Program Overview

Use and improve your Spanish while gaining work experience abroad! Applicant must have completed 4 semesters of university-level Spanish to apply.

The University of Michigan International Internship Program is now working in conjunction with Cultural Vistas, an Internship Placement Company, to help place our students in Spanish-speaking countries for internships. There are exciting summer opportunities in Spain, Argentina, and Chile.

Application Process

Click here for a detailed outline of the application process


Students pay the program fee of $850 once they are accepted into the program, shortly after the interview (which will most likely be by phone). Then, students will be offered placements in accordance with their specific interests and selected location. Should Cultural Vistas fail to secure an internship for a student (which is unlikely), the program fee will be returned to the student.


Cultural Vistas has been able to offer to very generous stipends to many of their placed interns in the past, offering students up to $1,500 to help defray costs of travel, housing, and day-to-day living expenses. Stipends are not guaranteed. Students write an essay to apply for funds.

Course Credit

The Minimum pre-requisite for earning Spanish credit: 

  • SPANISH 277 (or 275 & 276) OR,
  • SPANISH 278 or the first election of RCLANG 324 can be substituted for SPANISH 277

For further information regarding either Spanish 299 or Spanish 428 credit, please review RLL guidelines for internship credit.


Cultural Vistas will help you set up housing before you leave.  There are many options including home stay-where you live with a family, or student residences (shared or single rooms) and you may opt to have some meals included.  Approximate costs are $150-$200/week.

Health Insurance

All U-M students traveling abroad in a U-M-affiliated program are required to purchase HTH Heath Insurance which cost $1.10/day.  You will also register your travel details and contact information through MCompass.

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