Virtual Internships

Virtual Internships in Madrid

  1. Program Details

    Virtual Internships in Madrid is a four-credit internship opportunity. It’s critical to learn to adapt, acclimate, discover new ways to contribute, and be productive working remotely. Virtual internships combined with the internship course give you an opportunity to learn and develop valuable skills.

    Location Madrid, Spain
    Term Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Session
    Credit Type Resident Credit
    Sponsor Learning Abroad Center

    Program Eligibility

    GPA 2.5
    Student Type UofM Students, Non UofM Students
    Student Year Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
  2. About Virtual Internships in Madrid

    The Virtual Internship in Madrid program is a four-credit internship opportunity. Virtual internships combined with the internship course give you an opportunity to learn and develop valuable skills.

    You’ll work on projects from the US for an international organization while adding a global perspective to your professional work experience. You’ll apply your in-class knowledge to real-world meaningful work, gain experience working remotely, expand your skill base, earn four credits from coursework, and maximize your time.

    While we’ll try to place you in your preferred location, keep in mind that our top consideration is making an appropriate match to your skills, experience, and internship goals.

    For more information, refer to our Frequently Asked Questions.

    Learning Outcomes

    At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Communicate and navigate effectively in a global, virtual environment
    • Gain culture specific knowledge of work placement country
    • Understand your own values, skills, and behaviors and how different values and communication styles may impact workplace dynamics; develop strategies for adapting to these differences
    • Identify and articulate skills and experiences necessary to reach future career goals; develop learning objectives for the virtual internship site that will help you move toward these career aspirations
    • Conduct your work during the internship utilizing best practices around professional behavior within a virtual work environment
    • Understand and practice tolerance of different cultural assumptions
    • Use a comparative framework in essays and dialogue with fellow students to examine cultural and professional aspects of work and how COVID-19 has impacted these environments
    • Research and analyze the placement country’s workplace, particularly in terms of social media and online presence, including language, norms, values, economic assumptions and compare this to virtual environment to the US

    About the Learning Abroad Center

    Learning Abroad Center programs are:

    • Affordable: our programs are cost effective.
    • Academically strong: many programs have strong University of Minnesota departmental support and offer pre-approved courses for many majors.
    • Culturally rich: regardless of the program you choose, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture.
    • Expertly managed: our staff in Minnesota and abroad are trained professionals and are always available to answer your questions from extensive pre-departure advising and online orientations to reentry programming. Your safety and well-being are paramount, and we work hard to ensure you have a rewarding and safe experience abroad.
  3. Program Structure

    Program Level 3000-level course

    One 4-credit virtual internship course as well as 12–15 hours per week at your internship placement.

    The course will be offered in English and Spanish. The Spanish taught section of the Virtual International Internship along with a Spanish internship placement can be counted as an elective without a Critical Analysis prerequisite for Spring 2021 Spanish majors and minors. Consult with the Spanish department for approval.


    Course Schedule

    Spring 2021

    January 25: Virtual Internship course begins
    February 1: Virtual Internship placement begins
    May 3: Virtual internship course and placement ends

    The class will meet synchronously six times throughout the semester. Our expectation is that you are able to make it to all synchronous sessions, and do not have another course that has conflicting class times. For this reason, there are two different options for class times, outlined below. You will choose either the Monday/Wednesday option or the Tuesday/Thursday option.

    • Mondays and Wednesdays, 9–10 a.m.: January 25 and 27, March 15 and 17, April 26 and 28
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8–9 a.m.: January 26 and 28, March 16 and 18, April 27 and 29

    Fall 2020

    September 21: Virtual internship course begins
    September 28: Virtual internship placement begins
    December 16: Virtual internship course and placement ends

    The class will meet synchronously three times throughout the semester. The schedule of those classes is:

    • September 21 at 10–11 a.m.
    • November 2 at 10–11 a.m.
    • December 11 at 10-11 a.m.


