Modern Spain is a colorful mosaic of cultures and traditions. European, Middle Eastern and African influences are intertwined in this country’s art, cuisine, architecture and music. Whether you are in one of the vibrant metropolitan areas or in a sleepy seaside village, Spain’s living history surrounds you. Gothic cathedrals, Roman ruins, and Moorish fortresses coexist in a fascinating combination that has attracted visitors from around the world.

During the height of its power, in the 16th and 17thcenturies, this relatively small Iberian country controlled a vast empire that stretched throughout the Americas, Africa and Asia. One legacy is the millions of native Spanish speakers around the globe; the language of Castile (Spanish or castellano) is now the world’s second most common first language.

In recent times, 30 plus years of democracy have allowed the country to modernize its infrastructure, beautify its cities and become the fourth largest economy in the euro-zone. Today Spain is both a modern, industrial nation and a beckoning tourist destination with sparkling beaches, exceptional food and wine, and more UNESCO world heritage sites (40) than any country in the world except Italy.

ELI offers internships in Madrid, the elegant and sophisticated capital, and in Barcelona, the bohemian, art-filled city on the Mediterranean coast. Programs start with four weeks of intensive Spanish so that participants can brush up on their language skills and gain confidence. During the month of language lessons, interns will also work closely with the staff in Spain to identify potential internship locations, learn about Spanish business culture, and do mock interviews.  Please click on the other tabs to learn more about this two part experience.