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Berkeley Global Internships

Global Internships: Madrid, Spain - SUSPENDED

  • Summary


    Gain first-hand knowledge, connections, and international work experience through an academic internship in Madrid, Spain. On this program, you will:

    • Undertake a professional internship in the field of your choice
    • Earn academic credit for your internship via a ten-week online course
    • Learn about Spanish culture and history through an on-site course taught by a UC Berkeley instructor
    • Live with other program participants in student housing at the Palacio de Barradas

    "My internship experience and Madrid have been truly eye opening and life changing. Though I expected to learn a lot from this program I never realized how big of an influence it would have on my plans once I returned home. I´m truly grateful to have had the opportunity to attend summer sessions and work at my internship at a refugee center in Madrid."
    —Madrid Participant

    Location Summary:

    Madrid will dazzle your senses with its flamenco rhythms, savory tapas, avant-garde architecture, and colorful fiestas. Settle into the Spanish pace of life in Madrid, the stunning cosmopolitan capital of Spain. Balance work and play with an internship in a city filled with culture, art, history "Golden Triangle of Art" Communications, engineering, business, architecture, performance art.


    • Madrid: May 27 – July 18, 2020

    • Online Course: June 8 – August 14, 2020

    Dates are subject to change.

    Units: 6 units

    Language of Instruction: English and Spanish

    Two Required Courses:

    • SPANISH 121: Contemporary Spanish History & Culture (3 units)

    AND your choice of:

    • UGBA W155: Leadership: Purpose, Authority, and Empowerment (3 units)

    • UGIS W157: Experiential Learning: Organizational Context, Self-Reflection, and Professional Development (3 units)

    • UGIS W158: Global Citizenship (3 units)


    • Students will live in a student dormitory in the heart of Madrid in a converted palace.
    • Students will be provided with three meals a day at the residence.
    • Students will share rooms with other program participants in doubles or triples. Singles can be requested for an extra cost (availability not guaranteed). Please note, due to in-country policies, students will be paired with roommates based on the gender listed on their passports. If you have clarifying questions, please feel free to reach out to the program staff.


    • Currently enrolled in a degree program or have graduated within the last 12 months
    • At least one year of college coursework completed by the start of the program
    • 2.0 GPA or higher
    • At least 18 years old at the time of application
    • Five semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent proficiency by start of program

    If you have not completed the required language coursework, you must submit a completed Language Evaluation Form within 14 calendar days from the date your online application is submitted or by February 24, 2020, whichever comes first. See Instructions for Language Evaluation.


    •  Application opens January 15, 2020
    •  Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
    •  Deadline to apply is February 17, 2020

  • Courses

    In addition to your internship, you will take an on-site local culture course and an online internship course for a total of 6 Berkeley units. The on-site local culture course will be set, but you will have the option of choosing one of two online courses.


    On-site Course

    Course: Spanish 121
    Title: Contemporary Spanish History & Culture 
    Dates: May 27 – July 18, 2020
    Instructor: María del Mar Fernández Vega, Ph.D.
    Units: 3 units
    Prerequisites: Five semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent proficiency

    Spanish 121 provides an overview of events leading to 20th and 21st century political and social changes in Spanish society. It combines cultural activities inside and outside of the classroom (lectures, field trips, visits to monuments and museums, etc.) and will be taught entirely in Spanish. Attendance and field trips are mandatory. Upon successful completion of this course, students will have a better understanding of contemporary Spain: how the past shaped the present and how the present deals with the past; cultural diversity and its contradictions; and Spain and globalization.

    This course satisfies the L&S International Studies breadth requirement. Please note that academic requirements may change. Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements this course may fulfill.

    AND your choice of one of these three online courses:

    Online Course

    Option 1
    : Interdisciplinary Studies W157
    Title: Experiential Learning: Organizational Context, Self-Reflection, and Professional Development
    Dates: June 8 – August 14, 2019
    Instructor: Joel Clark, Ph.D.
    Units: 3 units
    Prerequisites: None

    This is an online course that facilitates students' learning and self-reflection about various types of organizational contexts, structures, and cultures as well as the development of practical strategies to promote successful internship experiences. A series of audio-visual lectures, practical exercises, writing assignments, projects, and online group discussions will guide students through all stages of their internship experience. The course will also present a range of theories, methods, and real-world examples for examining management and organizational theory and practice.