    The 4-credit virtual internship course will consist of lectures, small-group discussions, readings, posting to prompts, blogs, essays, a mock interview, and a presentation. Along with the class, you’ll be assigned projects for 12–20 hours per week at your internship placement. The course will help you apply in-class knowledge to your work and understand your newly developed professional skills to articulate in professional situations.

    The course will be offered in English and Spanish. The Spanish taught section of the Virtual International Internship along with a Spanish internship placement can be counted as an elective without a Critical Analysis prerequisite for Spring 2021 Spanish majors and minors. Consult with the Spanish department for approval.

    Virtual Internship Syllabus (PDF)

    Internship Placements

    Internships are available in a variety of fields and industries, including:  

    • Advertising
    • Art History
    • Art Management
    • Biotech
    • Business
    • Communications
    • Computer Science
    • Creative Arts/Writing
    • Design
    • Education
    • Finance
    • Government/Politics
    • Health Care
    • International Relations
    • IT/Computer Systems
    • Journalism
    • Law
    • Marketing
    • Neuroscience
    • Nonprofit
    • Psychology
    • Public Health
    • Publishing
    • Research
    • Social Media
    • Web Design


    Internship examples: 

    Developmental Neurobiology Group, Cajal Institute-CSIC

    Industries: Neuroscience/Psychology

    Description of Organization: The Cajal Institute-CSIC is a 100 years old research institution founded by the Spanish government to help the 1906 Nobel laureate, Santiago Ramón y Cajal (founder of modern Neuroscience), in his titanic labor of describing the basic structure of the Central Nervous System, including the connections between nerve cells. The Institute currently belongs to the Spanish Research Council (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas-CSIC), and it is dedicated to studying the brain and the diseases affecting the CNS. Our research group is mainly focused on the development of the CNS (i.e. myelination, olfactory system), demyelination (including primary demyelinating diseases, like Multiple Sclerosis) and remyelination (mainly focused on the search for remyelinating agents to promote spontaneous remyelination ability of oligodendrocyte precursor cells).

    Description of Duties and Responsibilities: During this placement students will have the opportunity to complete a formation in the History of Neuroscience. Different Neuroscience concepts were established for the first time in Madrid to pave the way for modern and contemporary Neuroscience. Since years ago, our group is also involved in studying the work of Cajal and the plethora of outstanding researchers trained by him, collectively known as the Spanish Neurological School, or the Cajal School. The institutional and private archives pertaining to these neuroscientists have been collectively admitted by the UNESCO as part of the Human Heritage (i.e. Memory of the World programme). There are different aspects of this part of History of Science that remain to be fully studied, which would provide a great opportunity for an interested student/s under the current limitations due to the Covid19 pandemic. The instructor will provide short introductory lectures, videos and reading material. Students are required to follow homework and exercises assigned by the instructor in their own time. The instructor will check students’ weekly progress.

    Internship Language: English & Spanish
    Prerequisites: Intermediate Spanish level (passed SPAN 1004), background in Neuroscience or Psychology


    El Independiente

    Industry: Journalism

    Description of Organization: El Independiente is a Spanish digital Newspaper, its main coverage is the actuality of Spain, but highlighting international news.

    Description of Duties and Responsibilities: Students will cover news happening in the US, and collaborating with the International news section, under direct supervisor of Ana Alonso who is a journalist of the paper.

    Internship Language: English & Spanish
    Prerequisite: Lower level of Spanish


    Greater than One (GTO)

    Industries: Marketing, Social Media

    Description of Organization: A digital agency driving innovative solutions at the intersection of strategy, technology, and creativity in the health and wellness space.

    Description of Duties and Responsibilities: Support the Marketing department in developing Marketing plans and research that will conduct and help GTO´s customer, as well as taking part in all Social Media Marketing Activities, Products, and, Services that GTO offers to the International Market.

    Internship Language: English
    Prerequisite: none


    Sensorimotor Research Lab: National Hospital for Paraplegics - Toledo

    Industries: Public Health, Research

    Status: Positions Filled

    Description of Organization: In the lab they perform investigator and industry lead clinical trials to improve the diagnosis of the symptoms of spinal cord injury in the course of patient rehabilitation in the hospital and at home.

