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Intern in Barcelona (Spain)

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    5

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Summer in Barcelona

I chose to do a 6 week internship during the summer in Barcelona. I completed an internship at Barcelona well women center. I had the best time due to my amazing boss. I lived in a homestay and it was a great cultural experience! CIS offered a lot of great events to go to and group hangouts. One of my personal favorites was the cooking class where we learned to make traditional Spanish food like paella and pan con tomate. Barcelona is one of the best places I've been and I cannot wait to go back.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Work Environment

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    10

Take the world by the horns

Summer 2017 has been one of the best one's of my life! Currently a Senior at the University of Texas at Austin I had the grand opportunity to intern abroad as an education intern. From the food, the amazing strangers who instantly became friends, the breathtaking architecture, navigating the metro, to simply relaxing at the beach reading a book, Barcelona was everything and more that I wished for. I love traveling independently, as a student with a congenital physical disability accessibility was important for me. The program personnel were extremely communicative to ensure all my accommodations where in place for when I arrived. This made my stay comfortable and allowed me to experience the city to my full potential. My work environment was enjoyable. A good experience lies in your attitude. Yes you will experience challenges, but that is part of life. Enjoy every second and capture a mental image every moment. Go out by yourself, and explore. Meet strangers, get acquainted. Most of all be positive and make the most of your time in beautiful Barcelona.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    9

The best decision I made in college

I always knew I wanted to go abroad. Being a hospitality and tourism management major, I knew I wanted experience working abroad. After doing a lot of research I found CISabroad. To say the least, it fit all my needs. Since I was going through the whole process alone (my home university was not very helpful), the people I spoke with were very responsive, personable and helpful. They made the few weeks leading up to my departure very comfortable to help ease the anxiety. From the moment I stepped off the plane in Barcelona, someone from the onsite staff was there to greet me. I knew I made the right choice.

With the wonderful communication I had with CISabroad from the beginning, they paired me perfectly with my internship. I was doing marketing for an award winning hostel chain. This not only opened my eyes to a part of the industry we do not talk in school, but it was extremely hands on. To sum up my experience, anything I did as a tourist, I got to write blog posts . Then I would hop on my boss' scooter with him and take pictures and videos of the city. I grew professionally from the experience but also personally. Photography is something I always wanted to get into and working here really helped me start doing so.

I loved every minute of my internship in Barcelona and the traveling I was able to do on the weekends. I would recommend this program to anyone looking for a unique experience.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Work Environment

    8

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Tourism Major in Barcelona

I had the luck of interning abroad for 6 weeks from June-July with a great consulting agency in one of the greatest cities in Spain! I am a travel management major with a minor in business admin and was giving the opportunity to help design a travel catalog for a RV travel agency. Not having your average business degree made me feel a little nervous to go into the internship, but I learned so much over my time there and my co-workers and advisors were so welcoming and helpful. They loved a lot of my ideas and it was great to feel appreciated in the workplace. CIS offers weekend excursions (I went on almost everyone) that bring you to different regions all through out Catalonia so you do not miss out on anything! There were always plenty of activities to go out and meet other Americans interning abroad, I made to new best friends! Even when I was homesick the CIS staff was very attentive and genuinely cared for my well being and it made my experience all the better. They listened to what I wanted in an internship and found me the perfect match. Even my host family was in the BEST location of Barcelona (Gracia) and my host mom was such a great cook. CIS is a very accommodating and caring company that does whatever they need to find you your best spot out there!

Overall Rating

3/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    1

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    1

  • Social Life

    7

Anti-Semitism is Unacceptable & Safety Should not be Ignored.

