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Internships for Florianópolis, Brazil

USAC internships abroad are a great way to broaden your educational experience. Participating in a structured work or research experience with an international organization, whether in-person or virtually, will help you gain valuable skills and hands-on experience while expanding your professional network and immersing yourself in the workplace culture of Brazil.

Beginning in Fall 2021, a $985 internship placement fee will be required of all students participating in an in-person USAC internship. This fee helps offset the costs of securing quality internship placements and helps provide a range of professional development activities, including an online internship seminar, career workshops, and panel discussions.

For more information on eligibility requirements and application process see the USAC internship page.

Virtual internships are offered through USAC’s Global Perspectives program. For more information about the program, see the Global Perspectives virtual internship page.

Internship placements in Florianópolis require four semesters of college Portuguese unless otherwise noted.

*Placement with a particular internship provider is not guaranteed

Placements available in the following fields:

Business

Digital Marketing and Social Media Management

English-Language Instruction

Natural Resources and Environmental Studies

NGO and Social Services

Translation

*Placement with a particular internship provider is not guaranteed

Business

A specialist in the development and manufacturing of electronic boards, including SMD and PTH parts, offering complete and customized solutions in manufacturing, engineering services and final product integration.

Sample Work Responsibilities

  • Working closely with a managing supervisor or assigned staff member
  • Conducting desktop research, or gathering information through surveys or by speaking to clients and staff
  • Attending and participating in meetings, workshops, events, and exhibitions
  • Liaising with clients, vendors, and suppliers on behalf of the company's managers
  • Updating documents and sales records. Reviewing sales performance against sales targets
  • Observing and carrying out sales processes
  • Identifying potential weaknesses and offering improvement suggestions
  • Assisting managers with negotiations
  • Delivering presentations to staff and other stakeholders

Requirements

  • None

Formats/Terms

  • Virtual: Summer, Semester

Business

An independent, full-service market research and competitive intelligence agency with headquarters in Brazil covering Latin America.

Sample Work Responsibilities

  • Assisting the CEO as consulting interns
  • Prospecting for new customers
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
  • Data cleansing
  • Report writing
  • Locating potential commercial opportunities
  • Assisting the commercial team with proposals
  • Assisting with blog posts

Requirements

  • None

Formats/Terms

  • In-person: Semester
  • Virtual: Summer, Semester

Business

An engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company in the solar industry planning the construction of photovoltaic power plant.

Sample Work Responsibilities

  • Develop an understanding of the economic and financial indicators of energy generation, including solar funds investment, solar photovoltaic technology, investor factsheet models, financial and economic metrics, and general macro and micro economic data
  • Produce detailed financial data on expected revenue generation of the project.

Requirements

  • None

Formats/Terms

  • In-person: Semester
  • Virtual: Summer, Semester

Digital Marketing and Social Media Management

A digital marketing consultancy helping companies of all sizes and segments understand and take advantage of the benefits of digital marketing, including customer relationship management (CRM), conversion rate optimization (CRO), search engine optimization (SEO), email marketing, web development and more.

Sample Work Responsibilities

  • Assist the marketing team in improving digital marketing strategies
  • Analysis and development of SEO processes
  • Designing social media campaigns and creating social media content (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram…)
  • Managing the company’s official website
  • Writing content for the company’s blog or website
  • Creating content for print and online publication

Requirements

  • Four semesters of college Portuguese

Formats/Terms

  • In-person: Semester

Digital Marketing and Social Media Management

A language school that has been teaching Portuguese as a foreign language at all levels to students, NGOs, universities, and international organizations since 1993.

Sample Work Responsibilities

  • Assisting the marketing team to develop and improve digital marketing strategies
  • Designing and implementing social media campaigns
  • Development and improvement of SEO processes
  • Creating content for social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram…), website, and blog
  • Managing and maintaining the official website
  • Creating content for print or online publication

Requirements

  • None

Formats/Terms

  • Virtual: Summer, Semester

Digital Marketing and Social Media Management

A non-profit organization offering temporary accommodations to health professionals on the front lines combating COVID-19 in Brazil.

