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Boston University Madrid Internship Program (Third Party) (Summer)

The Program

This program has only been approved for Communication majors at UConn.  The Madrid Summer Internship Program offers an intensive seven-week study abroad opportunity that combines an internship, a liberal arts course, and an integrated homestay placement in the lively and cosmopolitan city of Madrid. Courses are taught at the Instituto Internacional en España in Madrid.The eight-credit program offers challenging internships in major corporations, institutes, and nonprofit organizations.

Areas of internship include advertising and public relations; arts and arts administration; business and economics; film and television; health and human services; hospitality administration; journalism; politics; law; and teaching. Students enroll in one liberal arts course in addition to working in an internship full-time, five days a week, for six weeks. Internships are assessed on the basis of written work, an evaluation by the on-site supervisor, and a review by the Boston University internship director. Upon successful completion of the program, students earn eight Boston University credits.

The Academics

Upon successful completion (as determined by Boston University) of the internship, communication students will receive 3 credits for UConn COMM 4991: Internship in Communication. Other courses will be approved on an ad hoc basis. Students choose one of the following: Topics in Contemporary Spanish Culture which explores the major social, political, economic, and artistic trends in Spain since the end of the Franco dictatorship, with special attention to the country’s emergence as a key player in Europe and the world, or Topics in Hispanic Literature which is a close reading and discussion of twentieth century writers from Spain and Spanish America.

Internship placements are contingent on the student’s past experience, language ability, and available opportunities in any given summer, so flexibility is essential. The internship course comprises three major components: a) the internship itself (evaluated by the supervisor); b) a highly structured, midterm oral briefing (evaluated by the internship director); and c) a final, reflective and analytical written report, evaluating the student’s personal, professional, and academic development.

Please Note: To receive credit for an internship, most academic departments require that they evaluate the internship for credit PRIOR TO DEPARTURE. It is your responsibility to check with the academic department you wish to receive credit from. If you do not do this, it is likely you will not receive credit for the internship.

Business students: Internships MUST be evaluated prior to departure by the Office of Undergraduate Advising in the School of Business. Please contact them at

Communication Students: Internships MUST be evaluated prior to departure by Dr. Arthur Vanlear in the Communication Department. Please contact him at Internship credit is only open to juniors or higher who have also completed 12 credits of upper division communication courses

In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.

This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution.  For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.

 UConn Dept. and #  University Course Title


 Foreign #  Foreign Course  Credits  Accreditation Expiration Date
SPAN 3293 Foreign Study CYS SP 302 Topics in Contemporary Spanish Culture 4 6/30/2020

The Experience

The program arranges a trans-Atlantic group flight that is not included in the program fee. We recommend that students take this flight. All students are placed in Spanish households, where they have their own rooms and take meals with their hosts. Boston University arranges household accommodations for students to facilitate their language acquisition and to integrate them directly into Spanish society and culture through the use of Spanish language in the context of daily living.

Apply also to Boston University International Programs. Scholarships are available.


Elizabeth C. Hanson Scholarship
The Elizabeth C. Hanson Scholarship provides up to $1,500 to support students who are pursuing an internship in an international setting or in an organization deeply engaged in international matters. Undergraduates interested in international relations, international political economy, critical global issues, and international culture and institutions are eligible to apply. Click here for more information.

Catherine Dudley Scholarship Fund
One scholarship each academic year will be awarded to an outstanding student with demonstrable financial need. Priority will be given to students studying in a German-speaking country and students majoring in economics. The recipient of this award will be selected from the group of applicants applying for the Global Citizenship Scholarship (see above). Applications are available as part on the online application process. To be eligible, students must file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form with the Office of Financial Aid. If a student withdraws from his/her study abroad program after being awarded the scholarship, UConn Education Abroad reserves the right to revoke the scholarship award.

Certain fees associated with this program will appear on your UConn fee bill. These fees are required in addition to the costs billed to you directly by the third party program provider. For exact information on these additional costs, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.

Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

Budget Sheets: Summer
The Details

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/20/2018 02/27/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Communication
Language of instruction: Spanish Prior language study required: 5 semesters
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 3