Internships in Madrid - Adelante Abroad

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Madrid is the most developed international program in Adelante's arsenal of programs with over 250+ participating companies. Who stands to gain the most out of that? YOU.

Take advantage of a program that provides a solid work, cultural, & life experience. A wide array of internship fields are offered to meet your needs and accelerate your professional development. In addition, you'll receive two weeks of intensive Spanish language classes included in our program to help sharpen your language skills and prepare you for your internship!

If you can't find your field below, do not fret! Visit Adelante's site for a complete list of internship fields. We can seek out new companies and create a customized program for you.

Take advantage of this unique opportunity and set your sights on interning in Madrid!

For a full list of internship placements in Madrid, click on "Visit Site" or if you're ready to fill out an application, click on "Get Started" above. Adelante's support team is excited to hear from you!
Highlights
  • Flexibility: Our programs start the 1st Monday of every month with year round start dates. Choose to intern anywhere from 1-6 months.
  • Centralized Housing: You'll have your own private room in a shared apartment close to shopping, public transportation, and nightlife.
  • Tailored Internship: Gain solid international career experience by interning in a locally owned Spanish company or an international corporation with offices in Madrid's cultural and economic hub!
  • Local Staff: Our programs are meant for the independent traveler and are not group-focused. Our on-site staff in Madrid and the US are available throughout your program, and you can truly immerse yourself in the culture however you wish.
  • Economical Pricing: We are budget friendly! Do your research; nearly all other programs are at least DOUBLE the price. Not to mention, housing is included in our program price. You'll have your own private room in a shared apartment.

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Reviews

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based on 53 reviews
  • Growth 8.6
  • Support 8.7
  • Fun 8.8
  • Housing 8.6
  • Safety 9.6
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Stephanie
9/10

Great Learning Experience!

I really enjoyed my experience with Adelante in Madrid. I was really nervous going into the two week Spanish course, but the teachers were all wonderful. My level of Spanish significantly improved in the duration of my course. By the end of the course, I felt comfortable speaking in Spanish around town. I was also really glad I could participate in the activities around the city through the school.
My internship was in Accounting with Hugo Boss. I learned so much during the internship and gained the experience in the industry which helped me land the job I have today.
I made lots of friends in the process who I still keep in touch with. My roommates and I traveled around Spain together, which are memories I will never forget!
Overall, I had a great experience and I highly recommend Adelante. They took care of all the details of my personalized program. I loved that they sorted my accommodation, Spanish lessons, and internship as one package. Communication was great leading up to my departure and throughout the duration of my program.

Yes, I recommend this program
Jessica Castronovo
Jessica
10/10

Don´t want to leave!

LOVE this program! I was in Madrid for International Marketing and gained SO much experience, more than I ever could doing an internship back in the states. I got to learn hands on experience and just learn things that I was never taught in classes that has boosted my resume immensly in helping me get a job later on. The company that I worked for was so nice that I am now great friends with all the girls. Not only did I learn great work experience, I got to travel so much! After I graduated I tried to find a job and was not satisfied so looked to Adelante Abroad. I figured why not boost my resume AND travel. You have the rest of your life to work 9-5 everyday, when is the next time I get to travel for 6 months? If anyone is looking for a LEGIT (yes, I was scared at first this could be a scam) program- this is it! Everyone is so helpful and just care about your experience!

How can this program be improved?
Everything about this program was amazing. The only thing would be maybe housing, certain things needed a bit more maintence. Also once I was done with the language classes and I wish they would still inform me of any trip they have planned such as museum visits, day trips, etc.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Amanda
9/10

Amazing Internship Experience!

When I first decided that I wanted to do an internship abroad, I was skeptical about the programs. I was very hesitant to join Adelante, but it ended up being such an amazing experience! I interned in Madrid for three months in the summer doing Digital Marketing. The Spanish classes at the beginning of the course were so helpful, and the internship itself was great experience. I met so many amazing people during my time in Madrid, and many of us were able to use our weekends to travel around together. I highly recommend this program. If you are having doubts, I completely understand, but I have 0 regrets about doing my internship with Adelante. My boss was great, and the program coordinators were always helpful. My housing was also in an amazing location - I could not have asked for better! It was truly one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had - for both interning and traveling!

