2017-2018 Internship Opportunities in Sevilla, Spain

Fall 2017 – Semester + Internship click here for dates click here for price
Spring 2018 – Semester + Internship click here for dates click here for price


ASA is pleased to offer Semester internship opportunities in Sevilla for students participating in the ASA academic semester program at the Universidad de Sevilla or the Universidad Pablo de Olavide! We offer internship placements in Sevilla as an “add-on” to our academic semester programs.  Not available as a stand-alone option.  

All internships are unpaid and consist of 120 hours of on-site work.  Your internship is complete alongside 3-4 classes (total 12-15 U.S. semester credits).  Please see important note below regarding internship hours vs. in-class hours.

Students attending the Universidad de Sevilla or EUSA may earn up to 3 credits for an internship on their final transcript.  Students attending the Universidad Pablo de Olavide may participate in an internship but will not receive academic credit on their final transcript.

Semester Internships

If you plan to study abroad on the ASA semester program in Sevilla, Spain, you may opt to participate in an unpaid internship related to your academic discipline, in conjunction with 3-4 courses you take at your host institution in Sevilla!  (Internships are not available as a stand-alone option.)  The internship add-on for the ASA Sevilla program costs $1,000 in addition to the regular semester priceand includes résumé advising, Myers-Briggs training, cultural training, and ongoing coaching from ASA’s Site Director and Internship Coordinator while you are in Spain.  Interns will complete 120 hours of on-site work.

Because a 3-credit internship requires 120 work hours, whereas a 3-credit class requires only 45 in-class hours, it may be advisable to take just 3 classes along with your internship.  This would be a total of 9 credits for classes + 3 credits for your internship (total 12).

A basic knowledge of Spanish is preferred, although you need not be fluent in Spanish to apply for an internship!  However, the more Spanish you know, the greater the variety of opportunities that will be available to you.

No additional visa is necessary in order to participate in an internship!


Can I receive credit for the internship?

The internship option is available to ALL ASA SEVILLA STUDENTS, regardless of which host university you attend.  However, whether or not you will receive academic credit for your internship depends on which host institution in Sevilla you attend.  ASA offers semester academic programs at 3 host institutions:  Universidad de Sevilla, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, and EUSA.

ASA has an internship transcripting agreement with the Universidad de Sevilla and EUSA.  This means that students attending ASA’s academic program at the Universidad de Sevilla or EUSA can earn 3 credits for their internship, and this will appear on their final transcript.

Since the transcripting agreement is not with the Universidad Pablo de Olavide, students attending the Universidad Pablo de Olavide can participate in an internship but may not receive credit for it.

All students participating in an internship for academic credit will be required to write essays, reports and presentations throughout the semester, and will be monitored by our Internship Coordinator.


In what kinds of fields are placements available?

Internships are available in a wide range of fields, including: Marketing, Business, IT, Psychology/Human Resources/Human Development, Education, Entrepreneurship, Media, and Communications.  If you are looking for an internship in a field not listed here, please feel free to contact us, and our Internship Coordinator in Sevilla will be happy to investigate possible placements in your area of interest!

Please note, in order to allow us the flexibility to find the most suitable placement for you, all students are required to give 3 possible areas of interest on their internship application.


What to Expect in your Internship 

Every internship placement is CUSTOMIZED to meet the student’s interests and the needs of the sponsor company.   The search process begins prior to departure, once your internship application is approved.  We ask that interested students submit their internship applications to ASA at least 30 days before departure, to allow us time needed to look for opportunities for you.  The further in advance you submit your internship application, the more time and flexibility we will have in searching for suitable placements.  Please be aware that we cannot guarantee you a placement at any particular firm or organization, and we cannot guarantee a placement in your #1 choice area of interest.
An internship is an opportunity to gain some experience in the field in which you wish to have a career.  It is also a great opportunity to apply what you’ve learned in your classes and gain networking contacts.  That said, it’s important to be open-minded about the type of work you’ll be doing.  For example, you may be assigned entry level work, such as making photocopies, filing, etc.  However, if you “prove yourself” by producing quality work and showing your commitment to the job, the level of work assigned to you may improve.  You may need to earn the trust of your supervisor first, which might take a little time.
All interns will participate in a mandatory Internship Orientation and Training after arriving in Sevilla.  This will be a huge help in understanding what will be expected of you, what resources you have for support while in Sevilla, and ultimately having a successful internship!

Applying for an Internship

The following items are required in order to apply for an internship with the ASA Sevilla program:

-You must first be accepted to the ASA academic program in Sevilla before applying for an internship.  Alternatively, you may feel free to submit your application for the academic program and an internship at the same time.  (To apply for our semester academic program in Sevilla, please click here.)

The following ADDITIONAL ITEMS are required of students who wish to apply for an internship:

-CV (résumé) in PDF format – This is the most important part of your application.  We can provide you with a CV template if needed.  If accepted, we are happy to suggest revisions, in order to make your internship application as successful as possible.

Internship Questionnaire, completed by you. The purpose of this questionnaire is to tell us your reasons for wanting to intern and what you hope to learn and accomplish in doing so.  On this questionnaire, you will have to list of your top 3 areas of interest, in order of preference.  Please note that each one must be different.  (Ex: Business and Finance are not 2 separate areas of interest.) It is important to remain open to an internship in more than one field, as we, unfortunately, cannot 100% guarantee a placement in your top choice area of interest.

Please note that in order for your application to be successful, you must have some knowledge about the field in which you wish to intern.  This means you should choose 3 areas of interest with which you are familiar and have some experience with in either coursework, work experience, and/or volunteer experience.

What happens next?  

After we receive the above items, our Internship Coordinator will review your application and send you an email to let you know if you are accepted.  You may be asked to revise your CV before confirming whether or not you are accepted.  (Please note: being accepted means we have agreed to find you a placement.  The actual placement or matching process will take place after you arrive in Sevilla – more details on this can be found below.)

Prior to your arrival in Sevilla, our Internship Coordinator will have contacted potential companies to confirm an initial interest and possibly schedule a Skype interview.  After our On-Site Orientation, you will meet with the Internship Coordinator one-on-one to discuss the possible placements that are available.  Interviews will take place during the first few weeks of your stay in Sevilla.  As with any job interview, there isn’t a guarantee you will be hired.  However, in the past, we have been able to successfully place nearly all our applicants!  While the majority of students are indeed hired after the first interview, should that not be the case, please rest assured that we will continue searching for another placement for you.

To have the best possible chance of being hired, here are a few helpful tips about the interview process!

-Please take the interview seriously – you are interviewing for a job, and this will be an important factor in whether or not you are hired.  It is important to dress appropriately and be on time not only for your interview, but also for your regular work hours.

-Do some research about the company prior to the interview and have a brief list of questions or things you would like to know about the company, if asked.  (Interview tips will also be discussed during your Internship Orientation after arrival.)

If hired, please be aware that the company is making a significant investment of their time and resources.  Likewise, by accepting an internship, you are making a commitment to that organization, which should be taken seriously.  You will be expected to complete your internship in full, from start to finish, and put forth your best effort while working there.  Don’t worry – our on-site orientation after you arrive in Sevilla will help you understand what is expected of you.  As long as you follow the advice given during orientation, you should have a successful internship experience!  Please aways feel free to consult with our Internship Coordinator if you have any doubts or concerns at any time during your internship.

Finally, for students attending the Universidad de Sevilla or EUSA who will earn 3 credits for their internship – please be aware that if you are fired from or quit your internship, you will not receive credit for your internship, and this will be reflected on your final transcript.