Students studying in Santiago can participate in community engagement, service learning and field-study experiences throughout the year.
Professional development internships in Santiago are available to graduate students and advanced undergraduates in the fall semester. Internship opportunities in the spring semester are extremely limited due to the dates of the program and the Chilean work schedule.
The fall programs feature challenging internships and research projects 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. View a list of representative internships.
Graduate students typically enroll in 9 credits as follows: the professional internship (3 credits); master’s-level seminars taught by the International Relations 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.
Undergraduate students with advanced Spanish language proficiency may also apply for a 3-credit part-time internship in Santiago.
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.
Service Learning and Field Experience
In the fall and spring semesters, 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.