Internships in Seville

St. John’s is proud to offer a range internship opportunities in Seville, Spain during the fall semester. Last year, 15 students participating in an SJU program were enrolled in an internship.  

As with our internship opportunities in Rome and Paris, students in Seville can expect to hold positions in government offices, local universities, private companies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Please note that the purpose of the internship is primarily language acquisition and that placement options are limited, so it may not be possible to place students at locations of their professional interest.  All internships are unpaid, due to international hiring laws.

Students in this program will work under the direct guidance of a supervisor from the sponsoring organization who will report to the Faculty Coordinator. In turn, the supervisor may ask to visit the student at the job site at the convenience of the sponsoring organization and will complete an evaluation form at the end of the internship.

The Faculty Coordinator will contact students within one week of arrival to discuss progress, and will also contact the interns’ on-site supervisors to ensure the quality of the experience.

Application Deadline: May 1
Click here for full application instructions and requirements.

Eligibility Requirements

Students must meet all of the following requirements prior to their departure abroad in order to participate in the International Internship program:

  • Students must have Junior status or higher
  • Language Prerequisites: Applicants must have completed SPA 3110 or SPA 3120 or permission from the Chair   
  • Pre-Approval of the Faculty Coordinator (Interview Required) 

Internship Course Requirements and Expectations

Students may choose between a 3 or 6 credit internship under the advisement of the Department of Languages and Literature and their Academic Dean/Advisor. 

Six Credit Internship (Fall Semester Only)
Six credit internships will last for the entirety of your semester program, spanning all 15 weeks. 

Time Commitments:

  • 375 hours at job site (25 hours/week x 15 weeks) 
  • 90 hours of journaling 
  • 65 hours spent on term paper 

    Total Commitment: 530 hours

Note: You may need to take distance-learning classes in order to meet the in-person requirements of the internships and maintain full-time status. In addition, please note that you can be registered for no more than two courses and must ensure that your class schedule allows appropriate, uninterrupted time for the internship -5 consecutive hours per day, Monday through Friday.

Three Credit Internship (Fall or Summer)

Time Commitments:

  • 130 hours at job site 
  • 45 hours of journaling 
  • 30 hours spent on term paper 

    Total Commitment: 205 hours

Evaluation and Grading Process

Students will be graded through a combination of written work, hours logged and supervisor evaluations throughout the semester.

1. Journal Assignment 
Students are required to keep a daily journal, written in the target language which should include: 

  • A record of the dates and times of each work period 
  • A record of assignments and pertinent details of each work period 
  • Examples of pertinent material collected during the internship 
  • An ongoing assessment of the learning experience 

2. Final Paper
Students must completed a final reflection paper on the internship experience, written in the target language (4-5 pages). 

3. Complete Required Hours
Successful completion of required hours at work site, as detailed above.

The Faculty Coordinator, in consultation with the on-site supervisor, will determine the final grade. Grades are determined according to the following breakdown:

  • Work Performance: 50% 
  • Daily Journal: 20% 
  • Final Reflection Paper: 30%

Application and Instructions 

If you are interested in a Spanish language internship, please follow these instructions:

  1. Apply for study abroad and include the Spanish Language Internship course (SPA 3980) on your registration request through UIS or, for visiting students, via the paper application. For more information on applying, click here.  

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of intermediate Spanish or above. An interview and a special application process is required. 3 credits.
  2. Email a completed internship application, cover letter, and résumé—all in Spanish—to Professors Carmen Klohe and Nicolas Toscano. The Faculty Coordinator will review your materials and contact you to schedule an interview.  
  3. If you are approved, the Faculty Coordinator will arrange an internship with on-site contacts.
  4. When you arrive in Seville, the campus staff will assist you with the logistics of your internship (e.g., setting a meeting time with the internship supervisor, providing information on travelling to your work site).

If you have any questions regarding any aspect of the application process, please contact us.