Barcelona Internships
Summer 8 weeks I Internship 2021

SAI’s 8 week, non-credit internship 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: now open
Closes: March 30, 2021
Apps accepted on a rolling basis, and after closing as space permits

Application Requirements
Complete online application
Supplemental SAI Internship 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


  • See our revised policies due to Coronavirus here.
  • High quality internships are available in a wide range of fields, from Business to Fine Arts.
  • Experience the professional energy and vitality of Barcelona, one of Europe’s most vibrant commercial hubs.

Program Dates
May 28, 2021 – July 24, 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:

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.

Interview: Once your application is complete, you SAI Admissions Counselor will schedule a time for an online interview. This interview is an opportunity to discuss your goals for the internship, as well as a chance for you to ask any questions you may have about the internship placement process. A Spanish language assessment may also be conducted during this interview, if applicable.

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 8 week internship program consists of approximately 150 total hours of on-site professional experience (about 20 hours per week). Weekly totals may vary slightly, depending upon the needs of the organization where the student is placed. This intensive internship program is designed for college students and young professionals who wish to compress significant professional experience into a relatively short period of time.

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 on their experiences throughout the term.  Such guided reflection will consist of various assignments and self-evaluation exercises, bi-weekly in-person meetings with the SAI Internship Mentor, and the keeping of a “work journal” throughout the course of the term. A detailed syllabus is available upon request.

NIE and Spanish Social Security
In accordance with Spanish law, all international internship students must apply through the Spanish government for an “NIE” (ID number) and for a Spanish Social Security number. Once students are formally accepted into the program and have confirmed their attendance, SAI’s team in Barcelona will make the necessary arrangements for students to receive these documents. During the first few days of the program, a member of SAI’s on-site team assists students with the necessary administrative steps to obtain their NIE and Spanish Social Security number.

Pre-Departure Calendar
March 30 2021
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.
March 14 2021
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.
March 29 2021
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.
April 13 2021
Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-site Calendar
May 28 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.
May 29 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.
May 31 and June 1 2021
NIE and Spanish Social Security Appointments
Students accompanied by SAI staff to obtain legally required documents.
June 7 2021
Internship Begins
July 23 2021
Internship Ends
July 24 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 $1,200
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 150 hours over eight 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 and day trips
  • 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 & Walking Tour
Students are welcomed to their new city over a traditional 3 course Spanish lunch to mingle and get to know each other. Following lunch, students take a walking tour to visit several of Barcelona’s most famous Modernism buildings.

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.

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.

Discovering Barcelona: Born walking tour and Picasso Museum
Students enjoy a walk through the old Born neighborhood, going back to the old Medieval times in Barcelona, and discover one of the jewels of the city: Santa Maria del Mar church, in pure 14th century Catalan Gothic style. The group finishes the tour at the famous Picasso Museum.

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.

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 6 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. 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.