Q: Do I need to speak the language?
A: No. The professionals with whom we interact are conversational, if not fluent, in English.
Q: Why Madrid?
A: We are in the process of expanding our locations, but began with Madrid because of its status as both a hub of business and highly attractive destination.
Q: When's the deadline?
A: The application deadlines are are:
Summer 1 (May 19 - June 15): March 19
Summer 2 (June 16 - July 13): April 16
Summer 3 (July 14 - August 10): May 14
Q: How competitive is the Fellowship?
A: Beacon Fellows are selected based on a comprehensive evaluation of their academic performance, previous experience, professionalism, and career interests and intent. While most successful candidates maintain above a 3.5+ GPA, notable strengths in other areas may compensate for a lower GPA — this holds true with the other criteria, too.
Q: I'm concerned about the cost. How can I afford the program?
A: Finances are a reality with which we all grapple. We understand that, and have therefore developed an expertise in aiding students to meet the fees. Accepted candidates receive personalized help, but you can start with the Fundraising Packet, below:
Q: Does the project lead to a full-time or internship offer?
A: We cannot guarantee future employment of any kind. However, at the client's discretion, 2 in 3 Fellows in the past have been offered internship/continued work opportunities.
Q: Why should I go on the Beacon Fellowship instead of other internships?
A: The vast majority of internships allow their interns to do little more than be in-office, sit in on some meetings, and do some simple work that, if messed up, won't cause any serious wrinkles.
If you're looking for just any internship, or don't care seriously about the impact of the work you do, we suggest you look elsewhere. The Beacon Fellowship is for those who want to do more with their summers.
Q: How do I apply?
A: Begin the application process by visiting our Apply page (also found in the top-right of this site), and completing the Application Request form.
Q: What will be the client/project?
A: Clients and projects vary entirely by program. Speak with our team surrounding upcoming clients and projects.
Q: What if I have conflicts with the dates?
A: Our team works with Fellows to work around schedules, and, if need be, Fellows may defer to later dates.
Q: I want to work in a specialized are. Can I work on that during the project?
A: Projects are broadly strategic, which necessitates a multi-faceted approach. Our Project Managers work closely with each of the Fellows to identify the areas in which their expertise and interests can best be leveraged.
Q: Do I get to pick my project?
A: Projects are determined in advance according to each Fellowship and location. Candidates may choose which project they would work on by applying to specific programs with specific projects.