Madrid Business Internship


The Madrid Business Internship Program is offered in the Spring for those who have completed six semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent. Offered in conjunction with the ICADE – Universidad Pontificia Comillas and the UAM – Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, it consists of:

  • two business courses taken at ICADE or UAM (direct enrollment) 
  • an advanced-level Seminar on Contemporary Spain
  • an internship for credit (16-20 hrs, 4.0 credits), along with the academic seminar class (*students may opt out of the internship component and take three classes at ICADE/UAM instead. The internship is not mandatory as part of the Madrid Business Program). 

BU Questrom School of Business students should refer to Questrom’s lists of pre-approved courses before applying. Students are also highly encouraged to reach out to their academic advisors at Questrom should they find a class that interests them but is not listed. Additional courses in the Facultad de Ciencias Empresariales y Económicas (ICADE business school or the UAM) may be accepted for credit as well.

Course numbers depend on the fields of specialization in which the students complete their internship and the nature of the internship work. The following course numbers are open to students who complete an internship in Spanish: 

    • CAS EC 497 Internship in Business/Economics *Madrid Business students 

**Students should note that attendance at the internship itself is mandatory. While your final grade will be determined by your academic work in the class, your performance at your internship will be also taken into consideration.

Students who complete their internship in Spanish will be able to hone their language skills and will have the unique opportunity to experience true cultural immersion within Madrid’s professional community.

HUB SA 330: Study Abroad Internship Course 

Hub Area: The Individual in Community

Taken in tandem with a work placement, the course allows students to gain a greater understanding of workplace culture within the host country. It provides a framework to explore and reflect on the professional and cultural practices observed in the internship. The course and placement form an intercultural learning experience in which students can examine socio-cultural differences, beliefs and values while immersed in a diverse organizational and professional community. Through class sessions and assignments, students address the ways in which culture influences both work and learning. Effective 2021, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: The Individual in Community.

*Students will be enrolled concurrently in the non-credit HUB SA 330 Study Abroad Internship unit through which they will, on successful completion of the concurrent 4-credit academic internship course, earn 1 Hub Unit in the area of ‘The Individual in Community’.  The course HUB SA 330 does not award credit, but rather modifies the learning outcomes to facilitate the goals of the Individual in Community unit. Students will see two entries on their transcripts: one for the HUB SA 330 Study Abroad Internship (0 credits, 1 IIC Hub unit) and the other for the credit-bearing internship course (4 credits, course code dependent on the field of specialization in which the students complete their internship).

Students may also opt to fulfill additional Hub units by completing the following:

HUB SA 230 The Individual in Community with Study Abroad

HUB SA 225 Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy with Study Abroad

Undergraduate students who study abroad can fulfill a single Hub requirement in The Individual in Community (IIC) or Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy (GCIL). No course enrollment is required. This is separate from and in addition to any courses a student may take while abroad that satisfy IIC/GCIL.

What is it?

  • 0-credit course
  • Available to BU undergraduate students studying abroad
  • Requires a written reflection of 750-1000 words submitted for review to the Hub
  • Fulfills 1 Hub requirement in IIC or GCIL

Additional Links – Business Internship Program

UAM – Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales