Summer Internship in Barcelona (CEA)
CEA is a study abroad provider who Binghamton University has partnered with to provide Binghamton and SUNY students high-quality study abroad and internship opportunities in Barcelona, Spain. Students will be working with both a Binghamton education abroad advisor and CEA staff throughout the process (see Application Process below).
Immerse into the local Barcelona culture while developing practical skills in fields such as business, design, marketing, tourism, urban planning, and more! Spain's second-largest city offers an ideal blend of historic and modern, combining Gothic charm with thriving immigrant cultures, Gaudí's quirky architecture with world-class dining and shopping. Whether you want to study business or liberal arts, immerse in Catalan culture or improve your Spanish skills, you'll find what you seek in this amazing city.
Barcelona, located on the Mediterranean sea in the very north of the Spanish coast, is one of the most cosmopolitan and economically active cities in Spain. It's the capital of Catalunya, a region of Northern Spain that has its own unique culture, traditions, and personality. With a population around 1.6 million people, Barcelona is one of the world's leading economic, trade fair, and cultural centers, and its influence in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world's major global cities.
At the core of the city lies the Gothic Quarter. Located between the Ramblas, a series of connected boulevards, going southeastward to the sea, and the Via Laietana, it is a close-packed maze of narrow streets punctuated by magnificent medieval buildings. Many great painters and artists worked in Barcelona at some time and their influence is still evident throughout the city. Two of which are Picasso and Miró who have museums dedicated to some of their more important works. There are dozens of other museums and art galleries dotted all around the city. Also, Barcelona feels a bit surreal – appropriate, since Salvador Dali spent time here and Spanish Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí designed several of the city’s buildings. With the rich history and culture, Barcelona is the perfect location for students studying the liberal arts and social sciences!
Summer 2018: May 24 - July 29
The Barcelona summer internship program includes an academic seminar and an internship placement. The internship seminar meets for 22 contact hours and you'll spend 120 hours at your internship placement over 8 weeks. Together, your seminar and internship placement are worth 3 credits. Your internship placement hours may vary depending on industry standards for your career field and will be determined after you arrive.
In addition to your internship placement and academic seminar, you have the option to enroll in an additional 3-credit elective course, bringing your total potential earned credits to 6. You are encouraged to explore the Entrepreneurship: The Art of Creative Business elective course to complement your internship experience and learn more about the entrepreneurial culture in Barcelona. Electives meet for 45 hours and run for 4 weeks starting in July to align with the academic study program offered at the CEA Barcelona Center. Courses meet at various times Monday-Friday; active learning components required by your courses may be scheduled for Fridays. Course options may be limited, as your primary responsibility is to fulfill your internship obligations, which include honoring your employer’s preferred schedule.
The CEA Barcelona Center offers courses in a range of subjects, taught in English and Spanish, making this program appropriate for all levels of Spanish language ability. For students choosing to add the optional elective course, subject areas include:
Spanish Language & Literature
Full course listing, course descriptions, and syllabi can be found on CEA’s webpage.
Internships consist of internship placement (15-20 hours per week) and a required internship seminar. The internship seminar meets for 22 seminar hours, and students spend a minimum of 120 placement hours at their internship placement. Students are required to complete seminar assignments, keep a journal, and have a final presentation. Together, the seminar and internship placement are worth 3 credits. Placements are with internationally-orientated organizations or companies in Barcelona. Internships typically available are in:
NGO & Development
Visual & Digital Arts
Past placements have included: PR & Transition Assistant, Business & Marketing Assistant, Assistant to Director of International Affairs, Commodity Investigator, Real Estate & Investment Researcher, Business Strategy & Analysis Assistant, Production Assistant, Casting Assistant, Editorial Assistant, etc. It is recommended that students apply as soon as possible. Internship positions are selective; students who demonstrate both professionalism and commitment throughout the process are most successful in securing placements. Although not required, ideally internship students have taken 3-4 courses directly related to the internship field of interest or 6 weeks full time work in the field.
The placement process involves three Skype or phone interviews: a screening interview with the Barcelona site specialist, a job placement interview with a on-site internship coordinator, and a final interview with the host site supervisor. The host site retains the final decision regarding placements, so it’s important that your interviews reflect your maturity, adaptability, curiosity, and commitment to both your career interests and the host organization. Upon successfully completing your on-site placement coordinator interview, CEA guarantees you a placement based on the personal, professional, and cross-cultural goals reflected in your interview. All placements will be secured two weeks prior to arrival and will begin the same week as classes start. Students will have an internship orientation once they arrive in Barcelona, in addition to the regular orientation. Upon placement, you’ll automatically be enrolled in your internship course.
When in Barcelona, students choose between several housing options that allow them to live like a local. While CEA attempts to match students' preferences with the housing options, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed. Apartments are the standard living option - other housing options are an additional fee. Housing options include:
Students enjoy city-living apartments as their standard housing option. A perfect fit for the do-it-yourself types who want to experience Barcelona as a local apartment-dweller, CEA's apartments scatter neighborhoods like Le Corts, Eixample, Sagrada Familia, Gracia and Poble Nou. Stroll past some of this city's most beautiful treasures daily, as you walk to and from your Spanish abode. Apartments are about 30-40 minutes by metro and walking to where students have class. Standard housing typically has 1-2 students per room and 4-7 students per apartment and includes a full kitchen. Meals are not included. More information about the apartments can be found here.
