Looking for an internship in Europe? Intern Abroad HQ offers flexible and affordable internships in Spain. Located throughout the city center and surrounding suburbs of Valencia, internships in Spain provide an incomparable experience to combine cultural immersion with professional development. Internships in Spain are available within the following fields:
- Business and Economics
- Education and Childcare
- Engineering and Design
- Healthcare and Special Needs
- Management Organisation
- Marketing and Communications
Internships in Valencia start every Monday and have a 2 week minimum commitment. Intern Abroad HQ offers accessible fees for a European internship, starting from US$1,540. Internship fees includes 24/7 in-country support, airport pick-up, internship placement and orientation, Intern Abroad HQ experiential learning curriculum, homestay accommodation and meals.
We sat down with our local team in Spain to quiz them over on some of the most frequently asked questions that prospective interns like to ask. Here’s their perspective on why you should intern in Valencia!
- What do people love about living in Valencia?
- Is it okay to intern in Valencia if I don’t speak Spanish?
- What are the most popular internships in Spain?
- What makes the internships in Valencia so unique?
- How do you secure the placements for Intern Abroad HQ?
- How does your team provide ongoing support to interns?
- How can I make the most out of a short-term internship?
- What might a typical day look like for an intern in Valencia?
- Is Valencia a safe city?
- What should I do for transportation in Valencia?
- What should I pack?
- How much money do I need per week in Valencia?
- How can I be a successful intern?
- I’m in! How can I start planning my internship in Spain?
1. What do people love about living in Valencia?
Valencia is one of the top cities in Europe for studying abroad for many reasons! As the third largest city in Spain, located just on the Mediterranean Sea, Valencia offers the perfect combination of old and new. You can stroll through “Barrio del Carmen” (the Old Town) for a taste of history, visit the modern City of Arts and Sciences (a state-of-the-art science, cultural and architectural complex), and also check out the developed marina area, where international yacht racing events have taken place. The beautiful Turia Park runs throughout the whole city of Valencia, even extending to the beach. This is a wonderful area to jog, bike, do yoga, have a picnic or simply relax. Locals of Valencia will tell you that the weather and climate is as good as it gets. It’s typically fine year-round and said to be sunny 330 days of the year – making it a breeze to schedule your European internship at a time that suits you. In Valencia, the cost of living is relatively cheaper than being in other parts of Spain (such as Barcelona), which helps to keep the cost of your internship down (allowing more pocket money for you to enjoy the sights and experiences the city has to offer). Valencia is very easy to get around too. It’s completely flat, so whether you’re walking or biking, the commute time anywhere is quite convenient. Public transport is also available city-wide, which not only connects spots within the city, it also provides routes to the beaches or other parts of Spain.
2. Is it okay to intern in Valencia if I don’t speak Spanish?
Yes, this is no problem! Valencia is a cultural melting pot and there are many types of internship programs available within the city. While we love to encourage people to learn some basic Spanish, we can source internship placements for interns who have zero Spanish understanding. Many placements that host interns have international departments or are looking to expand into overseas markets. Companies have bilingual staff and are happy to accommodate interns who are most comfortable communicating in English. Of course, there is the opportunity to learn Spanish if you want to and it’s always good to challenge yourself to learn something new! Spanish language lessons can be arranged once you’ve confirmed your internship placement with Intern Abroad HQ. The lessons can be combined with your internship experience, which really helps to make the most of your work experience in a new culture! Lessons are tailored to each individual’s current level and classes run Monday to Friday. We also arrange a “language exchange” meeting every Thursday in a pub located in the city center. These meet-ups provide a great social opportunity to meet locals, other students, and improve your Spanish!
3. What are the most popular internships in Spain?
The most popular internships in Spain include those related to international business internships, marketing and sports internships; however, we have a broad list of internship sector options, including electrical engineering internships, healthcare internships, education internships, finance internships, and many more! We work with a variety of companies and organizations, both within the private sector, as well as NGO/non-profit organizations, in and around the city of Valencia, to provide interns with a wide range of opportunities. We always take preferences into consideration as well and do our utmost to accommodate them, so it’s important to note your ideas when you apply through Intern Abroad HQ.
4. What makes the internships in Valencia so unique?
As locals in Valencia, we know the companies that host interns personally, having worked with them for many years. The amount of internship sectors available, along with the fact that the internship placements are selected to suit interns individually, makes each opportunity unique. We analyze each intern’s profile, resume and motivation letter to form a complete idea of their internship preference. When we know the student’s preferred sector and specific interests, we then contact the appropriate placements that we consider to be the best fit for the intern’s requirements. We relay these options to the intern, and they can provide their feedback to us. As well as this customized approach, we also ensure that each intern is assigned a supervisor at their placement who will act as their mentor. Mentorship is crucial during an internship, as they provide guidance in regard to acclimating to the new work environment, helping to business procedures, while offering friendly feedback and support.
5. How do you secure the placements for Intern Abroad HQ?
Firstly, applicants who are interested in interning in Spain need to apply online via Intern Abroad HQ. This is considered to be the first formal expression of interest and helps Intern Abroad HQ to provide guidance and answer any general question. Interns apply for an internship in Spain by selecting their preferred field – whether it’s an engineering internship, business internship, or healthcare internship… It’s typical for an intern to choose a field that’s closely related to their field of study, interests, and previous experience. After applicants have done this and then taken the next step via Intern Abroad HQ to confirm their participation, we will get in touch to start taking care of plans within Spain. We review a recent copy of your resume, along with a cover letter (Intern Abroad HQ will help with the details). These steps provide us with more insight into why you’d like to intern in Spain. It’s not a requirement to speak Spanish, but we do take into consideration your current level of Spanish (from absolute beginner to advanced). We communicate with the range of companies within our network and ascertain which internship placement would be the best fit for the profile and preferences of the intern (according to the internship field that they have selected). Therefore, a somewhat customized approach is taken, and we work to ensure internship placements are provided that offer valuable experience, enjoyable cultural immersion, and professional networking.
6. How does your team provide ongoing support to interns?
We provide support in collaboration with Intern Abroad HQ. Intern Abroad HQ maintains contact with interns throughout the duration of their internship, as they facilitate an experiential learning curriculum, which enables interns to constructively build upon their employability skills. At the internship placement, interns are assigned a supervisor who provides close support and acts as a mentor. On top of this, our local staff are in constant contact with the internship placements and the various supervisors, to make sure everything is running smoothly, and the intern is having a positive experience. We check in with interns on a weekly basis – or even more frequently if they want extra assistance. These various layers of support give us the opportunity to monitor experience and progress, allowing us to resolve any issues if they arise. It’s our priority to ensure that both the intern and their placement team all gain the maximum benefit and enjoyment from the shared experience and cultural exchange.
7. How can I make the most out of a short-term internship?
Intern Abroad HQ offers internships in Valencia from just two weeks, so the opportunities are very flexible and accessible. Short-term internships are a great way to gain some professional insight but, since it takes time to get settled in and gain a sense of familiarity and independence within your placement, it’s essential to come prepared and ready to get stuck in from day one. To get a head start, we recommend researching your internship placement before arriving – you’ll receive more details about the company you’ll be interning with before your start date, so it’s wise to take advantage of the information to prepare well. We recommend that interns contact their supervisor in advance, to ask if there is anything you can read or do before arriving. This proactive approach will not only be appreciated by your internship supervisor, but it’ll enable you to learn as much as possible from the beginning, so you can start your internship and can get right down to business! Always be proactive with your internship - ask your supervisor for more work if necessary, so that you don’t lose any time waiting for tasks to be assigned to you if you have already finished yours. It takes time to get to know new people, so your supervisor won’t immediately know how much workload you’re comfortable with taking on, or how you pace yourself with tasks. Communication is very important in any internship, but it’s especially crucial with short-term programs. Therefore, interns should take care to communicate with their supervisor so that expectations are clear on both sides. Let your supervisor know what you’d like to learn during your international internship and work together to make it happen. The best thing to remember is to come with a positive attitude, ready to learn about your industry in the real world, work, make friends, learn Spanish, and of course, to have fun!
8. What might a typical day look like for an intern in Valencia?
Each intern has a different schedule, based on their supervisor’s requirements or any requirements they may have from their school (if they’re interning for course credit, which Intern Abroad HQ can assist with). Generally speaking, interns begin around 9 – 10 a.m. and finish around 5 – 6 p.m. In Valencia, lunch time can last for up to two hours, so interns need to account for the midday break. Intern tasks can vary day-to-day, depending on the projects and tasks that are most relevant at any given time.
9. Is Valencia a safe city?
Valencia is a very safe city. Spain in general is very safe, but Valencia is even safer than cities like Madrid and Barcelona since it is smaller and less touristic. The entire city center is safe to walk around, even in the evening. With this in mind, it’s still absolutely essential to take care and be aware of your surroundings – no matter where you are in the world. This includes being responsible for conducting yourself in a safe and healthy manner.
10. What should I do for transportation in Valencia?
Depending on the location of their internship and their host family’s home, interns usually either walk, take the bus, or use the metro. Valencia is not a huge city, so transportation is fairly easy. Only a few special internships which are located outside of the city center would require a train. There are also public bicycles available to rent, as well as electric scooters.
11. What should I pack?
A laptop with a suitable adapter is the most important thing to have for your internship. Usually people dress fairly casually, so casual/ business casual clothes are enough for your internship (unless otherwise noted). Bring clothes you can layer on and off as needed, as Valencia is hot during the day but cools off at night. Comfortable shoes for walking are a must, since most interns get around by walking almost everywhere.
12. How much money do I need per week in Valencia?
Internships in Spain include two meals per day, served at the homestay (daily breakfast and dinner). Therefore, the main cost per week would be for your daily lunch, transportation, and any other snacks or drinks you might want to purchase throughout the week. Additional costs could be for tourism activities, sports activities or gym membership, or for going out at night. Between $80 - $140 USD per week should enough - depending on what you participate in. Some interns opt to take Spanish language lessons during their time in Valencia as well. We of course recommend this – albeit optional, the lessons are encouraged as a great way to up your skills.
13. How can I be a successful intern?
All interns are encouraged to be proactive and open minded. The culture in Spain can be quite different and overwhelming at first – just like any new experience may be - so it’s important to make your best effort to learn, ask questions, take in new ideas, and - in general - have a motivated and eager mindset! It’s also essential that interns communicate with their supervisor and our team if any questions or concerns arise. We aim to ensure that everyone is feeling comfortable and on-track with their goals, but we can’t help if we don’t know what someone is thinking or feeling. The most successful interns are typically those who are adaptable, have a positive mindset, and are confident enough to ask for a little help or assistance when/if needed.
14. I’m in! How can I start planning my internship in Spain?
Internships in Spain offer start dates every Monday. (Exceptions to general start date availability throughout the year may occur when start dates are closed due to public holiday disruptions or if the program has already reached capacity). Opportunities are flexible and there’s something for everyone, so explore your fields of interest and start planning! It can be challenging to take the first step, but once that decision has been made, the experience only gets better.
Apply online first. The application process is non-obligatory and free.
After applying, you’ll receive more details on how to confirm your internship placement.
To confirm, you’ll register online after your application has been accepted. This means taking care of the US$299 Registration Fee, which enables us to provide services and pre-departure support. Affordabla internship fees can be reviewed online.
Once you’re registered, the adventure begins!