Street in Santiago

Professional development internships in Santiago are available to graduate students and advanced undergraduates.

The program features challenging internships and researchships with NGOs, government agencies, and private-sector offices involved in international trade, gender and minority issues, social work, sociology, journalism, commerce, and banking. Former students have interned at the American Chamber of Commerce, the UN Economic Commission for South America and the Caribbean, the U.S. Embassy, the Ford Foundation, and FLACSO. Education students have also worked in Chilean schools. Students must be proficient in Spanish and commit to working at least 30 hours per week. A list of representative internships is available here.

Graduate students typically enroll in 9 credits as follows: the professional internship (3 credits); master’s-level seminars taught by the International Realtions and Public Policy departments of Pontificia Universidad Catolica (3-6 credits); or a course or research project at the SU Center (3 credits). Qualified undergraduate students may enroll for a 6-credit internship (a minimum of 270 internship hours), the Contemporary Issues Signature Seminar, and an additional program course, to earn a minimum of 12 credits for the semester.*

If interested, you can complete the Internship Request Form with the online application and submit a resume showing relevant coursework and prior work experience in the requested internship field. You must prove Spanish proficiency with a language recommendation, Spanish writing sample, and interview.

*Undergraduate students with advanced Spanish language proficiency may also apply for an intensive four-week, 3-credit internship in Ecuador during the Cuenca Language Immersion Program, or a 3-credit part-time internship in Santiago.

Service Learning and Field Experience

Undergraduate students have an opportunity for community engagement in NGOs, local schools, or community-based organizations. These projects are components of the Contemporary Issues course.