I am Jewish and during my first week on CIS abroad, I was threatened with being put in an oven with relation to the holocaust. After two and a half weeks of begging the housing coordinator, Monica, and crying to the on-site director of CIS in Barcelona, Elena to switch apartments, I was finally moved out of my living situation only after my internship upbraided them 3 times to move me out of my apartment. It is saddening that CIS staff do not take anti-semitism seriously and do not do their job to attend to the needs of their interns. I really hope that they implement a human resources training program on how to react to anti-semitism properly and how to respond to their interns' complaints when they feel unsafe in their living situations. I hope that my experience sets a precedent for CIS abroad as it is unacceptable to be ignored by CIS staff and not be taken seriously. I am hopeful that Richard Kurtzman, president of Barcelona SAE can change the culture of CIS staff.

  • CISabroad responded to this review August 29, 2017 at 10:14 AM

    We are sorry that you had this experience. Anti-semetism and discrimination of any kind is something we have 0 tolerance for, and if we have clear evidence of any CISabroad participant being guilty of anti-semetic behavior they would be immediately removed from the program.

    When a participant reaches out to the on-site team with a safety concern, it activates their emergency protocol which involves reviewing all of the details of the situation and determine the best course of action. After all the efforts that the on-site team made to make this situation better we are sorry you didn’t feel enough support. We're adjusting our protocol to better address this type of situation in the future, as safety is CISabroad's first and foremost concern.

    The reason that we do what we do is to create a more inclusive, understanding, fair and just world. We believe that study abroad is a vehicle for personal transformation and self-realization. We sincerely hope that the study abroad programs that we facilitate deepen participants understanding of the world and of themselves. What you experienced was the opposite of what we hope will happen on study abroad programs. Again, we're sorry that you had that experience.

Overall Rating

7/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    3

  • Program Administration

    4

  • Living Situation

    5

  • Work Environment

    7

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Social Life

    10

Great, But Communication Issues Dampened Experience

CISabroad has an excellent and very dedicated staff. I have no doubt that they all do their best to provide health, safety, good housing, health resources, a fantastic work experience, cultural activities and more to all their students. I truly did have a great, well-rounded experience. However, communication amongst CIS (and their affiliates) staff was so disorganized that it had a negative impact on my experience, and many others from my school. Our CISabroad coordinator based in the US told us radically different things than we heard from the CISabroad staff in Spain, differing on everything from the internship placement timeline to housing arrangements. While on site, students' emailed concerns were more often than not forwarded to and from employee to employee, never quite reaching the right person in a timely manner and leading to many frustrations and mismanaged issues. Concerns from students should not accidentally go ignored simply because the staffing structure of the company is not firmly in place and communication is not streamlined.
My recommendation to CISabroad is to identify one person onsite to whom all issues may be sent or addressed for each school or program (a liaison), and then liaison should ensure that an issue gets to the correct person to handle it with a clear timeline for its resolution. The model CIS has of naming one employee for every general category ("housing," "health and safety," "internships") and relying on the students to the exact right person each time is clearly way too much for everyone to keep up with and has led to chaos.

The planned activities, spanish classes, cultural agendas, and housing arrangements were all very well-managed and of a high quality. Thank you.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    9

Best experience of my life!

Spending 9 weeks of my summer in Barcelona, Spain was one of the best decisions of my life. CIS helped me so much transitioning into a new culture with a new language. I enjoyed all of the activities, day trips, and weekend trips planned that helped students fully immerse into the culture and try new things. I loved living in a home-stay because it allowed me to learn so much more the Spanish culture as well as try authentic food. I was very comfortable in my living situations. I have made such a strong bond with my host family as well as other locales I have come to know during my time there.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    6

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Work Environment

    8

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Good

I loved being abroad it was the most amazing time ever. the people I met there I am still friends with some. We all did something and bonded in a way that you only can with someone going through something like that. I wouldnt change those I met for the world.

Overall Rating

7/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    7

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Living Situation

    4

  • Work Environment

    5

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    4

Intern Abroad

Had a good time in Barcelona. Placement was irrelevant to my major. Roomates were not friendly/didn't want to be there after day three. Suggest roommate surveys for more fun travel plans/housing energy. Traveled alone mostly.

