Internships in Chile

Gain valuable internship experience, boost your resume, and live like a local in Vina Del Mar and Valparaiso.

If you don’t know much about Chile, that’s OK! After 10 years placing interns here, there may not be a better place to do your internship abroad. Our International Internship Program runs in the neighboring cities of Viña Del Mar and Valparaiso. These two bustling, yet, majestic major Chilean beach cities each have a unique flavor of their own.

Viña Del Mar is often called the “Garden City” due to the surrounding large parks and green areas alongside the city. Chileans have dubbed this city the ideal community to live and work in the country.

Valparaiso goes by the monikers of “Little San Francisco” and “The Jewel of the Pacific” due to its historical significance as being one of the most important seaports of the South Pacific region. Today, the port city is a major educational center boasting several vocational colleges and four traditional universities.

Upon arrival to the Intern in Chile program, you’ll be picked up at the airport and taken directly to your housing (which is included in our fee). You’ll stay in a downtown shared apartment or small house, with your own room.

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Chile Intern having fun

You can also choose to stay with a Chilean family (this homestay option includes meals and laundry, inquire about the price difference!).

3 weeks of intensive classes are also included right upon arrival. Adelante staff live full time in Viña Del Mar and Valparaiso and are there to support you as needed. You will benefit immensely, professionally and personally and culturally, as an active candidate in our Intern in Chile program.

We can almost guarantee we offer the most affordable internship programs in Chile, do your research!

Internships are for 4 hours each day in federal government entities, Chilean-owned private or public companies/corporations or in non-profit agencies. You can choose to intern in several different fields such as Medical and OT, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources, Technology, Marketing, Teaching English, Accounting, Engineering, Analyst, Social Services, Education and more. To get started, apply today!

NOTE** For most international internships in Chile, some Spanish language skills are required.

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What's Included in Your Chile Program?

Our Intern in Chile programs include some key features, here are just a few:

  • The amount of time you choose to intern is flexible, with program lengths ranging from 1 to 6 months, all begin the first Monday of each month, year round.
  • Intern in Chile program can be done for academic credit (240 contact hours for a three month internship program, for example)
  • 3 weeks of intensive Spanish language classes are included in the fee.
  • A contracted international internship work assignment is guaranteed, and you will know where you are interning long before you arrive. Candidates gain real, international work experience to upgrade their resume.
  • You will be met at the airport when you arrive in Chile, taken directly to your housing.
  • Housing is included. Live in an apartment or small house, in your own room; all housing is close to the Pacific ocean – within a 10 minute walk, some with ocean and city views!
  • Our Directors in Chile are very well connected and this is how we build or create  a tailored internship placement for each of our candidates.
  • Some excursions are included during the 3 weeks Spanish course— think wine-tasting, “trekking” (a bit less effort than hiking), walking tours, and visits to the amazing National Parks.

For a comprehensive list of what’s included, click here!

Why Should You Choose Adelante Abroad?

  • Internship programs offered in NINE International Locations
  • Over 30 career fields available – Guaranteed Placements
  • 2 – to 6 – Month programs available year-round
  • Gap Year opportunities for high school grads, freshmen & sophomores
  • Affordable programs for students, recent grads & more

Is This Program Right For You?

Answer the following questions:

  • Are you an independent-minded individual?
  • Will you be Age 18 or older by the time you begin your program?
  • Do you speak fluent English? (This program is open to candidates worldwide)
  • Do you desire the opportunity to live and work alongside local people abroad?
  • Are you flexible and open to situations outside of your comfort zone (i.e. public transportation, new environment, different customs, etc.)?
  • Are you looking for a program duration between 1 to 6 months?

If you answered YES to these questions, then this program is right for you!

For many programs, Spanish skills are required at least at a low-intermediate level, but placements can be found in some sectors for complete beginners (e.g. Teaching English). Certain fields may have specific requirements for prior experience or studies.

Our program works, for the right candidate, even if you haven’t yet begun your international travels. We’ll create a customized once-in-a-lifetime program for you!

Hear From Our Past Candidates

List of Fields Available in Our Chile Internships (Vina Del Mar and Valparaiso)

Architecture: Projects, Courses, Associations, Consulting

Requirements: Field of study, computer skills

Design / Decorating: Design association, consulting, individual clients needs

Requirements: Field of study, past experience, marketing, creativity

Apply for an Architecture and Design international internship in Madrid today!

