Psychology and Cognitive Science Internship

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Intern in Barcelona, Spain or Lisbon, Portugal

Dates: June 17 - August 12, 2022

Program Overview

Explore your career goals, expand your professional network and skills, and gain real work experience by participating in an internship for an organization in either Barcelona, Spain or Lisbon, Portugal. Internships are customized according to your career interests and skills in Psychology or Cognitive Science. You will earn UCSC credit, enroll in Psychology 193, and fulfill the Field Study Requirement, which will complement your experience and support a successful internship. Internships are available in a variety of organizations and placements are in English with some language immersion options.

You will intern approximately 25 hours per week and should expect to spend additional hours per week on coursework for PSYCH 193.

Program Highlights

  • Gain valuable intercultural communication skills while working with an international team and workplace.
  • Engage with your host community and culture through activities and networking opportunities.
  • Fine-tune your professional skills that are useful for a career related to Psychology and/or Cognitive Science.
  • Add an internship to your resume, and prepare to talk about it in interviews - future employers will be intrigued.

Language of Instruction: Internships are in English unless the student indicates that they can speak other languages. Internship placements can complement language learning and fluency if the student indicates this interest. 

How it Works: Once you are accepted into the program, you would begin working with an internship placement advisor who gets to know you and your professional experiences and career goals. Your internship placement advisor will match you with host organizations in Lisbon and Barcelona accordingly, and coach you through interviews with the best fits. While abroad, you’ll be working at your placement every day, while working with your UCSC faculty mentor on PSYCH 193. 

Global Learning Program Coordinator and Advisor: Contact


Psychology 193I International Field Study (10 units)

  • Designed to provide advanced psychology undergraduates the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the classroom to direct experience in a community agency abroad. Students earn academic credit by working as interns at a variety of psychological settings where they are trained and supervised by a professional within the agency. Faculty also supervise the students' academic work by providing guidance and helping them integrate psychological theories with their hands-on intern experience. Applications are due two quarters in advance to the Psychology Field Study Office. Prerequisite(s): PSYC 100. Enrollment is restricted to junior and senior psychology majors.

The course will satisfy:

  • 1 upper-division elective for Psychology and Cognitive Science majors
  • Advanced requirement for Intensive Psychology majors
  • The Psychology Field Study program

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Declared Psychology or Cognitive Science Major
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher
  • Good Academic Standing
  • Junior or Senior Standing
  • Completion of at least two upper-division Psychology courses prior to departure 
  • Approval from the Psychology and Cognitive Science Department.

How to Apply

Deadline to apply via Psychology: February 1, 2022
  1. Attend one of the following required info sessions to receive the Psychology and Cognitive Science Global Field Study department application:
  1. Complete the Psychology and Cognitive Science Global Field Study Application, which is only provided to students who attend one of the required info sessions listed above. If approved, you will be provided instructions on how to complete the Global Learning Application. 
After you have been accepted into the program, you will begin working with our internships partner Absolute Internship on your placement.