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    9

Very Good

The experience was a very great experience. Truly unique in many ways. Every student ought to have an experience like this. I really got to learn myself. Being abroad really put me in new circumstances that I never had to deal with before. I grew in my appreciation of Spain's culture, and a result, I came back to the States even more appreciative of my home's culture.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    5

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Work Environment

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Do it!

Barcelona is killer! The food, the sights, the people MY GOD IT WAS COOL. I would go work at my internship and head to La Barceloneta after I was done practically every day. So trust me, your summer will be awesome. I suggest walking around a lot to soak in the sights. And remember, though it's great to take pics and stuff, don't live through the lens of your camera or phone; live it! My advice is to be independent because it didn't feel like there was a lot of opportunities for the interns to get together.And it will help you grow if you venture into the culture and step outside your comfort zone. Lastly, brush up on your Spanish. I am a native speaker so it was nice, but if you don't know any Spanish you may have a tougher time from what I saw. They say everyone in Barcelona speaks English,but it is more like everyone 1 out of 3 do. Just try and the locals will love it! Oh, and prepared to spend money (duh.) Nonetheless, I loved it.

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Social Life

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Work Environment

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Internship Placement

    7

Great Experience

Overall it was a wonderful experience. I got to meet a lot of people from school that I've never seen before and see Spain for the beautiful country it is. I learned a lot at my first internship. This trip was one of the best things I've ever done. I'm happy I got to see the world.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Social Life

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Internship Placement

    9

Barcelona with CISabroad: a great decision!

Since the reviews online were a significant factor in making my decision, I'll give you guys a thourough summary of my experience :)

APPLICATION PROCESS:
When I decided I wanted to do an internship abroad, I started to research and research. Most study abroad companies were too expensive for my budget, so I was trying to find an internship on my own and arrange everything myself. However, I had very limited dates available and most "free" internships had very strict start-end dates and lasted anywhere from 3 months to 2 years! I finally decided to search for scholarships and other financial help, which I got from my university, and after a lot of research, I decided to try it out with CISabroad. I chatted a lot with CISabroad staff, who happily answered my questions, and I read reviews in every website. I found that CISabroad was the better-reviewed program. The only negative reviews I found, I shared with the CISabroad staff and asked them to clarify them for me, and they were happy to do so. They finally convinced me to apply, giving me step-by-step instructions. My only complaint would be that, sometimes, they would take their time to answer my questions, but to be fair, they never ignored any of my concerns. When your applying to a study abroad or intern abroad program, you must understand that there will be times where you will just have to be patient. CISabroad has hundreds and maybe thousands of students applying to programs all over the world, which is really cool, but also takes a lot of time from the staff.

HOMESTAY + Getting there
Thankfully, I got accepted into the Intern in Barcelona program and received a discount for applying early :) The day finally came and I was officially on my way to Barcelona to have what would become one of the best experiences in my life. However, I had some flight delays/cancellations, which affected my schedule, but the CISabroad onsite staff worked around that, which I appreciated so much. I got to my homestay, which I absolutely recommend, and had a nice lady waiting for me. I stayed in a really nice neighborhood in Barcelona really close to my internship placement. I had my own set of keys to the apartment, 2 yummy homemade meals a day, and an amazing host family (for real, you guys, EXCELLENT!)

INTERNSHIP PLACEMENT:
Throughout the process, I was really anxious to know what my internship placement would be. I asked the CISabroad staff it, and they told me they had to wait because they couldn't know until they had all my information since the internships they provide are customized to the student preferences. In order to get to know me, they called me a few times and we also had a skype interview. I had to wait some time for them to tell what my placement would be, but at least they told me a week before getting to Barcelona, so I had an idea what I would be doing. My 2 interests were management and international business, which are my two majors, but I also have a minor in Strategic Communications, which allowed them to place me in a communications agency focused on the health industry. At first, I was a little bit confused because my internship didn't have much to do with international business, and I wasn't very excited the health industry either. However, I quickly adapted and loved everything my internship because my coworkers gave me a lot of responsibility and allowed me to do significant work, which was the most important factor to me. In fact, this internship made me realize that I want to pursue corporate communications after I graduate college.

