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CIEE Summer Internship Program in Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Program Terms: Summer
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Program Sponsor: CIEE 
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/18/2018 04/02/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: General Business, Spanish Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.75
Additonal Features: Field Study, Internship, Research Program Type: Affiliated, Internship, Research
Academic Level: Sophomore Language of Instruction: Spanish
Housing Options: Host Family, Hotel
Program Description:


Come spend the summer in Mallorca, enhancing your Spanish language proficiency in a professional context while immersing yourself in a professional, Spanish environment.

Through intensive language training, and an internship with a hotel, company, or non-profit organization, students of business and tourism have the opportunity to develop and apply critical management skills, industry vocabulary, and global perspective.

Study abroad in Palma de Mallorca and you will:

  • Experience a professional work atmosphere from a global perspective while working in a company, hotel, or non-profit organization
  • Develop business vocabulary and enhance your Spanish language skills as you work alongside professionals and by living with a Spanish homestay
  • Visit and study areas of mass tourism and over-development, rural eco-tourist sites, hotels and their different departments, and non-profit and fair trade organizations
The CIEE Difference


Engage in an experiential curriculum that allows you to apply new skills as you develop them. Use oral business transactions and written commercial documents to practice your new industry vocabulary;  observe first-hand areas of mass tourism and over-development


Seize the amazing opportunity to work full-time in a local Mallorca hotel, company or NPO. Foray into world of tourism, gain insight into cultural differences, and gain experience in an international work environment.


Enjoy a variety of visits and excursions that supplement classwork and introduce you to the rich diversity of the geography and culture of the Balearic Islands. These include visits in Palma, a one-day excursion by boat to the island and natural park of Cabrera or Dragonera, and a one-day kayaking trip along the coast. In addition, the study abroad program includes day excursions to historical and natural sites around Mallorca, such as the towns of Valldemossa, Deiá, and Alcudia; the beaches of Es Trenc; and the breathtaking views of the Cape Formentor.


Total recommended credit is 6 semester/9 quarter hours.

Program Requirements

During the first three weeks, study abroad students enroll in Spanish for Business and Tourism: an Introduction to Tourism in Mallorca. During the remainder of the program, students complete the internship work (130 hours), meet weekly for a seminar on business, tourism, and intercultural analysis (13 hours), and individually with the academic coordinator (2 hours) to discuss the final project.

About Palma de Mallorca

Palma de Mallorca, capital of the Balearic Islands, has inspired musicians, artists, and writers for centuries. The city, with her tiny traditional shops, Modernist facades, and tall buildings crowding the bay’s shore, is a stark contrast to the rest of the island and its small romantic villages with stone houses found in the northern mountains. Blessed with a gentle climate and cosmopolitan urban life mixed with traditional culture, no wonder Palma has become an international melting pot with about 25 percent of its inhabitants coming from other countries.

Where You’ll Study

Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB) is a young university with a population of 13,000 students. Mallorca’s economy depends mainly upon tourism which has resulted in a stronger emphasis on such academic and research areas as tourism studies, business, economics, human resources and environmental sustainability. UIB has a modern campus with libraries, a bookstore, computer labs, sports facilities, medical service, restaurants, and coffee shops. With the Tramuntana Mountain Range as its backdrop, UIB is just a 14-minute metro ride from the city center. The summer program is located in a UIB building right in the city center, no more than a 15- to 20-minute walk from the homestays.

Housing & Meals

During the first three weeks, study abroad students live in a Spanish speaking home where three daily meals are provided. On weekdays, the mid-day meal could be a sandwich to take to the university or equivalent. Housing is in the center of Palma. Students can walk from their homestays to Sa Riera, the University building in which CIEE classes meet (no more than a 20-minute walk). Homestays are an important contribution to the students’ commitment to cultural and linguistic immersion. By living with a Spanish family, students practice in day-to-day life the Spanish learned in the classroom and experience Spanish culture first-hand.

During the next five weeks, students who do the internship in a tourism business or a non-profit organization remain with their homestay. Students who do the internship in a hotel move into the hotel where room and meals are provided. Hotels are located in a tourist area connected to downtown Palma by public transportation (20 to 30 minutes by bus).

Academic Program

The CIEE Summer Internship program is designed for business and tourism students who are interested in enhancing their academic and language skills in a professional context while being immersed in a Spanish professional working environment. During the first three weeks, study abroad students take an intensive Spanish language course related to business and tourism with an introduction to tourism in Mallorca. This course includes a substantial interactive and practical component. Experiential learning is also promoted with field study activities outside the classroom. This is followed by a five-week internship in a hotel, a company, or a non-profit organization. During the five weeks, students complete 130 hours of work and meet three hours each week for a seminar with a university professor to discuss the development and impact of tourism on the economy, culture, and environment. In addition, students analyze and discuss interactions with co-workers, recognize cultural differences, observe how their intended professions may be practiced in different cultural contexts, and research and present their final paper to a committee of evaluators.

Academic Culture

Both the language class and the internship seminar are held at Sa Riera, a University building located right in the center of Palma. Class sizes are small and professors are accustomed to teaching U.S. students. During the first three weeks, the class Spanish for Students of Business and Tourism: an Introduction to Tourism in Mallorca meets every morning or afternoon for three hours from Monday through Friday. There are field visits and guest speakers who introduce students to different aspects of tourism and business in Mallorca. During the remainder of the program, the internship seminar meets for three hours once a week for a total of five meetings. Students also have two individual meetings with the Academic Coordinator to discuss their final project. Students are assigned readings and field observation exercises; the class methodology includes active participation and group discussion. Students are expected to be prepared for class. Both classes are taught entirely in Spanish, although some of the readings of the seminar are in English.

While extracurricular activities and personal travel contribute to the student’s overall study abroad experience, attendance in class is paramount. Any extended travel should take place prior to the start of the program or upon completion of the study abroad program.