Internship Program in Chile

Cultural Vistas’ Internship Program in Chile provides U.S. and Canadian students and young professionals with internship placements in a variety of fields in the city of Santiago de Chile.

We are please to offer two different 12-week programs in Chile: a four-week Spanish language course and an eight-week internship (language/internship option) or a 12-week internship (internship option). All internships are unpaid; however, scholarships are available to qualified participants.

Cultural Vistas’ Internship Program in Chile is administered in cooperation with our partner organization, Comisión de Intercambio Educativo (COINED), based in Córdoba, Argentina.

What’s Included

  • Application process assistance including help drafting a Chilean-style resume
  • Internship placement in your target field with a Chilean organization
  • Pre-departure orientation mailing
  • Financial assistance via the Cultural Vistas Scholarship Fund (must apply separately)
  • Health insurance (at an additional cost of $55 per month)
  • Airport pickup upon arrival in Santiago (optional)
  • Cultural immersion and orientation seminar upon arrival in Santiago
  • Enrollment in language course (language/internship option)
  • Arrangement of housing in Santiago (optional)
  • Support throughout the program in Chile and the United States
  • Re-entry information and tips on marketing international experience to U.S. employers

Eligibility

  • U.S. or Canadian citizen
  • 18–30 years of age
  • Two years of post-secondary instruction in Spanish or the equivalent (language/internship option)
  • Two years of post-secondary instruction in Spanish or the equivalent AND high-intermediate Spanish sufficient to function in a Spanish-speaking work environment immediately upon arrival in Chile (internship option)
  • Minimum of two years of university-level studies
  • Practical experience in target internship field does not need to be extensive, but is preferred (i.e. summer employment, prior internship, volunteer position, etc.). The more experience an applicant has, the more desirable he/she will be to a potential host company.

Costs

A non-refundable $75 is due with your application. Applications are reviewed only after this fee has been paid.

For program fees, please see the Full List of Fees and Housing Options.

Please note that we will only process payments from qualified applicants.

Program Details

This tab contains information on Cultural Vistas Internship Program in Chile concerning important topics, such as the placement process, housing, and program options. Please make sure to review the Fees and FAQ sections after reading the information below.

Conversational Interview

Once we have received your complete application, we will review it to make sure you meet all program requirements. If you meet the requirements, we will conduct a short phone interview with you to discuss the program and your expectations, answer your questions, and test your Spanish language skills. Following a successful interview, we will formally accept you to the program and start the placement process. If it is determined that you would benefit from an intensive Spanish course prior to your internship, we will recommend that you participate in the Language/Internship Option.

Placement Process

Once your application has been reviewed and you have been accepted to the program, we will wait for you to confirm your participation. Once your signed acceptance documents are received, Cultural Vistas, in cooperation with COINED, will begin looking for an unpaid internship position with a host company in Santaigo for you. Cultural Vistas/COINED work with all types of companies: small family-owned businesses, medium-sized companies, and multinational holdings.

After reviewing your resume and conducting a telephone interview with you, we will have a solid understanding of your strengths and professional interests. Based on this information, we will begin contacting suitable, potential host companies. The placement process can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to several months after acceptance into the program. Your resume and previous experience coupled with each employer’s respective schedule often dictates how quickly a position can be found.

Information

Participants will receive regular email updates about program-related topics and helpful information about Chile. Please note that it is crucial for the placement process that participants check their email frequently and respond to emails as soon as possible. Participants must inform Cultural Vistas immediately of any changes in their contact information or start and end dates of their program.

Orientation

Once an internship has been confirmed and approximately a month before the program start date, you will receive a pre-departure packet covering details related to your program. Topics will include important program dates, what to bring, travel specifics, an introduction to the Chilean workplace and many other important points related to your stay in Chile.

Before beginning your internship in Chile, a COINED representative will conduct an orientation seminar on the Chilean workplace, provide information about Chile and make the first introduction to your host company.

Host Companies

Internships are available with various types of companies: small family-owned businesses, medium sized companies, multinational holdings, research institutions, and non-profit or government organizations. We will do our best to locate the best possible internship for you, based on your previous work experience, language skills, educational background, and interests.

Internship Positions

Tasks for interns are as diverse as the companies and the participants. Some companies will expect interns to work independently, while others prefer to supervise their work closely. Although it will be your responsibility to negotiate your direct work conditions, we will try to assist you whenever possible. Your resume will be sent to several companies in your field. You will be notified of your placement approximately three weeks prior to your program start date. In addition to gaining professional experience, you will have a firsthand opportunity to be a part of Chilean culture and dramatically improve your language skills. Even if the internship itself is not exactly what you imagined it would be, please remember that you will return home with invaluable personal and professional experiences.

