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Internships for Montevideo, Uruguay

Due to heightened concerns about student health and safety we are immediately suspending internship placements, volunteer work, and service-learning projects in health care facilities at all USAC program sites for the remainder of the Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 academic terms. We will continue to monitor the situation and make a decision regarding the availability of these placements during the Fall 2020 semester in the coming weeks. If you have any questions, please contact the USAC internship team at

Internships in Montevideo are offered during the summer, semester and yearlong terms. Internships are optional and included in your program fees. They range from 1-3 credits and are counted as part of your credit load. Interns earn credit, but no financial compensation. 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. You will be placed in a Spanish-speaking environment, with high exposure to culture and language. Most internships will require a high level (language track III or higher) of spanish proficiency. If you are at a lower level of proficiency and are interested in an internship, you may still apply but internships options will be more limited.

Internship placements in Montevideo include:

Social Services

  • Proyecto Colibrí - Students will have the opportunity to work with children from vulnerable neighborhoods in Montevideo. Through recreational activities local children and young volunteers from around the world create a socio-cultural exchange - 4 positions available.
  • Casa Afro-Uruguaya - The Afro-Uruguayan Culture House is a private nonprofit institution that promotes knowledge, appreciation and dissemination of the contributions of Afro-Uruguayans. It contributes to the affirmation of individual and collective identities in the community, encourages cooperation, democratic values, racial equality and better relations - 2 positions available.
  • Cotidiano Mujer - An Uruguayan feminist collective, founded in 1985, dedicated to communication and human rights. The organization is one of the main exponents of the Uruguayan feminist movement. Their work is focused on feminist political communication and public issues public such as abortion, sexual and reproductive rights, the political participation of women, and the ethics of care - 2 positions available.
  • Socialab - A non-profit civil association that seeks to improve the quality of life of people in global vulnerability through the search and support of innovative and sustainable social enterprises - 2 positions available.
  • Casa Uruguay (INAU) - A government operated group home for children and adolescents who do not have a family - 2 positions available.

Sustainable Agriculture

  • Huerta Urbana Parque Rivera - Organic farming, teamwork, and social integration are practiced at this urban farm. Interns can work in two broad areas: urban agriculture and event organizing and social media promotion. Agricultural tasks include preparing the soil, nursery maintenance, planting, and preparing organic fertilizer. Events and social media tasks include preparing the calendar for the semester, organizing activities at the farm, promoting events on social media, and participating in meetings with agro-ecological producers


  • Infinito Coffee & Print - A family business combining a coffee shop and a print shop. Students will conduct market research and suggest process efficiencies as well as social media marketing - 1 position available.

English Teaching

  • Teaching/Tutoring English - Students can work teaching English at the university to local families.


  • The CIE aims to promote an entrepreneurial and innovative culture at the University. To achieve this, it executes actions tending to develop, strengthen and coordinate an ecosystem that links: university, company, society and the financial sector. Achieving that entrepreneurial initiatives become innovative ventures that add value to society. The students at this internship site can work on business related topics assisting the CIE entrepreneurs or staff and mentoring English language communication skills.


  • Lumin is an international enterprise dedicated to full chain production of wood that goes from planting trees to trade the wood panels. The intern at Lumin will develop activities in the office of Montevideo. Responsibilities at the Sales and Customer Services Department could include tracking shipping containers, preparing invoice letters to customers, confirming shipments of new orders, and updating Lumin’s database with new orders, order shipments, and order delivers. Also there are possibilities for IT and finance intern.

*Placement with a particular internship provider is not guaranteed.


  • 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.

Quick Details

2020-21 App. Cycle

Fall/Yearlong: Open

Spring: Open

Spring Accelerated (Jan-March): Open

2021-22 App. Cycle

Summer programs: Opens 9/1


Minimum 2.5 GPA

Program Type



US Credit

Program Capacity

50 students



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