This program is offered for those students who are looking to enhance their Spanish language skills while working abroad in one of Europe’s most important vibrant commercial centers. Students with sufficient language skills take three courses along with an internship, which ranges between 15 and 20 hours per week.

Program Curriculum

All students enroll in an internship and internship course, worth four credits. Students then enroll in three additional four-credit courses from those offered through either the Madrid Spanish and European Studies Program or the Madrid University Studies Program (spring only).

Students who select courses from the Madrid Spanish and European Studies Program are required to enroll in one Spanish language course and then choose two additional courses from the electives offered in English or in Spanish, depending on their interest and proficiency level.

Students who select courses from the Madrid University Studies Program are required to enroll in an advanced-level seminar on contemporary Spain with other program participants as one of their courses. Students then enroll directly at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid for two elective courses. Courses are offered in areas including anthropology, archaeology, art history, cinema, economics, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, science, sociology, and Spanish culture, language, literature and history.

Students enroll in a four-credit internship. Placements are contingent upon a student’s past experience, language abilities, and available opportunities in any given semester, so flexibility is essential. Course numbers depend on the fields of specialization in which the students complete their internship and the nature of the internship work.

  • CAS AH 505 Internship in the Arts/Architecture
  • CAS EC 497 Internship in Business/Economics
  • CAS PO 401 Internship in Politics
  • CAS PO 403 Internship in Comparative Law
  • CAS PO 405/IR 455 Internship in International Organizations
  • CAS PS 495 Internship in Health/Human Services
  • COM CM 471 Internship in Advertising/Public Relations
  • COM FT 493/494 Internship in Film/Television
  • COM JO 411 Internship in Journalism
  • SHA HF 390 Field Placement in Hospitality Administration
Internship Components:
    • The internship itself, including supervisor’s evaluation
    • Participation in the internship seminar
    • A highly structured, mid-term oral briefing
    • Assigned readings
    • A final research paper relating to professional field of internship placement


      Please note these are examples of past internship placements only. While BU Study Abroad guarantees an internship to program participants, specific placements vary from semester to semester and may not always be available. Likewise, internship placements may be available in academic areas not listed.

      Advertising/Marketing/Public Relations

      Study marketing techniques, media and consumer behavior, work in the marketing/PR department of a Spanish company, multinational firm, or advertising agency. Previous internship placements have included OM Premium, Procter & Gamble, Elipse Iniciativas, IFEMA (convention center), and JBan.


      Study the current economic, political, and social issues affecting Madrid and work in an organization with an economic dimension. Internship placements have included American Express, AFI, Marsh & McLennan, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Vista Capital.

      Film, Radio, & Television

      Study communications and society in Madrid and work for one of the radio and television stations or film production companies. Internship placements have included Boca a Boca Films, CNN, Eco Casting, Madrid Film, Lua, Dos Mundos TV, and Rioja Films.

      Health & Human Services

      Study healthcare and human services issues and participate in the daily work life of hospital rehabilitation, therapy, or education programs; health center administration; social service departments; community care centers; or social activist organizations. Internship placements have included Centro de Mujeres Progresistas, Hospital de la Zarsuela, Interlab, Centro Dato, and PharmaGen.

      Hospitality & Tourism

      Study Spanish culture and learn how the tourism industry works in Madrid. Students intern in placement areas such as travel agencies, hotels, and restaurants. Past internships have included Groupo Zena, Hotel Ritz, and Travel Leader.

      International Organizations & NGOs

      Work in social activist organizations, environmental organizations, human rights organizations, and associated government departments. Internship placements have included Amigos de la Tierra and Casa de América.


      Study news media in the context of the political, cultural, and social life of Madrid by participating in the daily life of a newspaper, magazine, publishing house, or broadcast news organization. Past internship placements have included The Broadsheet, Rolling Stone, InMadrid, LIPS, and The New York Times.

      Politics & International Relations

      Study the issues and institutions of Madrid’s culture and work in a political setting, including Parliament, party organizations, lobbying groups, or political public relations agencies. Internship placements have included Embassy of México (commercial office), Embassy of the United States (commercial office), Office of European Commission, INCIPE, and UNICEF.


      Study the history and practice of the law in Madrid and participate in the daily life of an NGO working in human rights and immigration law. Internship placements have included Bufete J. Ruiz and Hombre y Tierra.

      CAS IP101: The Global Learning Experience (1 credit)

      All program participants have the opportunity to make the most of their semester abroad with The Global Learning Experience, a self-paced, Pass/Fail course with brief readings and experiential assignments that accompany them while living, studying and interning in a country and culture different from their own. Students post their work, experiences and observations to an online platform to trace and articulate their achievements abroad from an academic, personal and professional standpoint. The course links students with the faculty instructors as well as peers studying on other BU Study Abroad programs around the world. Students earn one credit in addition to the total program credits mentioned below at no additional cost.

      Program Details

      Program Dates
      • Fall Semester: early September to mid December
        • Spring Semester:
          • Madrid Internship Program (Spanish and European Studies): early January to early May
          • Madrid Internship Program (University Studies): early January to mid May
        • Upon successful completion of the program, students earn sixteen Boston University credits. Students must enroll for a total of sixteen credits.
        • Boston University’s household accommodations facilitate the students’ language acquisition and integration into Spanish society through the daily usage of Spanish.  All Madrid students are placed in Spanish households, where they have their own room and eat meals with their host families. Households represent a wide range of incomes and situations, from an older woman living alone to a professional couple living in the city to a large family with several children.
        Application Deadlines
        • Fall Semester & Academic Year: March 15 
        • Spring Semester: October 1

        Download a description of the Madrid Internship Program. 

        Program Faculty & Staff

        The Boston University Madrid Programs are administered by staff in both our Boston and Madrid offices. In Boston a program manager facilitates the admissions and pre-departure procedures, and maintains contact with students prior to their arrival in Madrid. The Boston office also houses administrative personnel who are responsible for everyday operations. In Madrid, the staff comprises a resident director as well as administrative, academic, and housing personnel.

        Canaan Boyer, Program Manager

        Overseas Staff


        Spanish faculty members hold adjunct appointments at Boston University or at the university program for which they teach at the Instituto Internacional. The Universidad Autónoma Madrid does not publish a list of faculty biographies. All courses are taught in Spanish by fully qualified professors appointed to teach at the university level.