Art Galleries: Art Consulting, Expositions, Marketing works of art (local and foreign artists)
Requirements: international internships in the arts require field of study, ability to present in front of groups, continuing education

Accounting:  Future CPAs this is the international internship placement for you!  Candidates are also taught routine duties related to accounting: databases, inputting expenses and payments (A/R), billing, banking, financial procedures, budgeting in accordance. Work with firms that provide legal and tax advice.  Intern in the Accounting Department of a company or for an Accounting / Financial firm that provides these services to its exterior clients.

Banking / Financial Sector: Smaller investment firms take our interns too, work with stock market & bonds analysis, individual investment planning and more. Requirements- Field of study at the university level, strong language skills, strong computer skills, past finance internship helpful, desire to have a career in this field.

Consulting: This international internship will require studies in the field of Law, Economics, Political Science or similar and a minimum intermediate level of Spanish. Duties related to corporate strategies: consulting regarding changes or bettering corporate culture to ensure productivity, helping to set “benchmarks” and make sure they are met, testing of corporate culture, “coaching.” Duties related to corporate Organization: organizational design, analysis, diagnosis and implementing then tracking of procedures. Duties related to Marketing: marketing plans, research, relational marketing, and satisfaction studies of existing clients. Duties are related to investments: auditing, financial advice, fiscal and labor issues.  

Lots of international internship opportunities for engineering candidates in the fields of mechanical, electrical and civil engineering in Chile. Candidates could be working on projects for airports, hotels, hospitals, schools, commercial buildings or urban developments.

Graphic Design: Creation of web pages and promotional materials such as catalogs, brochures, logos, info CD’s, special promos, etc. The intern will be placed in companies that have as their clients’ other companies who need GD services or also in companies that have a GD department to design their own materials.

Graphic Arts: Studios, Printing firms, Graphic Design, Marketing, Logistics
Requirements: Experience in Graphic Design, a field of study, good computer skills

International internships available in the HR departments of companies and other entities such as non-profits and government offices in Chile. Assisting in salaries calculation and wage payment, insurance issues for employees, hiring and firing new employees, updating paperwork when new laws are put into effect, helping with the various corporate taxes paid by Chilean corporations, and other HR duties.

These international internships in Chile may include programming, software design, development and testing, IT user support, and system maintenance. Candidates may also be involved with maintaining and improving internal processes at different corporations/organizations, digitalizing processes and planning new technical products. Candidates may be placed in IT companies dedicated to creating programs or providing services for other companies, in the IT Department of a larger company, or in an NGO.

Information Technology: Product distribution (new software), firms that outsource their IT staff to clients needing help in this area
Requirements: Good computer skills, field of study, imagination

Interns will participate in editing and publication of newspapers and magazines, including marketing, communications, design, writing and correction of articles, photography, research, web design and more. 

Publishing / Press: Book preparation, economic books, textbooks, catalogs, billing, Library. National, regional, local press, writing, ads/announcements
Requirements: Marketing, experience in the sector, good computer skills, persistent

TV Journalism: Fast-paced internship at one of the world’s top 24-hour news channels. Limited spots are available for the right candidate. Interns must be able to follow instructions and work independently. Advanced Spanish skills and Journalism or Communication Studies are required.

TV – Radio: Local and regional and some national station spots available.
Requirements: Past experience in the sector, good language skills, good computer skills, and extroverted personality

This sector is often times the most complicated to place in: the actual law firms in Chile require not only a high level of Spanish but also that candidates have taken their LSAT’s and / or are already enrolled in law school. 

Law – Legal: Labor, Criminal, Administrative law. Project and case assistance
Requirements: Law field, LSATs preferred, good computer skills

This international internship can take place in distinct firms and organizations in Chile. In the larger corporations, the candidate will work in a specific department usually focusing on maintaining and reinforcing the already created projects/clients, attending to specific client and collaboration company’s needs. In the smaller organizations and companies, the objective may be to create and maintain new marketing/ad/ PR strategies to garner new clients/results. The candidates will do their internships in private companies, corporations or in non-profit agencies or organizations.

