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Internships for Bilbao / Getxo, Spain

Due to ongoing health concerns related to COVID-19, USAC will not offer in-person internship placements in Bilbao during the Spring 2022 semester. If you have questions, please contact internship@usac.edu.

Summer Entrepreneurial Development Internship

The Summer Entrepreneurial Development Internship is a competitive, 6-credit internship affiliated with the E.U. Europen-PEN project, a network of 7000 virtual enterprises operating in 46 countries around the world (penworldwide.org).

This 8-week internship placement (requires enrollment in both summer session) provides students with with the hands-on experience of creating and managing a virtual enterprise. Groups are organized into two teams of 6-8 members.

During Phase I: New Venture Creation, each team will develop a business model and write a business plan under the guidance and supervision of an experienced instructor and through visits to local business incubators, venture capital firms, successful startups, business parks, and public and private agencies promoting new venture creation. Each team will then present their idea to a board of investors made up of business faculty at the University of the Basque Country (UPV) and local professionals in Bilbao.

During Phase II: Business Operations Practicum, teams will have secured their virtual funding and each member will participate in the management and operation of their virtual firm as an employee with a dedicated area of responsibility. Each enterprise will carry out critical functions of business operations, such as regulatory compliance, product development, market research and developing advertising strategies, purchasing virtual inventory, managing logistics, marketing products or services, managing revenue and expenses, and maintaining financial records.

Through this experience, each team member will develop real-world competencies in new venture creation, international business operations, professional communications, leadership, public speaking, teamwork, and more.

In-Person and Virtual Internships

USAC internships abroad are a great way to enhance your educational experience. Participating in a structured work or research experience with an international organization, whether in-person or virtually, will help you gain valuable skills and hands-on experience while expanding your professional network and immersing yourself in the workplace culture of Spain.

Beginning in Fall 2021, a $985 internship placement fee will be required of all students participating in an in-person USAC internship. This fee helps offset the costs of securing quality internship placements and helps provide a range of professional development activities, including an online internship seminar, career workshops, and panel discussions.

For more information on eligibility requirements and application process see the USAC internship page.

Virtual internships are offered through USAC’s Global Perspectives program. For more information about the program, see the Global Perspectives virtual internship page.

Internship placements in Bilbao require six semesters of college Spanish unless otherwise noted

*Placement with a particular internship provider is not guaranteed

Placements available in the following fields:

Business

Digital Marketing and Social Media Management

Health and Wellness

Journalism and Communications

NGO and Social Services

Research - Humanities and Social Sciences

Business

A leading Spanish consultancy working to ensure the competitiveness of businesses and public administration through innovation and internationalization.

Sample Work Responsibilities

  • Assist consultants with current projects
  • Collaborate in the research process during the development of a project.
  • Assist in maintaining social media channels

Requirements

  • Two semesters of college Spanish

Formats/Terms

  • In-Person: Semester

Business

A start-up producing and exporting blue wine to over 40 countries around the world.

Sample Work Responsibilities

  • Assist with Enterprise Resource Management (ERP) implementation
  • Analyzing managerial costs and sales processes
  • Conducting market research and reviewing entry strategies in different markets
  • Preparation of digital events

Requirements

  • Spanish proficiency preferred but not required

Formats/Terms

  • In-Person: Semester

Business

A publishing and consulting company developing and publishing management-related resources, offering e-training courses and consulting services tailored to each client, and organizing forums and events.

Sample Work Responsibilities

  • Conducting research on management topics
  • Developing content for the company's publications
  • Assist in maintaining social media channels

Requirements

  • Six semesters of college Spanish

Formats/Terms

  • In-Person: Semester

Business

A business that designs, manufactures, and retails athletic apparel and equipment in a global chain of roughly 490 retail stores in more than 15 countries.

Sample Work Responsibilities

  • Observe and assist in business operations, including sales, customer service, sales reporting, and inventory control

Requirements

  • Six semesters of college Spanish

Formats/Terms

  • In-Person: Semester

Business

A productivity consultancy specializing in organizational structure and human capital analysis and engaged in producing academic and professional knowledge that can be applied to the business world.

Sample Work Responsibilities

  • Support consultants in client relations, including new and existing clients
  • Assist in developing reporting and sales documentation
  • Support the creation of content for social media publication

Requirements

  • Four semesters of college Spanish

Formats/Terms

  • In-Person: Semester

Digital Marketing and Social Media Management

A healthcare technology company developing AI technology for the detection and diagnosis of hundreds of dermatological conditions, including skin cancers, through smartphones.

Sample Work Responsibilities

  • Assist the product team in educating internal and external stakeholders
  • Creating product content (e.g. sales enablement documentation, case studies, product videos, website copy, blog posts, Quora/forum responses)
  • Assisting sales team on calls with prospects
  • Support third-party content marketers to develop and distribute promotional content
  • Digital marketing analytics
  • SEO analysis
  • Website and email campaigns management, including the template designs, calls-to-action, and content

Requirements

  • Marketing experience preferred

  • Experience with HTML/CSS, Adobe Creative Suite preferred

Formats/Terms

  • Virtual: Summer, Semester

Health and Wellness

A worker’s compensation medical provider rehabilitation clinic offering physical therapy and rehabilitation services to outpatient injured workers.

Sample Work Responsibilities

  • Shadow physiotherapists during treatment sessions
  • Assist in supervised treatment

Requirements

  • Six semesters of college Spanish
  • Majors in health science or related disciplines

Formats/Terms

  • In-Person: Semester

Health and Wellness

A worker’s compensation medical provider offering medical treatment and workplace rehabilitation.

Sample Work Responsibilities

  • Shadow doctors and nurses during treatment sessions
  • Assist in supervised treatment

Requirements

  • Six semesters of college Spanish
  • Majors in health science or related disciplines

Formats/Terms

  • In-Person: Semester

Journalism and Communications

A research center led by one of the most recognized scientists in the field examining the causes and consequences of climate change and producing multidisciplinary knowledge to support decision making towards sustainable development at the international level.

Sample Work Responsibilities

  • Content research and development of communication materials
  • Support of digital and in-person events
  • Assist in managing the organization's social media channels

Requirements

  • Six semesters of college Spanish

Formats/Terms

  • In-Person: Semester

NGO and Social Services

A Jesuit NGO located in the Basque Country working with a global network to build a global society that condemns the injustices caused by inequality in the world, builds a culture which promotes the common good, and transforms the structures that generate poverty on both a local and global level.

Sample Work Responsibilities

  • Information gathering and research related to current projects
  • Support in the analysis of new projects being developed

Requirements

  • Six semesters of college Spanish

Formats/Terms

  • In-Person: Semester

Research - Humanities and Social Sciences

A research project investigating the influence of Corporate Environmental Responsibility (CER) motives in the green behavior of employees

Sample Work Responsibilities

  • Develop a system of data collection
  • Assist in the research process under the direct supervision of the researcher
  • Learn the scientific methodology and the intricacies of academic research

Requirements

  • None

Formats/Terms

  • In-Person: Semester

Quick Details

2021-22 App. Cycle

Spring Accelerated: Open (Nov. 15 deadline)

2022-23 App. Cycle

Summer Sessions: Open
Fall/Yearlong: Open
Spring: Open

Eligibility

Preferred GPA: 2.5

Program Type

Specialty

Credits

US Credit

Program Capacity

Summer: 50 students

Semester: 65 students

Instruction

English | Spanish

Member

APUNE--Associación de Programas Universitarios Norteamericanos en España

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