The application process to obtain a background check from the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), can last about 3 months so you should do it well in advance. We recommend that whether or not you intend to do an internship or volunteer work that does NOT involve contact with minors, you should still apply. You never know if the place where you are going to do the internship, collaborates with minors or not. Also, once in Granada you can change your mind and when you did not intend to do an internship or volunteering, you may end up doing it. So, we definitely recommend that same way you get the visa, you get the certificate.
In this link from the FBI you will find more detailed information and you can start the application process.
Please notice that once you have obtained the FBI certificate, you need to aunthenticate it for use in Spain. That meants that it needs to be legally translated into Spanish and must carry the Hague apostilled notarization. Here in this link in Apostilles, you will receive the information. This authentication process can take 2 weeks.
We understand that this whole process may seem tedious, but it should not be an excuse to stop doing an internship or volunteering in Granada. If you have any questions, please write to us.