Intern Abroad in Ecuador

136 Internships Abroad Programs in Ecuador

ELI-Experiential Learning International

Intern in Ecuador and earn work experience in a specific industry with ELI - Experiential Learning International. A wide range of internship programs is available, from animal rescue and veterinary placements to community and urban development. Placements require participants to have an intermediate degree of Spanish proficiency to qualify.

Intern throughout Ecuador with EcuaExplora

Gain practical experience while experiencing a vibrant culture in this diverse country! Live and work in Quito, the beautiful, Andean city whose past and present blends seamlessly together. Enjoy personalized Spanish language classes, great support, and eye-opening excursions with EcuaExplora.

Intern in Ecuador with Cultural Embrace by API

Cultural Embrace by API offers internship positions in Quito. Interns can work in a variety of industries such as business, environmental, education, hospitality, tourism, medical and health, and social services. Internships include room and board, airport pickup, visa assistance, and medical and travel insurance, among many other services.


CISabroad offers internship opportunities in the lovely country of Ecuador. The placements are tailored to the participants’ skills and interests, while taking into account the community needs. Students participate in the local community development efforts and benefit from the resume-boosting experience and strong staff support. They also have the time of their lives with the amazing sites in ...

Intern in Ecuador with World Internships

Internships in Ecuador provide a valuable and fulfilling experience that contributes to community development through education and sustainable practices. While the program base is the beautiful city of Quito in the Andean highlands, placements are also available in other communities.This affordable program allows you to intern anywhere from 1 month to 1 year!

Gap Journey Internships in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Jumpstart an international career in Ecuador through this opportunity offered by Gap Journey. Situated in Guayaquil, participants have the chance to choose from a wide spectrum internship areas including Finance, Architecture, and Tourism. Furthermore, they are placed within a company that specifically addresses the professional needs and preferences of each individual. Consequently, they gain ...

Institute for Cultural Ecology

Participate in an international internship in Ecuador with Institute for Global Studies. Interns from all over the world can work alongside professionals in their respective fields. The program includes Accounting, Web Design, and Archaeology.

Internship Programs with Performing Arts Abroad

Stand out by doing an international internship in Ecuador with Performing Arts Abroad. Programs centered in Theater, Drama, and Dance are offered throughout the year. Interns will contribute their talents and abilities while exploring the country along the way.

Internship Programs with Projects Abroad

Work on the island of San Cristobal in the Galapagos archipelago with Projects Abroad international work program. A wide array of fields are offered to international participants including Environmental Studies, Zoology and Wildlife Sciences, and Agriculture. This program is open throughout the year.

World Endeavors

World Endeavors provides internship placements from selected locations all over the world. Travel to Ecuador, live with a host family for months in Guayaquil, and work in one of the prestigious companies in the country. The internship program has a wide variety of disciplines and interest offered throughout the year.

Child Family Health International

Child Family Health International's program offerings in Ecuador include Urban and Rural Comparative Health, Infectious Disease Eradication, Dentistry and Oral Health, and more. Programs are specifically tailored to meet the needs of those in health care and the sciences sector. Courses are available throughout the year. Students live with local host families, experience the Ecuadorian way of l...

Knowledge Exchange Institute (KEI)

Work in a prestigious company in Ecuador while studying with Knowledge Exchange Institute. International students can take classes at the Universidad de Especialidades Espiritu Santo for a summer, a semester, or a full academic year. Live in Guayaquil with a host family and explore the local community, and Ecuadorian culture and lifestyle through social activities. The program includes professi...

Affordable Intern Abroad Programs: from USD180

Experience Ecuador through an internship offered by CrossContinental. Customized placements are available with flexible start dates. Programs include Media Work, Social Services, and Academic Reinforcement.

Intern in Ecuador

How to Intern Abroad in Ecuador

Why Intern in Ecuador

Ecuador is a country straddling the equator with a geographic diversity ranging from the Amazon rainforest, to the Andes Mountains, to the Galapagos Islands. The people straddle two worlds, the colonial world of Catholic churches and town plazas, and the indigenous culture of the villages and rural Ecuador. Internships in Ecuador range from social welfare projects related to Ecuador’s developing status, to wildlife and natural science internships owed to the country’s location and nature, to international relations and journalism internship placements in the vibrant cities of Ecuador.


