Fundación José Ortega y Gasset
Semester Internships and Service Learning
If you are interested in experiencing the Spanish workplace in addition to your academic program, the internship program in Toledo provides the opportunity to gain first-hand work experience in a Spanish organization. The internship program is coupled with an academic seminar, worth three credits, in which students discuss topics related to living and working in Spain. Students typically spend seven hours per week at the internship site and one and one-half hours per week in class discussing various topics related to working in Spain.
Past placements have included:
- The Regional Parliament in Castilla La Mancha
- Toledo City Hall
- The Santa Cruz Museum
- La Cruz Roja (Spanish Red Cross)
- The Chamber of Commerce of Toledo
- The Council of Education
- Radio Nacional de España (national radio station)
- La Tribuna (local newspaper)
Due to increased interest, early application is encouraged! You may download a copy of the internship application here. In addition, the following outline identifies the process for students being placed at each internship site. You will notice that you will not receive your finalized placement until you do the following: submit your internship application (the earlier, the better - as internships are preliminarily allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis), take the Spanish language placement exam in Toledo, and complete a one-on-one interview with the internship coordinator in Toledo. Learn more about requirements for internships in Toledo and the interview process.
Service Learning Opportunity
Students at the Fundación may take a three-credit language and culture course called Spain and the Immigrants. This course, combined with a service learning opportunity at a non-governmental organization in the Toledo community, focuses on the burgeoning immigration phenomenon in Spain and its struggle to integrate the newly-arrived settlers from diverse backgrounds into the community. Students take the course in conjunction with a placement at one of a number of local non-governmental organizations.
The combination of classroom instruction and experiential work gives students insight into the complexities of immigration, and its effect on the community.
Learn more by reading the course syllabus: in Spanish | in English.
More information on the Toledo program