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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.

As a CIEE Global Intern, you’ll work in a non-paying position with a leading organization, diving into a field of interest, exploring a different culture, and expanding your professional portfolio and network.

Spend your summer in the capital city of Madrid and experience the largest city in Spain. In addition to being a rich cultural heritage site, Madrid is a lively, artistic city that can be experienced through its food, tapas bars, dance shows, operas, music concerts, outdoor parks, jazz clubs, soccer matches, ethnic neighborhoods, and contemporary theater and cinema. A vast majority of major Spanish companies are headquartered here due to Madrid’s economic output, high living standards, and market size which rank it as the major center of Southern Europe.

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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

Each internship is determined on an individual basis, taking into account your background and experience as well as current employer work cycles and projects. Our team on the ground has a personalized process to work with you in the months leading up to the program to find the best match.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • 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
  • Professional development workshops such as:
    • Making the Most of your Internship
    • Networking and Informational Interviewing
    • Understanding Working Styles
    • Leveraging your Internship for a Global Career
    • Midpoint review from student and supervisor
    • Final written evaluation from student and supervisor

Cultural Exploration

The academic internship program is supplemented with cultural activities in the Madrid 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. Courses also include cultural outings or company visits as part of the curriculum. Day excursions may include trips to locations such as historic Toledo to explore its Jewish cultural heritage, the Monastery of El Escorial, the Roman architecture of the city of Segovia, or the UNESCO World Heritage site of Alcalá de Henares.

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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
Summer 2017 (8 wks)
03/15/2017
05/22/2017
07/17/2017
$6,450

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
$3,293
Housing **
$2,690
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
$1,200
International Airfare *
$1,450
Local Transportation
$200
Books & Supplies
$75
Visa Fees
$50
Personal expenses
$1,500

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.
  • *Certain visa restrictions may apply and CIEE will advise students as part of the early application process
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total credit for this program is 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.
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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students participate in a weekly integrated academic seminar alongside the full-time internship placement.

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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.

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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.

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 transporta

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Participants can choose to live in either homestays or in shared apartments with other CIEE students and a local Spaniard. Students living at homestays will be placed in single rooms; students living in shared apartments may be placed either in single or double rooms.

Homestay hosts have various backgrounds and are actively involved in the community. Homestays can range from living with numerous family members to living with a single individual. Selection is based on information provided by the student´s housing questionnaire; some homestays can be shared with another CIEE student, but each student will still have an individual room.

All homestays provide breakfast and another meal (usually dinner) seven days a week. Any meal not provided by the host is at the student´s expense. Students will have access to a kitchen so that they can prepare snacks or their own meals. Past students have also purchased meal tickets from the university cafeterias or used other food options on campus at affordable prices. All homestays have washing machines for the student´s use at no extra charge.

Shared apartments with other CIEE students and a local Spaniard are assigned on a first-come/first-serve basis, and availability is limited. Utilities, regular cleaning, laundry facilities and wireless internet access are included. Meals are not included, but students share fully-equipped kitchens where they can store and prepare their own meals.

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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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Academics

Academics

Academic Culture

Students on this program should expect to spend approximately 30-32 hours per week (200-240 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 Classes

Students will participate in classes alongside other CIEE students only.

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

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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.

INSH 3806 MASP

Academic Internship in Madrid
The CIEE Global Internship program combines a full-time internship with an 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 200 - 240 hours of onsite internship project work alongside a 30-hour 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.

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