Academic Internships in Santiago

Live and Work in Santiago, Chile

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The enterprising spirit of the Chilean people has been remarked upon for more than a hundred years, and the modern metropolis and capital city, Santiago, is a testament to this quality.

A booming center and gateway to the region - and the world - Santiago exemplifies the county's export-driven economy, which boasts the highest GDP in Latin America built on the selling of metals and minerals, fish, produce, and wines to the world's top markets. It's no wonder Santiago's financial district has been called "Sanhattan."

In this welcoming, politically stable, and increasingly affluent country, students can find a challenging - yet rewarding - internship experience. Here, many internships are even available in a Spanish-first language environment.

During their downtime, students can take advantage of all the amenities this student-friendly city offers, including top restaurants, a vibrant nightlife, museums, shopping, and more.

Learn more about Santiago and see past internship examples »

A Day in the Life

What People are Saying

  • “The experience was amazing. I worked in a research lab at the university of Chile. I have learned to adapt to a different culture than the one I was raised in and I have also gained a better understanding and more confidence in the Spanish language that II have spent many years studying.” 

    Nicholas – Universidad de Chile
  • "Santiago, wedged between the snowy Andes and the sea, has become an electrifying place of vibrant contrasts, with lush new parks, renovated Beaux-Arts neighborhoods, and blocks of glamazon-thronged galleries and cafés clustered around 'Sanhattan,' the soaring financial district."

    Finn-Olaf Jones, The New York Times
  • “I found that the program offered by AIC was an excellent way for me to grow as an individual and I really liked the people that were a part of the organization.” 

    Zachary – Ministry of Economy's office of the Millennium Science Initiative
  • “I found that the program offered by AIC was an excellent way for me to grow as an individual and I really liked the people that were a part of the organization.” 

    Isaac - Mechanical Engineering Robotics Lab at the Universidad de Chile

Students interning in Santiago are placed with companies ranging from innovative start-ups to global organizations, multinationals, and NGOs in a variety of industry sectors:

  • Communications: advertising, public relations, marketing, print and electronic journalism (in Spanish and English)
  • Finance: banking, insurance, asset management
  • Government and NGOs: local, regional, and national agencies, organizations, associations, and advocacy groups
  • Mining Management: engineering, finance, supply chain management
  • Travel and Tourism: airlines, major international hotel brands, touring companies, food and beverage suppliers

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A Typical Santiago Internship Program

While AIC tailors internship programs to the needs of each academic partner, a typical program in Mumbai includes:

Personalized Placement including pre-placement interview, student assessment, resume review; personalized matching with appropriate internship opportunity from AIC database and ongoing employer outreach; coaching and troubleshooting during the interview process.

Academic Components designed by our university partners or through online coursework.

Housing in student residences convenient to the city center and easily accessible via public transportation. Apartments are fully furnished and include kitchen facilities, access to laundry, and internet connection. Bedrooms are typically doubles.

Student Orientation including a pre-departure orientation on campus and an on-site city orientation, featuring a tour of Santiago's neighborhoods, tips on “can’t miss” culture, introduction to local markets, and guidance on navigating Santiago's transportation networks.

Ongoing Local Support from our Santiago Program Team, including full-time program management, coaching and troubleshooting, and 24-hour emergency support throughout the program.

Professional Development opportunities that include workshops, symposiums or materials on interviewing skills, working styles, making the most of your internship experience, and industry-specific networking in Santiago.

Cultural Activities including site visits or social sector briefings with community leaders from various organizations.

Students: Please note that internships are available only through our partner academic institutions. To find out if you can participate through one of their programs, contact us.