Summer is the most flexible time in a student-athlete’s schedule and Valencia is the perfect sized European city for a summer abroad. Students live in the heart of this old town in apartments or with host families and complete full-time internships with local Spanish companies. There is plenty of time to explore Valencia on the weekends, and Barcelona, Madrid, and Alicante are only a short train ride away.
Session I: May 30- June 27
Session II: July 4- August 1
Spain Internship is open to ALL majors!
Finance & Accounting
More internships coming soon!
Experience the Spanish work culture with a full-time internship in your chosen field of study
Practice your sport with local teams (depending on the sport)
Immerse yourself in the lifestyle of a Valenciana - enjoy the nearby beach, the amazing wonders of the city, and the delicious Spanish cuisine
Live in apartments with other international students or with a host family inside the city center
Spend four weeks living in Valencia, Spain, situated on the southeastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Less than a four hour drive from both Madrid and Barcelona, Spain’s third-largest city provides both ultra-modern architecture like the City of Arts and Sciences with the historic charm of Old Town. The city is known for its museums, shops, and long stretches of beaches. It is also the birthplace of paella, the popular Spanish rice dish.
Our interns in Valencia are fully immersed in their work environment, completing both self directed projects and assisting with day-to-day operations at their respective companies. Our SAA staff works to advise you on the options available, and match you with an appropriate internship based on your academic and professional interests. You will have ample opportunities to train while abroad, with a gym membership and time to play pick-up games with local teams. We arrange one weekend excursion for the entire group to explore one of Spain’s most historic cities, and you can plan your own trips to other popular destinations such as Madrid, Alicante, Barcelona, and Mallorca.
All homestays include a private bedroom with a bed, linens, closet, nightstand, private or shared bathroom and laundry once per week. Students will complete a homestay questionnaire after enrolling in the program so our local staff can learn more about their preferences.
Students also have the option to live in a centrally located apartment building with other SAA students and other visiting international students. Apartments come furnished with a twin or queen sized bed, desk, dresser, linens, closet, nightstand, and a shared bathroom and shared kitchen.
You will be provided access to a centrally located gym in Valencia, so can maintain your training with 4-5x workouts per week. There will also be opportunities to play your sport abroad, and train with other U.S. athletes.
This program has one pre-planned weekend excursion to the cities of Madrid and historic Toledo. All other weekends are free for independent travel.
Final internship placements depend on a variety of factors including your professional experience and Spanish speaking ability. We are also able to work with students interested in a custom internship. Contact us for more information or questions about available internships!
This is not a comprehensive list of the internships we have available in Spain.
Sports Marketing, Sports Management, International Business
Internship Description: Villareal C.T. is a professional football club from the Spanish “La Liga.” Internship opportunities are available in sports marketing and sports management with a focus on branding, digital marketing, partnerships, and new business development.
Toldra Football Consulting
Sports Marketing, Sports Management, International Business
Internship Description: Considered to be one of Europe’s most important sports consulting companies, interns will work directly with the International Department on various marketing projects.
Marketing, International Business
Internship Description: Entrenarme is an online marketplace that matches customers with high-level personal trainers for sport-specific training and personal training. Interns will work on various marketing projects with a focus on digital marketing and international marketing strategy and international expansion.
Physical Therapy, Exercise Science
Internship Description: Clinica Aston is a healthcare center specializing in the treatment of sports injuries through rehabilitation and physical therapy. Interns will work directly with the physical therapists and patients gaining hands-on experience in the field of sports medicine and physical therapy for elite athletes.
Sports Management, Sports Marketing, International Business
Internship Description: Notresport is a sport management company that focuses on sports consulting, event management, and creating sports digital content. Internships are available in both marketing and event management fields.
Submit completed Online Application Form
Interview with SAA staff member
Approval from university if from a non-affiliate partner school
Submit Supplemental item(s): Current resume
Upon admission to the program, you will connect with our site director for more information about the internship placement process.
Program Cost: $3,995
Housing in a shared apartment (no meals included)
Housing in a host family ($500 additional cost for provided meals)
Internship placement and set-up
Weekend excursion to Madrid and Toledo
Gym membership/group training sessions
Practice opportunities with local teams (depending on sport)
International Health Insurance
SAA Program T-Shirt
Roundtrip airfare to Valencia, Spain (VLC)
Passport and associated fees if you do not already have one
Meals (unless you choose the host family accommodations)
Souvenirs, optional entertainment expenses
Additional weekend travel
The highlight of this program was meeting new people and learning about different cultures and customs. I think it was amazing to be able to experience that type of learning independence while in another country yet you had this group of peers to lean on and learn from. It’s an amazing opportunity to travel with athletes from all over and to experience new places and things while learning about your career and yourself.
Timber Stoops, SAA Intern 2018
I feel as though what separates SAA from other abroad programs is its ability to offer student-athletes like myself valuable learning opportunities that extend far beyond what any ordinary internship site could ever provide. This program is unique because it gives students the chance to become a part of something much bigger than themselves—it gives them a platform to expand their knowledge and to share their experiences with other people who truly value the importance of service learning and who wholeheartedly support cultural competence as a vital tool and lifelong skill.
Camren Diaz, SAA Intern 2018