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Barcelona has more to it than tapas and sandy beaches – in fact, it’s home to one of the world’s up-and-coming startup hubs. Particularly, Barcelona has become a favorite home for startups in the gaming, biotech, and pharmaceutical industries (but the list doesn’t end there!). Interns headed to Barcelona must work hard to scale one of the city’s 1,000+ budding startups – with still plenty of time on the weekends and after work to explore well-known landmarks,  and an amazing food scene, and of course the beach.

Program Highlights

  • Make the most of your summer by spending 8-weeks in Barcelona, gaining valuable work experience at a startup across a variety of industries
  • Live with other Sage Corps interns in apartment style housing
  • See the city’s amazing architecture, including 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the famous La Sagrada Familia and Park Güell
  • Gain unique global experience that will make you stand out in future job interviews

Program Overview

Internships at startups in Barcelona include sales/business development, digital marketing, data analytics, software development, UX/UI design, graphic design and finance/business analytics across a variety of industries.

Example Placements

    Please note that these are just examples of placements from previous years. Internships depend on our startup partners and available roles for your term.

    • The Predictive Company uses artificial intelligence to help businesses become more energy efficient. Their office is in Pier 1 Tech Barcelona, which Forbes named one of the top 5 innovative hubs in the world. Previously, students have worked in digital marketing or data analytics positions.
    • Work as a venture capital analyst intern at Nina Capital. Nina Capital, founded by Stanford graduate Marta-Gaia Zanchi, is a venture capital firm that invests in companies at the intersection of healthcare and technology. They are especially interested in companies with female founders.
    • My Real Food is an app where you can scan, share, and track what you eat. Previous marketing interns have helped advise on social media strategies and created content for the company social channels.

    How does this program work?

    • Apply on our Website – it’s free to start your application and apply in under 10 minutes.
    • Interview with Sage Corps – we want to learn more about you and see if you are a good fit for the program.
    • Accept Offer – Selected candidates will receive an offer to join our program. To accept, you will sign our enrollment agreement and make your initial program payment to secure your spot.
    • Enroll in Skills Academy – You will start your hard and soft skill training online in your selected track to help prepare you for your internship.
    • Interview with Startup – Based on your internship role and location preferences, we will match you with a startup for an interview. 
    • Pre-Departure Process – We will prepare you to go abroad. This means help with everything from applying for your visa to booking flights. We will book your housing and medical insurance for you.
    • Intern Abroad – Arrive in Barcelona for your orientation program and then start your 8-week internship. You will attend included cultural activities with your cohort and our staff.
    • Join our Alumni Network – after the program you join our alumni network with networking and career opportunities.
    • 3.0 min GPA to apply*
    • Currently enrolled university student or recent graduate
    • All majors are eligible to apply
    • All internships are conducted in English unless discussed otherwise

    *If you fall below the GPA requirement you will be asked to provide an additional GPA statement.

    You have the option to receive academic credit for this program through our School of Record, Trinity. Students typically earn between 3-6 credits and there is an additional $350 cost for the transcript. Learn more.

    Sage Corps Orientation

    Our orientation program is designed to acquaint you with your new home and prepare you to make the most out of your internship. You will meet your local staff and the other Sage Corps interns in your city cohort.

    Cohort Events

    You will meet with your cohort throughout the program to participate in cultural events. Our staff will plan an event schedule specific to your time in the city. Past cohorts attended activities such as a networking event focused on developers and data analysts hosted on the rooftop terrace at WeWork Glories and a delicious food and market tour through Barcelona’s Gracia neighborhood.


    Your housing is pre-arranged as part of your program. All housing is shared apartment style accommodation with other Sage Corps interns in the city and near public transportation. Although placement locations vary, all housing is within commuting distance of your host company.

    Local Staff

    Your Barcelona City Managers are your go-to local staff during your time abroad. You will meet them upon arrival and they are there to support you as needed throughout the program.

    Sage Corps closely monitors students’ health and safety during our programming. We work with our international medical insurance provider, the U.S. State Department, local government authorities, and our in-country staff to ensure our students’ health and safety.

    Learn more about our Health & Safety protocols here.

    March 20, 2024 – Late Application Deadline

    April 11, 2024 – Extended Deadline for Select Locations

    June 9, 2024 – Arrive in Barcelona

    June 9-10, 2024 – Sage Corps Orientation

    June 11, 2024 – Start Internship

    Aug 2, 2024 – Internship Ends

    Aug 3, 2024 – Program Ends

    Summer 2024

    Program fee and housing: $7,199

    Program Inclusions

    • Sage Corps Skills Academy
    • Resume review
    • Interview preparation training
    • Pre-departure advising
    • 8-weeks furnished housing
    • 2-day Orientation
    • Welcome, midpoint, and final cohort dinner
    • Internship with startup
    • 4 included group activities
    • Medical insurance
    • 24/7 local staff support
    • An unforgettable summer abroad!

    What’s not Included

    • International flight ($900-$1,600)
    • $10 (public transportation), $45 (taxi)
    • Visa for U.S. Passport holders – N/A
    • Food ($400 – $600 per month)
    • Public transportation ($100 per month)
    • eSIM or phone data ($35 per month)
    • Laundry ($6 wash and dry)
    • Gifts/Souvenirs ($200)
    • Refundable Housing Security Deposit (€200)

    There are a variety of ways Sage Corps applicants typically fund their program, from university grants, external scholarships, partial Sage Corps scholarships, and parental support. Many of our internship placements also provide a monthly stipend to help cover basic costs while abroad. Seniors and recent graduates are also eligible to participate in our Income Share Agreement and defer program payments. Learn more.

    Ready to go abroad?

    Curious to find out more? Get in touch with us today!