¡SpainWorks! – Scholarship for Immersive Internships in Spain
¡SpainWorks! provides UW students the opportunity to work, live, and learn in León, Spain and is offered through a partnership with the UW León Center, UW Study Abroad, and the UW Career & Internship Center. Selected students will live with a local family, intern for a local organization, and immerse themselves fully in all León has to offer.
Applications for the next cohort of students will open in late March/early April. Students would complete the internship AUT 24.
- Interning abroad provides many benefits beyond those of general internships. Students can increase their language proficiency; build an international network; develop communication skills with diverse, cross-cultural colleagues; get to know a new work culture, increase their understanding of global issues and trends; and better position themselves for international careers.
- Students who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply for the scholarship:
- Enrolled undergraduate student in the Communication department at UW-Seattle in good academic standing.
- Strong and clear interest in conducting an internship in León, Spain during Autumn quarter.
- Must be eligible for international travel.
- Must have intermediate fluency in Spanish (for example, completed Spanish 301 or equivalent).
- Preference will be given to applicants who have studied or traveled abroad previously or are familiar with living and working in Spain.
- Recipients of the scholarship are required to:
- Meet with UW Career & Internship Center staff for their program orientation.
- Notify UW Study Abroad of their travel and complete an Independent Learning Abroad program for credit. (cost covered by the scholarship)
- Arrange air and ground transportation to Spain. (cost covered by the scholarship)
- Read and complete the Student International Travel Policy requirements as outlined by the Office of Global Affairs.
- Enroll in GEN ST 350, our distance learning internship reflection course, during the quarter of their internship.
- Live with a local family in León during the program. (cost covered by the scholarship)
- Complete a program evaluation survey at the conclusion of their internship experience.
• 6 credits, GENST 350, Internship Practice & Reflection, Career & Internship Center, UW
• 5 credits, Spanish 199, Centro de Idiomas, Universidad de León
• 1+ credits, Independent Study (student would arrange directly with department or faculty)
After returning from abroad:
• Students will work with their sponsoring faculty and departments to have their academic performance evaluated on their independent study/internship.
• The sponsor will then complete the “upon return” section of the credit verification form.
• Once the completed form is returned to the UW Study Abroad Office, they will post the grades to the student’s transcript and remove FRILA 300.
• The UW Study Abroad Credit Conversion page has more information.
- The total funding package per intern is $6,000. Approximately $2,500 is spent behind the scenes to cover the Study Abroad Fee, the UW León Center fee, housing costs and language instruction. Interns receive approximately $3,500 (split into three installments) disbursed to their student account; this funding is intended to cover air and ground transportation and basic living expenses while in León. Students are required to purchase UW Student Abroad Insurance during their time in the program (roughly $140 for the quarter).
- Here is a preview of the application questions:
- Short response about your interest in conducting an internship in León, Spain and how that relates to your longer-term career goals.
- Self-evaluation about your familiarity with the Spanish language.
- Short response about your experience with traveling or living outside the U.S.
- Short response about how conducting an internship abroad would affect your academic trajectory.
- Current resume
- Unofficial transcript
All applicants will be notified of their application status once review is complete.
Past Scholarship Recipients
Name – Paula Thiele
Major – Communication
Internship Site – León City Council
Description of Internship – I interned at the León City Council in the Press office, working in close contact with the Mayor of León. Here I had tasks such as developing social media content, heading the translation of important historical articles on the city’s website, and monitoring events such as press conferences. This internship provided me with an opportunity to perfect my Spanish, learn more about the Spanish work culture and become immersed in León’s political world.
Reflections on Living in León – León is a welcoming and familiar city anyone can fit into. The people are receptive and friendly, and the atmosphere is relaxed and fun. Its history is everywhere, from the Cathedral of León, to the Basilica de San Isidoro, to the Walls that used to surround this city two centuries ago, and still stand. Leonese people love to stay outside having a coffee, some wine with tapas, or walking their dogs, creating a nice environment for students to make friends and explore.
Related Article – Published in a León newspaper