Communications: Communications Sector to include business in Tourism, the Press, magazines, insurance, automotive, health services
– Requirements- past experience or internships in the sector, good language skills, the field of study, creativity, enthusiasm

 Event spokesperson / Company Rep: Public Relations, Corporate Fairs / Expos, Product Launches

Requirements- Able to speak and be in front of groups, language skills/aptitude, “people person

This medical international internship in Chile program will provide the candidate the opportunity to shadow a nurse, doctor or surgeon, visiting patients in a major medical center. Initially, the candidate may do minor tasks associated with patients and patient care, and will be given more responsibility once his/her capacity is determined. For some, this will be mostly observation. For others, this can be the realization of medical duties. Logically, much depends on the candidate, their level of Spanish, past internships, etc. This is an amazing opportunity to experience first-hand how the medical profession operates in a foreign country, and to appreciate how the policies and procedures differ in Chile as compared to the United States. A minimum of low-intermediate to intermediate Spanish is required for this sector.

Associations / Non-profits: International internship opportunities in Chile for non-profits include- Women’s issues, under-served children, “third age” issues, Immigrant rights groups, Addiction and rehabilitation groups, Employer groups, Downs Syndrome, Gay, Lesbian, Bi/Transsexual assoc, and more.
Requirements: Vocation, experience with desired group or association, good language skills & computer skills, marketing, desire to assist and advocate for others.

The interns can work for different companies, institutions and organizations in the areas of communication, design, marketing and public relations. They can also work for art galleries and museums and urbanism projects. They can compile their material to be used for business marketing and press. For international internships in Photography we can place in a University setting or in a newspaper / magazine publication setting.

Interns will work shadowing a psychologist (space based on availability – doctors can usually only take one intern at a time), or work in the private sector or within a non-profit. Many placements lean heavier towards Social Work simply because most of our interns are not ready or capable of handling their own clients or caseload.

Private sector examples are centers dedicated typically to a subset of issues such as neurocognitive rehabilitation.

Our international internship program in Chile works with various companies teaching English. Inquire with us today to find out more details!

Candidates who choose international internships in Chile in the sector of Tourism and Hospitality are placed in Hotels, where they “float” thru a variety of Department depending on their skills/abilities. We also place in Travel Agents, where candidates help with marketing their products, client services, reservations and more. There are many companies in this sector, including Special Event management firms, Interchange groups (very similar to Adelante but sending Chileans abroad!), and more.

Hotels: Hotel industry, work in 3-, 4-, 5- star establishments, will do a rotation in all departments, depending on language ability
Requirements: Field of study, good public relations skills and language skills

Candidates in this sector have as their main goal either giving back to the communities they are living in while abroad with us, or making a difference in those same communities.  There are dozens of underfunded organizations run by passionate individuals looking to assist, typically, a massively under-served population. Come join them!  Able-bodied, curious, giving volunteers are always in demand.


Winery international internships:  This industry in Chile is booming and is quite advanced for how young it is. Winery interns will be helping with many aspects, mostly depending on the time of year they are there (e.g. the “crush” is March – May, for example, bottling is in July and August, etc) This makes for excellent “International Relations” internships doing tours and events for visitors from Chile and also from all over the world. Remember that these positions will be at the wineries which are located in the valley area near to Vina del Mar and Valparaiso, not in the downtown living areas – a good 40 minute bus ride, and the winery will sometimes offer to pay for monthly bus passes or set up a carpool with a local employee.

Associations / Non-profits: Work with underserved children or children with Downs Syndrome in a non-profit setting Requirements: Vocation, experience with desired group or association, good language skills & computer skills, marketing, desire to assist and advocate for others

Kindergarten and Pre-Schools: Attention and teaching to young children Requirements: Field of study, licensed would help, past experience and patience

TEACHING ENGLISH / LANGUAGES: Candidates interested in international internships in the world of languages can participate in internships collaborating in language classes for children, creating instructive lessons / new ideas for learning, designing materials, developing new activities that will be used during classes, both theoretical and practical. In summer there are opportunities to intern as a language assistant with university students taking intensive summer English courses. Under this heading, we also offer Translation internships, whereby candidates can assist Translation Agencies. There is also a good opportunity to serve as “host” or “hostess” at Conventions, Fairs and Expos for participating firms; Event Planning and other Interchange companies also seek this type of candidate for internships in Spain.

With international internships in Chile, the sky is the limit in terms of field placements! There are too many for us to list them all out but such placements in Political Science, Archaeology, Auto Industry, Zoo, Photography, Veterinary, and others do exist (even something like Poultry Sciences!)… if you don’t see your desired field on the list, it doesn’t mean that we can’t place you!

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