    Option 2:
    Course: Undergraduate & Interdisciplinary Studies W158
    Title: Global Citizenship
    Dates: June 8 – August 14, 2020
    Instructor: Jeroen Dewulf, Ph.D.
    Units: 3 units
    Prerequisites: None

    With this course, you will be able to add a new dimension to your internship experience: a reflection on global citizenship. You will be challenged to use your internship experience as an opportunity to critically explore cultural differences, modes of conduct and values. A series of audio-visual lectures, practical exercises, writing assignments, projects, and online group discussions will stimulate you to leave the comfort zone of what you are familiar with and to explore alternative views on right and wrong, good and bad and the beautiful and the ugly. The course will also encourage you to interact with locals and to engage with the city/region/country where you live during your internship. We hope that this course will help to increase your consciousness about the challenges of being a global citizen.

    Option 3:
    Course: Undergraduate Business Administration W155 
    Title: Leadership: Purpose, Authority, and Empowerment 
    Dates: June 8 – August 14, 2020 
    Instructor: TBD 
    Units: 3 units 
    Prerequisites: None

    In this course, students will explore the concept of leadership, how it differs from authority, and how it feels when an authority figure fails to lead as expected. People are tremendously dependent on authority; expectations and assumptions about authority can impact how an authority figure has to lead. The purpose of this course is for the students to develop an understanding of the theory and practice of leadership in various organizational settings. It is designed to allow students the opportunity to develop leadership skills through experiential exercises, behavioral and self-assessments, case studies, class discussions, and lectures.

    Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements these courses may fulfill.



    Global Internships staff will register you for courses after your acceptance to the program. Please make sure there are no active blocks on your student account that may impact your course enrollment.



    Maria del Mar Fernandez Vega, Ph.D.
    SPANISH 121: Contemporary Spanish History & Culture

    María del Mar Fernández Vega received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley with a thesis on Fernando Colón. She has researched on the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. She has presented her second doctoral thesis, this time at the Complutense University of Madrid, on the poetry of the Catalans in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. In recent years, her focus has shifted to the opera and zarzuela and also the history of Spain.


    Joel Clark, Ph.D.
    UGIS W157: Experiential Learning: Organizational Context, Self-Reflection, and Professional Development

    Dr. Joel Clark is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara where he earned his Ph.D. in Political Science. He has authored two books involving careers and professional development: Intern to Success (Houghton Mifflin, 2002) and Careers in Political Science (Longman, 2003). His grant work includes the development of web-based learning resources for Arlington (VA) County Schools, and the production of a 12-part video series, Democracy in America. Prior to his current appointment with Berkeley, Dr. Clark helped create and direct the University of North Carolina in Washington Program from 2004-2008. Before that, he directed the Michigan State University Washington Program from 2001 to 2004. He has taught at American University and George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Dr. Clark is currently at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a Career/Internship Instructor for the Social Sciences.


    Jeroen Dewulf, Ph.D.
    UGIS W158: Global Citizenship

    Dr. Jeroen Dewulf is Associate Professor in the Department of German at the University of California,Berkeley where he teaches courses in German Studies and Dutch Studies. He is also Queen Beatrix chair as well as Director of Institute of European Studies and Director of Dutch Studies.

    Born in Ostend, Belgium, Dr. Dewulf graduated in Dutch and German Philology at the University of Ghent. He holds a Master's degree from the University of Porto and a Ph.D. from the University of Bern. His areas of specialization are European Studies, particularly related to (multi)cultural identity in Belgium and the Netherlands, and Post-Colonial Studies, in particular, Dutch colonial history and literature.

  • Internship

    The Global Internships team works one-on-one with you to find an internship that matches your career goals, interests, and experience level. Internships in Madrid are available in a wide variety of fields and internship placement is guaranteed.

