Internships for Santiago, Chile

Internships in Santiago are offered during the summer, semester, and yearlong terms. Internships are optional and included in your program fees. Interns receive up to two credits in the summer or up to three credits in the semester, but no financial compensation. Internships count as part of your credit load. In addition to professional and academic experience, internships are a great way to immerse yourself in the culture, meet locals, and practice your language skills. Students are placed in a Spanish-speaking environment, with high exposure to culture and language. Internships fall into the broad categories of education, museums, design and communication, social work/social welfare, human rights, arts administration, non-profits, the environment, and hospitality.

Past internship placements in Santiago have included:

  • El Circo del Mundo*: a non-profit performing arts organization, founded in 1995 with the support of Cirque du Soleil, dedicated to the teaching, professionalization, and promotion of the circus in Chile by providing a training school in circus performance and programming for disadvantaged youth. Positions include office intern, language tutor/teacher, health/kinesiology/physiotherapy/nutrition, sport science, martial arts, or music/dance/circus.
  • Fundación Pablo Neruda (Pablo Neruda Foundation): foundation whose mission is to promote and preserve the poetic, artistic, and humanist legacy of the poet, to provide greater access to his work in Chile, and to offer a platform to support writers and artists.
  • Súmate: a non-profit organization whose mission is to work with children and at-risk youth to improve their educational and life skills for future employability, working with different age groups to provide tutoring and social support.
  • Chilextremo: an organization founded in 2009 to develop and operate adventure sports and tourism in Chile. They operate hostels, activities related to extreme sports at the beach, in the mountains, and in the city. Recently they have expanded into large-scale sporting events such as the first championship "Running Chile Challenge."
  • Hotel Acacias de Vitacura (Acacias Hotel): an attractive, four-star hotel in a quiet, residential area of Santiago. Positions include administration, human resources, communication in English, or other aspects of the hotel operations.
  • EDRAS (Chilean Dramatherapy School): positions include translating.
  • Museo La Merced
  • Maria Jesus Vergara: a home for children with cancer.

Examples marked with an asterisk have summer internships available; you'll need to attend both Summer Sessions I & II to participate.

Eligibility:

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Junior Standing (at time of internship)
  • Foreign language proficiency (some placements)

A $200 refundable fee is charged and returned upon successful completion of the internship. Placement is not guaranteed by USAC; rather it will be determined by your application, supporting materials, and an interview with the internship sponsor on site.