Work in Spain

Spain is an amazing country with world famous cities, beautiful islands and a warm climate. If you are keen to live and work in Spain search short term, seasonal, summer and work experience placements for internationals and English speakers throughout the country.

 
 

Internships & Jobs in Spain

A Guide to Working in Spain

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People come from all the world to seek employment in Spain and it is easy to see why with world famous cities on the mainland and also positions on the stunning islands. 

There are lots of different jobs available to English speakers and international staff like working as an au pair, teaching, summer rep or in the hospitality and tourism industry. Applying is a great way to live in spectacular setting, see some of the best white sandy beaches, improve your language skills and also meet people from all over the world!

Spain is a very large destination so you should research locations to see what appeals to you, if you are going to base yourself somewhere for a long period it's best you choose somewhere you will be happy with. Most local people in regions throughout the country also speak at least basic English which can make adapting to the new culture easier.

If going to work abroad in Spain appeals to you, view our guide and apply today.

 

Top Reasons to Work in Spain

  • A wide selection of local and international companies
  • Friendly locals and 
  • Sunny weather and a warm climate
  • Meet other international workers and business contacts
  • Improve your language skills (you could combine experiences and book a Spanish course in Spain)

 

Popular Destinations

 

Work on the Mainland

Cities on the mainland offer culture, history, bars and lots of places to see. A lot of people choose touristy areas like Alicante which is an expat hotspot. You will usually need to seek out employment in these places locally. Costa Blanca and the Costa del Sol are a popular destination for British touristy and because of this there are various jobs available here.

 

Work in the Canary & Balearic Islands

A stunning array of islands with a great climate which include Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro, La Graciosa, Alegranza, Isla de Lobos, Montaña Clara, Roque del Este and Roque del Oeste. Playa de Las Americas is a popular place to work, close to the beach with lots of bars. Lanzarote - A rock island which is a quiter than the other islands - more relaxing anyway. Gran Canaria - A very relaxed island with a modern town and scenic beaches.

 

How to Get a Job in Spain

If you are from an EU country you can work in Spain without the need for any visa or paperwork. Spain has a working arrangement with both New Zealand and Canada making it easier for citizens from these countries to gain employment here. To work in Spain you might need to know the local language for some jobs, for example being an au-pair but for most jobs you won't need to be fluent.

It is recommend if you are interested in working here to learn Spanish in Spain or at least pick up some basic phrases, this will really help you whilst living there. Also you might also want to check the weather reports, it might not be an idea to travel to Spain during the peak time summer if you are not a fan of hot weather.

 

Salary for Working in Spain

The wages you get really depends on what company you work for, where you are based and how many hours you work. Spain has been affected by the global economic crisis but generally holiday and seasonal positions are unaffected. Don't expect to get paid a fortune for a summer position - sometimes you could get around 800 euros per month which will be enough to cover costs and also leave free money to enjoy yourself.

 

Summer Jobs in Spain

Spain attractions millions of tourists every year and there are resorts which need staff dotted all around the country. The Balearic islands are some of out top destinations to live and find work, and here you can work in tourism, resort, hospitality and customer support. Most summer jobs are flexible and not fixed to a long term contract, sometimes you might need previous experience but generally when working in a bar, cafe or restaurant you will just need to make a good impression when you apply.

Some summer jobs in places like the Canary Islands can be a great way to enjoy the sunshine and country, but sometimes the jobs can be hard work and tiring if you are working night shifts in a bar or club. Also arriving late in summer can mean finding employment more difficult due to the amount of people wanting to work here.

 

Summer Camp Jobs in Spain

If you enjoy being around children you might like to work at a summer camp in Spain, there are summer programs like Pueblo Ingles which has been running since 2004 and offers activity camps for teenagers who come round all around Spain and the world to take part. For this role you will probably need some experience in this field of work and also need to be full of energy, friendly, caring and out going. The aim of the camps is for students to learn Spanish and also have a lot of fun!

You will act as a counselor and be in charge of groups of children with groups of around 8 to 10 children, there will also be other local and international workers helping. There are usually structured games, sports, theatre, activities and learning sessions and the best thing is you will get paid! Camps usually run from June to July and you will need to be free for the duration of this period. Locations for the camps can vary, usually you will fly to Madrid and then the camps are in more rural villages. Children are usually aged 7 to 17. Sometimes this can be a 24/7 role but you will also get free time. 

To apply you will need to be aged 21 and over, be a native English speaker, be from an EU country. If you are planning to work for onger than 3 months you will need to get a Spanish ID number (NIE). If recruited you will get a formal contract and then have full training to get you prepared for summer. The salary can vary and you will be informed of this prior to joining a placement. You will need to apply online inadvance with a CV and cover letter, if they like your application you will get a phone interview and then start dates.

 

Internships in Spain

Looking to gain experience? You should definitely think about applying for an internship in Spain. You’ll have a chance to meet new friends, learn about the Spanish culture, improve your Spanish, and add international experience to your CV. Search structured & paid summer & year round internships in Spain.

Choose from industries like:

  • Administration, Business, Accounting, Finance
  • Arts, Advertising, Journalism, Marketing, Media, Photography, Publishing, PR, Sales
  • Architecture 
  • Biology, Medical & Healthcare, Veterinary 
  • Engineering 
  • Education, Social Work
  • Environmental 
  • Hotel & hospitality, human resources
  • IT, Creative, Graphic & Interior Design, Fashion 
  • Law & Human Rights 
  • Linguistics, Translation
  • NGO & Charity
  • Sports 
  • Sustainable Development, Tourism 

 

Paid Internships in Spain

Looking to join a paid intern program in Spain? There are companies throughout Spain who offer paid internships to locals and also internationals. These placements can be very competative so you will need to put a stong application together. Also check eligibility and requirements before applying, some companies might need you to be fluent in Spanish or commit a certain amount of time. Some recruiters also might require you to pay an agency fee. 

 

Summer Internships in Spain

Would you like to spend your summer gaining work experience? Why not consider a summer intern program in Spain. There are placements throughout the country which are perfect if you are a student and looking to gain experience during your break from studies. These programs are very popular with UK and worldwide students so you will need to apply in advance to stand the best chance of securing a placement.

"I really liked my internship in Valencia. It was an unforgettable experience and very helpful." Ellen D, France

 

Requirements

You will usually need to be aged 18+ to apply. Knowing basic Spanish is beneficial. Students, graduates and anyone seeking to progress a career or gain work experience can apply.

 

Cost of Living

Cities like Barcelona and Madrid are more expensive to live in than places like Alicante and Murcia, generally you can expect to have outgoing of around 500 Euros per month. 

  • A one bedroom apartment in a city center costs around 400 - 600 Euros
  • 1 bottle of water us around 1 Euro
  • 1 way ticket on a bus or public transport costs around 1 Euro
  • A meal out can cost around 8 Euros

 

How to Apply

If you need any help getting a job or internship in Spain please get in touch. You can search jobs and recruiters with our website above, some international agencies offer summer job packages in Spain which include return flights, transfers, accommodation with other participants, parties, organised nights out, job hunting assistance and help at hand in case of emergencies. 

These options are a lot of fun and a good way to meet people and make the experience easier but you will usually be required to pay a sign up fee. There is also the opportunity to apply with a large international travel/tourism company who offer structured placements prior to departure. Or you could just be independent and turn up at your intended destination and seek out employment locally.