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Internships for Bilbao / Getxo, Spain

USAC internships are rich resources for your academic and professional development particularly in your study abroad setting. USAC internships are considered courses and count as part of your credit load. They can be time-consuming, but are very worthwhile. Students are placed in a Spanish-speaking environment, with high exposure to culture and language, and must be able to communicate at the Track IV level. Interns earn credits but no financial compensation. The schedule and the number of work hours will be determined by the schedule of USAC courses.

USAC will attempt to place students in a field related to the student’s interest, although placement depends on availability and qualifications. Previous placements have included: an art gallery, a primary school, a business incubator, a local high school, non-profit organizations, and extracurricular activities/tutoring for disadvantaged youth. If you are interested in a particular field that is not mentioned above, it is of utmost importance that you contact the USAC office at least three months in advance so that the internship coordinator can attempt to find something that suits you. Placement is not guaranteed by USAC, rather it will be determined by your application and supporting materials and an interview with the internship sponsor on site. For most positions, students will be required to attend orientation training sessions at the beginning of the internship.

Eligibility—enrollment in the Madrid program, a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and junior standing at the time of the internship. Students must submit their resume in English and Spanish and the application forms at least eight weeks in advance, and include a short essay in Spanish describing what they hope to achieve as an intern. A refundable fee of 100 EUR is charged and returned upon successful completion of the internship.

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App. Deadlines

Summer I or I & II: Apr. 1

Summer II: May 1

Fall or Year: June 15

Spring: Nov. 1


Minimum GPA: 2.5

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