Madrid is the capital of Spain and is the largest city in the country with a population of almost 3.3 million inhabitants. It is a cosmopolitan city that combines the most modern infrastructures and the status as an economic, financial, administrative and service centre, with a large cultural and artistic heritage, a legacy of centuries of exciting history. Art and culture play a key role in Madrid's cultural life. The capital has over 60 museums which cover every field of human knowledge.
The Internship Program
The SUNY Oswego at the Madrid program works in conjunction with EUSA (Europe’s largest Internship Placement Organization) to provide students with internship placements that span all industry sectors. Students will be placed in a 7-week internships at companies and organizations throughout the city in a field related to their major or minor, for a total of 6 credit hours. The EUSA City Director and Placement Managers will initiate contact with students to set up an internship consultation meeting to understand the interests and needs of each student. Some examples of placements include, but are not limited to:
Here are a few of the types of placements students can expect in Madrid within different industry sectors.
|Arts & Culture
|Healthcare & Education
||Politics, Law & NGOs
Placements are unique to each participant and are based on the term, the needs of the organization, and the students' level of experience.
Students have the option of completing an internship in either English or Spanish. Students interested in a Spanish internship will need to meet the intermediate level
|Arts, Media, and Culture
- Auction Houses
- Art Organizations
- Public Relations
|Politics, Law, and NGO's
- Environmental groups
- International organizations
- National/international security
- Non-profit organizations
- Financial Services
- Hospitality & Tourism
|Healthcare and Education
- Occupational/Physical Therapy
language proficiency requirement (roughly the equivalent of five semesters of Spanish). Interested students will need to complete a foreign language proficiency form as part of the application process.
From pre-departure all the way to the conclusion of the internship, EUSA will be there to support each student, ensuring the following:
- Individual telephone internship consultation meetings (see sample internship pre-departure webinar)
- Materials on topics such as interviewing skills and CV (resumé) preparation. (see EUSA CV instructions)
- Mid-term review and final evaluation
- On-site internship orientation in Madrid
- Coaching and troubleshooting during the placement
- On-site program and internship orientation
- Cultural exploration activity program
The Program Director
The Madrid program is overseen by EUSA Madrid City Director, Almendra Staffa-Healey. The director arranges housing and organizes the orientation program and cultural excursions in Madrid. In addition to these duties, the City Director is the 24/7 in-country emergency contact and serves as a resource for participants. She is there to advise on day-to-day issues in Madrid, act as research advisor for internship participants, and even help with matters such as students' travel during the weekends. Almendra, has been the Madrid City Director for over 15 years. She was born in Granada, Spain, to American parents. She holds a BA from NYU in Art History and an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursátiles.
This 7 ½ weeks 6 credit internship program:
GST 498: Understanding the Madrid Experience. Students will be placed in a 7 ½ weeks internship and will earn 6 credits. Apart from the internship placement component, students will complete a research paper in English and provide an oral presentation of their experiences. The research paper will be written in English, submitted online, and assessed by SUNY Oswego professor and resident director in Madrid.
Housing & Meals
Students will be living with a Spanish family or in a shared apartment with two to five non-EUSA mixed nationality students or young professionals. In both housing options you will be provided with linens.
In a shared flat, you will have your own bedroom, but you will share a bathroom, kitchen (fully stocked with pots and pans, so you can cook for yourself), and common living area with your flatmates. You will be provided with a weekly groceries stipend to help you pay for food. You are responsible for cooking and cleaning.
If you live with a Spanish family, you will have your own bedroom and will be provided with breakfast and dinner seven days a week. Generally, you won’t have access to the kitchen to cook for yourself.
Costs (budget sheet)
Select your term of interest for the latest budget information.
Students make their own travel arrangements to Madrid's International Airport Barajas (MAD). Upon acceptance to the program, students will be provided with the arrival date, time, and orientation information.
Participants in this program possessing a US passport do NOT have to apply for a student visa. Note: Non-US passport holders (or dual European Union citizens) may require different procedures. Please contact the program specialist for more details.
Due to regulations set out by the Spanish Ministry of Finance and Public Administration it is now a requirement for all students considering a placement working with minors in Spain to obtain a background check conducted by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). More information can be found at the following links:
All students are covered by full health, evacuation and repatriation insurance.
Students currently receiving financial aid can use their aid for overseas study, and may, in some cases, have their awards increased. Students not currently receiving financial aid may be eligible. Those interested in financial aid for this program should contact the financial aid office on their home campus.
Late applications are accepted on a space-available basis. Please contact the program specialist for further details.
A non-refundable deposit of $250, applicable to the program cost, must be paid within 14 days of acceptance to the program in order to secure program participation. Any deviation from program requirements must be requested in writing and authorized by the Director of International Education and Programs before the final payment date.