Why take an internship in Spain?
Internships abroad offers many benefits.
- Improve your CV. Placements abroad are a positive element to add to your curriculum. It's experience that will be appreciated in your future career.
- Earn autonomy and maturity. Being far from the comfort of your home, will teach you money management and sharing an apartment.
- Improve language skills. During your training or in everyday life, you will hear, practise, and speak Spanish and Catalan, in addition to your English.
- Discover a new country. During your internship you will discover a new culture, a different mindset, and the Spanish climate. You can also take this opportunity to travel and discover other Spanish cities.
- Live a unique experience. It's not just a career opportunity, but also a personal one. You're going to meet people who are very different than in your daily life, with whom you'll share good times and bad times. What is certain though, is that you will return a different person.
That all sounds very exciting and all, but first you will need to find an internship. So, where do you begin?
How to find an internship in Spain?
You have several ways to get an internship, including via an agency or associations.
Agencies and associations
Here is a list of agencies and associations that offer internship terms in Spain:
- IES Consulting
- Internship Makers
- Internship in Spain
- Animafest Experience
- Expansion & Empleo
- Primer Empleo
These associations will put you in contact with companies abroad and can help you with certain administrative procedures, such as housing. Regarding this topic, check out our article on how to rent an apartment in Barcelona, which you may find very helpful.
- FUE (Fundación Universidad Empresa): This association develops mechanisms of knowledge, dialogue and collaboration between universities and businesses. It offers many internship opportunities.
- AISEC: For students of economic and business sciences, this association will get you in touch with the correct businesses
Websites like Linkedin can give you a huge selection of internships abroad. You should also your university for more opportunities. You could even contact alumni from your university who live in Spain and contact their businesses.
How to finance an internship in Spain?
Internships can offer very low payment that sometimes only offer transport costs. Therefore, it is difficult for a student to finance staying in Spain and the cost of living with just one single wage. Due to this, many interns look for grants to fund their stay:
- Erasmus scholarship: This scholarship applies to all placements carried out from participating country's university that have a minimum duration of 3 months. Erasmus scholarships are available in the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey. The amount is €300 to €400 per month.
- Leonardo grants: Dedicates a large part of its budget to training organisations and businesses who take on young students and recent graduates. It's available in all EU member countries and AELC countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway).
Apart from these grants, there are many others that can check through your own university. You can also check the government pages of your country to access regional or national scholarships.
We at OK Apartment - a specialised apartment rental agency based in Barcelona - offer internships of 4 - 6 months available all-year-round for French, Italian, and Russian speakers. Don't hesitate to contact us through our social network profiles (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, Pinterest) to see what we can offer.