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Internships in Chile

Internships in Chile

International Internships in Chile – We guarantee this is the most affordable internship in Chile program you’ll find on the market today! Located in Valparaiso and Vina del Mar, we offer placements in Architecture and Construction, Arts, Business, Engineering, Graphic Design, Human Resources, Information Technology (IT), International Business, Journalism and Media, Law, Marketing, Public Relations, Medical /Healthcare, Non-profits (NGOs) , Photography/Film & Video/Digital Art, Psychology, Social Work, Teaching English, Tourism and Hospitality, Volunteer, Winery, Work with Children, and more!

For a list complete with internship descriptions, scroll below to the bottom of this page. NOTE** For most international internships in Chile, some Spanish language skills are required.

Program Description

Program Overview & List of Internships

Vina del Mar is often called the “Garden City” due to the surrounding large parks and green areas along 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 taking directly to your housing (which is included in our fee). Stay in a downtown shared apartment or small house, with your own room, or choose to stay with a Chilean family (this home stay option includes meals and laundry, inquire about the price difference!).

3 weeks of intensive classes are included right upon arrival.  

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.

Adelante staff live full time in Vina 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! To get started, apply today!

What You’re Getting

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 12 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.
  • 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!
  • Come with a friend and live together during your adventure in Chile.
  • Visas are not typically needed for this program, rather an in-country extension process for those participating longer term. We assist with the paperwork required for this option, as needed
  •  Our Director in Chile is very well connected and this is how we build or create  a tailored internship placement for each of our candidates. Our Co-Direcotra also speaks English, is hard working and will ensure that your program once in Chile goes smoothly
  • 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.
  • We also organize other events each month, which you are welcome to participate in — some have a small fee, others are free.
  • Our programs are meant for the independent traveler who doesn’t need hand holding or strict itineraries, a near impossible thing to promise in an international setting.

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

Excursions

Below are some sample activities and excursions that are available in the Intern in Chile program:

*Guided visit to “La Sebastiana”,  Nobel Prize winner Pablo Nerudas house in Valparaiso + walking tour of the neighborhood and the “ascensores”.

* Wine tour to Casablanca Winery, with  samples and snacks (some of our interns work here!)

* Gourmet Chilean cooking class

* Day trip to Olmue (summertime only as a dip in the pool is a must)

* Sandboarding, in the dunes of Con Con

* Beach walk, including visits to artesanal cafes and local favorite “empanadas”

* Botanical Garden tour, zip-lining when available

Sebastiana_home of the Nobel Prize for Literature , Pablo Neruda

(La Sebastiana)

Excursions are subject to change and may depend on factors such as the weather, number of participants, etc.

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List of Internships in Chile

Click on any of the internship fields below for a description.

ARCHITECTURE & CONSTRUCTION

Residential and Commercial Architecture companies take our interns in Chile. Also, there are many companies now that are contracted by the city of Valpariaso to transform historical buildings that may not, by law, be torn down, rather must be renovated.  With this international internship, candidates work on all parts of these projects, both the design, build-out and repair stage. Projects in the city of Valparaiso will be mainly related to repairing or transforming old historical buildings; while projects in Vina will be designing and developing new buildings, apartments or interior design custom homes.

ART

ART GALLERY / MUSEUM: Intern in an art gallery specializing in emerging local artists, presenting works of art including paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, ceramics , books and antiques. Or intern in a museum that has collections of 19th and 20th century work from Europe and Chile. Learn about the various works and the artists to explain to visitors, organize events, assist in the translation of abstract works and their artists. Opportunity also to intern with the open air museum of murals in Valparaiso – learn about the architecture and history of Valparaiso in addition to the artists and their works. Assist in making tourist guides in English and Spanish.

PHOTOGRAPHY, FILM/VIDEO AND DIGITAL ART: Our interns work for different companies, institutions and organizations in the areas of communication, design, creative marketing. Art galleries and museums and urbanism projects also need help with photographing their particular projects, internal use videos and external, marketing use videos needed too.  For Photography we offer a University setting or in a newspaper / magazine publication setting.

TEACHING ART/ NON-PROFIT:  Interns working in this position will teach children and teenagers in the different areas of the Arts: Music, Visual Arts, Acting, Dancing, etc. Apart from teaching, they will have to develop their own projects to be presented, at the end of the internship, to the community where they worked. This international internship will be held in a non-profit organization that has been working for 9 years, dedicated to help children at social risk in mostly after-school projects. It is located in a poor sector in the city of Vina del Mar.