    Description of Duties and Responsibilities: They aim to motivate students by using flipped-learning techniques so that students participate in fun group activities, presenting hot-topic mini presentations to their new colleagues, and developing their final written scoping review to an international audience of experts. Along the way students will learn how to use the toolkits to:

    • Develop students´ SCI research question leading to their healthcare proposal
    • Write student´s scoping review and peer-review for publication
    • Present student´s “Dragons-Den” proposal for funding by a research panel
    • Understand the ethical issue of biomedical research using case histories
    • Analyze real data using qualitative and quantitative statistical tests in Excel

    Internship Language: English
    Prerequisite: none

  4. Dates & Deadlines

    Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:
    Program Term App Open Date Deadline*
    Fall 2021 Apr 15 Jun 1
    Virtual Internship Course Begins TBD
    Virtual Internship Placement Begins TBD
    Course and Placement Ends TBD
    Spring 2021 Oct 5 Nov 15
    Virtual Internship course begins Jan 25
    Virtual Internship placement begins Feb 1
    Course & placement ends May 3
    Summer 2021 Feb 15 Apr 1
    Virtual Internship course begins Jun 1
    Virtual Internship placement begins Jun 7
    Virtual Internship course & placement ends Jul 30
  5. Fees for Virtual Internships in Madrid

    UofM Students


    The tuition rate for this 4-credit course is the same as other undergraduate UMTC courses and will be billed to your UofM student account.  If you are already taking 13 credits during fall or spring semester, you can add the virtual international internship course at no additional cost. Visit Onestop for additional information about tuition costs.


    The tuition rate for this 4-credit course is the same as other undergraduate UMTC courses and will be billed to your UofM student account.  Visit Onestop for additional information about tuition costs.

    Non-UofM Students


    Virtual International Internships are not available to non-UofM students during fall or spring semester.


    Non-UofM students will pay a program fee in lieu of tuition. The exact fee is forthcoming, but the cost for this 4-credit course will be approximately $2,050.

    Cancellation Policy

    The regular Learning Abroad Center cancellation and refund policy does not apply to this course. If you decide to cancel your participation in the course after confirming your participation, the Learning Abroad Center will bill your University of Minnesota student account for non-recoverable costs incurred to secure an internship placement on your behalf. In addition to any tuition refund processed per Onestop policies, if you cancel before the course start date, you will be billed $400. If you cancel after the course start date, you will be billed $600.
  6. Center Name TC Learning Abroad Ctr
    Country Spain


    Applications are closed for spring semester 2021. Applications for summer 2021 will open in early 2021. Non-UofM students are only eligible to apply for the summer 2021 programs.

    If you would like to apply after the deadline has passed, email with your preferred industries and we will determine if a placement is still available.


    After completing the above application, which includes submitting a cover letter and resume, your application will be reviewed.

    Next Steps

    After the above application is complete, your application is reviewed by our program team. You will be notified of an acceptance decision by email. After the initial application submission, you may need to submit additional application materials with our onsite partners. This could include a letter of recommendation, transcript, and/or a cover letter and resume in the language of your host city/country. You may also be asked to conduct interviews with potential internship placements.

    If accepted, you will be assigned a confirmation checklist, which you will complete to confirm your participation in the program. If you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the online application system and submit a Cancel Request.

    Register for On Campus Course

    Once you are confirmed in the program, the Learning Abroad Center will register you in the 4-credit Virtual Internship course. No other action is needed from you to register for the course. You will not be able to withdraw from this course on your own, you will need to contact the Learning Abroad Center.
  7. Program Contact

    We encourage you to reach out early in the process if you have questions about available placements, so that our advisers can help guide you to the location that works best for your skills, experience, and internship goals.

    For further information or questions about this program, send an email to

    Amy Garwood-Diaz or call at 612.624.1537.