How can this program be improved?
The housing was really great, and I could not have asked for a better location. The apartment could have used some more maintenance, but overall my housing experience was still great!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Amanda
9/10

AMAZING Experience

When I first decided that I wanted to do an internship abroad, I was skeptical about the programs. I was very hesitant to join Adelante, but it ended up being such an amazing experience! I interned in Madrid for three months in the summer doing Digital Marketing. The Spanish classes at the beginning of the course were so helpful, and the internship itself was great experience. I met so many amazing people during my time in Madrid, and many of us were able to use our weekends to travel around together. I highly recommend this program. If you are having doubts, I completely understand, but I have 0 regrets about doing my internship with Adelante. My boss was great, and the program coordinators were always helpful. My housing was also in an amazing location - I could not have asked for better! Madrid is absolutely beautiful, and it is definitely a place I will want to return to in the future. This internship was truly one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had - for both interning and traveling!

How can this program be improved?
The housing was really great, and I could not have asked for a better location. The apartment could have used some more maintenance, but overall my housing experience was still great!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Tyler
8/10

Madrid, Spain

I was in Madrid from mid-May until the end of July doing the Event Planning Internship. I didn't know quite what to expect from Madrid and the program but I had an AMAZING time, better than expected. To begin with, I couldn't imagine meeting such awesome people and I was fortunate enough to meet friends I would consider life-long friends. The program is small enough that you have the great opportunity to meet and become close with people you would not have ever expected to meet from all of the world! Adelante places you in the heart of Madrid which was also a wonderful experience to be surrounded by such liveliness, there was so many things to do at all hours of the day/night. The internship was a cool experience! it was interesting to see how work is done in Spain and expand my skills abroad. It helped me figure out what I want to do as a career back in the states. The program was a great amount of freedom but also they check up on you and Angel, the intern advisory for Adelante was so kind and helpful! I highly recommend this program! Best of the best!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Quentin
10/10

Internship opportunites for all types of travelers

I spent my summer in Madrid doing a pharmacy internship and it was one of the best experiences of my life. This was my first time traveling outside of the United States and I have never felt more comfortable. The first week was a little rough trying to adjust to the new culture and way of life here in Madrid, but with the 2 week class that they enroll you in and also the apartment that you live in, there are so many opportunities to meet new people. I was fortunate enough to make so many great friends while I was here and if it wasn't for this program I may have not met anybody new for a little while. The 2 week class in the beginning is so laid back, however, you learn so much and it definitely helps knowing that the professors know your situation so they talk a lot about cool places to visit and things to do while you are in Madrid.
The program also allows you to be independent and gives you the freedom to do whatever you want. Having the freedom to buy my own groceries and not having to worry about a curfew or stuff like that definitely made it feel like I was living on my own. The program advisors are here at your disposal,so if you have a problem you are not completely alone.
Overall I would rate this program as one of the best. It helps facilitate relationships and gives you the freedom to be on your own, while also having somebody a phone call away to help whenever you need it.

How can this program be improved?
I have no complaints.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Marylyn
9/10

Journalism Internship in Madrid

I did a two month journalism internship through Adelante with an English language magazine in Madrid called Guidepost Magazine. Overall, my experience with Adelante and my internship was excellent. The housing provided was great and the logistics such as airport pickup went smoothly. An internship with Adelante is great for someone who does not need someone checking in on them constantly. While I always knew the Adelante staff were available to help me with any problems, I had very minimal contact with them and felt very independent during my stay. Also, the two weeks of language classes that were included were incredibly helpful. As someone who went into the internship with a high level of Spanish, I was skeptical at first about the required two weeks of classes. However, the staff at the language school are great and they have classes for all levels. All classes are 100% in Spanish, and there are other international students there who are learning Spanish as well so it's a great environment to feel comfortable practicing your language skills. As far as my actual internship is concerned, I did not completely get what I wanted out of it, but it was still a great experience. My goal for this program was to be put in an internship where I would be in a Spanish-speaking environment every day, but it was more of a freelance journalism type of job. I had to go around the city and attend events, but didn't necessarily have the constant language emersion that I wanted. Nonetheless, it was not that big of a deal for me because I already went into the internship knowing how to speak Spanish, and I was able to have several articles published in English that will look great on a resume. However, I would not recommend my specific internship for someone who really needed to learn Spanish. I do not blame Adelante for any of this though, as I think they did in a way give me what I asked for. All in all, I think Adelante is a great and affordable program for independent students looking for valuable work experiences!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Beatriz
10/10

Architecture Internship in Madrid

I had a great time during my 5-month internship in Madrid. The Adelante team placed me at a top firm in Madrid that was a perfect fit for what I had asked. I grew a lot as a professional, met some really amazing people and saw some incredible places in Spain and Europe. My international experience helped my resumé stand out to prospective employers and I landed my first post-graduation job as soon as I got back home. Thanks to the Adelante team for their amazing service and I would definitely recommend this program to anyone!