BUSINESS

ENTREPRENEURIALISM internships: An Adelante front-office favorite, interns who choose this sector work with innovative “Incubator”  firms that deliver micro and larger loans to Chilean entrepreneurs, after a competitive application process. Think Shark Tank light.  Candidates get to see all aspects of a start-up company abroad, and help fund those start-ups! Duties include assisting with business plans, initial marketing materials, presentation to investors and even sometimes help setting up the newly formed corporation.

ACCOUNTING internships: Interns here will be taught regular AR and AP duties related to the accounting field: working in QuickBooks equivalent, managing checks, bills and bank statements, financial procedures and planning the budget. Interns will be placed in state or public companies, as well as in non-profit organizations.

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT internships: The main duties in this position will be to create and execute new business strategies, cultural and educational programs, new products and services, and to improve the already existing processes. Chile has signed several international business agreements with different countries (USA, European Community, Korea), which makes for a lot of activity, in small and medium sized companies, in this sector.  There is government support for business between these countries and funding available to build new programs with them.

ENGINEERING

ENGINEERING: Interns work for big and medium-size companies and organizations carrying out duties related to: production planning, logistics, cost reduction, financial areas, and also implementing quality policies, such as, ISO 9000 and ISO 14000.

URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING: In this international internship sector candidates are placed in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the local City Hall / Council or with a local university.

GRAPHIC DESIGN

The interns will create brochures and flyers, design print and web materials, make logos, flyers, promo materials in Chile. Moreover, they will support projects related to different areas of work. Interns will be placed in state or public companies, as well as in non-profit organizations. this international internship is a broad sector now, encompassing things like marketing and social media and web development, as well.

HUMAN RESOURCES

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.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

COMPUTER & SOFTWARE: The interns will work programming and designing software. They will be in charge of equipment maintenance. They will also work on improving already existing processes, digitalizing files and planning new computer projects. With this international internship, candidates will be placed in state or public companies, as well as in non-profit organizations. There are plenty of opportunities for information technology internships in Chile.

JOURNALISM

JOURNALISM internships in Chile: Work in a magazine or local newspaper, typically an English / Spanish publication. Plan on editing texts, interviewing people, finding or taking photos for articles. Participate in creative projects and meetings such as brainstorming for relevant article ideas. Plan to be sent “out” on assignment and many ask our interns to bring their own cameras and laptops.

At a private University, we are given one tow two spots for journalism interns working in the Communications department. Duties include: coordination of communications from various departments regarding internal and external activities at the university; reports and interviews and chronicling of Dept of Communications activities; participation in the creation of the university News paper “Viento Norte”, including editing & design; news items to be reported on the universities web page.

RADIO STATION: Radio stations in Chile are extremely relevant socially, not just to entertain, but also to communicate trends and news both nationally and internationally.

The intern will be involved in a dynamic atmosphere with a diverse range of tasks under the supervision of a news or journalist Director. For this internship much responsibility is required, as the work completed by the intern will be dispersed into the community. The intern can become involved in different areas, based on their skill set, desires and ongoing projects. For example: programming, news, radio ‘controller’, interviews and publicity. This is a solid work experience assignment. High intermediate level of Spanish required.

For the right intern:   Young, alternative radio station offers a vigorous work experience. Recordings are once a week, and the rest of the week plan on working ‘in the street’, conducting interviews, recording ads, editing interviews, working the online version of the various radio show options, finalizing articles to be read and any other tasks the Radio Manager requests.  Plenty of action, current, and quite busy.  Requirements:  strong intermediate to advanced level of Spanish, especially conversation for interviewing guests.

LAW

Candidates in this international internship sector will have the chance to work in the fields of: Maritime Law, International Business Transactions, Environmental Law and Tributary Law. Since Chile is just starting the system of oral trials, interns with experience here have the option to assist with giving lectures and workshops to Chilean Lawyers and Law students explaining strategies and techniques used in USA. Internships available in public, governmental settings and also in private law firms.

MARKETING / PUBLIC RELATIONS

Marketing internships in Chile: Every company needs marketing! This is a good, general business field to gain international internship experience. Lots of Social Media now, plus traditional market Research, as well as Event Planning and PR.  Some companies already have a plan in place and the intern will integrate into that existing set of duties; many others will look to the intern for  help building a marketing strategy.  Creative individuals wanted and also implementers!  Interns will be placed in mostly private corporations, possibly state or public companies, as well as in non-profit organizations, since really all do need and use marketing each working day.

