BU’s eight Madrid programs offer the chance to study and live in one of the world’s most dynamic metropolises. In the Summer Internship Program, students spend eight weeks living, studying, and interning in Madrid. This intensive program, which takes place at the Instituto Internacional en España, combines a professional internship with a liberal arts course, focusing on either contemporary Spanish culture or modern Spanish writers.

  • Open to students who have completed a minimum of five semesters of college-level Spanish language or the equivalent
  • Admission requirements for all programs
This eight-week program takes place at the Instituto Internacional en España. Students intern four days a week in the morning and take one course at the Instituto Internacional in the afternoon. Students will intern approximately 20 hours per week, for seven weeks. Note: Syllabi are for course approval and reference only. Students will receive up-to-date syllabi when their courses begin.

Required Courses

Students enroll in one of the following courses and the internship course. Each course carries four credits. Students must enroll for a total of eight credits.

  • CAS AN/AR 365E Deep Histories of Conquest: Aztec Mexico and New Spain (4 credits)
    • An overview of the Spanish invasion and colonization of Mexico with emphases on comparative social and historical developments in Iberia and Mesoamerica prior to the encounter and the transformation of indigenous and Spanish lifeways in early New Spain.
  • CAS LS 307 Art and Literature from the Spanish Transition (4)
  • CAS SP 380 Cultures of Spain: Past and Present (4)
    • This course offers an introduction to Iberian cultures from the Middle Ages to the present through the study of literary, artistic, and cultural works that address themes related to the urban environment and notions of space.
    • Syllabus

Internship Areas

Please note that the following 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. Certain placements may require fluency in the target language.

  • Advertising/Marketing/Public Relations
    • Study marketing techniques, media, and consumer behavior while working 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.
  • Arts/Arts Administration
    • Study the current art market in Madrid. 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.
  • Business/Economics
    • Study the current economic, political, and social issues affecting Spain and work in an organization with an economic dimension. Past internship placements have included American Express, AFI, 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. Past internship placements have included Boca a Boca Films, Eco Casting, Madrid Film, Lua, Dos Mundos TV, and Rioja Films.
  • Health/Human Services
    • Study health care 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. Past internship placements have included Cento de Mujeres Progesistas, Hospital de la Zarsuela, Interlab, Centro Dato, and PharmaGen.
  • Hospitality/Tourism
    • Study Spanish culture and the Spanish tourism industry. Students intern in hotels, restaurants, and the travel industry. Past internships have included Groupo Zena, Hotel Villa Real, Forocio, and CEA.
  • International Organizations/NGOs
    • Work in social activist organizations, environmental organizations, human rights organizations, and associated government departments. Past internship placements have included Amigos de la Tierra, World Tourism Organization (WTO), Hombre y Tierra, and Mundo Cooperante.
  • Journalism
    • 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 a broadcast news organization. Past internship placements have included The Broadsheet, Rolling Stone, In Madrid, Lips, and Associated Press Bureau Madrid.
  • Politics/International Relations
    • Study the issues and institutions of Madrid’s political culture and work in a political setting, including Parliament, party organizations, lobbying groups, or political public relations agencies. Past internship placements have included Embassy of México (commercial office), Embassy of the United States (commercial office), Office of European Commision, INCIPE, and UNICEF.
  • Pre-law
    • Study the history and practice of the Spanish law in Madrid and participate in the daily life of an NGO working in human rights and immigration law. Past internship placements have included Bufete J. Ruiz and Hombre y Tierra.

Internship Courses

Course numbers depend on the field of specialization in which the student completes the internship and the nature of the internship. Placements are contingent upon a student's past experience, language abilities, and available opportunities in any given semester, so flexibility is essential.


  • CAS AH 505 Internship in 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
  • A highly structured, midterm oral briefing
  • Assigned readings
  • A research paper
Local Homestay 

  • Individual bedrooms in local family home. Each room has a bed, a desk, and some storage space. Linens are provided and washed regularly. Kitchen access is not guaranteed. Students will have the ability to reheat food.
    • Board included: All meals (3 meals per day/ 7 days per week) will be provided by the host family. A packed lunch will be provided by the host family if the student is unable to commute home for lunch.
    • Host families provide laundry, internet.
    • Gyms at the university and in town but may be expensive. Students can study at the Instituto or the Autonoma. Many students study at home as university libraries have more restricted hours than in the US.
    • Summer Term: Mid-May to mid-July
    • Summer Term: March 1