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Business Internships Abroad: Madrid

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Summer

Location:

Madrid, Spain

Credit:

Resident

Eligibility:

This program is designed for mature students seeking international work experience with a 5th semester level proficiency or higher in Spanish.

Application Due:

1/5

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

The Tippie College of Business and International Programs collaborate on an eight-week summer internship program in Madrid, Spain. This unique opportunity is for undergraduate students who want to gain international and professional work experience.

Academic Program

Students can earn 6 s.h. of University of Iowa academic credit (1 s.h. spring semester, 5 s.h. summer) for the Madrid Internship Program. Participants will be able to apply the 3 s.h. earned during the summer toward a Spanish major or minor. The application of credit is as follows:

Elective Credit

Global Internship Preparation (1 s.h.):This is a 1 s.h. S/U graded course taught in the spring semester directly proceeding the summer Madrid internship. The course will be delivered through a series of lectures with participants of all global intern sites and discussion sections led by the Madrid student ambassador. Areas of study and preparation include:
• Global Current Events
• Reflective Learning
• Cultural Awareness
• Professional Development
• Host City/Country Knowledge and Planning

Global Business Perspectives (2 s.h.):This 2 s.h. S/U summer course seeks to link the practical experience of working abroad, and the professional development skills therein, with a scholarly capacity to reflect on the experience in a rigorous manner. Assignments are designed to meet the following objectives:
• understanding the value of international work assignments
• understanding your own cultural and professional beliefs and how those beliefs as well as the beliefs of others influence behavior and practices at the individual, organization, and societal level
• demonstrate an awareness and understanding of working in diverse work teams
• skills and perspectives for living and working in a culturally diverse world

Spanish Major/Minor Credit

035:163 Summer Language Course (3 s.h.):This course aims to engage a students critical skills and help develop independent thinking, while also promoting research and communication skills (in Spanish) that are transferable and highly relevant to future employment. This course will measure your knowledge and understanding of the foreign workplace and the wider culture in which it operates. Students will interpret their workplace in terms of professional, cultural, economic, and/or political issues, delivered via:
• Internship Report (2,000 words written in Spanish)
• Oral Presentation (delivered in Spanish)

The Spanish department's study abroad advisor will assist participants in determining how these credits can best fit into their Spanish major.

Students earning an International Business Certificate (IBC) can apply this course toward the International Business requirements under the IBC.

Program Dates

May 21-July 19, 2014

For More Information

Details about the program are available on the Institute for International Business website, or by contacting sara-stratton@uiowa.edu, IBB (Tippie College of Business)

Madrid

Madrid is a city of roughly 5.1 million people and the capital of Spain. It is located geographically in the center of Spain and has been traditionally the center of the Spanish economy. It is home to the headquarters of the vast majority of Spanish companies which makes it ideal for interning in business.

Host Institution

The Tippie College has partnered with EUSA to bring Iowa undergraduate students a customized academic internship opportunity in Paris. The program is nearly nine weeks in length, and begins with a three-day orientation to the city and the French workplace. Immediately following the orientation, the eight-week internship begins.

EUSA places more than 1,800 students per year across Europe in professional practice internships. These unpaid placements cover a variety of sectors including:
• Business, Finance, Economics
• Television, Film, Journalism
• Arts, Culture
• Health Care, Social Issues, Education
• Advertising, Marketing, Public Relations

Living Arrangements

Students live in Spanish-speaking homestays for the duration of the program. The homestays supply most meals and laundry service. Living with Spaniards gives students a wonderful opportunity to practice their linguistic skills outside of work and also provide another location for cultural learning.

Travel Arrangements

Students make their own travel arrangements, with tips and advice provided by Study Abroad.

Eligibility

This program is designed for mature students seeking international work experience. Each applicant must meet the following criteria by the summer of 2014:
• UI and a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75
• earned at least 60 s.h.
• completed at least one semester at the UI
• be in good academic and disciplinary standing
• completed at least one 100-level course (5th semester) in Spanish or equivalent
• completion of 6K:70/6K:50 is recommended for all business students participating in the program

Costs

The approximate total program fee for summer 2014 is $7,900 for residents of Iowa and $8545 for non-residents. This fee is made up of the course fee of $7,260 and the study abroad administrative fee. Because the study abroad administrative fee is based on UI tuition and the Board of Regents to date have not set UI tuition for summer 2014, that part of the total program fee is subject to change. A summary of what is and is not included in the program fee can be found here. Students traveling abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa are required to purchase the Regents International Health Insurance plan and will be automatically signed up for the coverage. More insurance cost and coverage information can be found here. The cost of insurance will show up as a separate charge on the students' ubill.

Program Cost Sheet

This is the PDF cost sheet for Business Internships Abroad: Madrid from summer 2013 This document outlines the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. It includes fees charged on students’ U-Bill, as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic. We expect only the course fee (listed above) and administrative fee to change for summer 2014.

Costs

How to Apply

Please note the eligibility information above before applying for the program. If you have questions regarding your eligibility to participate or application requirements contact sara-stratton@uiowa.edu with the subject line "Madrid Application Question".

Please complete all fields for the online application with one modification. In the text box labeled "Please state briefly your reasons for applying to this program, including both academic and personal objectives. Please also indicate prior relevant experience and/or coursework", please include your response to the following question instead "Share your top THREE objectives for a Global Internship experience; consider both professional and personal objectives. Provide detailed explanation and reasoning".

Please follow the directions supplied after your application is submitted to send an electronic copy of your resume and schedule your application interview. Your application will be complete when the following are successfully submitted/completed 1) online application, 2) resume, and 3) application interview.
*Note: Students need only to complete the first step of submitting their online application by Nov 1 to be eligible for the Early Bird Discount.

When you have read the instructions listed above, click here to begin your online application.

**Important note for International Students**

You must confirm your U.S. visa eligibility to participate in this summer program with your UI ISSS Advisor prior to applying--pay particular attention to the dates on your visa. Although not required, it is strongly recommended after you've attended an information session, you should schedule your interview prior to applying for this program. Contact Sara Stratton at 319-335-1379 or sara-stratton@uiowa.edu to schedule an appointment.

Application Deadline

The application deadline has been extended until 1/5/2014.

Orientation Information

Students will be preparing for their summer internships during the spring semester course. All participants also attend a general study abroad orientation.

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1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802
USA

Phone: (319) 335-0353
Fax: (319) 335-0343
E-mail: study-abroad@uiowa.edu