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Program Overview

Program Overview

CIEE Global Internship programs are built just for you! All of our locations offer a wide range of internship opportunities across a diverse set of industries. When you apply, we work directly with you to find an internship that suits your unique needs and professional goals.

Students on this program begin by taking two CIEE elective courses offered on a 6-week academic block system. Electives cover a variety of area studies and language courses. Each area studies course includes 45 contact hours for 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours. Beginning language courses include 60 contact hours for 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

The second part of the program includes an 8-week CIEE full-time internship (200-240 internship hours) with an integrated academic seminar (30 contact hours) for 6 semester/ 9 quarter hours. In addition, students on this program have the option to enroll in one additional CIEE elective course for 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours: 1) Intercultural Communication and Leadership (ICL) or 2) Doing Business in Europe during their internship to augment their placement.

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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    The GAIN Grant helps cover airfare costs to and from CIEE program locations for students who demonstrate high financial need. GAIN Grants are available for short-term (January and summer), semester and year-long CIEE programs.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

    Applicants for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship can apply for the CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant, which provides both program cost support and support for airfare. Students will have to provide proof of having applied to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, upon request.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Placement Process

  • Individual pre-placement meeting, personalized matching process, and coaching for each student throughout the internship placement
  • Materials to guide creation of a resume appropriate for local business culture as well as guidance on application materials relevant to industry area of interest
  • Interviewing skills webinar based on local business culture in addition to individual student feedback to help prepare for Skype interviews with potential internship supervisor
  • Pre-arrival webinar to review packing recommendations, travel logistics, and first few days of program
  • On-site orientation activities including neighborhood resources overview, review of program parameters and emergency procedures, welcome reception, historical and key sites city tour, introduction to public transportation, and practice commute
  • Ongoing coaching and consulting related to coursework, internship, and city activities
  • Midpoint review from student and supervisor
  • Final written evaluation from student and supervisor

Professional Development

  • Professional development workshops may include:
    • Making the Most of your Internship
    • Networking and Informational Interviewing
    • Understanding Working Styles
    • Leveraging your Internship for a Global Career

Coursework

Students on this program begin by taking two CIEE elective courses offered on a 6-week academic block system. Electives cover a variety of area studies and language courses. Each area studies course includes 45 contact hours for 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours. Beginning language courses include 60 contact hours for 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

The second part of the program includes an 8-week CIEE full-time internship (200-240 internship hours) with an integrated academic seminar (30 contact hours) for 6 semester/ 9 quarter hours. In addition, students on this program have the option to enroll in one additional CIEE elective course for 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours: 1) Intercultural Communication and Leadership (ICL) or 2) Doing Business in Europe during their internship to augment their placement.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Fall 2017 (14 wks)
05/01/2017
08/28/2017
12/07/2017
$14,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes internship placement and supporting services, coursework, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advsising.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs
$10,863
Housing **
$3,520
Insurance
$167

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* Non-refundable

** Does not include a meal plan

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$700
International Airfare *
$1,150
Local Transportation
$420
Books & Supplies
$240
Visa Fees
$160
Personal expenses
$1,960

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* Roundtrip based on U.S. East Coast Departure

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Eligibility
2.5 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.5
  • Sophomore standing and above at time of participation
  • Minimum of 4 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent
  • Note: Students should understand that a background in Spanish will expand the potential range of available internships. A limited number of internships for those speaking primarily in English may be available.
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total credit for the program is 12 - 15 semester / 18 - 22.5 quarter hours.
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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

During the first six weeks, students take two courses for the equivalent of 6 semester credit hours. The following eight weeks include full-time internship with a hybrid integrated academic seminar for the equivalent of 6 semester credit hours. During the eight week internship, students can also opt into either cross cultural or regional business course for an additional 3 semester credit hours.

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About the City

About The City

The capital city of Madrid is the largest city in Spain, and yet it’s filled with green spaces like the Royal Botanical Garden. Madrid is located in the geographic center of the Iberian Peninsula. Points of interest include the historic center dating back to the Hapsburg Empire and world-renowned art museums, including the Prado, Reina Sofia, and Thyssen-Bornemisza. In addition to being a rich cultural heritage site, Madrid is a lively, artistic metropolis that can be experienced through its variety of food, tapas bars, dance shows, operas, music concerts, outdoor parks, jazz clubs, soccer matches, ethnic neighborhoods, and contemporary theater and cinema. Madrid’s influences in politics, education, science, entertainment, media, fashion, and the arts all contribute to its importance as an international metropolis. Madrid’s economic output, high living standards, and market size rank it as the major center of Southern Europe. The head offices of the vast majority of the major Spanish companies can be found in and around the city.

