Barcelona Internships
Spring Semester Internship 2021

SAI’s 12 week non-credit internship semester program invites participants to experience the professional working environment in Barcelona, while building tangible skills in their chosen field. Completing an international internship also gives participants a competitive advantage in the global workforce by demonstrating cross-cultural competencies. Internships are available in a wide variety of areas, including Finance/Accounting, Communications, Fine Arts, Fashion, Hospitality, and many more. While Spanish language proficiency is not required, it may open up more internship options.

Application: closed

Application Requirements
Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 words)
Professional cover letter (see App Reqs)
Resume (see App Reqs)
2 letters of rec (see App Reqs)
Official transcript
Passport scan (photo page)
Digital photo (passport style)
EU privacy consent form

NOTE: We will not be offering this program in Spring 2021. Please reach out to SAI Admissions to discuss other options in Barcelona.

Program Dates
January 22, 2021 – April 17, 2021

Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18+

Academic Year: Sophomore or above (at least 2 completed semesters at application).

*contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements

Cumulative GPA:* 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)

Spanish Language: Spanish language is not required, but it is helpful for expanding options.

Below please find more detail on the application requirements for this program:

Supplemental Internship Application: Once students submit their standard SAI online application, they will be prompted to complete an additional questionnaire. This supplemental application is designed to help SAI understand the goals you have set for yourself during your upcoming session in Barcelona.

Professional cover letter: The professional cover letter should include a self-introduction, as well as information about your professional sector of interest, and any reference contacts you wish to provide (recommended).

Resume: The resume should include a comprehensive description of your academic and professional experience to date. Feel free to include information about any special skills you possess.

Letters of recommendation: Please provide two (2) letters of recommendation. They may be from professors, university staff, or former workplace supervisors. Please do not provide recommendations from family members or social acquaintances; these recommendations should be academic or professional in nature.

During the enrollment process, all applicants will have a preliminary interview with SAI’s Barcelona Admissions Counselor. Once students have been accepted into the program, they will also have an interview with their on-site internship supervisor. Students will be informed of their internship placement no later than 30 days prior to the program start and, in most cases, considerably earlier than that.

The SAI internship program in Barcelona is unpaid and not for academic credit. Participants who wish to petition their home institution for academic credit may do so. Please contact your SAI Admissions Counselor for more information.

The 12 week internship program consists of approximately 300 total hours of on-site professional experience (about 25 hours per week). Students who wish to complete more hours may be able to do so, depending upon the specific internship placement. Weekly totals may vary slightly, depending upon the needs of the organization where the student is placed.

Internships are available in a wide variety of fields, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Accounting
  • Architecture
  • Art, Graphic Design & Animation
  • Business, International Business & Entrepreneurship
  • Communications, Journalism & Public Relations
  • Culinary Arts
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Event Planning
  • Fashion
  • Government & Politics
  • Health & Fitness
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing
  • Photography
  • Theatre & Dance

To ensure maximum benefit from the internships, participants will reflect upon their experiences throughout the term. Such guided reflection will be facilitated by the completion of various assignments and self-evaluation exercises. A detailed syllabus is available upon request.

Pre-Departure Calendar
October 15 2020
Application Closes
Applications accepted after closing as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposits Due
$500 Confirmation Deposit (non-refundable, applied toward program fee)
$300 Security Deposit (refundable)
Upon placement acceptance
Placement Confirmation Deposit Due
$500 deposit (non-refundable, applied toward program fee) to signal the student’s acceptance of the internship placement offered.
November 1 2020
50% of Total Program Fee Due
Students who are accepted and submit SAI deposits after this date will have an amended pay schedule. Either 50% or 100% of Program Fee will be due within 5 business days, based on the deposit payment date.
November 15 2020
SAI Financial Aid Verification Deadline
Students wishing to defer payment until financial aid disbursement must submit the financial aid verification forms to SAI by this date.
December 1 2020
Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-site Calendar
January 22 2021
Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students arrive into El Prat Barcelona (BCN) airport. SAI airport pickup is provided between 10:00am and 3:00pm, and students are transferred to SAI housing.
January 23 2021
SAI Orientation
Mandatory SAI orientation is held at the SAI Barcelona office and introduces students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
January 25 – 26 2021
Administrative Appointments
International students completing internships in Spain are required to register for an NIE (ID card) and Spanish social security. Accordingly, appointments will be made for participating students on this date and instructions will be given concerning how to complete this administrative step.
January 27 2021
Internship Begins
April 16 2021
Internship Ends
April 17 2021
Program End & Housing Check-out
Students must move out of SAI housing by 10:00am to return home or pursue independent travel.
SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $120
Security Deposit
Refundable at the end of the term.
Program Fee
Includes internship placement, standard housing and SAI 360° Services (see What's Included).
Optional / Additional Fees:
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom.
International Mailing Supplement
When applicable, students are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.

*prices are subject to change

Note: certain SAI-affiliated US universities require specific payment arrangements. These may require that some fees are paid by the student directly to SAI, and other fees are paid to SAI by the affiliated university on behalf of the student. If you attend an SAI-affiliated university please contact your study abroad office or speak with your SAI Admissions Counselor for details.

Budget Low Est. High Est.
Airfare to/from Barcelona
$950 $1,500
Includes groceries and eating out.
$700 / month $1,000 / month
Personal Expenses $300 / month $350 / month
Transportation within Barcelona
Public transportation with some taxi rides.
$100 / month $150 / month
Weekend Travel
Cost varies greatly by student.
$300 / month $1,000 / month

This is an SAI 360° Services Program; it includes our full services!