Quito and Guayaquil are the country’s main urban hubs, and they are also the key centers for internships in Ecuador as well as experiential placement organizations. Cuenca is also a large charming city with intern opportunities. While there are wildlife, biology, and environmental studies internships in both the rainforest and the Galapagos Islands, they are typically short-term internships.

Quito is a colonial city with an ancient Incan history. Cobblestone roads lined with churches built on top of indigenous temples dot the city. Quito offers both modern marketing, advertising, and journalism internships and the indigenous population provides placements in social welfare projects, human rights, and other development agencies. The climate in Quito is also appealing and much milder than Guayaquil in the south.

Guayaquil was once a major port city with little appeal to tourists, and not so pleasant for the natives either. Today, thanks to the Malecón 2000 urban redevelopment project, the downtown area is one of the most beautiful city centers in Latin America. The addition of museums, banks, businesses, urban renewal, and even an eco park on an island have all helped to create some great internships in Guayaquil.

Cuenca is another beautiful destination located in the highlands of Ecuador. The city itself is a UNESCO world heritage site. Cuenca and its surrounding communities afford some professional internships, with meaningful, customized agendas.

Internship Placements

Placements range from business, international relations, journalism, tourism, and marketing to ecology, marine studies, and agriculture. Human-focused internships in Ecuador are most often related to human rights, social work, health, and education.

Ecuador is a relatively welcoming country so arranging an internship in Ecuador can be quite easy and the types of commitments vary. From short three week internships to two months or more.

Some of the more unusual internship programs in Ecuador include: working with the national bank (which helped change Ecuador’s currency over to the US dollar), interning with a marketing firm that managed the Nike account in Guayaquil, interning with an animal reintroduction project in Quito, and working with an agricultural co-op in a small indian village outside Quito.

Salary & Costs

Virtually all internships in Ecuador are unpaid. Occasionally, a rare paid internship will be promoted on GoAbroad, but responses are typically overwhelming and the program listing does not stay up very long. Paid internships offer certain advantages including solid support services, flexibility in duration and orientation, as well as housing and Spanish language classes. Prices range from a couple hundred US dollars for placement only, to a couple thousand euros for an all inclusive placement.

While unpaid internships are the norm, Ecuador is incredibly affordable even by South American standards. An intern can expect to spend a few hundred dollars to a thousand dollars a month for room, board, and local transportation. With most development internships, housing is included.

Accommodation & Visas

Accommodations range from shared apartments to shared rooms in a homestay. Most housing options for interns in Ecuador, which are provided by placement organizations, are private flats or rooms which are included for an additional price. Ecuador is a great place to stay with a family if you have the option. You will get to speak Spanish, have live in cultural consultants, and get to eat truly authentic local cuisine.

Visitors will receive a 90-day visa upon arrival. Visa extensions can be arranged once you’re in Ecuador. While the labor laws in Ecuador are extensive and support the working class, they do not extend to interns. Internships are not a common practice for local students. As such, internship placement organizations in Ecuador will sometimes pay a local organization to make sure you receive support and have a high quality experience. Other placements are familiar with the rewards and challenges of hosting an intern, and are doing so because they enjoy it or benefit from it.

Benefits & Challenges
  • Internships in business require a more formal approach to interning, professional dress and attitude are required.  
  • Respect, titles, and cordialities are all expected. While Ecuador often practices a Latin American approach to punctuality and time in general, you will still be expected to be on time. 
  • Since the country in general is not accustomed to hosting interns, placements often do not know what to expect. Sometimes those who intern in Ecuador like the independence they are given to create their own projects, but other times they dislike the lack of structure.
  • Interns in Ecuador who do best are serious, focused, and self driven.
Troy Peden

Troy Peden is a study abroad pioneer and the founder of, the first website devoted to meaningful travel opportunities. He has studied abroad, attended language schools, volunteered, worked, and traveled in multiple countries the world over.