Internship and Service Learning Summer in Alicante, Spain

Providing unique learning experiences for students since 1969.

Program information

Summer-long internships allow you to gain professional experience while improving your Spanish. Internships and service learning opportunities allow you access to the work culture and daily life of local citizens, often hidden to students studying abroad, and to more fully integrate into the local culture.

When applying for an internship or service learning project, you have the benefit of specifying what you would like your internship to look like. Spanish Studies will strive to match you with the best available placement to help you integrate into alicantino work culture.

Internships focus upon practical experience in a local business, while service learning projects focus on engagement in the local culture through community service in a local organization. The curricula of the Alicante Internship programs are centered around your individual work experience. Complementary courses help you to work through the linguistic and cultural challenges you may run into while in the field.

Why choose this program?

  • Dedication to academic excellence
  • Local speaking partners
  • Language courses and cultural guidance to support your placement
  • Access to integrated university classes taught in Spanish
  • Small class size for personalized attention
  • Live with a local family
  • All meals included
  • Excursions: immerse yourself in a culture while touring with a group you know


  • Ability to understand normal, rapid Spanish; two semesters of advanced college Spanish or the equivalent
  • 3.0 GPA in Spanish Language Coursework. Exceptions may be made with strong recommendations from faculty
  • A written application for an internship or service learning must be approved by your home institution and received no later than the program application deadline.

Fields of Placement

Spanish Studies will work hard to match you with an appropriate placement to meet your interests. Students have completed placements in a variety of fields including legal offices, Greenpeace, television production, journalism, education, and more.

Some fields you may want to think of when applying:

Animal Science/Horses


Community Service


Health Services

International Business

Information Technology/ Graphic Design

Museums and Cultural Centers/Fine Art

Physical Therapy

Political Science

Public Relations

Social Work


Internship and Service Learning Programs

Not currently accepting applications

Course Catalog

Language Training
A practical examination of the forms of working communications in the Hispanic world including commercial vocabulary, the writing of professional letters, and oral practice with professional dialogs.
Credits: 1
Contact hours: 15
Experiential Learning
Engagement in the culture through community service in a local organization. In addition to completing the regular service learning duties, the student uses tools such as journaling, dialogue, and memoir to enrich the quality of their integration into work culture.
The successful completion of two courses in advanced college Spanish or the equivalent, prior to program. Minimum 3.0 GPA in Spanish coursework.
Credits: 5
Contact hours: 187
Summer Term 2
Experiential Learning
Practical experience in Spanish language and culture through placement in a local business or organization. In addition to completing the regular internship duties, the student uses tools such as journaling, dialogue, and memoir to enrich the quality of their integration into work culture.
Two courses in advanced college Spanish or the equivalent.
Credits: 5
Contact hours: 187
Summer Term 2
Living the Culture Courses
In addition to the core academic courses offered in the Alicante program, all Spanish Studies Abroad students in Alicante have the opportunity to take Living the Culture workshops. These courses may include dance, scuba, cuisine, or windsurf. They carry 1 credit, and are graded pass/fail. Students finalize participation in these courses once in Alicante. For more information, visit Please note that there are additional fees for LTC courses. LTC course prices in Alicante are $350 for Beginning Latin Dance and Flamenco, $500 for Culture of Spanish Cuisine, $600 for Scuba Diving, and $600 for Windsurf.
Additional fee applies
Credits: 1
Contact hours: 15
Summer Term 2

Costs include


Double occupancy room & full board


Local study visits & cultural activities


Health Insurance

Spanish Studies transcript

Support of onsite staff

Special Dietary Needs

  • Students with food allergies, intolerances, or other medical conditions that require a special diet may incur an extra fee to cover related dietary expenses. Please contact Spanish Studies for additional details.

All fees are in U.S. dollars and based on current exchange rates. Any considerable decrease in the value of the dollar will affect fees.

Meet your Resident Director

My role is to provide you with the necessary resources with which to maximize your experience in Alicante. You will choose courses to satisfy your intellectual and academic requirements. Extracurricular activities supplement your coursework, allowing you to live the culture as you further your own interests. These activities include dance, theater, sports, cooking, volunteering, tutoring in English, etc. The key is to find a good combination of study and leisure so that you may achieve your individual objectives and benefit each day from this unique experience.

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