Internships in Spain : Barcelona, Madrid or the Canary Islands

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Why do an internship in Spain

People and society

More than 46 million people live in Spain nowadays: Andalusians, Catalans, natives of Madrid and Valencia, among many others. Spain is a country of cultures, and friendly and open people. It is a socially perfect place to live a cultural experience, and have a profesional internship.

Prominent cities and regions

In Spain, the most popular internship destinations are Barcelona and Madrid, the two biggest cities. However, regions like the Mediterranean coast, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, and Andalusia are also very attractive places.

Monuments and places of interest

To do an internship in Spain is, at the same time, to live a cultural experience because of its countless monuments and tourist attractions. La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, La Puerta de Alcalá in Madrid, the Alhambra in Granada, the windmills of La Mancha, and many museums, castles, palaces, and monasteries make Spain a destination of monuments.


The official language of Spain is Spanish (Castillian) spoken on the whole territory from north to south. Of course, if you come to Spain you will hear many regional accents and dialects; besides, of course, other official languages that make Spain a country of cultures: Catalan, Galician, Basque among the best known.


The climate in Spain is very diverse, something uderstandable if you know that this is the Iberian Peninsula, in southern Europe, and between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Spain has mountains and coasts, with warm seaside resorts and high-altitude ski resorts, with villages on mountain peaks, and renowned sea ports. There is a bit of everything to explore.

Traditional festivals

Spain, in a great sense, is synonymous with festivals, and therefore doing an internship here usually comes with an experience of one or more of its regional celebrations: you could almost say that each village has its own fiesta, and in many cases more than one. That’s why San Fermines, Las Fallas, or La Feria de Abril are a must-see, and for those lucky ones who participate—an unforgettable experience full of music and other attractions.

Information about internships in Spain

Internships in hotels – Environment

We work especially with hotels in beach regions such as the Mediterranean or the islands (Balearic and Canary). We also have very good experiences with hotel chains located in tourist cities like Barcelona, Madrid or Bilbao. Spain is a country where tourism is really important for the economy, and thanks to that it’s posible to do an internship in almost every region.

Internships in hotels – Departments

The most popular internships in Spanish hotels are in departmets such as front office or public relations, but there are also internships in booking, commercial, quality control, and events departments. Internships in the kitchen and the food & beverage area are also attractive for students of Hospitality Management. Most of our partner hotels offer accommodation, board, and remuneration.

Internships in companies – Environment

Our partner companies are very diverse. There are logistics companies, business and consulting companies, agencies, shops, international companies and SMEs, start-ups and big brands, almost always based in prominent cities like Barcelona or Madrid, and usually with an international orientation and good experiences with students.

Internships in companies – Departments

In-company placements that we organise are usually in areas related to marketing, international trade, human resources, finance, sales, administration, on-line processes: it is really difficult to list all the areas because there are so many of them.

Required documents

To do an internship in Spain it is essential to have certain documents. The most important ones are: an internship / placement agreement signed by an academic institution, you, and the host company; the foreigner identification number (NIE), and the European Health Insurance Card. For non-EU citizens it is also required to have a Spanish student visa, even if they have a permanent residence permit or a visa in another EU country.

Process in general

To find an internship in Spain through IES Consulting you must register your profile and apply for an offer, accept the terms and conditions of our service, pass a series of interviews, and eventually, if you get a favourable answer, pay the fee for the service provided, and finally follow our instructions to prepare the documentation.

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FAQs about Internships in Spain

Are internships paid in Spain?

The amount of pay for an internship depends on the company and the legislation.

Do I need a visa to do an internship in Spain?

If you are a European citizen, you do not need a visa. However, if you are not a European citizen, for an internship of more than 90 days, you will need a long-stay visa.

Do I need an NIE to do an internship in Spain?

If your internship is paid, lasts more than 3 months or if you are not European, you will need to apply for an NIE.

Do I have to write my CV in Spanish to find an internship?

It is strongly recommended that you write your resume in Spanish to find an internship, English is also accepted if the company uses this language regularly.

Internships in Spain

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