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About Council on International Education Exchange

Founded in 1947, the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) was created to help develop international relations and understanding after World War II. Student and teacher travel was seen as one of the most effective ways to meet the goals and the educational needs of the participants. This program, run through the organization’s Portland, Maine, office, is geared toward students looking to gain practical experience working in a foreign company and to improve their Spanish language skills.

The internship program allows students to immerse themselves in a foreign country and gain on-the-job experience. The CIEE program incorporates an intensive Spanish for students of business course, which increases the students’ business vocabulary and conversational skills, and an internship at a local Spanish company. For the internship, students complete a minimum of 120 hours of on-site work, conduct a research project and participate in weekly seminars, which involve company visits and training in public speaking and leadership.


Open to current college students. Applicants must have completed five semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent, and have a GPA of 2.75 or higher. CIEE also offers internships in the United States to international students.

Council on International Education Exchange

Council on International Education Exchange
300 Fore Street
Portland, ME 4101
Phone: (207) 553-4000


Number of Interns: Varies
Compensation/Benefits: Academic Credit, Program Fee, Unpaid
Duration: N/A
Academic Level: College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors


Portland, ME