Program Overview

On this program, you will spend around 20 hours per week interning with an organization focusing on film. In some cases, the organization itself will be a film studio, production house, animation studio, or film company. In other cases, you may be using your film skills to help produce promotional material for a non film-focused company and/or to capture events throughout the city related to your placement organization. We handpick each specific placement based on your interests as captured in your application through a detailed questionnaire, as well as a an online interview with our Internship Placement Team.

Performing Arts Abroad offers an internship capstone where we will fund you up to $100 to pursue a final project of your design.


“I love my internship and I love Barcelona. People are so kind and friendly. I am having the best time attending crazy productions and workshops. It has been a magical experience.”

Performing Arts Points of Interest

Phenomena Cinema

The Phenomena cinema, which holds 415 film fans and has one of the biggest screens in all of Catalonia, boasts a latest-generation 4k projector, as well as 35 mm and 70 mm projectors as well as the best sound systems, including DTS, SDDS and the multidimensional Dolby Atmos.

Cines Verdi

Cines Verdi offers a nine-screen cinema where there is always a good choice of quality films in original language with subtitles. You can find in Cines Verdi a varied range of alternative films, from reruns of “The Quiet Man” (1952, John Ford) to the Oscar winner “The great beauty” (2013, Paolo Sorrentino). They offer a cinematographic experience focused on quality and diversity.

Méliès Cinemes

Cinema Méliès programming is between classic cinema and European cinema, alternative and premiere, and has won several awards throughout its existence, such as the Sant Jordi in 1996 and the City of Barcelona in 2003. Nowadays, they can be considered as one of the reference points of the author and independent cinema in Barcelona.

PAA Home Base

Our office is located in the heart of the city​,​ near Plaça Catalunya​, and our team includes Spaniards, Catalans and international staff who are all passionate and knowledgeable about international education and life in Barcelona.​ Our office is a place you can come to talk with staff, hang out in the student and intern lounge, or print any needed documents. We are available to you at the office during work hours (9:00am-6:00pm M-Th, and 9:00am-5:00pm on Fridays), and via emergency phone 24 hours per day.

About the Location

Barcelona offers a diverse array of film organizations, from animation studios to production houses to independent film projects. You won’t be short on inspiration or visually stunning backdrops in this beautiful city, with unique Spanish architecture, sidewalk cafes, and delicious paella. Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, which has its own culture and language, giving the city a unique vibrancy.

In addition to the abundance of year-round festivals, you can also see lively international and local plays full of bright colors and interesting characters, and Barcelona’s dance scene offers everything from classic ballet to Flamenco. Art museums abound throughout the city, paying tribute to Picasso’s legacy as well as showcasing contemporary stars. Also prevalent is the architecture of Antoni Gaudi and the art of Salvador Dali, who co-wrote the landmark surrealist short film “Le Chien Andalou.”

Just outside Barcelona, you’ll find beaches and mountain ranges that make the region worth exploring. Beyond that, the city is only hours by plane to destinations such as Paris, Rome, and Berlin.


Choose between living in an apartment and a homestay. All rooms are shared with other participants, although single rooms are available at an extra cost (see Cost & Dates page for more details).

In an apartment, you will live with other interns and students from the program, coming from the United States and other parts of the world. If you choose this option you will build relationships with other participants and young professionals, and have independence when it comes to meals and laundry. Meals are not included and full kitchen and laundry facilities are available for you to use. For this option we cannot guarantee the age, profession, or gender of other residents sharing the apartment. However, you will be able to request your housing preferences and are highly likely to get your requested selection. In addition, if you know another program participant in Barcelona, you can request to be placed in the same apartment.

Home stays offer the chance to experience complete immersion in the culture and languages of Barcelona. If you choose this option you will receive breakfast and dinner each day and will be able to come and go as you please. You will live with a Barcelona family, married couple, or resident who lives alone. Because of meal inclusion, the program price for the home stay is higher than if you choose to live in an apartment. Living in a home stay is a wonderful way to gain perspective of life for a Barcelona citizen and to have a day-to-day cultural interaction and language practice.

For participants with existing housing in Barcelona (family or friends residing in the city), please see the “Independent Housing” column for the cost of the program with no housing included.


You will share your apartment or homestay with other interns and study abroad students. Upon acceptance, you will choose between a shared room (shared with one to three other program participants), or a private room. There are rarely more than six flatmates sharing the apartment or homestay.

Interns of all ages and experience levels participate in this program and we have arranged some exciting placements for high-level professionals, but the most common demographics are college students (undergraduate and graduate), and recent college graduates. In the fall and spring, PAA usually has 5-10 interns onsite at one time who join with a dozen or so interns from our partner study abroad companies, while the summer brings over a dozen PAA interns joining over a hundred other interns.

