Madrid Internship Program
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.
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
- 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.
Arts & Arts Administration
Study the current art market in Madrid. Gain an overview and learn about the funding bodies that support the arts and work in one of Madrid’s art galleries, museums, preservation projects, or local arts centers. Past internship placements have included Galería Durán, Museo de Artes Decorativas, and Sotheby’s.
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.
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.
Faculty & Staff Profiles
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.
- Carmen Bordón, MA
- Aida Bueno, PhD
- Mar Campelo, MA
- Rafael Castillo, PhD
- Armando Figueroa, PhD
- Maribel García, MA
- Francisco Layna, PhD
- Estela Maeso, PhD
- Juan Maldonado, MA
- Cristina Pérez, PhD
- Amalia Pérez-Juez, PhD
- Elena Postigo, PhD
- Francisco Ramallo, PhD
- Vivian Samudio, MA
- Almudena Sánchez, MA
- Jonathan Snyder, PhD
- Carlos Vela, PhD