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Berkeley Global Internships

Global Internships: Barcelona, Spain

  • Summary


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

    • Undertake a professional internship in your field of interest
    • Earn academic credit for the internship via a ten-week online course
    • Learn about Spanish culture and history through an on-site course
    • Live with other program participants in homestay or apartment accommodations in Barcelona

    About Barcelona

    Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, a region with its own flavor, identity, language, and culture, and is home to Catalans, who speak both Catalans and Castilian Spanish. Other destinations in Spain include the capital city of Madrid and intriguing Andalusian cities at the crossroads of Europe, North Africa, and the Arab world. Spain will dazzle your senses with its flamenco rhythms, savory tapas, Mediterranean coves, avant-garde architecture, and colorful fiestas.

    Program Details


    • Barcelona: June 3 – July 27, 2024
    • Online Course: June 3 – August 9, 2024

    Dates are subject to change.

    Units: 6 units

    Language of Instruction: English

    Two Required Courses:

    • HISTORY N100G: Food and Culture in the Mediterranean Basin (3 units)
    • UGIS W158: Global Citizenship (3 units)


    • Students will have the option to live in fully-furnished apartment-style or homestay accommodations in Barcelona.
    • In the apartment option, students will have access to a shared bathroom and communal kitchen to prepare meals.
    • In the homestay option, daily breakfast and dinners will be provided.
    • Students will be randomly assigned to shared rooms. Gender-inclusive housing options are available on this program. 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
    • Not on academic probation or under censure for student misconduct at any point from application review to the end of your program


    • Application opens December 1, 2023
    • Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
    • Deadline to apply is January 16, 2024
  • Courses


    In addition to your internship, you will take an on-site local history course and an online internship course for a total of 6 Berkeley units.

    On-site Course

    Course: HISTORY N100G
    Title: Food and Culture in the Mediterranean Basin
    Dates: June 3 – July 27, 2024
    Instructor Xavier Carmaniu-Mainadé, Ph.D.
    Units: 3 units
    Prerequisites: None

    This course will examine various aspects of the relationship between food, culture, and society in the mediterranean basin, where eating is not a simple act of survival but rather a cultural and social activity. Looking at the local culture through the lens of food allows us to discover and understand social constructs, values and even the history of Europe, from ancient Greece to the great chefs of the 21st century such as Ferran Adrià. Through this we will discover the similarities and differences between how the Spanish, Italian and Greek societies work. In this course we offer a cross-cultural perspective that will focus on history, anthropology, sociology, literature, gastronomy and the business that works behind the food industry.

    This course satisfies the L&S Historical 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.

    Online Course

    Course: Undergraduate & Interdisciplinary Studies W158
    Title: Global Citizenship
    Dates: June 5 - August 11, 2023
    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. It is our hope that this course will help to increase your consciousness about the challenges of being a global citizen.

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


    Global Internships staff will enroll you in 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.


    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 Barcelona are available in a variety of fields, and internship placement is guaranteed.

    Sample companies and internship responsibilities: 

    Company that has three business lines: Coaching (for executives and athletes), Training (social skills, negotiation, leadership, organization and time management, emotional intelligence, positive psychology, etc.), and Job Guidance (how to write a resume and a cover letter, how to face a job interview, etc.). In this company, the responsibilities of the interns would be:

    • Collaborate in the organization of company events
    • Contact potential clients to invite them to the event
    • Translations
    • Editing presentations and videos
    • Collaboration in other Marketing tasks and events, such as social networks, mailing, etc.

