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Madrid is the capital of Spain as well as the country’s arts and financial hub. Interns who spend their summer here are sure to experience an exhilarating blend of professional growth, cultural immersion, and a lively social scene. Madrid’s strategic location and well-connected infrastructure make it an ideal base for startups aiming for global reach. The dynamic business environment, coupled with a thriving startup culture, provides valuable insights and networking opportunities. The central location facilitates easy travel across both Spain and Europe from its two main train stations. You will feel right at home interning in Madrid with its warm, welcoming and diverse atmosphere. 

Program Highlights

  • Make the most of your summer by spending 8-weeks in Madrid, gaining valuable work experience at a startup across a variety of industries, including tech, e-commerce, renewable energy and food. 

  • Live with other Sage Corps interns in a student residence in the city

  • Discover why Madrid is known for its world-class museums, traditional tapas bars, vibrant social scene, lush green spaces and beautiful architecture.

  • Be part of a city that continues to evolve, welcoming new businesses and people from all over the world​​, which has become an integral part of its character.

  • Gain unique global experience that will make you stand out in future job interviews

Program Overview

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

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 Madrid 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 our 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. Examples may include a historical walking tour of the city center, a traditional Spanish cooking class and a night of flamenco with your cohort.


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 easy commuting distance of your host company.

Local Staff

Your Madrid 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 during your 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 16, 2024 – Arrive in Madrid

June 16-17, 2024 – Sage Corps Orientation

June 18, 2024 – Start Internship

Aug 9, 2024 – Internship Ends

Aug 10, 2024 – Program Ends

Summer 2024

Program fee and housing: $7,599

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-$1,500)
  • $6 (public transportation), $36 (taxi)
  • Visa for U.S. Passport holders – N/A
  • Food ($400 – $600 per month)
  • Public transportation ($100/per month)
  • Bike rental ($35/50 per month)
  • eSIM or phone data ($35/per month)
  • Laundry ($8 wash and dry)
  • Gifts/Souvenirs ($200)
  • Refundable Housing Security Deposit ($250)

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 small monthly stipend to help reimburse students for basic costs while abroad. Learn more.

Ready to go abroad?

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