CULTURAL IMMERSION + TRAVELING:
CISabroad holds many meetings that help students understand the local culture. They go from classroom orientations to neighborhood tours and sharing a meal afterwards, and even cooking lessons! The amount of activities CISabroad has for students and interns lets you get to know other foreign people, but the onsite -local- staff is so kind that they become your friends, too. In order to get to know more locals, you must really participate in the process. My co-workers, host family, church or other encounters, and other students were gateways to doing this. In addition, my internship schedule was Monday to Thursday from 9-2 pm., which allowed me to explore the city afterwards. I fell in love with Barcelona and its unique culture. There is so much to do, a great transportation system, constant opportunities to meet new people, amazing food, and... the beach: all I need to be happy hehe. Also, since I had long weekends (sometimes used for CISabroad activities, like going to a nearby town), I had the opportunity to travel to other european cities, including cities in Spain, France, Italy, and England.

Last advice: go for it! Your dream is possible :) Good luck!

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Work Environment

    8

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    8

Intern In Barcelona

My internship experience in Barcelona lasted for six weeks, and the only downside was that I didn't want it to end. I was placed in an ideal Spanish company that suited me incredibly well. Living in Spain was great enough, yet working there added a very special aspect that I will always cherish. Barcelona as a city offers a lively and positive atmosphere with something for everyone. I would highly recommend this destination to intern for anyone interested in a rich Spanish/Catalan culture, an exciting nightlife, amazing architecture and coastal living.

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    5

  • Program Administration

    5

  • Living Situation

    5

  • Work Environment

    8

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    9

Barcelona

My internship was a life changing experience that I will forever remember. I was immersed in a new culture that has allowed for growth as an individual and in my professional career. I think sometimes Americans are so busy living fast paced lives that they don't realize the things they are missing or taking for granted. I am really grateful for my time in Barcelona.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Work Environment

    8

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    9

One of the Best Experiences I've Ever Had

Read the title - it says it all. Kidding. In all honesty living in Barcelona was a great way for me to learn a new culture, meet a ton of interesting people, explore Europe, and learn more myself.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Work Environment

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    10

Life Abroad: Internship, Travel, Food, People...

Barcelona is a awesome city to live in. Consider the living of cost of many countries in Europe, Spain is a great country is study/intern abroad. My personal feeling is that your goal is to learn Spanish then choose study abroad program where you attend classes. But if you want know more local people, local business cultural,etc internship is better. After all, everyone will have difference experiences with same story. I love the onsite cultural activities. It helps me to reconnect with other interns, onsite staffs, and enjoy the food at the same time. My internship placement was not a "best" fit for my optimum placement. However, I did gain some basic people skills and logistic which is critical in business or in life in general. People in Barcelona is very enthusiastic. Double cheek greeting, the closeness between people are something I miss a lot after I came back. Food in Barcelona was also good, most famous one, tapas. Whenever I don't know what to eat, i will always go for tapas, is easy, and fun to eat. i did alot of traveling while I was in Europe, some over the weekends of internship, some are after internship finish. I was able to find really good budget flights from Barcelona where I leave really early on Friday morning , and comes back on late on Sunday night. Public transportation are very accessible everywhere in and around Barcelona at a reasonable price.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Work Environment

    9

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Social Life

    10

Barcelona is the Best

I loved every second that I was interning abroad in Barcelona. My company placement was excellent, and everyone that I worked with were so kind and helpful. The culture of Barcelona was fascinating, and this is a program that I would recommend to everyone.