    Food Design Studio based in Barcelona. Under the mission of awakening gastronomy’s potential, they research and design projects in the gastronomic ecosystem and act as a bridge by connecting innovation with food professionals and generating alliances between experts in food, drink, science, art and business. Experts in creativity, design and technology, their methodology is the Food Design Thinking, where they design from experience and usability. In this company, the responsibilities of the interns would be:

    • Development of research on gastronomic products
    • Implementation of technology in marketable products
    • Collaboration with the production team in any aspect of the company
    • Benchmarking and competition analysis and companies in the sector that do something similar to them

    Company that develops an electric propulsion system for satellites. This technology is called ABEP (Air-Breathing Electric Propulsion) and it allows satellites to orbit closer to Earth without fuel usage. In this company, the responsibilities of the interns would be:

    • Development of new geometries
    • Computer CAD design of different geometries
    • Programming mathematical problems for geometry optimization

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

    • Architecture*
    • Art
    • Business
    • Communication
    • Computer Science*
    • Economics
    • Engineering*
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Fashion & Design
    • Health Sciences***
    • Hospitality & Tourism
    • Journalism
    • Legal Studies**
    • Literature
    • Management
    • Marketing
    • Performing Arts
    • Political Science**
    • Psychology***
    • Sociology
    • Sports Management

    *Some prior experience required

    **Intermediate or advanced Spanish required

    ***Placements are limited and will not be clinical

  • 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:

    2024 Fees

    UC Students

    Visiting Students

    Tuition (6 units)$2,514$3,570
    Program Fee$5,222$5,222
    Total Cost$7,736$8,792

    Fees are subject to change. All non-Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $68.

    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. Students can choose between a homestay and apartment accommodations on this program. Differences in estimated expense categories are indicated below.

    Estimated Expenses


    International Airfare and Transportation$1,850
    Additional Meals

    $2,541 (living in apartment)

    $787 (living in homestay)

    Personal Expenses (i.e. phone, passport, visas, etc.)$3,000
    Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses

    $7,709 (living in apartment)

    $5,955 (living in homestay)

    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 UC Berkeley students who are enrolled in at least 6 units during the summer.

    Financial aid estimates for 2023 Berkeley Global Internships programs will be available in the Summer Financial Aid Estimator in your Cal Central account in early February 2024. Before the estimator is available, you may submit a financial aid estimate request form on our website.

    Please FIRST obtain your estimate via the Estimate Request Form, or in the Summer Aid Estimator once available, then write to if you have any questions about the estimate you receive. Your estimate will include a Berkeley Study Abroad Scholarship if you qualify for one based on financial need.

    How to locate the Estimator:

    1) Log into Cal Central
    2) Navigate to the My Finances Tab, and find the "Financial Resources" card
    3) Scroll to the bottom of the Financial Resources card and click on Summer Sessions
    4) From the Summer Sessions menu, click on Summer Cost and Aid Estimator

    Make sure to adjust the number of units in the estimator if your program offers a choice of course selection. If your program only offers one combination or one course for 6 total units units, you do not need to update the units in the estimator.​

    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 $595 per unit

    The program fee includes the following items:

    • Student housing in fully-furnished apartment-style or homestay accommodations. In the apartment option, students will have access to a shared bathroom and communal kitchen to prepare meals. In the homestay option, daily breakfast and dinners will be provided.
    • On-site orientation activities and excursions
    • 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 will be charged on February 1, 2024, 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.)
    • Meals (access to kitchen facilities will be provided)
    • Course materials (textbooks and readers)
    • Other travel expenses (passport, visa, etc.)
    • Additional meals
    • Commuting costs for the daily travel to and from your courses
    • COVID-19 testing fees for travel-related purposes
  • Timeline



    Application opensDecember 1, 2023
    Application closesJanuary 16, 2024
    Applicants notified of selectionBy February 15, 2024
    Attend internship pre-placement orientationFebruary-March 2024
    Participate in individual placement meeting with a member of the Barcelona Global Internships teamMarch 2024
    Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus $300 depositMarch 15, 2024
    Attend professional development workshops and pre-departure orientationApril-May 2024
    Receive a provisional internship placementApril-June 2024
    Interview with your direct internship supervisor via Zoom/phone or during your first week in LondonApril-June, 2024
    Online course beginsJune 3, 2024
    Arrive in BarcelonaJune 3, 2024
    Attend onsite orientation activitiesFirst week of program
    Last day of programJuly 27, 2024
    Online course endsAugust 9, 2024