Adelante-induced complications, and am currently trying to get my $5000+ back through my credit card company. Adelante refused to give my money back even though she is fully aware of what happened to me in Madrid.

Don't put yourself in a similar situation. Adelante truly ruined my study abroad experience and took advantage of me.

If something similar happened to you during an Adelante program, just remember that you have options- don't give up. It will take a lot of time, but by alerting your credit card company of a fraudulent service, they can help you get your money back.

Response from Adelante Abroad

This candidate signed up for a four month program and departed abruptly after just over one month. This candidate failed to disclose to us until days before her program start date significant medical and mental health history information. Upon arrival back home, this candidate requested a refund of her program fee. When we denied that, based upon our clear and widely published cancellation policy, she threatened to write as many negative reviews as she could publicly and at her University.

To clarify - Jessica P. was in Madrid just over one month. During that one month, the first two weeks were spent, as all our candidates do, in intensive Spanish classes. Her contracted internship began the third week. This internship placement was exactly what the candidate requested, Teaching English to children. It was contracted with her long before she arrived in Madrid, including a detailed website where it is clear that the business is teaching English to young Spanish children! So, in total she interned about 6 business days. The hours were from 9 - 2 pm. Had we known earlier about her medical and mental health history we would have attempted to counsel her against participating in our independent, international internship program. We learned something important from this case, which is that Adelante Abroad now has a Medical History and Mental Health Clearance Form that all candidates are required to complete.

No, I don't recommend this program
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Madrid study abroad

Good programme, you are well looked after in your first two weeks of settling in. The internship was fantastic experience, and my other friends on the course enjoyed it too. My spanish improved greatly, and there is plenty of free time afforded to you to make friends and do your own activities

How can this program be improved?
More information about who else was on the course at the same time with me, and how many people to expect when I was there
Yes, I recommend this program
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Accounting/Tax Internship in Madrid

I had a good experience with Adelante and their program in Madrid. I’ll break my experience down to the categories:

Adelante Support Staff: I had to get a visa because I was there for more than 90 days. They were VERY helpful and even gave me a letter saying I had paid for the program (when I still hadn’t yet) so that I could get my visa from the consulate in Chicago. They were also good at responding quickly to emails and questions, which is important because they do all their interaction and communication via phone and email.

Housing: I chose the “live with Spaniards” option, which really means living with other international students. That ended up still being nice because we all still spoke Spanish and I got to sample a tiny bit more of European life through them. My flat mates were from France, Belgium, and there was one Spaniard. There were 6 people total and two bathrooms in the unit, each with our own bedroom. One thing I will say is that the housing service (called Aluni) that they use is a bit disorganized. I got WAY overcharged for the housing deposit and it took them awhile to return it. They also claimed I hadn’t turned in the keys at the end, which I did, they just hadn’t checked the mailbox. You also have to buy your own food at the grocery store, so take that into account in the cost of the program.

Two week Spanish classes: I actually really enjoyed these. You take a test that places you in a certain level and you learn pretty standard grammar, idiomatic phrases, etc. not related to your internship. They also give you a book that you can keep that has literally ALL the grammar rules of Spanish. That was really helpful. I also befriended a lot of other Europeans who were in my class and visited one of them after she returned home to German.

Internship: My unpaid internship was good, not phenomenal, but good. I worked at a law office about 20 minutes away from my flat and did a tax project the whole time. I mostly learned about different income tax rates in 60 different countries. My boss was nice but not around too often. One thing though, most of the people in who worked in the office were German, so they spoke German all the time. There was one guy who spoke fluent Spanish, so I talked with him in Spanish. But the others only spoke German or English, so I had to communicate in English with them. At the end I got a letter of recommendation after asking for one.

Daily Life: After my internship I would always have a new neighborhood or part of the city that I wanted to explore. That was good because by the end I knew so much about the city and where things were. A lot of Spaniards commented that I knew the city/metro/buses better than they did by the end. I also went to language exchanges at coffee shops on certain nights to practice my Spanish even more.