Homestays offer a unique opportunity to be immersed in the local culture and improve Spanish language skills. All homestays have been carefully selected to provide each student with an enriching experience in a welcoming environment. Host families can consist of two-parent household, retired, or single parents and are located all across the city in safe residential neighborhoods. Although homestay apartments vary in shape, size, décor and age, each one is considered suitable student accommodation. Homestays are about 30-40 minutes by metro and walking to where students have class. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included seven days a week.
Homestays have an additional fee of $1,400-$1,800 per semester. This fee will be paid directly to CEA. More information about homestays can be found here.
Residencias are off-campus accommodations that house approximately 300 students. Residents are typically a mixture of Spanish and other international students. Students will most often be placed in double rooms and less often in single rooms depending on availability. They will have access to a shared kitchen area. Each room, whether single or double will have a private bathroom. The dining and/or study area maybe private or communal. Residencias are typically 30 minutes walking from where students have class. Meals are not included.
Residencia have an additional fee of $1,400-$1,800 per semester. This fee will be paid directly to CEA. More information about residencias cam be found here.
Additional housing information can be found on CEA's Barcelona housing webpage.
Immerse yourself in the local culture! CEA provides a variety of cultural activities including concerts, clubs, sports, cooking, and language exchanges. On-site staff helps students engage with local culture. Examples include:
Barça Soccer Match: Watch a soccer match at impressive Camp Nou, Europe’s largest stadium, home to top European soccer club FC Barcelona, and a state-of-the-art city landmark. Experience the thrill of 100,000 fans screaming, applauding, and waving red and blue flags in unison while the players emerge from the tunnels to start the match.
Tapas Cooking Workshop: Learn to make the Spanish culinary treat known as tapas. These appetizers are typically eaten between main meals, allowing you to make it until lunch or dinner. In this workshop, students chop and combine ingredients as they learn to make some of the best cold and warm tapas, while expanding Spanish vocabulary to include culinary terms.
Castellers: Castells are human towers built in town squares by Castellers. People of all ages and sizes take part in a castell, forming colles, or associations, that train and prepare castells together. The building of castells is particularly popular in central and southern Catalunya.
To learn about the program costs and related expenses, see the cost sheets linked below. Additionally, any Binghamton/SUNY student who is accepted to a CEA program that is approved by Binghamton University for summer will automatically be granted a $500 reduction in program cost!
Estimates to be added soon
Please note: Housing costs are based off of the standard, shared apartment housing option. Additional fees are applicable for students choosing the non-standard housing options of homestays or residencias, and those fees would be paid directly to CEA.
Withdrawal Policy: When a student commits to an education abroad program in their Terra Dotta online program application, the Office of International Programs (IEGI) mirrors the Binghamton University Student Accounts refund policy for tuition, tuition differentials, and all program fees.
Students who are eligible for financial aid may apply it to this program. The amount of financial aid that you may be eligible to receive is of an individual nature. All students should print out the Estimate of Costs Sheet, bring it to the Financial Aid office, and consult with a counselor there about what the implications of this cost would be for them individually. Federal and New York State financial aid is generally applicable to study abroad programs. The Binghamton Financial Aid Office is able to consider only the application of students matriculated at Binghamton for degree study.
Binghamton and SUNY Scholarships
Students applying for this program are highly encouraged to apply for the Marjorie B. Turnbull Spanish Language & Culture Scholarship as well as the Myers Family Scholarship if eligible. These provide awards of $1,500 for semester students.
For more information about scholarships and financial aid in general, click here.
Students participating on a CEA program in Barcelona are eligible for scholarships through CEA. There are several different scholarships available including merit-based, financial need-based, and diversity related. Students will have access to apply for these scholarships after submitting an application for this program and are encouraged to apply early. More information can be found here.
The Barcelona summer internship program is open to students in all majors, and students should be in their Sophomore, Junior, or Senior year during the time of the application. Students must have at least a 2.75 GPA. Applications from other SUNYs are welcome.
Applications for summer are due January 20th. Applying to this program requires completion of the Binghamton University education abroad application and supplemental documents for CEA.
- First, complete an application with Binghamton by clicking the “Apply Now” button at the top of this page. All application materials must be submitted by the Binghamton University application deadline. These items include:
- 2 Academic References
- Official Transcript
- Study Statement
- Internship Cover Letter & Resume
- Do not begin an application with CEA directly.
- Once your application is complete, Binghamton's Office of International Education & Global Initiatives (IEGI) will make an admissions decision. Students will commit to the program and IEGI will inform CEA about all committed students on a rolling basis.
CEA Barcelona Summer Internship Program Website
- After receiving a list of committed students from IEGI, CEA creates online accounts for each accepted student with access to housing, academic, visa, and other important information.
- CEA emails students their login information so they can complete the required CEA forms through their CEA online account.
- For better access to course and housing preferences, CEA encourages you complete the required information as early as possible.
- Internship Placement
- CEA Internship Specialist will reach out and work with you to finalize your cover letter and resume, and discuss your goals for your internship experience. You will also get connected with the Barcelona site specialist, have a job placement interview with a study center placement coordinator, and a final interview with the host site supervisor.
CEA Barcelona Facebook Page
U.S. Department of State Travel & Safety Information for Spain