Global Experiences Internships in Barcelona, Spain

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Great art around the city
Great art around the city
Everyone in the Barcelona summer 2017 Global Experiences study abroad program
Everyone in the Barcelona summer 2017 Global Experiences study abroad program
Climbing Montserrat just outside of Barcelona with friends from Global Experiences.
Visiting Florence, Italy on a weekend trip.
Summer Interns in Barcelona
Summer Interns in Barcelona

About

Barcelona is home to miles of sandy beaches, one of the world's most well-known soccer teams, and an endless number of experiences to have. The economic center of Catalonia offers a wide range of internships in nearly every career field. As an international intern, you’ll have the chance to immerse in everything about Spanish culture.

You’ll have the opportunity to work in your approved career field all while enjoying everything Barcelona has to offer. We do our best to tailor your internship to match your background and future goals. We’ll support you every step of the way to make sure your Barcelona internship is an experience you’ll never forget.

Included in the cost of your tuition is a guaranteed internship, housing, social events, our career development program, and more.

Highlights
  • Guaranteed Internship: As part of the Global Experiences' program you are guaranteed an internship in your host city. We do our best to tailor your internship to match your background and future goals.
  • Personalized Attention: We want this experience to be as fulfilling as possible. From the first phone call, we support you and give you all the resources you need to make sure your internship is a success.
  • Centralized Housing: You’ll be living in accommodations centrally located in Barcelona with other Global Experiences' interns. Your housing will have access to public transportation, ensuring it is easy to get to and from your internship.
  • Professional Development: Through one-on-one coaching and webinars, we assist you in improving your professional documents, prepare you for an interview with potential employers, establish internship goals, and discuss your strengths.
  • Local Staff and Social Events: Our Location Coordinator lives in Barcelona year-round and provides interns with an insider's glimpse of the city. The LC is there to provide 24/7 emergency support and takes all the interns on a range of social events.

Questions & Answers

When you enroll in the program, you are added to a private Facebook group for your specific program location and session. This means that you have a way to communicate to other interns in the group before your departures, and for some locations you can even arrange to meet up in the airport and take a taxi to your housing together. Hope this helps!

Hi Alyssa! As with many internships, the vast majority of our internship placements are unpaid. We look for opportunities that allow our interns to gain the best possible experience while adhering to local laws and visa restrictions. If an employer offers you a stipend or other form of compensation you are welcome to accept it. We hope that this helps! - Lydia T. | Student Experience & Marketing...

Reviews

97%
based on 63 reviews
  • Growth 9.6
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 9.7
  • Housing 9.4
  • Safety 9.8
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Katie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Dream Come True

As someone who had already graduated, I was hesitant to intern abroad but I am so so so happy and grateful that I did! Being able to explore my career interests in marketing and event planning all while enjoying the excitement and adventure that Barcelona has to offer is something that I can't even put in words. Traveling/studying abroad is one thing, but if you have the opportunity to do it through Global Experiences I highly recommend it. The support leading up and throughout the program was amazing. By the time I arrived I felt like everything was taken care of - housing, insurance, recommendations, and a ton of amazing events. I think the best part was being there with so many other students who were in the exact same position as me. We were all so open to new experiences and to making friends that by the end we truly felt so close. This is something that will stick with me for the rest of my life and I am so grateful for that. You can talk about how great it is but you really won't know first hand until you experience it. I HIGHLY recommend GE! :)

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The most nerve racking moment for me was the 'unknown' factor. As I arrived I really didn't know what to expect but right away my roommates and I began to hang out and get to know each other and it eased all my nerves. Especially because you remember that sort of everyone feels that way and you're all on the journey together.
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Alexander
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Experience in Barcelona

My Global Experiences internship in Barcelona was an amazing experience all around. Working in Spain took me out of my comfort zone and taught me how to adapt and still work hard in different situations. Living in a city such as Barcelona was also incredible, providing countless opportunities to learn about Spanish culture and grow as a person. The Global Experiences staff was top notch in all areas, and they were always available and willing to help our group out with anything. The program is a good balance. It is planned out very well with excursions and fun cultural experiences, but the work is also productive and beneficial. Thanks to Global Experiences, I have grown this summer both professionally and personally while in Barcelona.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Come to Barcelona or whichever city you choose with an open mind and research both popular tourist attractions and hidden gems to visit while there. Also, wander around as you will almost definitely discover unexpected places.
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Daniel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Look no further than Global Experiences

