Internships Abroad in South America

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Experiential Learning International offers internship programs in South America, ranging from positions in the nutrition and veterinary sectors in Ecuador, graphic design in Argentina, English teaching jobs in Chile, and orphanage placements in Peru. Participants must know Spanish, at least intermediate level, and should be familiar with the chosen internship field.

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CISabroad offers personalized internship placements in Ecuador. They take into consideration both the participant's individual requirements and the community's needs when designing their programs. They offer strong staff support and opportunities to explore the fascinating attractions of the country.

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Cross-Cultural Solutions is a recognized leader in international volunteering, and our Intern Abroad program provides a supportive and academic framework to the volunteer experience.Enjoy a trip to South America through Cross-Cultural Solutions. Interns from all over the world can live and work in Peru and Brazil for two to twelve weeks. This internship program offers a variety of placement opt...

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Gain valuable work experience while you experience all that Buenos Aires has to offer with an international internship from Connect-123! Hands on internship opportunities are available in many different areas including business consulting, human rights, health care and more! Improve your Spanish while you explore one of South America's most exciting cities!

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The Boston University Argentina Cultural Studies Program offers students the opportunity to live and study in Buenos Aires, Argentina's intellectual and cultural capital and one of Latin America's most sophisticated cities. Program courses focus on Argentine culture, journalism, politics, and literature, and include discussions of recent literary and intellectual developments. An internship cou...

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Do your international internship with Maximo Nivel - get international work experience in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru. - Education (K-12) - Special Education - Micro-Business - Hospitality & Tourism - Human Rights - Medical Since 2003, Maximo Nivel has been a leader in educational travel and study abroad. Our work-study-travel programs host more than 4,000 people per ye...

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Go on an internship in South America with Adelante International Internships and Study Abroad. Choose from an array of opportunities in two countries, Chile and Uruguay. In the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo, placements are available in the medical, technology, and fashion sectors. In Vina del Mar and Valparaiso in Chile, positions are available in the media, design, and tourism industries are...

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International participants can set their career path straight to a brighter future with the help of Projects Abroad in South America. Gain valuable work experience side by side with professionals in the fields of Medicine, Journalism, Sports, and many others.

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Experience the internship of a lifetime and gain cultural knowledge in South America with Institute for Global Studies. Interns will obtain an understanding of the work environment of Costa Rica, Brazil, and Ecuador. Worldwide participants can choose from an array of internship options such as Animal Science, Web Design, and Sports Management. Programs are available year-round.

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Intern in one of the well known companies in South America with The Intern Group. Worldwide participants can take their previous academic ability in practice for a year or more. Academic courses include Agriculture Science, Communications, and Interior Design.

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IES Internships, a unit of IES Abroad, offers hands-on, professional internships in some of the world's most exciting cities. Whether you chose an eight-week, full-time summer internship in one of our 13 global locations, or enroll in a part-time internship while you study abroad for the semester, one thing is for sure: you'll add global brilliance to your résumé. With more than 400 global p...

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As the capital city of Ecuador located on the slopes of an active volcano, Quito is an exhilarating and beautiful place for students, recent graduates, and pre-professionals to explore their career paths. The land in Quito is some of the best-protected and least-altered on the planet, making it a great spot for our programs in agriculture, animal sciences, biology, environmental studies/conserv...

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Two internship program options are available for interested participants in Ecuador offered by Performing Arts Abroad. With placements available year-round, interns can share their creative input and theater expertise with a local cultural arts group. Participants will develop a final project upon the culmination of the program.

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GoEco was created by experienced volunteers for people who are eager to travel and contribute to the community, wildlife and environment they visit. Based on years of practice and in-depth field reports, GoEco presents you a careful selection of excellent yet affordable volunteer and ecological minded vacations

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Shadow doctors 20+ hours/week abroad through the Atlantis Fellowship. 1-8 week Fellowships during winter, spring, or summer breaks.

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Interning Abroad in South America

South America a continent of wonders, which you probably already know thanks to the infamous Amazon rainforest and those bazillion photos of Machu Picchu floating around the internet. But interning abroad in South America will allow you to dive deeper! You’ll learn about the mysteries of Easter Island, try cuy, master guaraní, play a quick game of "Tiny Person" in the Salt Flats, oh, and uh, have an incredible professional development experience, too. While backpacking may achieve the superficial satisfaction that comes from passing through a country, internships in South America will allow you to experience so much more.

Locations

While South America encompasses 12 countries, there are a couple nations that are particularly ideal for some very specific types of internships. One thing to keep in mind when looking for an internships in South america is whether you would like to have a big city experience, a small town lifestyle, or a more rural immersion. In the end, each South American country is very different from the next, so there is surely a perfect fit for everyone; you just have to take time to find it!

Brazil. The land of emotions that can’t be expressed in English, the land of soccer, the land of incredible beaches, and, perhaps most importantly to us, the land of a robust economy. Brazil’s largest cities, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Salvador da Bahia, offer quite a few options in terms of internship placements. Due to its size and prominence in world politics, there are a plethora of international companies to choose from for internships in Brazil. If you speak Spanish, that is probably a good base to build your Portuguese language skills off of, although you’ll probably be able to find internships in brazil that don’t even have a Portuguese language requirement, as long as you’re a native English speaker.