Overall: Overall, I liked the program and would recommend it, but not to everyone. You have to be VERY independent and well organized. If you’re someone who’s used to people doing stuff for you/structuring things for you then you may find yourself bored simply because you don’t know what to do after your internship gets done every day. Also, you have to be outgoing. You can befriend your roommates but if you want to meet Spaniards/have Spanish friends then you have to be willing to go out of your way to meet them, as the program doesn't give you a ton of opportunities to organically meet Spaniards. I joined a free Spanish online dating website, which actually ended up being an excellent way to meet people (not just romance either, you can meet friends too!).

How can this program be improved?
I already talked a lot about this. One thing I forgot is that the beds/pillows aren't the most comfortable. But that's minor.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Psychology in Madrid

I have just returned from a two month stay in Madrid. Overall, I had a very good time. The language school
is one of the best I have ever attended, and the teachers and the director are always helpful and friendly. I was staying in an apartment in the same building as the school, in a very good location just five minutes from Puerta de Sol, which is the very centre of Madrid. The apartment was nice, and any problem was fixed quickly by the staff. I was also very happy that I could have friends staying with me for a couple of days.
After two weeks of language classes, I started my internship with a Psychiatrist and his team. It was a very good experience, both personally and professionally. Everybody was very nice, trying to make me feel welcome, and helping me with language problems. It was of course a bit daunting at first, but in the end I was very sorry to leave. I got to sit in during therapy sessions, and also to talk to patients myself while they waited or did some tests etc. The Doctor was always happy to explain things and I learned a lot, especially on CBT and pharmacotherapy. I think it s a valuable experience for anyone wanting to go into counseling psychology, but I think a good Spanish level is important so you can communicate with the patients, and you need to be prepared to adjust to the rhythm of the 'Consulta'. Not all patients are comfortable to have others around during the sessions, so there can be quite some time spend waiting around, and the working hours are irregular.
My tip would be to read some of the Doctor's books before going, it's very helpful.
As to the city, I have been to Madrid many times already, and love the place, it's beautiful, people are great, and there is lots to do. I would definitively recommend this program.

How can this program be improved?
Yes, I recommend this program
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Once in a lifetime experience

My internship in Madrid consisted of working in a private clinic with a very well known psychiatrist and his team of psychologists and psychiatrists. On a daily basis, I observed patients in sessions with the doctors, I learned how to do introductory diagnostic consults, I learned how to administer diagnostic tests, and learned all of the treatments given to the patietns (pharmocotherapy, behavioral cognitive therapy, etc.). An experience like this would never exist in the U.S. for a student who has not yet received their license to practice psychology. I was so lucky to have had this opportunity! This experience was unbelievable and totally exciting. I was lucky enough to work with some really great people that were really helpful - since Spanish is not my first language. This program is definitely meant for an advanced Spanish speaking intern. It was still difficult and tiring at times, but definitely an experience that really helped my Spanish speaking and listening skills. It was a great chance to practice both psychology and Spanish all together!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Exceptional Experience in Madrid

I don't even know how to go about beginning to describe my experience interning abroad in Madrid. It was literally the most amazing experience of my life, so much so that I extended my stay there for an additional three months! Initially I began working for a publicity company outside of the city in Pinar de las Rosas. My time working for Alcandora was great - I learned a lot about marketing and advertising which was all knew to me. For the second three months I worked for a market research company where I translated presentations about specific new products companies were introducing to the public. this portion of my stay really helped me tune into learning more Spanish which I really loved. The best part of my experience, however, was all of the amazing, ambitious and flat-out awesome people that I met. It's been over a year since I moved to Madrid and I still speak to about 10 people internationally every week. In fact, some of my old roommates have even come to visit me in Washington D.C. where I'm currently living and working. I have recommended this program to so many of my friends and coworkers and I know they've all been really interested in living abroad after hearing about my time in Madrid. (best city on earth, by the way).

Yes, I recommend this program


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