Young Corporate Program

Developing Tomorrow's Leaders

Developing tomorrow's leaders

The Young Corporate Program (YCP) connects IE University’s brightest and boldest young talent with organizations coming from many different sectors.

This innovative program offers ambitious bachelor’s students a tailor-made professional experience with a specific company that spans during several periods of their degree. The YCP consolidates ties between today’s business frontline and tomorrow’s corporate change-makers, unlocking a shared future of talent, innovation and growth.

Through a highly competitive selection process — based on a wide range of criteria developed together with the partner companies — the YCP narrows down the application pool from hundreds to just a few dozen. The very best are selected and paired up with a specific company to work with.

The companies are divided between two programs: the General Program and the Segovia Program. Both programs are available to first-year single and second-year dual students from Madrid & Segovia campuses.

Program Paths

The two program paths we offer are designed to give gradual professional experience to high-performing bachelor’s students, carried out alongside their academic studies at IE University. Both program paths are available to first-year single and second-year dual students from Madrid and Segovia campuses. It is not mandatory for companies to participate in all the activities offered by the program. The YCP adapts to the need of each company.

A four-year program, where students will have the opportunity to live a professional experience within a company until their last year.


In the initial pre-selection phase, we invite IE University’s most competitive, committed and creative undergrads to come forward, submitting their applications and CVs for consideration by IE Talent & Careers.

1st year - Company Insight

The program begins with the pre-selected students making online or in-person contact with the companies, which will provide them an idea of the corporate culture. Students will have the opportunity to spend the day at a specific company doing activities such as company presentations and Q&As, amongst others. From these pre-selected students, companies choose the final participants that will continue in the program.

2nd year - Mentoring

The students will have the opportunity to receive mentorship from company executives. The individual experience may look different depending on the company, and the activities will be set by the individual mentor.  Students of the Segovia campus will receive online mentoring.

2nd year - Shadowing

The shadowing phase of the program involves observing professionals from different departments to discover what day-to-day life is like in the company. Typically, this will last one week at a location determined by the company.


3rd year - Internship

This phase will start with a summer internship, and it can be extended to last six months in total. The particulars of the internships will vary depending on the company and they can take place in either national or international offices. Each internship is tailored to both the business’s needs and the student’s individual talents.

4th year - Final Thesis

At the final stage, students will have the option of writing their final thesis, so long as the proposed project falls within the scope of university-approved topics. If so, students will be supervised by both an IE University professor and an executive from their partner company.

"It allows top young talent to get real experience in participating companies, and for us a way to identify and attract the best talent before they even get into the labor market"
"It is a pleasure to help give clarity to the multiple options that participating students have when they finish their degree."

Our Partners: 2020-2021 edition

The YCP is proud to partner with a diverse range of collaborating companies, eager to explore new ways to work with emerging, top-tier talent.

2021-2022 edition

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How to join the program

As a partner company

No matter the size or industry, if your company is open to cutting-edge ways to collaborate with fresh young talent, the YCP is for you. Join the likes of KPMG, Futuro Perfect, United Way Spain, or Kraft & Walkers, to name a few, and get a head start sourcing the best talent from an elite, international institution. Reach out to us at We’ll be happy to welcome you aboard!


As a student

The YCP is open to enrolled IE University students in either their first year of a single degree program or their second year of a dual degree program, at either the Madrid or Segovia campus. For those who have the drive and desire to dive into the corporate world while they study, applications for the pre-selections phase will begin in December 2021.