Transportation

Students commute to their internships and most program activities via public transportation. We provide an Introduction to the system during orientation, and students are responsible for securing their own public transportation pass. Program housing is convenient to public transportation and all internship locations are accessible.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Eero Jesurun

Center Director, Madrid

Eero Jesurun, Ph.D. completed his B.S. and M.A degrees from Georgetown University´s School of Foreign Service. Eero studied at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid where he was awarded a Ph.D. degree while researching and teaching classes on Spanish cinema, cultural theory and immigration. He started up in the private sector as a marketing consultant prior to working in New York, Cuba and Brazil for CIEE. Eero settled in Spain in 2003 as Resident Director of the CIEE Study Center in Alcalá and started up the CIEE Study Center in Madrid in 2005. He is fluent in Dutch, Papiamento, English and Spanish.

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Sonia Sales

Student Services Coordinator

Sonia Sales is the Student Services Coordinator. Previously, Sonia worked with American students studying abroad in her hometown of Seville. Sonia has also completed studies in photography and graphic design. She spent one year abroad in Galway, Ireland. Sonia is fluent in English and French, as well as her native Spanish. Sonia is also in charge of organizing the Spanish Student Network and social media accounts as well as coordinating student volunteers and social activities. She is always offering CIEE students great ideas on how to spend their free time while in Spain.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

The CIEE Study Center is located in the heart of Madrid, a few minutes away from emblematic places such as the Plaza del Sol, Plaza Mayor, the Cibeles Fountain, and El Prado Museum. In addition to staff offices and classrooms, the Study Center has spacious study areas that students may use between classes. In addition, there is a Spanish language only lounge, exclusively for use by students who follow a Spanish language commitment and interact with peers in Spanish. The Study Center is also very well connected, as it is within walking distance to several metro lines and short-distance trains that bring together the different neighborhoods, as well as connect Madrid with its suburbs.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Program housing is in student accommodations and meets the following requirements:

  • Shared (double or triple) rooms
  • Kitchen facilities
  • Laundry facilities
  • Internet access
  • Convenient to public transportation

Meals are not included in the program housing but students do have access to cooking facilities and are given a briefing during orientation about local markets and stores.

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Orientations

Orientations

Your experience abroad starts now! Before you’ve even left home, you will participate in a one-one-one Skype conversation with a program director who lives and works in Madrid. Our directors are extremely knowledgeable about their programs and cities, and will share information about your program, provide you with helpful tips, and answer any questions you may have. You will also have an opportunity to take part in an online webinar and connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, learn what others in the group would like to accomplish, review packing recommendations, travel logistics, and talk about the first few days of the program. And if that’s not enough, once you touch down in Madrid, you will receive an on-site city orientation with other interns on the program. This may feature a tour of the neighborhood, where to shop for food, tips on affordable living, an introduction to the transit system, a walkthrough of your commute, and even visits to markets and neighborhood eateries to help you take advantage of the best local fare.

CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple: to help you understand more about the program, and identify your objectives so that you arrive well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards your goals. Don’t worry – you’ll arrive in Madrid with the knowledge to succeed.

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Internet

Internet

Housing, classroom, and internship locations all have internet access. Students are encouraged to bring Wi-Fi enabled laptops.

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Culture

Culture

The program is supplemented with activities in the metropolitan area, such as a visit to the Reina Sofia art museum, the Royal Palace or a guided bike trip along the Madrid Rio Park. Possible overnight weekend excursions may take students to places in Spain such as the Basque Country, Extremadura, Cataluña, or Andalusia. Field trips and excursions supplement class work and will introduce students to the rich diversity of the geographic, linguistic, and cultural areas of Spain and its major cities.

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Academics

Academics

Academic Culture

Students on this program should expect to spend 30 - 32 hours per week (220-240 hours total) engaged in internship project work. In addition, the academic internship seminar will meet for approximately 4 hours per week (30 contact hours total). Students are expected to dress and behave professionally throughout their internship project and are subject to the agreed-upon internship protocols arranged by CIEE and the host organizations.

Nature of Courses

Courses taught as part of the CIEE Global Institute are for CIEE students only are are designed to provide a rigorous, interactive learning environment.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

While the Global Internship program is conducted in English in all locations, students will have the opportunity to develop communicative language skills through interactions with peers and host organization colleagues throughout their internship experience.

Grading System

Assessment

Students will be assessed via assignments and activities related to the integrated academic seminar, as outlined in the syllabus. Assignments and activities include but are not limited to the following: reflective papers, synopsis of research, collaborative discussions, individual or small group presentations, analysis of readings, class participation, and feedback from the internship supervisor.

Internship supervisors and students each provide a written evaluation of progress towards goals during their placement. In addition, resident directors seek out individual conversations and group feedback through formal and informal channels throughout the program.

