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Santiago, Chile

Summer Global Internship

Study Program Full-Time Internship



8 weeks



6 semester hours

9 quarter hours


Extended Deadline

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Spend your summer gaining real-world work experience in Santiago, where you'll immerse yourself in a new culture, develop new professional skills, and expand your intercultural competence. Whether you intern at a local Chilean company, an NGO, a startup, or a small or medium international company with headquarters in Santiago, you'll find yourself networking with a wide range of contacts throughout Chile as a result of the country's political and economic significance in Latin America.

CIEE Santiago allows students to choose between English-speaking or Spanish-speaking internship placements. Industries vary from human rights, political science, business, engineering, astronomy, sciences, education, arts, marketing, design, and more.

Unique Experiences

Work in one of the largest cities in the Americas

Home to many global corporations and international companies that choose Chile as their regional headquarters, Santiago has become a start-up and entrepreneurship hub of southern hemisphere countries.

Learn from a "smart city"

at the forefront of the most innovative and developed renewable energy initiatives in Latin America.

Live in a modern metropolis

with the second largest railway in South America, Santiago’s subway is working to become the first in the world to run mostly on solar energy.

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see the Andes from Santiago's Tower in the financial district

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daily passengers on Santiago's subway


miles of urban cycling paths

  • Santiago, Chile cityscape hazy sunset
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Your Destination

With over 7 million residents, Santiago is the most populated city in Chile, with a rich cultural identity mixed with other Latin American and European cultures. Santiago is considered one of the "smartest” cities in Latin America due to its achievements in sustainable development, leading in renewable energies and innovation investments in the region.  

Santiago, the capital of Chile, is a 40-minute drive away from international ski resorts in the Andes mountains, one hour away from vineyards in Maipo and Central valley, with large parks, natural reserves, and a two-hour drive to the beaches of the central Pacific coast extending to Viña del Mar, Valparaíso, and Algarrobo where surfing and other water sports can be practiced.

Learn more about Santiago and see past internship examples »

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Santiago.

The Culture

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Excursions & Activities

  • Attend weekly lectures and guided tours of important companies to better understand the works of both entrepreneurs and big international companies from different business areas. 
  • Experience the beauty of the Andes Mountains with optional trekking activities in Cajón del Maipo and other places within the city. 
  • Explore the history and the arts of Chile with cultural activities including a tour of the city's landmarks and visits to museums. 
  • Visit green vineyards and learn about Chile’s wine exportation industry and why it is one of the great economic engines of the country. 
santiago ch student intern on balcony overlooking water

Professional Development

  • Further develop your multicultural skills, highly valued in today’s professional environment, being an international intern in the regional business hub of South America and the most vibrant economy of Latin America in Santiago, Chile..
  • Prepare yourself and learn outside of classroom and work through site visits to corporations and small companies, participating in industry networking events, and expanding your knowledge through lectures by expert guest speakers.
  • Participate in workshops that will help you make the most of your internship in a guided environment to reflect on the professional and cultural exposure.

Program Blogs


Embarking on a Cultural Odyssey: The CIEE Santiago January Exchange Unveiled

By CIEE Santiago at CIEE

Santiago's vibrant tapestry provids the backdrop for weeks filled with enriching encounters and memorable moments. Although, not primarily a language-oriented program, the immersion component stands out as daily interactions with... keep reading


Studying in Santiago on Summer

By CIEE Santiago at CIEE

Studying abroad as an exchange student in Santiago de Chile during summer is a unique and enriching experience. The city is known for its vibrant culture, rich history, and stunning... keep reading

Mountains of Santiago

By Isabel S.

When you first arrive in Santiago, the first thing that strikes you is the mountains. Right in front of you, behind you, to the side—they rise up every which way... keep reading



As a global intern in Santiago, you’ll be assigned in a non-paying position within a wide range of business aligned with your interests to help you boost your employability and future job performance.  Co-curricular and cultural activities in and around Santiago complement your coursework and will immerse you in the history and culture of the Chilean people.

This eight-week program includes a full-time internship and an integrated online academic course. 

Please refer to the detailed Program Essential Eligibility Criteria.



Language Requirements

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Additional Requirements

For more information, refer to the detailed Program Essential Eligibility Criteria.

Rising sophomore standing and above required at time of participation.
*Additional visa restrictions may apply and CIEE will advise students as part of the early application process. 

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.


Students participate in an academic course taught in a hybrid learning environment alongside the eight-week, full-time internship. Participation in the integrated academic course and internship are mandatory for all participants.

Program Credit

Total credit: 6 U.S. semester/9 quarter credits

Course Credit

Internship: 6 U.S. semester/9 quarter credits; 15 integrated academic course hours, 225-300 internship placement hours

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Academic Culture

Students are expected to dress and behave professionally throughout their internship project and are subject to the agreed-upon internship protocols arranged by CIEE and the host companies and organizations.  The academic course is designed to prepare students for leadership in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse workforce.

Class Format

Students participate in an eight-week CIEE full-time internship and academic course taught in an online learning environment. Class and/or work hours may be scheduled Monday-Friday, and attendance is strictly enforced for all.  To avoid falling behind, students should not plan personal travel away from the city when classes are in session.


Students will be assessed via assignments and activities related to the academic course, including but not limited to, online discussion forums, reflective papers, individual or group presentations, analysis of readings, an internship work plan, and feedback from internship supervisor.  Internship supervisors and students each provide written evaluations of progress towards goals.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

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Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.


Course Information

Summer Session II 2024

Semester Credit

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple CIEE sites.


Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Wollitzer Merit Scholarships in Area or Comparative Studies
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • MSI Grant
  • CIEE Stem Scholarship

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application.

Learn more about scholarships

Dates & Fees

Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.


Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Program Summer 2024 8 weeks Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $7,450

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, your college or university may charge additional fees for study abroad, or may require you to receive a transcript via CIEE's School of Record, which carries an additional fee of $500.

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300

Educational Costs = $4,453

Housing = $2,500

Insurance = $197

Total Fees = $7,450

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $448

International Airfare = $1,300††

Local Transportation = $50

Books & Supplies = $10

Personal expenses = $160

Other = $100

Total Costs = $2,068

Optional Housing

CIEE accommodation options are detailed in the Housing section. Based on availability, Select or Select Plus Housing can be chosen during the application process for an additional fee:

Select Housing Fee = $400^

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

For students in homestays, families provide 2 meals (breakfast and dinner). For students in apartments, you should budget approx. $272 per month for groceries if you plan on making your own meals, and more if you plan on eating out regularly.

††Round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

^first-come, first serve, based on availability

What's Included



Pre-departure Advising

Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions

Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet


Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city

On-site Staff

Full-time program leadership and support in your city

Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities

Excursions and/or Study Tours

24/7 emergency on-site support


Our Staff

Alejandra Herrera

Interim Regional Director of Operations for Latin America

Alejandra is a passionate and experienced educator in higher education in Chile with more than 10 years in the field of International Education.

Maria Paz Montes Monsalve

Program Coordinator

Maria Paz holds a degree in English from Universidad de Chile where she had the opportunity to spend a year abroad in the United States, which was a life-changing decision...

Natalia Castro

Program Coordinator

Natalia Castro holds a BA in English Language and a Minor in International Business. Natalia has been part of CIEE Santiago and Valparaiso Centers an experienced facilitator of cultural activities...

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