Internships abroad can enhance and strengthen your language skills, deepen your social immersion in a foreign culture, and provide in-depth experience in a work environment.
Internships can also provide knowledge and skills that may lead to career, a graduate school, and other future opportunities. Most are for 10-16 hours per week.
Possibilities span a wide range, and vary from site to site, but generally include government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, businesses, the media, educational organizations, and the arts. While it may be possible to participate in an internship outside of Madrid, options are much more limited. Students interested in a position working with children must apply for an FBI background check from the U.S. (this can take four months) and take an apostilled copy showing an absence of police record with them to Spain.
While we do our best to assist students interested in pursuing an internship, we cannot guarantee an internship placement in a specific field or organization. The application process is competitive, and internship providers expect candidates to have appropriate skills or background knowledge and interest in the field. If your language skills are not strong enough, you may not qualify for an internship.
Recent students have participated in internships in Spain at FUNDESO (Fundacion Desarrollo Sostenido), WWB (Women's World Banking), Hilti Española S.A., and ACNUR (Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para Refugiados). In Italy, students participated in internships in the American Consulate in Florence and the Horne Museum. In France, students have interned in the Assemblée Nationale, the Conseil Régional d'Ile de France, Maria Louisa Design, Frac I'le de France, the Robert Schuman Foundation, and Theatre et Cinema Ile de France. And in Russia students have interned at CNN, NPR, The United States-Russia Investment Fund, The MacArthur Foundation, Project Harmony, The Golden Ring newspaper, The American Chamber of Commerce in Russia, The Eurasia Foundation, The Moscow Institute of Modern Art, Yaroslavl Investment Center, as well as local schools and libraries.
Internship opportunities are supported by the Dillon Dunwalke Fellows Program, established by Clarence and Anne Dillon Dunwalke Trust through Mark M. Collins, Jr., '79, and the Ronald H. Brown-Time Warner Endowment, established by Time Warner Inc., in honor of former Secretary of Commerce, Ron Brown '62. Both of these funds support the placement and supervision of students in a variety of work environments while pursuing studies at the Middlebury Schools Abroad.