Global Experiences Internships in Barcelona, Spain

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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 the Catalonia region of Spain 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 chosen 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.

Highlights
  • Guaranteed Internship: As part of the Global Experiences program you are guaranteed an internship in your host city. We do our best to find a high-quality internship that matches 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.
  • Professional Development: Through one-on-one coaching and webinars, we assist you in improving in your cover letter and resume. We also prepare you for any interview with a potential employer, establish internship goals, and discuss your strengths.
  • Local Staff and Social Events: Our Location Coordinators live in Barcelona year-round and provide with you with an insider’s glimpse of the city. The LC provides 24/7 emergency support and takes all the interns on a range of social events.

Questions & Answers

They are unpaid internships

Reviews

96%
based on 24 reviews
  • Growth 9.4
  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 9.3
  • Housing 9
  • Safety 9.6
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Stephanie
10/10

Best Summer!

I've tried to get abroad for years, but things kept falling through with my school. It's been a dream to live abroad and Global Experiences finally allowed that to happen for me! This summer was incredible. I saw so many amazing places that were so easy to travel to from Barcelona, and the city itself had so much going on. From incredible street performers to some of the best food I've tasted...I didn't want to leave! It's going to be impossible to beat this summer, and the cherry on top of it all was the loving and amazing Location Coordinator, Inma. She helped make sure this was the best summer ever!

Yes, I recommend
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Nicholas
10/10

Spain GE Internship

There is a vast amount of different places and people in the world, and being able to see some of the many cultures I did in my time in Europe allowed me to see many different lifestyles and customs and was able to immerse myself in areas I was not used to. Our world is so incomprehensibly huge, and how many people have lived on this planet, how many buildings, pieces of art, stories, scientific discoveries, etc have been contributed. I finally saw this first hand, and found a greater appreciation for other cultures as well as my own. It is very easy to get stuck in a bubble living our day to day lives, but being abroad teaches you there is so much more out there. I find that my perspective is much more open in all areas because of this experience. No matter where you go in this world there will always be people that you meet that turn into friends and acquaintances. This process may be difficult abroad but in the long run the people you meet abroad can change you forever. From small talks in a coffee shop with a stranger, a late night drink with a group of Australians in a Hostel in Italy to co-workers, and groups of girls from France in a nightclub, and so forth. You learn about culture, cool spots you never heard of, stories, and new perspectives of things you otherwise would have never known on your own because you all come from a different background and are headed a different direction but when you cross paths it is a truly amazing thing to hear how they got to where they are and where they are going and everything in between etc. Being in this program is an investment for your future. The things you learn and grow by doing this internship abroad are priceless as well as the marketable skills of a job and internship experience.

How can this program be improved?
I did not have any major things I would have changed about this program, they include social activities which makes getting accustomed to the area easier so they could include more maybe but hey already do a significant amount
Yes, I recommend
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Duncan
10/10

Wonderful Summer Experience

I had a fantastic experience this Summer working as an intern for a public relations firm in Barcelona. Global Experiences took care of all of the networking for me and helped match me with the perfect employer long before going abroad, and also found me housing in a great spot in the city. I doubt I would've been able to get an internship like this and had such a great experience without a very legit agency, and Global Experiences gave me everything I could've asked for!

How can this program be improved?
Present the option to live alongside natives of the country, to be able to give full language and cultural immersion to those who really want it.
Yes, I recommend
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Dominique
10/10

Best of both worlds! Work experience and travelling

Global Experiences is THE program for you! This experience is an investment that will give you the opportunity to work in an awesome company as an intern, have fun in a new city, learn a new language, meet new people and have the best team to help you before and during the program. Finding an internship and a good place to stay is an easy and fun process with Global Experiences! What else can you ask for? If you wonder if you should sign up or not, I say do something for you and your future...Challenge your limits, don't miss this opportunity and sign up! It's so worth it! The last 12 weeks have been perfect and every single day was an adventure! I loved it!

Yes, I recommend
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Devin
9/10

Great Program

It was a great program! one of the biggest things was our location coordinator! she couldn't have been more amazing or more helpful ... i had a problem with my housing and she talked to me multiple times a day keeping me updated on stuff and got me moved to a apartment that was 10 times better then my first one! She was so great and when it comes down to it, Location Coordinators are everything when it comes to picking a program!

How can this program be improved?
I would change the process for signing up, it uses drop box which i was un familiar with but after you learn how to use drop box it was fine!
Yes, I recommend
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Daryn
9/10

Perfect for Recent Grads

My semester with Global Experiences was the perfect way to gain international business experience, improve my Spanish, live in a new culture, and make incredible friends from all over the world. My internship placement was ideal and really suited my request for public relations/event planning. It was a great opportunity to learn more about the industry, while also gaining a global business perspective. I think it will be the perfect addition to my resume and will stand out to future employers.

I really appreciated having a staff member on location in Barcelona to help with any issues. We were definitely given freedom and expected to take care of ourselves as young professionals, but knowing I had someone who spoke the language fluently and knew the culture better than me was a huge relief. Plus, our social outings were always a blast!