Sample Work Responsibilities

  • Assist the project coordinator
  • Designing social media campaigns and creating social media content (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram…)
  • Writing content for the company’s blog or website

Requirements

  • None

Formats/Terms

  • Virtual: Summer, Semester

English-Language Instruction

Elementary and High School of UFSC welcomes interns to assist English teachers with instruction and school activities at different grade and proficiency levels.

Sample Work Responsibilities

  • Assist in classroom instruction
  • Curriculum development and lesson planning
  • Assess student progress

Requirements

  • Four semesters of college Portuguese

Formats/Terms

  • In-person: Semester

English-Language Instruction

A language school that has been teaching Portuguese as a foreign language at all levels to students, NGOs, universities, and international organizations since 1993.

Sample Work Responsibilities

  • Develop lesson plans following the school's curriculum
  • Assist in classroom instruction
  • Assess student progress
  • Provide in-class support to reinforce learning and provide motivation and encouragement

Requirements

  • None

Formats/Terms

  • In-person: Semester
  • Virtual: Summer, Semester

Natural Resources and Environmental Studies

A fully protected conservation unit working to preserve the Atlantic Forest, sandbank flora and fauna, and keep natural water resources balanced. The park has projects focused on the recovery of altered ecosystems, scientific research, public visits, educational activities and ecotourism.

Sample Work Responsibilities

  • Conduct education and natural history programs for the public and groups
  • Teach large and small groups as well as answer natural history questions from visitors
  • Lead interpretive hikes and field trips
  • Assist in developing education programs for people of all ages
  • Create projects for the education department as assigned
  • Respond to information inquiries by phone and e-mail

Requirements

  • Four semesters of college Portuguese

Formats/Terms

  • In-person: Summer, Semester

Natural Resources and Environmental Studies

An NGO that promotes environmental education, forest restoration, management of conservation units, ecological gardening, ecological sanitation, bioconstruction, and permaculture, among others in order to help restore the Mata Atlantica biome.

Sample Work Responsibilities

  • Conduct education and natural history programs for the public and groups
  • Teach large and small groups as well as answer natural history questions from visitors
  • Lead interpretive hikes and field trips
  • Assist in developing education programs for people of all ages
  • Create projects for the education department as assigned
  • Respond to information inquiries by phone and e-mail

Requirements

  • Four semesters of college Portuguese

Formats/Terms

  • In-person: Semester

Natural Resources and Environmental Studies

A Brazilian government organization supporting projects related to the protection, preservation, and research of conservation units, such as the Carijós Ecological Station and mangrove ecosystem.

Sample Work Responsibilities

  • Conduct education and natural history programs for the public and groups
  • Teach large and small groups as well as answer natural history questions from visitors
  • Lead interpretive hikes and field trips
  • Assist in developing education programs for people of all ages
  • Create projects for the education department as assigned
  • Respond to information inquiries by phone and e-mail

Requirements:

  • Four semesters of college Portuguese

Formats/Terms:

  • In-person: Semester

Natural Resources and Environmental Studies

A local neighbors association (Amocam) community vegetable garden that promotes organic farming, healthy diets, and serves as a place for interaction, social integration, and learning.

Sample Work Responsibilities

  • Organic farming management
  • Assist with administrative tasks
  • Assist with social media outreach and promotion
  • Promote social integration
  • Host school field trips

Requirements

  • Four semesters of college Portuguese

Formats/Terms

  • In-person: Semester

NGO and Social Services

An NGO working to support disadvantaged youth through educational programs, professional development, and collective social integration. By developing the potential of young people, the organization seeks to eliminate social inequality and discrimination, to combat poverty, and to reduce crime through conflict mediation.

Sample Work Responsibilities

  • Provide support for the organization and various projects
  • Develop workshops and training programs for young people aged 14 to 23
  • Assist with the management and operations of the organization's thrift shop
  • Assist with the distribution of food and other essentials
  • Conduct education and natural history programs for the public and groups

Requirements

  • Four semesters of college Portuguese

Formats/Terms

  • In-person: Semester

NGO and Social Services

An NGO offering before- and after-school programs social and educational activities, and meals. The institution's fundamental role is to provide a family-school-NGO partnership, collaborating in the education, care and protection of children, aiming, above all, at the social inclusion of the young and excluded population.