A Day in the Life

The Participant Experience

Your main focus while in Barcelona will be the internship we hand-pick for you. However, you will have plenty of free time to explore the city on your own and with the new friends you will make while on the program. We also provide a range of onsite excursions included in the program cost, such as Catalan cooking classes, Latin dance classes, visits to museums and markets, neighborhood history tours, day trips and hikes, and much more. When you are accepted to the program, you will be added to an activities calendar so you can start getting excited about all the activities we provide. In addition, you will have the option to sign up for longer weekend trips to places like Morocco, Valencia, and more (at an extra cost).

You will also form close bonds with your co-workers at the internship, and will likely be invited to a wide range of social activities, artistic and otherwise. Get excited to call Barcelona your new home!

Some examples of past film internship placements include:

  • Animation Studio: where interns were involved with visual development and creation of illustrations, scanning and development of original cartoons for an animation series, and some collaboration in developing squares or original illustrations.
  • Film Production Studio: where interns helped with production projects, translating publications and features, assisted in the production department (working on scripts, research on visual aids, music resources, writing of text)
  • Non-Film Organizations: where interns have been involved in creating promotional or training films, capturing performances throughout the city for the host organization, creating short commercials for the organization, and other tasks as assigned.

On Arrival

On this program, you will book a flight that lands at Barcelona’s El Prat Airport (BCN) before noon on your arrival day. Upon arrival at the airport, members of our staff greet you and other participants starting the same day at a coffee shop in the arrivals area. Once everyone has arrived, you will be taken to your accommodations to unpack and settle in. Later that afternoon, you will attend an orientation and welcome meal where details about the city and your program will be discussed in depth. In your first two days in Barcelona, you will be invited to neighborhood walking tours to get to know the diverse areas of the city. Your first day at your internship is usually your second or third day on the program, and a member of our staff will accompany you to make introductions and be sure you know how to travel to your placement on your own. On your first day at the internship, you will finalize your schedule with your placement supervisor, which should be about 20 hours per week.

A Typical Day

For the rest of your program, you will travel to your placement on your own at the times agreed upon with your supervisor. During the second or third week of the program, you will begin Spanish classes (one week of 20 hours for 6 week programs, and two weeks of 40 hours for 8, 10, and 12 week programs). During these weeks, you will be interning for around 20 hours and taking Spanish classes for around 20 hours. These are full and demanding days, but will be helpful for boosting your language skills.

During your time outside the internship placement, you are completely independent to explore the city and surrounding areas and countries at your leisure. We provide weekly cultural activities and regular excursions that are included in your program cost, which we highly recommend you attend! Our staff are available during working hours to help with your independent travel plans or address any issues you may face, and are available 24 hours via an emergency phone for serious emergencies.

Host Group

This is a customized film internship abroad. We work with several film organizations in Barcelona, and you will be placed based on your interests and background. When you apply, you will fill out a questionnaire that explains your goals for the program, including the style and area of film most interests you, and the kinds of tasks you hope to be doing. If you make it to the final stage of the application, we will conduct a Skype interview with you in which you will describe what you are willing and NOT willing to do during your internship. We will then use all of that information to make our acceptance decision and place you with the company that best fits your goals and interests.

Support Staff

Support Staff

Support Staff

Support Staff


“My experience doing a Performing Arts Abroad dance internship in Barcelona, Spain was unforgettable. Through my internship placement at a local dance studio, I gained valuable teaching experience in a second language, built strong local connections, and took classes from a wide variety of professional instructors. Doing a homestay gave me a deeper immersion into the local culture and language. My Spanish improved immensely, and I even learned some Català! I had a lot of free time to explore the city of Barcelona, as well as make a trip to Morocco. Barcelona is an incredible city, that offers something for everyone. Fascinating museums, gorgeous architecture, vibrant arts and culture, narrow streets that are always alive, an excellent public transportation system that gives you free reign to explore the entire city, and of course, the beach. It is a magical place to be in the summer. I strongly recommend the Performing Arts Abroad program in Barcelona!”

“This was a life-changing experience. I grew more as an individual, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. Over the duration of this experience, I rediscovered my passion for dance. I also enhanced my interest in traveling and discovering the world. This experience has broadened my possibilities in life and has undoubtedly changed me.”

“Barcelona has exceeded my expectations! I love the culture, the vibe, the ART, and most of all, my internship. Thank you all so much for this wonderful opportunity :)”

How it Works

The information on this page provides details for a sample group program. Note that every group is different, and we will work with you to cater the experience to your group. To connect with us and begin organizing a program for your group, please follow the “Get Started’ button below and submit an initial questionnaire. We will then contact you to set up a discovery call where we can go into more detail about your group’s needs and what we can offer.

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