Students with intermediate to advanced level Spanish proficiency will have the option of an internship during the fall, spring, or summer AU Abroad programs. The practical experience will provide an excellent opportunity to examine the work environment in Spain and to learn more about the professional sector in a given field first-hand. On-site staff help identify internship placements and schedule interviews for students. Internships are available in a wide variety of disciplines including but not limited to the arts, non-profits, local NGO's, teaching English, public relations, media, international relations, etc. The internship in Spain is worth 3 credits. During the fall and spring terms, students spend approximately 15 hours a week at their internship site.
In addition to the actual time students spend at the internship placement, all interns in Madrid also participate in a guided course that meets at the AU Madrid Center, usually once every two weeks. This course is usually instructed by our Program Director. In this course, students are able to discuss their internship experience with other interns and to learn more about other student’s placements. This is an opportunity to analyze challenges each intern is facing and how to best approach situations encountered in the internship. As part of this internship course, students will do some academic assignments and a research paper as given by the professor. The grade for the internship is a combination of an evaluation done by the internship supervisor and the grade for assignments completed in the internship course.