How can this program be improved?
The apartment has an amazing location in Puerta del Sol but it could use some updates. Other than that the program and the service was amazing!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Islay
10/10

Madrid internship

Interning in Madrid was one of the most exciting and enriching experiences of my life. I learnt so much during my internship and met incredible people along the way. It helped me figure out that this is exactly what I want to do as a career. The Adelante staff could not have been more supportive, we had our every need met. The language school here was also amazing and most definitely helped me improve my Spanish in the two weeks. The other interns I was living with were all wonderful people and I have definitely made friends for life. I could not recommend this more!

Yes, I recommend this program
Maria
10/10

Madrid, Spain

Stayed in Madrid for a social work internship and it was one of the best experiences of my life. The program sets you up with a great fit for your career choice, and they were very helpful with answering any questions before & after the program! Everyone should do this experience, especially since it's one of the cheapest & best programs to go abroad! Met a lot of amazing people and got the chance to travel around Europe, 10/10 recommend!

-Maria C.

How can this program be improved?
Have no complains!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Daniel
10/10

Sports Internship in Madrid

First off, I’m glad I made this decision; the decision to move to Madrid, expand my knowledge of their cultural lifestyle, building bonds with the locals and the other Adelante members, interning and working with great people, and overall living out a life changing experience, Adelante made all of this possible and I can’t thank them enough. Adelante does a great job of making this transition a very smooth one. They constantly check up to see how everything is and update you on local events that may occur. I have no legitimate complaint about living in Madrid. The food is amazing, the locals are friendly, and everything is extremely accessible andconvinient. My internship consisted of training kids aged between 10-15 for basketball development while also assisting different coaches. Within that first week the whole staff made me feel as a part of the team. I highly recommend Adelante 100%, and I ask that anyone hesitating to go with this program to just go ahead and do it. I promise you will not regret it.

Yes, I recommend this program
Davis
8/10

Madrid Summer 2017

I chose to enroll in this program because I knew the value of having international experience in a field (law) I that I plan to enter all while improving my Spanish skills. Personally speaking, Madrid was the ideal place to pursue an internship because I had already traveled there before with my family and I was confident enough in my Spanish speaking abilities to work in a zero English environment. I hit the jackpot with my job placement and boss as he was one of the most friendly and hospitable people I've ever met. We never seemed to have issues communicating with one another and I can say that I learned a good deal from my internship that will certainly help me down the road.

How can this program be improved?
What would have been an otherwise perfect 10/10 experience was unfortunately marred by one seemingly avoidable problem within the apartment. Before I explain, let me say that the apartment definitely had its pros, i.e. close proximity to the language school, centrally located near the Puerta del Sol, good size, clean bathroom and kitchen, etc. Now with all of that being said, a lack of one simple thing was never disclosed before agreeing to do this program: air conditioning.

Before you rush to judgement and think why I could not just simply accept things for what they were and deal with the heat, let me tell you that for my entire life I have lived in South Louisiana, a place where 100% humidity exists year round along with temperatures that typically stay in the 90's practically every season except winter. The stereotypes you hear are true: the vast majority is an uninhabitable swamp.

Let me be honest, Madrid in the summer is undeniably hot, and I was well aware of this coming in. In addition, A/C is not super common in Spain unlike the US. After a few nights trying to get a good night's sleep in what quite literally felt like someone's attic, I quickly realized that the one basic fan provided to me in my room simply was not going to cut it for my two month stay. I then began to start asking around on how to turn on the A/C units found in every room plugged into an outlet. First, I asked my apartment supervisor about it only to be told that they don't work and he revealed to me that Madrid is very hot in the summer. Okay, got it. My plan B was to email the Adelante supervisors, who I must say are extremely friendly and helpful people and do everything they can from a desk in California and for that, I do not mean this as a knock against them. It was then that they regretfully informed me that the A/C in the apartment never works but that was a good tradeoff for living in the middle of town. Had I known that this would be the case going in, I would have elected to live on the outskirts of town and with reliable A/C rather than where I was, without question.

One other tiny thing that was neglected was a sort of transportation back to the airport on the day that I left Madrid. I found this surprising due to that fact that Adelante does provide a pickup from the airport upon arrival, which was super convenient, yet I was told that I needed to figure out how to commute to the airport for myself on short notice.