Language Course

The language course is designed specifically for foreign students and is based on exercises emphasizing practical vocabulary, grammatical structures and intensive conversation. Classes are held in small groups of students organized according to skill level. Classes are four hours a day, five days a week. Students also have the option of taking intensive individual classes at an additional cost. Field trips into the city and other outings may complement the lessons.

Start Date and Duration

Internships normally begin on a Monday and end on a Friday, lasting for approximately three months (12 weeks). You are expected to apply at least three to four months prior to your desired program start date. (If you are applying to intern in the summer, please note relevant deadlines!) Programs are usually 12 weeks long, but it may be possible to have a slightly shorter internship, please contact us about this. The Language/Internship Option begins with a four-week Spanish language course followed by an eight-week internship. The Internship Option is a 12-week internship for participants with advanced language skills.

Compensation

Scholarships to be used towards living and travel expenses are available through the Cultural Vistas Scholarship Fund for qualified applicants.

Health Insurance

To ensure that all participants are covered throughout the duration of their internship, Cultural Vistas requires that all participants purchase our HTH Insurance policy (currently $55 per month). Students who are required to purchase equivalent international health insurance from their university will be exempt, but must provide proof of insurance enrollment and a letter from the university confirming coverage.

Housing

COINED, our partner organization, can arrange for participants to live in a private or shared room with a Chilean host family or in a student residence. Please refer to the full list of Fees and Housing Options. Participants should recognize that a certain degree of flexibility will be necessary to adjust to Chilean customs and way of life, as well as to adjust to the difference of living standards that exists between the United States and Chile.

Travel

Participants must bear all travel costs. All travel arrangements and expenses within Chile are the responsibility of the participant. While we understand that you want to see as much as possible during your time in South America, please note that this is not a work/travel program. Participants are expected to spend the entire duration of their program completing their internship. Weekend trips to learn more about Chile and its culture are of course encouraged.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Applications must be submitted at least 3 to 4 months before desired start date.

Application Deadline: Applications for summer 2017 are due January 15, 2017.

Request an Application

Application Checklist

We encourage you to submit all of your application materials online. However, should you encounter any difficulties in uploading your application materials, please feel free to send them in hard copy to the address indicated below along with any documents requiring original signatures. The complete application must be submitted by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time Zone) on the day of the application deadline, including any letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc. mailed separately.

Application materials to be submitted

  1. Completed online application
  2. Passport-style photo (of you alone, wearing business attire)
  3. Official college/university transcripts
  4. If this internship is required for your degree, please include a letter verifying this
  5. Current resume in English
  6. Letter of recommendation from a current or former employer
  7. Letter of recommendation from a professor qualified to comment on your Spanish language skills
  8. One-page resume in Spanish patterned after the sample provided. Your Spanish resume should reflect your skills and experience as in your English resume
  9. Completed diagnostic Spanish language test
  10. Completed Housing Request Form (not required if you would like to find your own housing)
  11. Personal statement in Spanish titled “Mis esperanzas sobre el programa en Chile”. The statement should not exceed one typewritten page (1.5 spacing, 12 point font) and should address the following topics:
    • The field in which you would prefer to intern
    • The type of work you expect to do
    • What skills you have to offer a host company as an intern, and where and how you acquired those skills, i.e. How are you prepared to work in your desired field?
  1. $75 Application Fee* payable by personal check or money order. To pay the fee online, please contact us.

*The Cultural Vistas application fee of $75 (USD) is due at the time of application; the program fee of $775 will be due upon acceptance to the program. Applications will not be processed until the application fee has been paid.

Please mail your payment and any application materials you are submitting in hard copy to:

Cultural Vistas
ATTN: Internship Program in Chile
440 Park Avenue South, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10016

You may preview and edit your application at any time until you have clicked on the “Submit” button. To preview your application, click “Print Version”. When editing your application, please be sure to click “Save” before exiting to ensure that all data is saved. We encourage you to print a copy of your completed application before submitting it. Please note that once an application has been submitted, it is considered final!

If you have questions, please email us at usabroad@culturalvistas.org

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need insurance coverage?

To ensure that all participants are covered throughout the duration of their internship, Cultural Vistas requires that all participants purchase our HTH Insurance policy (currently $55 per month). Students who are required to purchase equivalent international health insurance from their university will be exempt, but must provide proof of insurance enrollment and a letter from the university confirming coverage.