Language(s) of Instruction

English

Faculty

All courses are taught by local adjunct faculty who typically have a terminal degree in their field, relevant professional background, and experience teaching an international cohort of students. Most faculty are also associated with and/or have taught at a local university.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

Students may choose from a selection of 6-week courses offered by the CIEE Madrid Study Center. Sample courses include:

ECON 3001 MADR / EURO 3001 MADR

Economics of the European Union and Spain
The primary objective of this course is to expose students to issues involved in international economics, focusing on the European Union and Spain. Students learn the framework of the European economic integration process and how it has influenced the development of the Spanish economy. Students apply economic reasoning to a range of problems relevant for understanding the mechanisms and institutions of the European Union. Special attention will be placed on the current integration problems, economic relationships, European common policies, and the theoretical and empirical answers implemented to try to solve EU problems and challenges in the context of general globalization.

BUSI 3001 MADR / MKTG 3001 MADR

International Marketing
This course will equip students with the tools and terminology to explore and understand marketing practices in a global environment. Students learn the scope and challenge of international marketing, the dynamic environment of international trade, the culture, political, legal, and business systems of global markets, the global market opportunities and finally, the ways to develop global marketing strategies. Students will also learn to develop a formal analytic framework of decision-making based on international marketing practices through group projects and case studies.

HIST 3001 MASP

Contemporary History and Culture of Spain
This history course review concepts of continuity and change in Spanish national identity and culture. The aftermath of the Spanish-American War in 1898 gave Spain a very different world view, at times inward-looking or repressive towards certain social groups. Nevertheless, Spain also gained an international reputation for grasping progressive social change at distinct points of its recent history, starting with the Second Republic to recent laws that favor gender equality and gay marriage. In addition to describing political landmarks in Spain´s history, the class also evaluates the role of art, film, literature and architecture in shaping the country´s national and multicultural identity to date.

BUSI 3002 MADR

Business Law and Ethics
Western societies and international companies are demanding a new business and economic model based on ethics, transparency, and solidarity. Therefore, one of the main challenges organizations are now facing is how to ensure that employees act ethically and work with integrity. Management of organizations requires a certain ethical behavior in order to generate the trust needed for economic activities. In this post-crisis scenario, in which business values are being redefined, the concept of corporate social responsibility becomes increasingly relevant. CSR policies are seen as an effective way to implement a culture of ethical organization that would ultimately render regulations unnecessary. Students learn to recognize ethical issues, demonstrate familiarity with alternative frameworks for ethical reasoning, and discern trade-offs and implications of employing different ethical frames of reference when making business decisions.

SPAN 2001 MADR

Intermediate Spanish, I
Through an emphasis on writing, combined with a grammar review, this course is designed to develop language fluency and reflection, and students are expected to acquire functional and useful language skills for daily practice. Understanding textual information in context and writing clearly with correct register, style, and grammar is also practiced by way of regular exercises, tests, and a final exam.

Weeks 7-14

All students enroll in the 8-week CIEE Global Internship with Integrated Academic Seminar and then will have the option to choose one of the two elective courses.

Required CIEE Internship

INSH 3806 MASP

Academic Internship in Madrid
The CIEE Global Internship program combines a full-time internship with a hybrid integrated academic seminar to provide professional exploration and specific skills development, enhance intercultural understanding, and a contextualized real-world work experience in a local or multi-national company or organization. The 8-week program includes between 220 and 240 hours of onsite internship project work alongside a 30-hour hybrid integrated academic seminar focusing on local business culture, intercultural communication, professional development, and linkages between local observations and global trends. Students will be assessed via assignments and activities that include but are not limited to the following: reflective papers, synopsis of research, collaborative discussions, individual or small group presentations, analysis of readings, class participation, and feedback from the internship supervisor.

CIEE Elective Courses

Students choose one of the following courses:

COMM 3301 MADR (ENG)

Intercultural Communication and Leadership
In this course, you will develop skills, knowledge, and understanding that will help you more appropriately and effectively engage, communicate, and lead in local as well as other intercultural contexts. Course participants explore a variety of topics in intercultural communication based in the context of students’ experiences abroad, and practice intercultural learning processes that can be applied when working across cultural differences in a wide variety of common contexts. Students increase their cultural self-awareness and develop critical personal leadership skills that equip them to become more effective citizens and leaders in an increasingly interdependent world.

BUSI 3007 MASP

Doing Business in Europe
This course aims to provide an introduction to the related influences of business, society, government and culture in the region and link these influences to students’ experience within their professional internship program and academic coursework. Using our location of Madrid as our beginning reference point, this course will review Europe’s economic and cultural contexts and major changes. We will explore the shared cultural history and diversity across the region (for purposes of this course, we will focus on the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Germany, and Italy). Through small group work and individual inquiry, we will strive to focus on gaining an understanding of the major cultural groups in each country, their heritage and business activities along with the country’s current challenges and opportunities for trade and expansion within the region and globally. By using current business cases and media coverage of economic, political and business issues, we will focus on what we as outsiders to the region need to quickly assess and integrate into our business approaches for success in the region.

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