Argentina. The second largest country in South America, Argentina is a country of adventure. From the capital of Buenos Aires to stark Patagonia, there is no shortage of things to do and natural wonders to explore in Argentina. As one of the most important cities in the world, interns will be able to find plenty of internship placements in Buenos Aires, many of which may not even require proficiency in the Spanish language. Something interesting that interns might be able to do in Argentina is get an internship with a cattle company, due to the significance of the Argentinian cattle industry. The other great thing about interning in Argentina is that it offers many amenities that European and American interns will be accustomed to, but at a more affordable price. 

Peru. This coastal, mountainous country is full of such drastic biodiversity that it can actually be shocking to first time visitors. The two most common cities to intern in Peru are Cusco and the capital city of Lima. Cusco is the ancient capital of the Incan Empire and home to a booming tourism industry along with hundreds of archeological ruins. Most internship placements in Cusco are offered at tourism companies, language schools, or volunteer organizations. On the other hand, in Lima, interns can apply for more corporate style internship placements with a number of international companies and organizations. 

Internships in South America

While there are an incredible number of internships in South America, spanning from finance to development to commerce, here are some specific types of internship placements that stand out as game changers:

Marine Conservation internships can be found all over coastal regions in South America, but some of the more well known placements are located in Peru. Interns often work with full-time staff to care for a variety of animals, including penguins, guano birds, and seals. A typical work day for a marine science intern could include recording and observing resident animal populations, researching specific animal diets, breeding habits, and even community conservation awareness work. Keep in mind that marine conservation internships, as a general rule, require a minimum one month commitment. 

Graphic Design. With the abundance of metropolitan cities across the continent, graphic design internships in South America are numerous and easy to find. In most cases, interns can find a specialized type of graphic design placement, such as in web design, marketing, or logo design. Another great aspect of graphic design internships is that in most cases they are highly customizable. Graphic design internships in South America are especially great if you want to shadow a professional in a creative, international environment. A normal day in the life of a graphic design intern in South America might entail working from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., assisting with various projects around the office and shadowing a professional graphic designer.

Social Work. There are street children across South America that are in need of social welfare assistance; thankfully, there are quite a few organizations scattered throughout the region devoted to helping disadvantaged children in various ways. A social work internship in South America in one of these organizations would likely focus on education and rehabilitation of children staying at a center specialized in caring for at-risk youth. Most of social work placements are located in big cities, where street children face a number of issues, such as teen pregnancy, drug addiction, and sexual assault. Considering the complex nature of social work placements, applicants should have an adequate level of Spanish language skills and be prepared for at least a one month commitment. 

Salary & Costs

Depending on the country, South America can be quite an affordable place to intern abroad. Salaries, on the other hand, are a little harder to come by. Paid internships are available in South America, but it’s useful to maintain realistic expectations of what that will mean. 

There are almost always program fees and costs associated with internships in South America. While it may seem a little strange to pay to intern abroad, placement providers in South America utilize program fees to provide housing, arrange airport pickups, organize internship placements, and offer 24/7 on-the-ground support should anything go awry. It is important that you do your due diligence when it comes to budgeting and clarifying program fees before departure though. Additional costs required to intern in South America may include flights to and from your internship site, visas/passports/all that jazz, and daily expenses, such as food, laundry, and transport.

Accommodation & Visas

With such a large number of internships in South America located across 12 different countries, accommodations and visa restrictions vary nation to nation. For example, in Brazil, a reciprocity policy is followed that makes it somewhat complicated for Americans to enter the country, while other nationalities can enter Brazil with ease. On the other hand, Peru has an incredibly easy visa policy that basically lets interns come and go as they please.

It’s important to coordinate everything with your internship program provider or employer in South America, as they will know what kind of visas you need to get and how to get them. GoAbroad’s Embassy Directory will also be useful to research visa requirements for interning in South America.

When it comes to housing in South America, it’s even more varied than visas. For the most part, housing arrangements will depend on your preference. If you’d like an experience that really amps up your language skills, look for a program that places interns with local host families. If you want a more corporate experience and consider yourself unequivocally independent, then a private or shared apartment would probably be the best living situation for you. In general, the quality of housing can differ quite a bit from place to place. In more developed cities, such as Buenos Aires, Lima, Bogota, and Sao Paulo, apartments are more likely to be of a higher standard. However, expect anything and be flexible if you’re looking for internships in South America outside the big, developed cities.

Benefits & Challenges

Overall, South America is a wonderful place to intern abroad. With a more bohemian and creative atmosphere than most incoming interns are used to, it allows interns to grow and develop their skills at a new pace.

Interns are encouraged, and will have plenty of time and opportunities, to perfect their language skills whilst interning in South America, which will only strengthen their resumes and broaden their skill sets!

One potential downfall of interning abroad in South America is the slower way of living. Even in major cities, some interns may find the lack of “go-go-go” to be frustrating, especially in the midst of big projects or deadlines. Lax attitudes toward timelines, work quality, or rules and regulations will take time and effort to acclimate to, but the realization that “different” doesn’t necessarily mean “better” cannot be undervalued.

Just remember: every experience abroad is what you make of it, so go forth, intern abroad in South America, and add that missing piece to your employability profile.

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