It’s no wonder Santiago’s financial district has been called “Sanhattan.” CIEE Global Interns will find the city to be a booming gateway to the region, powered by Chile’s export-driven economy, built on the selling of metals and minerals, fish, produce, and wines to the world’s top markets.
CIEE Global Internship programs are built just for you! All of our locations offer a wide range of internship opportunities across a diverse set of industries. When you apply, we work directly with you to find an internship that suits your unique needs and professional goals.
As a CIEE Global Intern, you’ll spend the summer working in a non-paying position with a leading organization, diving into a field of interest, exploring a different culture, and expanding your professional portfolio and network.
You’ll find evidence of the legendary enterprising spirit of the Chilean people as you explore the markets, restaurants, museums and concert halls of this modern metropolis.
Scholarships & Grants
Scholarships & Grants
We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.
Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:
To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.
The CIEE Difference
The CIEE Difference
Each internship is determined on an individual basis, taking into account your background and experience as well as current employer work cycles and projects. Our team on the ground has a personalized process to work with you in the months leading up to the program to find the best match.
- Individual pre-placement meeting, personalized matching process, and coaching for each student throughout the internship placement
- Materials to guide creation of a resume appropriate for local business culture as well as guidance on application materials relevant to industry area of interest
- Interviewing skills webinar based on local business culture in addition to individual student feedback to help prepare for Skype interviews with potential internship supervisor
- Professional development workshops such as:
- Making the Most of your Internship
- Networking and Informational Interviewing
- Understanding Working Styles
- Leveraging your Internship for a Global Career
- Midpoint review from student and supervisor
- Final written evaluation from student and supervisor
Co-curricular excursions and cultural activities in and around Santiago complement your coursework and immerse you in the history and culture of the city. You may visit Santa Lucia Hill, a small, extinct volcano in the center of town, walk through Santiago Metropolitan Park, where you can take a cable car to the summit or go for a swim in two enormous outdoor pools, and visit any number of world class museums like The Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino and The Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts.
A community-based activity, such as structured volunteering or a service project, is typically offered at least once during the program.
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.
- Tuition and housing
- Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
- Full-time program leadership and support
- Field trips and cultural activities
- CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the
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Summer 2017 (8 wks)
Program Date Notes
In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes internship placement and supporting services, coursework, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advsising.
Participation Confirmation *
This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.
Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.
** Does not include a meal plan
Estimated Additional Costs
Meals not included in program fee
International Airfare *
The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.
* Roundtrip based on U.S. East Coast Departure
- Overall GPA 2.5
- Rising Sophomore standing and above at time of participation
- Note: Students should understand that a background in Spanish will expand the potential range of available internships in Santiago. A limited number of internships for those who speak only English may be available
- *Certain visa restrictions may apply and CIEE will advise students as part of the early application process
Total credit for this program is 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.
Students participate in a weekly integrated academic seminar alongside the full-time internship placement.
About the City
About The City
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 country’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, while building their Spanish language skills.
Meet The Staff
Meet The Staff
Patricio Varas Guerrero
Patricio Varas Guerrero, Ph.D., earned his doctorate in linguistics at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile. His Ph.D. focuses on models of discourse processing, based on corpus linguistics, to explain how different groups use language to reach their functional goals. He lived for ten years in Bogotá, Colombia, where he earned his M.Sc. in Development Planning and Administration, from Universidad de Los Andes. His practical experience has been in the fields of international development projects and public policy at governmental organizations in Chile and Colombia, as well as teaching courses in public policy analysis at Universidad de Los Andes.
Santiago de Chile is one of Latin America’s most modern and dynamic cities. Along with being a cosmopolitan business center, Santiago represents the great variety that can be found in Chilean culture, from the arts, economic development, and political history to the diverse entertainment and recreational experiences. In 1981, Chile entered an economic crisis but recovered quickly and, since then, has built a strong financial sector.