Will I have an opportunity to travel while interning abroad?

Cultural Vistas encourages you to explore as much as possible during your time abroad; however, please keep in mind that you are an employee at a company. Therefore, you are expected to attend work according to the expectations of your employer.

Will I receive school credit for my internship?

Credit is given at the discretion of each respective college or university. Be sure to speak with a coordinator at your school before beginning the internship to arrange proper credit. Cultural Vistas is able to provide a letter certifying participation in the program should the university request it. Contact your program officer for assistance.

Does Cultural Vistas offer scholarships?

Scholarships are available through the Cultural Vistas Scholarship Fund to those who have already been accepted to the program and have confirmed their intent to participate. A scholarship application will be sent via email to all eligible participants. Scholarships are available to U.S. citizens only. Priority will be given to participants who demonstrate financial need.

What is involved in the application process?

Complete an online application by clicking the “Request an Application” button. After submitting background information about yourself, we will email you a password granting you access to our online application system.

After submitting a completed application, all supporting documents, and the application fee payment, Cultural Vistas will schedule telephone interviews with all qualified candidates. During this telephone interview, we will make an assessment of your abilities, language skills, and career goals and will answer any questions you may have.

After a successful interview, you will be formally accepted into the program and we, in cooperation with our in-country partner, will begin the search for an appropriate internship.

Are the internships paid?

Internships are unpaid. There are, however, scholarships available through the Cultural Vistas Scholarship Fund to help offset the cost of living expenses for those who qualify. Scholarship applications are available after acceptance into the program.

Am I involved in the internship search?

Cultural Vistas will work diligently to find a placement for you; however, proactive participation from your end is strongly encouraged, though not required. You may approach potential host companies independently or offer contact information to us throughout the search; however, it is essential that you inform us of all outside contact.

Will I receive a refund if I am not offered an internship?

Yes. All fees paid (less the $75 non-refundable application fee) will be refunded in the unlikely event that you are accepted into the program and an internship is not found for you.

Cultural Vistas will work with each participant to see that they receive an internship most suited to their interests and capabilities. Previous work experience coupled with the chosen field of work will influence the availability and ease of finding a position.

Do I need to speak Spanish?

The language requirement for this program is two years of post-secondary language instruction in Spanish or the equivalent (i.e. previous study abroad). A language assessment during the interview process will determine whether you would benefit from enrollment in intensive Spanish courses prior to your internship. Participants are responsible for the costs of any language courses.

How much is the program fee and what does it cover? What additional costs can I expect?

There is a $75 non-refundable application fee due with your application.

The remaining balance will vary, based on the options you choose regarding language courses and housing.

In addition to the language course and housing options, the program fee includes internship placement with a Chilean host company, a pre-departure orientation mailing, an orientation seminar before the start of your internship in Chile, assistance with any bureaucratic matters, support throughout the program in Chile and in the United States, and reentry information upon completion of the program. The participant is responsible for airfare and transportation in the host country, as well as meals and housing if they opt out of the Cultural Vistas/COINED housing options. Insurance must be purchased through Cultural Vistas (currently $55 per month), unless proof of enrollment in equivalent international insurance required by your university is provided.

What kind of companies offer internships?

Internships are available with all types of companies: small family-owned businesses, medium sized companies, multinational holdings, research institutions, and non-profit or government organizations. We will do our best to locate the best possible internship for you, based on your previous work experience, language skills, educational background, and interests.

How does the placement process work?

After reviewing your resume and conducting a telephone interview with you, we will have a solid understanding of your strengths and professional interests. Based on this information, we will begin contacting suitable, potential host companies in Santiago. The placement process can take anywhere from two weeks to several months after acceptance into the program. Your personal resume and previous experience coupled with each employer’s respective schedule often dictates how quickly a position can be found.

Do I need a visa?

U.S. citizens do not need a visa to enter Chile and can stay for up to 90 days. Canadian citizens also do not need a visa to Chile, but are are charged a $132 USD reciprocity fee upon entry.

What is the duration of the program?

The duration of the Internship Program in Chile is normally 12 weeks but can occasionally be shorter, depending on the participant’s wishes, schedule and language skills. Typically, the program consists either of a two- to three-month internship or a one-month language course plus a two-month internship.

Where will I live during the program?

COINED, our partner organization, can arrange for participants to live in a private or shared room with a Chilean host family or in a student residence. Please refer to the full list of Fees and Housing Options. Participants should recognize that a certain degree of flexibility will be necessary to adjust to Chilean customs and way of life, as well as to adjust to the difference of living standards that exists between the United States and Chile.