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Location Madrid, Spain
Semesters Offered Fall, Spring, Summer
Hosting Offices U.S. Commercial Service
Language Requirement Yes. See eligibility
Intern After Graduation No
Length of Internship Full academic semester (15 weeks fall/spring, 10 weeks summer) per TAMU Academic Calendar.

Madrid, Spain

A unique and impactful internship opportunity awaits students who have an interest in living in Madrid for a semester while developing an understanding of international trade. Situated down the street from the U.S. Embassy, U.S. Commercial Service interns are exposed to a professional work environment that is sure to be challenging and rewarding. Interns will actively participate as their office plans and facilitates trade shows, expositions and other business networking events. Many events are even hosted at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence, but can be hosted just about anywhere in Spain! Learn more below about the exciting personal and professional opportunities that this internship can offer. 

Living in Madrid

Madrid is the capital and largest city in Spain. With a population of about 3.3 million, it is the third-largest city in the European Union after London and Berlin. No city is more alive than Madrid, boasting a relentless nightlife, beautiful art galleries, live-music and numerous fine restaurants and tapas bars.

Madrid is smack-dab in the middle of the Iberian Peninsula - the city center’s main and busiest plaza, Puerta del Sol, is Kilometer 0 of the radial network of Spanish roads. Thus, students find themselves in the beating heart of Spanish culture and life while interning with the Commercial Service at the U.S. Embassy.

Guides to Living in Madrid

U.S. Embassy's Guide to Living in Spain: This site, operated by the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, provides resources regarding official documents, banking, driving, and voting while abroad.

Tourist Offices of Spain: This site is operated by the representatives abroad of the Instituto de Turismo de España (TURESPAÑA), which is the Administrative unit of the Central Government of Spain in charge of promoting Spain abroad as a tourism destination.

Working in Madrid with the U.S. Commercial Service

The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion unit of the United States Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. The U.S. Commercial Service in Madrid is located just around the corner from the U.S. Embassy. The Commercial Service provides a range of services to help American companies export goods and services to Spain with a team of International Trade Specialists helping identify trade opportunities, find local business partners, launch companies, promote products and services, obtain valuable market research reports, and protect Intellectual Property Rights.

At the Commercial Service, interns will be paired with an International Trade Specialist and work directly under him or her for the duration of their internship. Each Specialist covers an array of different sectors, so the clients, projects and events can vary from semester to semester. Interns may find themselves dabbling in franchising, health care, security, pleasure boats, food and beverage, market research, or all of the above!

Typical Intern Duties

U.S. Commercial Service interns should be prepared to dip their feet into anything and everything, because whatever industries or sectors their supervisor works in, will dictate their projects and assignments. Typical intern responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Creating and updating databases
  • Making phone calls
  • Writing and answering emails, usually concerning invitations to events such as trade shows or expositions hosted at the US Embassy
  • Market research/ company research
  • Meetings with clients (both American and Spanish)
  • Translations
  • Reception and event support