Overall Rating

7/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    1

  • Program Administration

    4

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Work Environment

    6

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    8

I wish I would have been placed in a company where there were experienced marketing professionals.

I was very unsatisfied with my internship placement. The company I was placed with had no marketing needs (specifically said by my supervisor) and used me mainly as a translator. I spoke with CIS after two weeks of interning to express these concerns. CIS did try to talk with my supervisor to try to resolve the problem; however, nothing changed. The company was a startup company and did not have any funds or experience in marketing, which caused me to not get the experience I came abroad to receive. I understand that CIS had no way of knowing what my day-to-day activities were; however, I do not understand why I was placed in a company that did not have any marketing needs. I came to Barcelona hoping to gain experience and instead I left with no more experience than when I arrived. I graduate this upcoming May and am now searching for another internship I can complete while also taking classes to make up from the lack of experience I recieved from my internship placement in Barcelona.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    6

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Social Life

    8

Barcelona Review

Barcelona was a magnificent and beautiful place full of rich culture. When I first arrived in Barcelona, I was as prepared as I could have been, but there is really no way to fully prepare for the culture shock. I also went at this alone, and that is probably my one regret. However, after meeting all the other people in my CIS group I made a ton of friends.

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    1

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Work Environment

    7

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    8

Felt like a vacation

The company I worked for did not effectively use me as an intern. For the majority of the summer, I did not see anyone else who worked for the company besides me and a fellow american intern. The summer felt like a waste of time because I was not given any work that I could speak in an interview.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    7

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Work Environment

    7

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    8

Amazing Experience

I was honestly blown away with all of the extra opportunities that CIS Abroad offered. My expectations for the program seemed so minimal in comparison to all of the social events, networking opportunities, travel excursions, and optional gatherings that they connected the students with. They were also very flexible and truly cared so much our individual experiences. I was able to get coffee one on one with some of the staff on multiple occasions. They were quick to smooth over any questions or issues I had with anything and were also amazing mentors throughout the process. I highly recommend using CIS Abroad if you plan on interning or studying abroad.

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Social Life

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Living Situation

    5

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Internship Placement

    5

Summer Barcelona 2015

Positives: Once in a lifetime experience, tips on what to do, group of people to go with
Negatives: Quite expensive, living arrangements are mediocre, wasteful/useless internship events

The experience is wonderful. I had the opportunity to experience a significant portion of the world at the prime of my life. The cultural activities CIS Abroad planned were exceptional, such as the day trips and weekend excursions. The staff knew how to pick amazing restaurants and what the correct things to do in a city were.

With that in mind, I am not positive if the benefits of CIS Abroad justified the cost of the experience - it made some activities feel forced, so that I would be getting "my money's worth." Furthermore, some activities seemed useless; career development events in Spain are uninteresting to 95%+ of the students who go on the trip because we can find better sources for that in the states.

Overall Rating

7/ 10

  • Social Life

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Work Environment

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Internship Placement

    7

Feeling like a local

I had a wonderful time in Barcelona. I put a lot of importance on succeeding in my work environment to get the most out of my internship all the while exploring the city in my free time. I am a transfer student and felt I didn't have enough time to study abroad during the year and this was a great way to build my résumé and having the abroad experience. I would definitely recommend CIS Barcelona if you would like to experience a city as a working local, improve your Spanish, and have an incredibly memorable summer.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Work Environment

    8

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Interning in Barcelona

My internship with CISabroad in Barcelona was one of the best experiences of my life. I did not have a chance to study abroad, so participating in an internship abroad after graduation was a perfect opportunity. I was in Barcelona for 12 weeks interning at a marketing company. The program had a mix of students and interns from all over the US. I signed up for this trip without my school and without knowing anyone, and was so glad to see how kind and welcoming everyone was to each other. The CISabroad staff were friendly and eager to help with anything throughout my entire experience. I would absolutely recommend an abroad experience with CISabroad. I wish I could go back again and again.