Interning abroad in Barcelona through Global Experiences is hands down one of the best decisions I have ever made. Not only did I gain great professional experience, but I also made new friends and immersed myself in a completely new culture. The on site program staff, Inma and Saskia, were amazing, and their passion for this program and its participants was radiant. The housing, program events, and overall sense of community were all thanks to the hard work and devotion of these awesome advisors. Going into the program, I wasn't sure how the quality of housing would be, but all of the accommodations were super nice and exceeded my expectations by far. The apartments were all in great, central locations; this was huge for me as it really made me feel like a true Spaniard living in downtown Barcelona. If you have any doubts about interning in Spain or anywhere else, do it through Global Experiences... you will have the time of your life and leave with friends and memories for life.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Get out and experience the city right away. The time flies by, so make new friends early on and get out of your comfort zone.
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Kelley
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Incredible opportunity I won't stop talking about for a while!

I have already begun to recommend some of my friends to complete a Global Experiences Internship in Barcelona. It was an amazing opportunity that brought me growth in all aspects of my life. As a student-athlete, I had the opportunity to train in Barcelona while also working and meeting new people. My job gave me experience and knowledge that will shape me into a successful professional in the future and through my internship, I gained strong relationships with my coworkers and supervisors. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity with other students from around the world and a program with staff who truly valued our experiences in Barcelona. Everything from the housing placement to each event planned during our trip was detailed and executed so that every intern would have an amazing time. Barcelona is an amazingly safe and exciting cosmopolitan city with new places to explore everywhere and I have already started planning my trip back.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
To be open-minded and excited to all new opportunities. A lot of things will not go as planned or expected and this is one of the most special things about this experience. I met incredible people unlike to anyone I had ever met before and I embraced this and allowed it to shape my experience positively.
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Molly
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing staff, location, and program

Global Experiences has great staff. They provide you with everything you need before traveling abroad. They give you city updates before you even arrive, give you many pamphlets and documents with advice on what to pack, how to contact family overseas, how to change your phone number, what to do, etc. When I arrived at my apartment, a staff member was there waiting for me to let me inside, then even gave me a personal tour of my new neighborhood while providing me with detail on where to get basic necessities like laundry detergent. They make you feel comfortable and do not talk down on you as if they know more than you do. They treat you like a real adult and professional. The locations they place you in are outstanding. Better than any other location I have seen provided from other programs. I was placed in an apartment with air conditioning, a washer and dryer, a kitchen, and two bathrooms. When I walk outside, I am less than 60 feet from the Sagrada Familia. I highly recommend this program to all individuals, no matter what career path you are in

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Meet as many people as you can and go out of your comfort zone! Try a hostel as well if you are able too! They are so fun and such a great opportunity
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Jacquie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Summer

My time here in Barcelona was unforgettable. My internship was challenging but also very cool. I was able to develop my marketing skills while also learning about Spanish culture simultaneously in a Fashion Business internship for a Barcelona based Flamenco Fashion and Dance studio. I lived in a gorgeous apartment with air conditioning, washer/dryer and a dishwasher. My roommates quickly became very close friends.
We visited Valencia, Stiges, Monserrat, Milan, Lake Como, and Seville. It was nice to stay in Barcelona for some weekends as well too, but it is also fun to get some friends and travel to places in Spain and other parts of Europe.
Overall, I was able to feel comfortable living in the city and also saw so many beautiful and unforgettable places. I would 100% recommend this program to anyone interesting in interning abroad.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Try everything at least once, and when in Barcelona keep an eye out for pickpocketers!
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Gabriela
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Co-working creating experiences and friendships.

