About the Madrid Internship Program
The College at Brockport Madrid Internship sites are all located in Central Madrid or its immediate surrounding suburbs. Whether you are placed in a central Madrid location or in a nearby location, you will have the opportunity to learn how the Spanish people live and work. Every location has its own opportunities to try new things and meet new people. Madrid internship placements vary widely and most majors can be accommodated.
The College at Brockport works with the largest independent internship provider in Europe, EUSA, which places over 1,800 young people each year in a wide-range of professional practice situations in a variety of industry sectors. Placements are arranged by an experienced team working with each student on an individual basis. The placement team makes a considerable effort to match each student to an appropriate placement and to monitor the students throughout the semester.
Madrid is the city to live in if you are looking to have a dynamic, professional, and cosmopolitan living experience, as well as begin to understand the origins of Latino culture. You’ve seen images of Spain: the running of the bulls in Pamplona that Hemingway described, a bull fight at Las Ventas in Madrid, a terraza with people sipping sangría and enjoying the late afternoon sunlight, or any number of images of its fabulous beaches. In Madrid you also have the Prado Musuem and the Reina Sofia, where you will see Velazquez’s Las Meninas in person or Picasso’s greatest work, Guernica. In Madrid you’ll become a madrileño taking the Metro to work, and sitting at the cafés in La Latina, and joining everyone when you go de marcha at night and become involved in Madrid’s famous night life. As Madrid attracts people from across Spain, Europe, and the world, there are a lot of adopted madrileños or gatos (cats), as they are called in Madrid, so you’ll be in good company as you explore your new surroundings.
The Madrid Internship Program offers you the opportunity to:
Your experience on the Madrid Internship Program will:
- Live and study in one of the world's most rewarding and historic environments,
- Receive work experience in a company, organization, or agency affiliated with your area of study and interests,
- Improve your Spanish language by communicating daily,
- Enhance your writing and research skills,
- Have total integration with other Spanish counterparts.
On the Madrid Internship Program, you will:
- Integrate you into Spanish society,
- Make you a better student and worker,
- Expand your outlook on the world,
- Build your self-esteem and self-confidence,
- Greatly enhance your career prospects.
- Live in the city of Madrid with other students from the Madrid Internship Program,
- Receive a comprehensive on-site orientation that will maximize the benefits of your internship.
Students will live with a Spanish family. Homestays are carefully screened – all accommodation is safe, clean, and centrally located or easily accessible by public transportation.
If you live with a Spanish family, you will have your own bedroom and are provided with breakfast and full board.
SPRING ONLY: For Spring semesters, students should be prepared to pay a housing supplement of approximately 14 Euro per day if they require accommodation during Spring Break (approximately 2 weeks).
Prior to the start of the internship placement, each intern will participate in a pre-session orientation program organized by the program's Resident Director.
Fees for Brockport's Madrid Internship, Spain program
Budget Sheet for the Undergrad Program (Fall 2016):
Budget Sheet for the Undergrad Program (Spring 2017):
*The typical Spanish breakfast is rather light and the main meal of the day is usually served around 1-2pm with a dinner usually around 9-10pm. Most students end up needing to purchase some sort of snack around mid-morning.
DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Program Acceptance Fee
- Pre-departure Orientation Materials
- On-site Program and Internship Orientation in Madrid
- Housing (with host family including meals)*
- Internship Placement & Coordination
- Program Management and Emergency Support
- Cultural & Professional Differences Workshop
- Cultural Exploration Activities
- Brockport's Study Abroad Office Services
- Various campus-specific fees**
- SUNY International Health Insurance***
- Round-trip Airfare to/from Spain
- Transportation while in Spain
- Spring Break Accommodations (if needed)
- SPRING ONLY: For Spring semesters, students should be prepared to pay a housing supplement of approximately 14 Euro per day if they require accommodation during Spring Break (approximately 2 weeks).
- Textbooks & Supplies
- Additional Meals/Snacks
- Personal Expenses
The actual amount that you will spend depends heavily on your style of living, and will vary with each individual's personal spending habits, entertainment preferences and travel choices.
Financial aid applies towards fees. Please be sure to check with the Financial Aid Office at your home school. If applying or receiving financial aid, you will need to give the Financial Aid Office (at your home school) a copy of your acceptance letter and budget sheet.
**Varies depending on the SUNY campus at which the participant pays tuition.
***The SUNY International Health Insurance is mandatory and will be included on the student's Brockport invoice.
The cost (and items included in the cost) as listed on the website are subject to change and should be considered estimates. Final budget sheets will be mailed to the student prior to departure and usually upon acceptance.
Students who are interested in a full time language program or a part-time internship program (rather than a full-time internship) for the same dates, location and with the same support staff in Madrid can apply directly through SUNY Albany.
Participants in the Fall or Spring Madrid Internship program will earn 15 credits.
Students are required to have an upper-intermediate level of Spanish language for this program. Typically, this is equivalent to five college-level Spanish courses. Students need to be able to demonstrate key competencies (listening, reading, writing and speaking) at this level.
Interns will spend 12 weeks in Madrid. Participants in the program will be placed in businesses or non-profit organizations where they will be integrated into the workforce and perform tasks and projects assigned by supervisors and managers. A typical day is 9-6, with a break at 11 for a second breakfast and lunch at 2 pm, or even 3! If you have a customer-oriented internship, you will have commercial working hours: from 10 to 2 and from 5 to 8. Interns will also be required to follow the academic syllabus established for the course which will involve maintaining an attendance/activities log, submitting 1-2 page weekly journals on established topics and completing two, 5-page papers. These assignments will be submitted by email to the Instructor at Brockport.
View a list of the possible academic areas an internship could be offered through the Madrid Internship Program as well as all of Brockport's internships programs, here: Academic Subjects- Internship Programs.pdf
Students will have a phone or Skype interview with a member of the Placement Team at EUSA to speak about your goals, expectations, preferences, priorities, experience, language skills (where relevant), and any credit requirements. This information is used to find the most suitable placement for you. Students should expect their placement meeting to be conducted in Spanish.
Madrid is one of the most traditional yet modern cities in Europe with nearly 28% of the population coming from abroad. You could find yourself working alongside Spaniards, as well as people from Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Madrid is the center of business and government, the entire country revolves around what happens in this city - placements have varied from fields in business to film production to veterinary science.
Business Etiquette/ Cultural Tips:
You may find your colleagues more interested in your personal life than you’d expect. It is very common for people to ask each other what they did on the weekend, and to want to know what is happening with one another’s family and friends. People are more direct in their comments regarding physical appearance - it is not uncommon for people to get complimented when they look nice, and criticized when they don't: what can be seen can be spoken about! Lastly, Spaniards are sociable people, they will want to include interns in what they do – we encourage you to take advantage of invitations and learn about their culture.
Fall 2016: August 29th- December 17th, 2016 (est.)
Spring 2017: January 14th - May 14th, 2017 (est.)
Important note: Please do not book your travel arrangements until you have received the official Travel Memo from your program advisor.