Chile has 16 million inhabitants, and a landscape with sharp contrasts. In the north is the world’s driest desert – the Atacama – with salt flats, copper mines, and a long, coastline on the Pacific Ocean. Central Chile has a number of valleys with productive agricultural land, plus coastal tourism in Viña del Mar and Valparaíso. Chile extends southwards through volcanoes, alpine lakes, the Andes mountain range, and medium-sized cities that reflect different aspects of Chilean culture, in particular that of the indigenous Mapuche. Chile ends in picturesque Patagonia, where the southernmost city in the world can be found on Cape Horn. Each part of Chile represents an option for new experiences and discoveries, and learning about a country with a rapidly developing economy, a rich history, and a wealth of secrets to discover. I look forward to sharing Chile with you.
Patricio Varas Guerrero, Resident Director“”
Where You'll Study
Where You'll Study
The CIEE Study Center, located in a University of Chile office building in downtown Santiago, has a student meeting and study area, classroom, a computer lab, and wireless access.
Students commute to their internships and most program activities via local public transportation. Introduction to the system is provided during orientation and students are responsible for securing their own public transportation pass. Program housing is convenient to public transportation and all internship locations are accessible.
Housing & Meals
Housing & Meals
All students live with CIEE homestay families to maximize the cultural immersion experience. Although families can communicate in English, they foster communication in Spanish all the time to motivate language learning. Students have a private room, laundry services, and share three meals per day with their host families.
Your experience abroad starts now! Before you’ve even left home, you will participate in a one-one-one Skype conversation with a program director who lives and works in Santiago. Our directors are extremely knowledgeable about their programs and cities, and will share information about the program, provide you with helpful tips, and answer any questions you may have. You will also have an opportunity to take part in an online webinar and connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. And if that’s not enough, once you touch down in Santiago, you will receive an on-site city orientation with other interns on the program. This may feature a tour of the neighborhood, where to shop for food, tips on affordable living, an introduction to the transit system, language crash courses, and even cooking classes that take advantage of the best local fare.
CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple, to help you understand more about the program, and identify your objectives so that you arrive well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards your goals. Don’t worry - you’ll arrive in Santiago with the knowledge to succeed.
Housing, classroom, and internship locations all have internet access. Students are encouraged to bring Wi-Fi enabled laptops.
Students on this program should expect to spend approximately 30-32 hours per week (200-240 hours total) doing internship project work. In addition, the academic internship seminar will meet for approximately 4 hours per week (30 contact hours total). 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 organizations.
Nature of Classes
Students will participate in classes alongside other CIEE students only.
CIEE Community Language Commitment
While the Global Internship program is conducted in English in all locations students will have the opportunity to develop communicative language skills through interactions with peers and host organization colleagues throughout their internship experience. CIEE will offer non-credit communicative language activities throughout the internship program to help students learn basic vocabulary and phrases, and the integrated internship seminar will include important business vocabulary and phrases used in the workplace.
Students will be assessed via assignments and activities related to the integrated academic seminar, as outlined in the syllabus. Assignments and activities include but are not limited to the following: reflective papers, synopses of research, collaborative discussions, individual or small group presentations, analyses of readings, class participation, and feedback from the internship supervisor.
Internship supervisors and students each provide a written evaluation of progress towards goals during their placement. In addition, resident directors seek out individual conversations and group feedback through formal and informal channels throughout the program.
Language(s) of Instruction
All courses are taught by local adjunct faculty who typically have a terminal degree in their field, relevant professional background, and experience teaching an international cohort of students. Most faculty are also associated with and/or have taught at a local university.
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.
CIEE Study Center Syllabi
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INSH 3806 SACH
Academic Internship in Santiago
The CIEE Global Internship Program combines a full-time internship with an integrated academic seminar to provide professional exploration and specific skills development, enhance intercultural understanding, and a contextualized real world work experience in a local or multi-national company or organization. The 8-week program includes between 200 - 240 hours of onsite internship project work alongside a 30-hour integrated academic seminar focusing on local business culture, intercultural communication, professional development, and linkages between local observations and global trends. Students will be assessed via assignments and activities that include but are not limited to the following: reflective papers, synopses of research, collaborative discussions, individual or small group presentations, analyses of readings, class participation, and feedback from the internship supervisor.