What was surprising to me and the best part of my experience during this internship, was the placement. I was placed in a co-working space founded by my boss, who also had an interior design office. I was able to learn a lot about a branch of architecture which was not my strength and made in part of my knowledge. I got to get to apply my new discoveries from my internship and the city's highlight in my last year of college. I would fully recommend this program who any person interested on interning during college and more in summer, because it's different than you expect. Barcelona was an amazing city to discover, especially for someone with an architecture major like me. I think people need and deserve this life changing experiences......

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be open to whatever comes in the way. Learn about negative things and look out for positive and possible solutions for it. If you need help, always ask for it.
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Myisha
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An amazing and life-changing experience

Saying that this summer has been amazing would be an understatement! I had the best time interning at a luxury and bespoke trip planning company through Global Experiences. Starting from day 1 of enrollment into the program, the GE staff has been there for me through resume and cover letter support, personality tests, interview preps and in every way possible to ensure I had a placement that I would mesh well with. And I did! I loved the company I got placed in and working with my bosses. We got along very well and every day at work was interesting and pushed my best self to come out! I would actually look forward to work because every day would be a new challenge! Over the transition period when we moved into Spain and throughout the summer as a whole, the GE program advisors in Barcelona - Inma and Saskia, have gone above and beyond in making sure that everyone in the program has a smooth tansition into Barcelona and an awesome summer. From handing minor on-site issues to arranging several local trips to experience the culture, the GE team has been an amazing support system! Interning abroad this summer has been an experience that I will cherish forever and the connections and friendships made here will always remain close to my heart. I have been saying "can this internship never end" since week 1 and I will keep saying it until I get on that flight to leave (then it'll be "take me back")! I recommend grabbing this opportunity with GE because it really is more than just an internship abroad - it is a life-changing experience full of personal and professional growth!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Go into this with an open mindset! This experience is the perfect opportunity for personal and professional growth and the GE staff incorporates fun into that! Get as much as you can out of it and stay involved with the support system GE has. I have met some very inspirational mentors and amazing friends through the program so get involved! Don't be afraid to go about on your own sometimes because self-growth comes hand in hand with this internship opportunity. Give your best at work and develop your skills. You never know what connections you will make along the way! Get to know your co-workers, bosses, the other interns and the on-site GE team. Trust me, you'll have a great time in doing so. Lastly, travel as much as you can! Trust me when I say this- 8 weeks is not enough! I don't think any amount of time would be enough so get the most out of every day. If an opportunity to do something new or go somewhere new presents itself, GRAB IT!
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Nathalie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

It's not goodbye, it's see you later

My experience interning abroad has been life changing. I had three goals when I landed. To enhance my Spanish-speaking skills, make a difference in my internship, and travel. I am happy to say that successfully completed all three of my goals. I got to practice my Spanish daily in Barcelona and lost the fear of making mistakes and just let it out. I was able to help my internship organization with some very important documents, gain hands-on experience in the clinical field, and conduct a educational intervention in the organization that raised awareness about HIV/AIDS to each client who came in for testing. Finally, in three months I was able to travel to 9 countries and 22 cities. I would recommend going abroad to every single person and hope that you take full advantage of such an incredible opportunity.

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Nathalie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

It’s not goodbye it’s see you later

I had three goals when in mind when going abroad and those were to gain experience at my internship, enhance speaking skills, and travel around Europe. I am happy to say I successfully did all three!! During my internship I was able to gain hands on experience in a clinical setting, which was beneficial for me because I want to pursue nursing in the future. I let go of the fear of making mistakes and was able to practice my Spanish with locals. Lastly I was able to travel all throughout Europe. During my time here I travel to 9 different countries and 22 different cities. As you can imagine I was very busy and enjoyed every minute of it. I highly recommend this program to future interns and promise that you will love it as long as you take full advantage of it.

What would you improve about this program?
Some people are more shy than others and it’s hard to gather a group of people together in one program who get along. Maybe collaborating with other study abroad programs to build networking setting with all study abroad students so people can meet others just like them would be really beneficial to enhance the overall experience!
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Nicole
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Can’t recommend this program enough!

This has been an experience of a lifetime, and something I will never forget. It helped me grow in all aspects in just three months and for that I am forever thankful.