MEDICAL / HEALTHCARE

State run Healthcare means that we cannot place in the larger State Hospitals in Chile, rather we work within the growing Private Clinica sectors with this international internship.  Much like what has happened in places like Spain, where the state run healthcare left a lot to be desired, a healthy private medical sector has evolved. Major surgeries still happen at state level Hospitals, primarily.  Candidates will work with Nursing, Public Health, Vacunatorios, Physical Therapy/Kinesiology and long term illness care-giving. Settings include large Clinics, small private practices and medium sized PT offices .

NON-PROFIT / NEW** LGBTQ PLACEMENTS

Choose non-profit internships in Chile in these fields:  LGBTQ, Cancer awareness, Aids issues, homelessness assistance, drug rehabilitation centers and animal shelters.

NEW**  Good stuff happening for those who want to work with LGBTQ issues.  New legislation was enacted recently called “Zamudios Law” after a young gay boy was attacked.  This has created renewed efforts and more organizations focused on advocating and assisting the LGBTQ population.

Within the various international internships in non-profit organizations, interns help in a host of different fields, wherever they are most needed,  such as marketing and public relations, international business development, social work and psychology, graphic design, human resources, computer and software, teaching art, and even accounting.

PHOTOGRAPHY, FILM/VIDEO, & DIGITAL ART

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.

PSYCHOLOGY & SOCIAL WORK

Placements here include shadowing a psychologist, working in a counselling office of an elementary – high school, interning in the Human Resources department assisting employees with personal issues – Psychology in Chile is broad based and many who study Psychology wind up working in HR or in the legal field.

Social work international internships are usually within non-profit settings as our candidates are not ready to have their own caseloads yet. Typical settings are groups that work with at risk populations or under served populations.  Tell us what you are interested in and usually we can find a match in this field.

TEACHING ENGLISH

Teaching English international internships: The interns working in this position will have to teach different levels of English (mainly to adults but sometimes to children), create class resources and materials, develop new activities to use during the lessons and give one-to-one conversational classes. The internship will be in the city of Vina del Mar, but there is also the possibility of doing it in three different cities of Chile (Iquique, Talcahuano and Valparaiso) – ask about housing differences for the other cities. NOTE:  sometimes, and in this placement only, there is a small monthly stipend offered!

TOURISM

Tourism international internships: Since Vina del Mar relies heavily on Tourism, there are several medium-size hotels and tourist agencies that offer internship possibilities for our candidates. During the summer (December to February), the jobs are mainly related to customer service, while from March to November, they are mainly related to planning and creating new marketing and communication strategies.

Our candidates have interned in extreme Travel Agencies, in boutique Hotels and even in the Casino!

VOLUNTEER

Unlike the capital, Santiago, that is home to large international volunteer organizations, such as Amnesty International, the Nature Conservancy, and Chilean groups like CreceChile, the cities of Vina del Mar and Valpariaso, where Adelante operates, are home to smaller, more specific civic organizations. Think groups helping entrepreneurs raise money, or homes for street children, even a very cool group dedicated to teaching locals, particularly kids, how to surf (and providing the wetsuits and boards, that due to high importation costs, make surfing possible only for the elite)  Able bodies wanted for this international internship!

WINERY

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.

WORK WITH CHILDREN

International internships working with kids – lots of our fields fall into this category, like teaching English and teaching in the arts (music, visual arts, dancing, acting, etc.!), summer camp programs set up via private schools or academies, non-profits dedicated to children’s issues.

Most candidates know when they want to intern abroad with kids – just let us know this and we will find the best placement for you based on your specific skill set and past experiences.

OTHER FIELDS

Don’t see the field you’re interested in? Not to worry, we can work with you to place you in a field you desire in Chile. In the past, we’ve placed our candidates in international internship fields such as Archaeology, Auto Industry, and even Poultry Sciences. Inquire today if you are a seeking a field that you don’t see here!

Intern in Vina del Mar and Valparaiso is YEAR-ROUND. Begin any month of the year or take advantage of our mid-May start date (May 14th, 2017) to beat the summer crowds!
Program Fee
  • 1 month: $2,495 (not all work assignments available)
  • 2 months: $3,205
  • 3 months: $3,875
  • 4 months: $4,395
  • 5 months: $5,150
  • 6 months: $5,895
  • Non-refundable application fee: $150

Application Process

Click on the button at the top of the page to apply for this program now!

Application deadline is 60-90 days prior to your chosen start date.

Late applications are accepted on a case by case basis and are subject to a $250 late fee.

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