Overall, I had an incredible experience. Compared to typical study abroad programs where students are basically exchanging one college atmosphere for another, I really appreciated getting to live and work as a professional in a new place. I think it was more immersive and propelled my professional growth. Also, it was a perfect transition after graduating, but before entering the (paid) work force! I would recommend Global Experiences to anyone, especially recent graduates, for a semester you will never forget.

How can this program be improved?
Language school was one of my favorite parts of the semester, and I wish it could have lasted longer!
Yes, I recommend
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Alexandra
9/10

Quality Program

Finding a program you can trust through the internet is always difficult, however, when there is great staff like the staff at Global Experience you can tell you've found a quality program! I sent out multiple requests for various programs throughout Europe and Global Experience was the best at communication and had the best deal for the money. The staff gave me personal feedback on my resume and cover letter multiple times, which was extremely helpful. They always were prompt to respond to my emails and helped me prepare for my interview with my future employers. Upon arrival, I discovered I had been placed in a beautiful apartment in the city with a short trip to work. My internship was in the center of the city and I grew exponentially through the tasks I was given. I learned many new things about sustaining a company as I had the privilege to work directly with the founder of the company. Along the way, the staff I had originally coordinated with in the US kept in contact to ask about how I was doing. The lady in Barcelona was amazing. I could call her at any time and find help and the excursions she planned were unbelievable. We went to a beautiful beach, Casa Batllo, a Flamenco show, a bike tour around the city, and did many other things. Global experiences description of these events on their website as "social outings" did not do them justice. I almost did not want to go when I heard we had option "social outings," but I am so glad I did. They were so much fun and the lady on site was easy to talk with and we had many great times together! Overall, the program was one of my favorites (I've done many different study abroad programs).

How can this program be improved?
I would definitely change how they market the "social outings." -That name is horrible and does not do it justice. We were out sightseeing and having so much fun! It wasn't an old lady in a room trying to make the interns play games together... It was things I would have done on my own anyways, but was able to do with all of my friends!
Also, making the language school in the beginning optional for a reduced cost. I would have love to taken the class, but unfortunately my study abroad program in France directly before did not allow me to arrive on time for the class & I was not given a reduced rate. They were extremely kind to let me arrive late and still do an internship and for that I was thankful.
Yes, I recommend
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Shannon
10/10

Everlasting Experiences!!!

I must say that making the decision to become an intern in Barcelona, Spain has been the best yet! I have had an amazing experience in all aspects. I have amazing roommates who will become lifelong friends and live in an amazingly located apartment walking distance to everything. My internship is coming to an end, which is sad but exciting because I have the opportunity to travel beyond Spain for a couple of weeks and actually be a tourist for a while. I have enjoyed the company in which I have been working for and have learned so much about the event industry that will be a huge benefit down the road. I have had the opportunity to work the largest Mobile World Congress trade show to date, which brought the city 85,000 people and an untold amount of revenue. With that being said, I thank Global Experiences and their staff for making this internship amazing and an experience that I will never forget.

Yes, I recommend
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Abroad4life
7/10

Not Worth the Money

Global Experiences is by far the worst company I have ever dealt with. From the start there was little to no helpful communication. Once they got their money.. all $7,000 of it, the communication seemed to slowly disappear. There was no help coming into Barcelona either. No help on how to get to the residence, what was expected, etc. To start, our accommodation was bottom level garbage. The rooms were unfairly small, the kitchen was full of mold and the bathroom was always flooded, muddy or left with no toilet paper, there was no food provided even though most of the other students in the building received food that was made in the building. The Spanish school only cost about $200 so I don't understand where my money went. The only thing about my program that I loved was my job. It was amazing and I couldn't have asked for a better company. Once I told my bosses about my experience with Global Experiences they declared they would never use Global Experiences again.

The problems got so bad that when we (we being all 10 students of our program) complained about our accommodation and how we were being treated, they ignored us, treated us disrespectfully and in the upmost unprofessional manner. They threatened my job only because I asked for the cost breakdown. From then I had not spoken one word with the Global Experiences home office. I feel mistreated, taken advantage of and robbed of $7,000. With the extensive amount of programs offering internships abroad I would rank Global Experiences on the bottom.

Response from Global Experiences

We're sorry that you had some troubles during your experience with some of the supplemental parts of the program. GE's previous housing was a highly recommended building on par with student housing in Barcelona, but we've since moved our housing to a nicer facility with better amenities. Things like no AC are common in Barcelona and were communicated beforehand, though we have moved to ensure it is now part of the program.

Our intensive 2-4 weeks of Spanish language training included in the programs at a top school remain intact, and is absolutely a greater cost than stated.

As for responsiveness, the Global Experiences team is comprised of world travelers ourselves, and we're here to pass along great experiences, and overcome any obstacles with our 24/7 staff and support structure. Our primary focus is a fantastic customized internship, and we're glad that you had a great professional work experience!

We have an extensive pre-departure preparation stage to give students the right expectations before they go, and unfortunately we find that students who do not participate have differing expectations about what life will be like abroad. Maturity and the right expectations are key to success in any endeavor, and thousands of Global Experiences alumni can attest to the big picture benefits of the GE program. We're sorry that you had some hiccups along the way, and we're constantly striving to improve our programs!

No, I don't recommend

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