I feel deeply changed and I’m so excited and motivated to continue living life the way that this program has taught me.

Can’t recommend Global experiences enough’

I started out by just wanting to know more information about interning abroad - I just didn’t feel like studying abroad was my thing.

I had a couple of options and after receiving that first phone call from Global experiences I bailed on the rest of my options because GE was so welcoming and warm and I just couldn’t say no to them!

They helped me instantly and there was 100% support from day one and it was great!!

The program all together was lovely, and it made everything easy!

Going to a different country is intimidating but GE made it so exciting and I felt safe and guarded

This is the best decision I’ve ever made in my life!

What would you improve about this program?
Longer programs (instead of 12 weeks it should be a full semester!)
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Julie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An Amazing Experience

Coming here was one of the biggest and best decisions of my life. I wasn't sure what to expect at first and had a lot of questions and concerns. The GE team made sure I was 100% cared for and answered any and all of the questions I had! My biggest concern when applying is that I wouldn't be able to get an internship specifically in the field of Human Resources as it wasn't one of the placements offered on the site for Barcelona. After communicating with them exactly what I was looking for and seeing what options I had, they found the absolute perfect placement in HR for me in my first-choice location!
I truly felt like they went the extra mile to make sure that I was happy from start to finish (and beyond) with this program. Our program Director, Inma, is so positive, fun and always ready to help! Absolutely anything we needed, she was on top of it. The group excursions with her were always stellar and I feel super lucky to have had her as our Director. Shoutout to Katherine and Chrissie as well for being amazing with staying in contact, checking in, and being so helpful, especially at the early stages of this program! The GE staff is so great!!
I can't even begin to explain how much this program and internship has postitively impacted my life. Not only did I get the wonderful opportunity to explore a whole new world and experience a beautiful culture and make tons of new friends from all around Europe, but now I have impressive job experience under my belt that already has and will continue to help me in my future career endeavors.

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Annie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Great Experience

As a recent graduate, Global Experiences was a great program to utilize as I am still determining what type of career I'm interested in pursuing and was interested in traveling before settling down. Based off of our conversations throughout the application process, my internship placement was spot on. Although I didn't feel entirely passionate about the work I was assigned, it was an excellent opportunity to learn more about what direction I would actually like to move towards in my future positions. I couldn't have asked for better employers. As I don't speak Spanish, they were always open to helping me throughout any obstacles I encountered, gave me a ton of tips about Barcelona, and were always available to answer any questions I had.

I believe being abroad in general after graduating is a unique and special opportunity. The challenges of traveling most weekends have made me feel more independent than ever before and I believe I'm more adaptable because of this experience. Being away from what I know and am comfortable with has given me the chance to really tune in to what I want out of my future.

To all future participants, definitely take advantage of every moment you have in your city. If you're like me, you'll travel most weekends. Don't let that affect what you experience here in Barcelona or whatever host city you may choose. Even if you're tired after a long day of work, drink that extra shot of espresso, and get out and explore.

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Kaicey
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

What a Summer!

Global Experiences was a growing experience packed with sooooooo much fun. It pushed me to travel more, enhance my Spanish-speaking skills and meet new people. For me, this is an experience that I will forever be grateful for. This program has allowed me to learn more about Spanish culture and understand a different way of life than my own. Everyday I was learning something new about Barcelona. My program directors really made my summer worth every penny and were extremely helpful with everything. They were the main reason why this summer was unforgettable.

What would you improve about this program?
I wish there were more group events. It's hard to see other people in the program at times because most participants are working different hours for their internships.
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Ebony
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Summer EVER

Wow. What an amazing summer. When I signed up for this program I had no idea it was going to be so life changing. I have loved every minute since stepping out of the plane to this beautiful city. Inma, Saskia and all the other interns made the time here worth every single penny. All the social events, the traveling, and just the overall memories have shaped me into a better global citizen and I will be forever grateful for my time here. It's amazing how immersed we get into this whole different culture and I can't help but fall more and more in love with Barcelona. It's gonna be hard leaving, but I know for a fact that I will be back!

What would you improve about this program?
Consistent internships for all interns.