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RCC Grant for Undergraduate Internships and Research in Spain

Jasper Johnston (Psychology, 2020) interned at the United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM) in Barcelona.

To facilitate and encourage students to deepen their understanding of Spain, the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies offers the Real Colegio Complutense (RCC) Grant for Undergraduate Internships and Research in Spain. The RCC Grant provides Harvard College students funding to conduct senior thesis research or pursue an internship in Spain during the summer. RCC Grant Awardees will join a larger cohort of annual CES undergraduate internship and grant recipients as well as benefit from the RCC’s initiatives and network at Harvard and in Spain.

The first recipients of the RCC grants were:

  • Nicholas Colon (Study of Religion, 2019) – Grant for senior thesis entitled Exploring the Spiritual Growth of Young Adults on Pilgrimage in Modern Europe.
  • Jasper Johnston (Psychology, 2020) – Grant for an internship at the United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM) in Barcelona.
  • Molly Leavens (Special Concentration, 2020) - Grant recipient for an internship at the Basque Culinary Center in San Sebastian, Spain, Real Colegio Complutense Grant.

Real Colegio Complutense is a non-profit organization founded in 1990 to foster academic, scientific, and cultural cooperation between Harvard University and Spain. In 2017, the RCC provided a gift to CES to establish the RCC Grant for Undergraduate Internships and Research in Spain.


Nicholas Colon (Study of Religion, 2019), spent a summer in Spain working on his senior thesis, Exploring the Spiritual Growth of Young Adults on Pilgrimage in Modern Europe.

How to Apply

CES offers the RCC Grant to Harvard College students who plan to conduct senior thesis research or conduct an unpaid internship in Spain. Students pursuing a summer opportunity in Spain should apply to either the senior thesis funding or independently-arranged internship opportunity in CARAT, and they will automatically be considered for the RCC grant. Applications will include a thesis proposal or internship cover letter; a CV/resume; a grade report from the Registrar; a letter of recommendation; and a budget.


The deadline to apply for the summer of 2022 has now passed.

For more information please contact Carrie Rosenblum, CES Program Manager.

Credit: Cayman Bearly Malinowski, Class of 2018, Honorable Mention - 2018 International Photo Contest
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