Madrid Study Away Internship Program
This program provides students studying Spanish the opportunity to improve their skills through an internship that immerses them in a professional setting in Madrid, Spain. Students do not need to be Spanish majors but should be in their second or third year of study when they apply and must have taken SPN 205 or higher to be eligible. Internships are available in business (marketing and communication and financial development), education (including musical education), social services, chemical and biological research, medicine, and environmental studies. In addition to working 20 hours per week, students will take Spanish language classes appropriate to their level, maintain a reflective journal, and meet with the faculty supervisor to reflect on what they are learning at their jobsite and through their interactions at their homestay and while living in Madrid. The program also includes excursions to Toledo, Segovia, Ávila, and Alicante to learn about the Convivencia of Jews, Moors, and Christians in medieval Spain, the Catholic monarchs Isabel and Fernando, the Roman contributions to culture and infrastructure, and the way in which la Noche de San Juan (June 23—the “shortest night of the year”) is celebrated in many Spanish coastal towns. The faculty advisor will meet with each student prior to the program to establish personal, professional, and linguistic goals to attain during his or her stay in Madrid. As per the requirements for SPN 505, the four-credit Structured Internship in Spanish, each student must submit an academic paper based on his or her experiences. SPN 505 counts as an elective in the Spanish major; however, only four credits from either SPN 503 or SPN 505 may be used to fulfill Spanish major requirements.
Course Title: Structured Internship
Course Number: SPN 505
Course Description: Internships at sites approved by a faculty member in the Spanish section to provide students with an opportunity to use Spanish language skills in a professional setting and offer additional preparation and training for postgraduate work / study. Students, primarily seniors and juniors, together with their on-site supervisor and faculty sponsor, will develop a list of specific objectives for the internship, work approximately 200 hours each at their site, attend a weekly seminar to discuss their work and related literature, maintain a log and reflective journal, submit an academic paper at the conclusion of the internship related to their internship work, and summarize their activities orally in Spanish for their seminar. 4 credits. This course may be taken only once and cannot be completed through the pass-no pass grading option. Only 4 credits of either SPN 503 or SPN 505 may be applied toward the Spanish major.
Course Prerequisites: SPN 205 or higher
While the program will be of particular interest to Spanish majors, it is open to students in all departments. Qualified students will have completed SPN 205 or higher.
HEALTH & SAFETY
The Rinker Center for Study Away and International Education reviews all study away programs on an annual basis, and more frequently as needed, to plan for and mitigate risks associated with the health and safety of participants while traveling. In this day and age, nothing is risk-free. Students and faculty are instructed to remain vigilant and cautious at all times and will receive additional instructions during a pre-departure orientation session and on-site orientation programming. When students commit to a study away program, they are asked to self-disclose personal information - which may include allergies, medications, disabilities, mental health conditions, medical concerns, and past medical histories. This information is shared with the faculty directors and study away staff for use during medical emergencies, and in an effort to be aware of and plan for situations that may arise or accommodations that are needed while students are away from Furman's campus resources. It is extremely important for students to be transparent and forthcoming about their concerns, needs, and medical histories prior to the start of the program as well as during the program. Furman University contracts with Educational and Institutional Insurance Administrators (EIIA)
to provide medical and emergency services to students while traveling abroad on Furman study away programs. Students participating in study away programs in the United States are required to show proof of medical insurance.
Summer Study Away Program Fee Inclusions
To confirm participation in a study away program, a non-refundable $500 deposit is due two weeks after acceptance. The final payment deadline is in early to mid-March and will be specified in the Financial Agreement associated with the program.
Study Away Need-Based Scholarships
Need-based study away scholarships are available. Priority is given to students who have not previously participated in a study away program. Students who apply by the summer scholarship deadline will receive a scholarship amount estimate ahead of the program deposit deadline. Townes, Duke, and Hollingsworth Scholars should alert the Rinker Center for Study Away to apply their one-time study away stipend to their study away program.
Tourist visas (if required)
Lodging for the duration of the program
Ground transportation for program-related activities/events (outside of Greenville)
Entrance fees to programmed activities/events/venues
Tours included in the study away program
Group meals (students will know ahead of time how many group meals will be provided)
Emergency Medical Insurance (on international programs)
Credit for international cell phone plan
Program Fee Exclusions
Transportation to Madrid
Meals not included in program fee (will vary by program)
Optional Program Expenses
Site-seeing during free time
International cell phone plan
Trip cancellation or interruption insurance
Personal expenses and souvenirs
Please see Summer Budget Sheet at the top of this page for estimated program costs.