Like I said, my experience with this program was overall a very positive one. I consider myself lucky to have had both a great boss and internship itself. I'm extremely grateful for those things and achieved my ultimate goal in the process of improving my Spanish. I realize that what this company does is not exactly easy and hiccups are bound to happen from time to time. I just wish the company would have been a little more up front about things like these before I pulled the trigger on this because quite honestly, a good night's sleep became a coveted luxury during my time there.
Response from Adelante Abroad

Davis, thanks for the great review. Your supervisor at the Law firm where you did your internship in Madrid wrote a very solid and glowing evaluation of your time with him also, so good job! About the heat: this summer was the hottest on record in Madrid since they have been recording weather. It was crazy. We do advise in the Pre-Departure Orientation materials that A/C is pretty rare in downtown Madrid, where our housing is. We also advise that airport pickup is included, and airport drop off at the end of the program is not. I know it is a lot of reading but this information is definitely included in there.
We offered to change housing for you and two others who really struggled, like locals and visitors alike did, with the heat. We found another apartment, a bit farther out, but with A/C. No one moved! I think a combo of the temperatures lowering and the location made people stay put? Not sure, but when we heard from a few of you that it was unbearable we did secure another apartment. In hopes you use your Spanish every day now and thank you again for the 10/10 note in there (minus the heat!) Team Adelante

Yes, I recommend this program
Gwen
9/10

Seize your summer!

I initially got in contact with Adelante because of a lack of graduate student internships offered in my Master's program. When I heard that they had so many different types of internships, specifically a dedicated translation internship (I'm currently getting my M.S. in translation) I decided I had to take the leap and just go for it.

I had really wanted to live abroad again but wanted to experience Europe this time and on my own terms (I studied in Buenos Aires, Argentina during undergrad). Madrid is an absolutely amazing city, I would 100% come back here. Adelante took care of all the housing and internship placement which was SO nice. My apartment was much bigger than the apartment I have back home and it was in the perfect location.

Although I was initially hesitant about why I had to attend Spanish classes at the language school I was really glad the 2 weeks were required. The teachers were all really nice and just tried to get us talking while teaching us in a very practical manner.

I know from experience how hard it can be to find reputable international internships, I get it. Honestly, I got so lucky that I found Adelante. They did all the planning, apartment-hunting, interviewing and arrangements for me so that I could focus on just enjoying my experience. The internship was great, I learned so much and now I have something truly impressive to put on my resume when I get home. If you want a truly unique summer experience and a rigorous internship, Adelante is for you.

How can this program be improved?
I think that the program could be improved with weekly or bi-weekly language classes included in the program fee. I would have loved to have kept going to some of the classes just to get some conversation hours in but unfortunately it was too expensive. Being able to opt-in to these classes would have been great.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Brittany
9/10

An Amazing Experience

Adelante Abroad was one of the best decisions I've ever made! I got amazing internship experience, improved my Spanish, and also made some great friends and connections abroad. Adelante provides support for you before and during your trip with anything you made need. I did a graphic design internship and was able to add a lot to my portfolio and work experience in general. There were also many opportunities to travel outside of working that really helped improve my experience. Spain is just amazing!

How can this program be improved?
The only part of the experience I feel could be improved is the housing. Some of the other program apartments I saw were much nicer than ours, but ours had a lot of things that were broken like the air conditioner, oven, tv, etc. It could also overall be a little cleaner.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Maya
9/10

Madrid, Jan and Feb

I had a great time in Madrid! I already speak Spanish so I was able to live with four girls (who were not on Adelante) from various countries and communicate entirely in Spanish (some of them didn't speak English at all). My internship shadowing Dr Enrique Rojas was wonderful and I learned so much about psychology and psychiatry. I sat in on most of Dr. Rojas' sessions, received lessons during free time, and even conducted a few one-on-one sessions with patients on my own. The social-life was also great, I fell in love with Madrid as a city and can't wait to go back as soon as possible!

As a side note (this is neither good nor bad): I wanted to be very independent on this program and I was able to be (especially because I was not housed in Adelante apartments). I lived abroad for almost half of my life growing up and have been to over 35 countries so I loved that, but I would caution others who might not feel as comfortable navigating a new city/language/culture to live in non-adelante housing because you receive a lot less support.

How can this program be improved?
I can't think of any ways Adelante could be improved specifically. Perhaps providing more detailed info on what to do with keys etc when leaving the appartment, and an easier to navigate website.
Yes, I recommend this program

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