    Examples of past internships:

    • Administer initial interviews with new refugees and help them obtain their residential papers, medical insurance papers, social security numbers, etc.
    • Serve as an editor for a global news network
    • Conduct research on various funding initiatives and write grants
    • Assist the supervisor in the international operations department for restaurant chains
    • Create a press kit of the latest company music and art editions while developing new content for the company website and planning events

    Opportunities can vary year-to-year by such factors as market trends, time of year, and the economy. Common industry sectors for internships include, but are not limited to:

    Arts & Media
    Art Galleries
    Auction Houses
    Art Magazines
    Broadcast news
    Digital Media
    Film/TV production
    Record Companies

    Business & Industry
    Event Organization
    Financial Services
    Food & Beverage
    Hospitality & Tourism

    Public Relations

    Adult Education
    Educational Services
    Schools for the Learning Disabled

    AIDS Awareness
    Drug Awareness
    Occupational/Physical Therapy
    Rehabilitation Clinics
    Research Laboratories
    Women's Shelters

    Politics, Law & NGOs
    Environmental Groups
    International Organizations
    National/International Security

    Some challenging internship fields to place in Madrid are:

    Advertising – Creative aspect: alternate placement in marketing related to advertising
    Architecture – alternate placements potentially in urban design or landscape architecture
    Broadcasting – alternate placement in documentary film production; marketing & content video production
    Engineering – limited placements. Alternate placement in administrative or marketing related to engineering
    Financial Operations (i.e. investment banking or stock market) – alternate placement in business related positions or international commerce
    Law Offices or Court – alternate placement with NGOs or refugee centers
    Journalism in Spanish – alternate placement in English language publications or Press Agencies
    Performance-based Arts – alternate placement in theatre placements or music companies
    US Embassy – alternate placement in commercial offices of other embassies

  • Costs

    Tuition and Program Fee

    The fees to participate in this program are broken down into 1) tuition and 2) program fees, which are applied to your student billing account as follows:

    2020 Fees UC Students Visiting Students
    Tuition (6 units) $2,514 $3,300
    Program Fee $3,266 $3,266
    Total Cost $5,780 $6,566

    Fees are subject to change. All non-Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $60.


    Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses

    In addition to the fees outlined above, Berkeley Study Abroad has estimated amounts for out-of-pocket expenses. These amounts are used to calculate financial aid packages for eligible students. Actual expenses will vary depending on your lifestyle and spending habits.

    2020 Estimated Expenses Amount
    International Airfare and Transportation $1,406
    Additional Meals $716
    Books $210
    Personal Expenses (i.e. phone, passport, visas, etc.) $1,998
    Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses* $4,330

    It is your responsibility to obtain any necessary travel documentation for your program destination (i.e. passport, visa, etc). This may require you to pay fees of up to a few hundred dollars depending on the type of paperwork required.


    Financial Aid

    Financial aid is available for Berkeley students who are enrolled in at least six units during the summer. All other students should contact the financial aid office at their home institution for more information.


    Explanation of Fees

    Tuition is based on a per-unit cost:

    • The UC undergraduate student rate is $419 per unit
    • The visiting student rate for all non-UC participants is $550 per unit

    The program fee includes the following items:

    • Student housing, including a shared room at the student residence, Palacio de Barradas
    • Three meals per day
    • Excursions, including entry fees to local museums, historic sites, etc.
    • On-site orientation activities, including an introduction to the city of Madrid, Spanish work culture, etc.
    • Travel insurance, including accident/sickness medical coverage, emergency medical evacuation, security extraction, and other travel assistance services
    • Other program-related costs, including fees for placement services
    • The initial non-refundable deposit of $400, which is due at the time of application, is applied to the program fee.

    Please note that the list of items included in the program fee is not all-inclusive and is subject to change.


    The following items are excluded from the program fee:

    • International airfare
    • Personal expenses (souvenirs, routine medical expenses, toiletries, etc.)
    • Course materials (textbooks and readers)
    • Other travel expenses (passport, visa, etc.)
    • Additional meals
    • Commuting costs for the daily travel to and from your internship

  • Timeline
    Application opens January 15, 2020
    Application closes February 17, 2020
    Applicants notified of selection By March 20, 2020
    Attend internship pre-placement orientation* March 2020
    Participate in individual placement meeting with a member of the Madrid Global Internships team* March 2020
    Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus deposit April 3, 2020
    Attend professional development workshops and pre-departure orientation* April-May 2020
    Receive a provisional internship placement April-May 2020
    Interview with your direct internship supervisor via Skype/phone or during your first week in Madrid April-May, 2020
    Arrive in Madrid May 27, 2020
    Attend onsite orientation activities First week of program
    Online course begins June 8, 2020
    Last day of program July 18, 2020
    Online course ends August 14, 2020

    * These events take place on the Berkeley campus. If you are not on campus during this time, we will schedule a meeting via phone or Skype.

    All dates are subject to change.