Sample Work Responsibilities

  • Helping low-income children develop educational and professionals skills
  • Assisting on educational activities such: physical education, computing, enlgish language learning, painting
  • Serve as recreational mentor during classroom breaks

Requirements

  • Four semester of college Portuguese

Formats/Terms:

  • In-person: Semester
  • Virtual: Summer, Semester

NGO and Social Services

An NGO providing assistance to combat food insecurity, drug addiction, and homelessness among vulnerable populations, including immigrants and refugees.

Sample Work Responsibilities

  • Planning and delivering workshops
  • Liaising with appropriate voluntary and statutory agencies
  • Raising awareness of homelessness
  • Recruiting, training, and managing employees and volunteers
  • Applying for funding and managing budgets

Requirements

  • Four semesters of college Portuguese

Formats/Terms

  • In-person: Semester

NGO and Social Services

An NGO that offers social welfare research and education programs for children and teens from low income families living in the Morro da Cruz neighborhood.

Sample Work Responsibilities

  • Helping low-income children in developing educational and professionals skills
  • Assisting with educational activities such as physical education, computing, English language learning, painting, among others
  • Assist the manager with administrative tasks

Requirements

  • Four semesters of college Portuguese

Formats/Terms

  • In-person: Semester

NGO and Social Services

An NGO that promotes the social integration of refugees and immigrants in Brazil through educational, socioeconomic and cultural projects as a means of combatting the growing polarization that generates conflicts within and between societies.

Sample Work Responsibilities

  • Help with resumé and cover letter writing, job searches, and knowledge of Brazilian work culture
  • Provide information on legalization processes and documents
  • Assist in planning and delivering cultural and educational activities including dancing, reading, teaching Portuguese, and other cultural and recreational activities

Requirements

  • Four semesters of college Portuguese

Formats/Terms

  • In-person: Semester

NGO and Social Services

An NGO that offers individuals job training and employment programs to individuals with intellectual disabilities

Sample Work Responsibilities

  • Assist in providing workshops to develop work skills related to paper production, screen printing, cutting, and sewing
  • Work with manufacturing materials and processes
  • Assist the manager with administrative tasks

Requirements

  • Four semesters of college Portuguese

Formats/Terms

  • In-person: Semester

NGO and Social Services

An organization of fifteen institutional and civil society groups whose aim is the integration of immigrants into Brazilian society as well as outreach and information sharing on the issues of immigration and social inclusion

Sample Work Responsibilities

  • Help with resumé and cover letter writing, job searches, and knowledge of Brazilian work culture
  • Provide information on legalization processes and documents
  • Assist in planning and delivering cultural and educational activities including dancing, reading, teaching Portuguese, and other cultural and recreational activities

Requirements

  • Four semesters of college Portuguese

Formats/Terms

  • In-person: Semester

Translation

An organization working to provide information accessibility through subtitling and translation. Collaborating with TV channels, film festivals, producers, and publishers, this organization provides translations of audiovisual resources and books, sign-language and audio description, and technical translation (medical, legal, IT) in Portuguese, English, French, Spanish, Italian, and German.

Sample Work Responsibilities

  • Project management
  • Translation of texts, videos, and advertisements
  • Proofreading
  • Liaising with the clients

Requirements

  • Four semesters of college Portuguese or Spanish

Formats/Terms

  • Virtual: Summer, Semester

Translation

A consumer-focused marketing agency that provides brand management consulting through research and reports about consumer behavior.

Sample Work Responsibilities

  • Assist the leadership team
  • Project management
  • Translate CRM from English to Portuguese

Requirements:

  • Four semesters of college Portuguese or Spanish

Formats/Terms

  • Virtual: Summer, Semester

Quick Details

2021-22 App. cycle

Fall/Yearlong: Open

Spring: Open

2022-23 App. cycle

Summer Sessions: Opens 9/1
Fall/Yearlong: Opens 9/1
Spring: Opens 9/1

Eligibility

Preferred GPA: 2.5

Program Type

Specialty

Credits

US Credit

Program Capacity

60 students

Instruction

English | Portuguese

Member

BRASA: Brazilian Studies Association

Passport & Visa

Passport & Visa Information