  • Internship placement for 300 hours over twelve weeks
  • Accommodation in carefully selected student housing
  • Airport pickup and transportation on arrival day
  • Welcome reception and events
  • SAI orientation to the host city and school
  • SAI staff on-site dedicated to providing personal assistance
  • SAI Viva Experience: frequent cultural activities & trips outside host city
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • Access to and assistance with international cell phone plans
  • 24-hour on-site emergency support
  • Farewell event with all students

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • US-based admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance
  • Helpful pre-departure tools and resources
  • Online student groups to acquaint you with other SAI students
  • Assistance with student visa application
  • Assistance with financial aid processing
  • Need-based SAI scholarships
  • Paid registration fees for national re-entry conferences
  • SAI Ambassador Program for SAI alumni, with paid internship opportunities
  • SAI alumni network

SAI offers all students the Viva Experience: frequent cultural activities, at no extra cost, for participants to get to know their community, city and country. Following is a sample of the activities included in this program. Please note that actual activities may differ.

Welcome Lunch
Students are welcomed to their new city over a traditional 3 course Spanish lunch to mingle and get to know each other.

Discovering Barcelona: Scavenger Hunt
Students attempt to solve questions with a team with the aid of a map and road book. In the course of the activity, they will discover various jewels of the city including the Sagrada Familia, the Casa Batlló, the Cathedral of Barcelona, and the old quarter while learning how take the metro and the bus. There will be prizes for the winners!

Volunteering in a Primary School
Students visit a local primary school to participate in English classroom activities with children between the ages of 3 and 12. This enriching activity is available for students to continue throughout their term if they wish.

The Spanish Family Experience
Under the guidance of SAI’s on-site Program Coordinator, students are introduced to a local family with the goal of facilitating cultural exchange. Students typically meet with their “families” once a week and spend time chatting with the children in English, followed by a family dinner. This allows students to get a glimpse of family life in Barcelona and to create lasting friendships.

Spanish Cooking Lesson
Students take a cooking lesson designed to teach typical Spanish (mostly Catalan) dishes that are easy to make again independently. Dishes are prepared according to the season and include appetizer, main course and dessert.

Poblenou Neighborhood Tour
This ex-industrial district has transformed into a hub for creativity and technology in recent years. Students visit this fascinating neighborhood that has with its personality outlined by charming smokestacks that are scattered throughout the area. Discover old factories that have been converted into galleries and studios and communication and technology companies that have based their headquarters in the 22@ district. There will also be a stop at the Encants flea market!

Dalí Day Trip
Visit the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Salvador Dalí’s hometown of Figueres. This museum was conceived and designed by the artist in order to offer visitors a real experience of his captivating and unique world. The Dalí Theatre-Museum opened in 1974 and it houses the single largest and most diverse collection of works by Salvador Dalí. We will then visit Girona, where we will do a tour through this city, which has also been featured in The Game of Thrones. Girona has more than 2000 years of history through two fortified enclosures, the Força Vella, built in the 1st century BC, and the medieval extension of the city walls from the 14th and 15th centuries.

Cultural Workshop: Navigating the Spanish Culture
Through this workshop students will learn the habits (European differences), traditions, food and language tips.

Visit the Bunkers of Carmel
A visit to one of the most astonishing viewpoints in Barcelona. These anti-aircraft batteries from the Spanish Civil War have become a popular spot amongst locals and visitors.

Sitges Beach Day
Students visit the town of Sitges, which is a paradise of sun, sea and mild temperatures year-round, and a venue for international film and music festivals. Beautiful views and long beaches make Sitges a wonderful day trip.

Montserrat Day Trip
Students take a day trip to Montserrat, a spectacularly beautiful Benedictine mountain retreat. Its unusual rock formations and its natural beauty have made it a Catalonian icon. Students take the cable train up the mountain to visit the monastery and wander the mountain paths, with amazing views of the Catalonian countryside.

Farewell Dinner
Students celebrate the end of a successful time abroad and say their goodbyes over a delicious Spanish meal.

Standard Housing: Student apartment
SAI student apartments are convenient and well equipped, with shared occupancy bedrooms (option to upgrade to private bedroom, if available). Typical residences house 2 – 8 students and contain a combination of private and shared bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and living areas. Furnishings, a washing machine, basic kitchen supplies, bed linens and towels are provided. All apartments are equipped with wireless Internet. Housing assignments are single gender; other housing configurations may be available under limited circumstances. SAI on-site staff is available to respond to any maintenance needs that may arise.

Passports should be valid for at least 4 months after planned return from Spain.

Student Visas
In accordance with Spanish law U.S. students studying in Spain for 90 days or less are not required to obtain a student visa. Therefore all U.S. students do not require a student visa for this program. Students should be aware that, since they will not have a visa, they must leave Europe (the “Schengen Zone”) before the expiration of the 90 day period. This means that European travel after the end of the program will not be possible.

Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for information on student visa requirements.

About SAI

SAI is dedicated to providing academic and cultural learning experiences abroad that enhance global awareness, professional development and social responsibility. We concentrate our programs in Europe, with a focus on in-depth learning of individual European countries and their unique global role in the geopolitical economy, humanities, and in the arts.