Internship in Santiago

By | October 19, 2021

The breathtaking nature is one of the main reasons why Chile is becoming increasingly popular among travelers. From the desert to glaciers to volcanoes, the safest country in South America has everything to offer.

According to microedu, the Chilean capital Santiago lies between the Pacific and the snow-capped Andes, the longest mountain range in the world. Its 34 districts are diverse and offer impressive architecture, hip cafes, exquisite restaurants and modern shopping centers.

Perfecting your own Spanish skills and the warm hospitality of the Chileans are further reasons that speak for an internship abroad in Santiago.

In 5 steps to an internship abroad in Santiago

Planning an internship abroad with the help of our American partner organization Academic Internship Council (AIC) has many advantages: The Academic Internship Council not only has more than 30 years of experience in arranging tailor-made internships for international students, but also has numerous contacts with companies and Organizations in Santiago that are happy to offer internships.

A unique opportunity to find exactly the right internship in your desired area.

If you would also like to complete an internship abroad in Santiago, which is mediated by AIC, simply follow our 5 steps to apply:

Step 1: Get information and advice

Please inform yourself first about the prerequisites for participation, the program fees as well as the dates and deadlines for the internship program in Santiago. If you also want to complete your dream internship in an industry that is particularly suitable for Santiago, nothing stands in the way of an application.

Now contact our advisory team – we will explain in detail which documents you will need for the application. In addition, we are happy to advise you at any time by phone, email or personally in our Frankfurt office on all your concerns about the internship abroad in Santiago.

Step 2: Submit your application

Please send us your application documents in English (curriculum vitae, cover letter, performance overview) by email. Our advisory team will review your application and give you feedback. As soon as your documents are complete and in order, we will forward them to the AIC.

Step 3: Discuss interests and wishes with the AIC

Your personal contact at the Academic Internship Council in Santiago will then contact you. You fill out a detailed online questionnaire and, if necessary, upload additional documents to the AIC online database so that the AIC team can get an initial picture of your strengths and internship requirements.

As part of a comprehensive preliminary talk, they will work out your individual interests, professional goals and ideas with you in order to find suitable internship opportunities for you on this basis.

Step 4: Complete application training

In order to optimally prepare for the upcoming job interviews, you will receive professional application training from the Academic Internship Council via Skype.

Here you can find out how a “typical” job interview with a Chilean employer works and what is particularly important. In this way you avoid misunderstandings and you can be sure to leave the best possible impression on your potential internship company in Santiago.

Step 5: Complete an interview and get an internship

As soon as the Academic Internship Council has found a suitable internship for you, the next step is to arrange an appointment for the interview, which will also take place via Skype.

If the interview goes well and you are accepted for an internship in Santiago, you have to decide now whether you want to accept it. Otherwise, the AIC team in Santiago will look for another internship for you.

Once you have decided on an internship, the process for applying for a visa can begin. Here, too, you can count on the support of your personal contact in Santiago.

Just like the AIC, we are available at any time to answer any questions you may have in the run-up to the application or during the application process.

Participation requirements

In order to apply for the internship program of the Academic Internship Council, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Goodknowledge of Spanish: A formal language certificate is not necessary, as the language skills are checked during the preliminary talk with the Academic Internship Council.
  • Completion of at least one year of study at a university or technical college:Unfortunately, due to the technical requirements of the internship, high school graduates without study experience cannot be placed.

Participation after the bachelor’s or master’s degree is possible as long as the last degree at the beginning of the internship was not more than a year ago.

Particularly suitable industries

With numerous banks, ministries, museums and universities, Santiago with its almost six million inhabitants has developed into an important economic and cultural metropolis. Many different companies in Santiago offer international students challenging internships.

In Santiago, based on its experience, the American Internship Council recommends internships in these areas in particular:

  • education
  • Financial advice
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • International trade
  • Mining industry (related advice or projects, usually not on site)
  • NGOs
  • Social research
  • logistics

Internships in other industries and departments are of course also possible. In some industries such as banking or healthcare, however, placement in Santiago is a little more complicated. Here, however, the American Internship Council can often recommend a technically comparable, project-related internship in a related industry.

You can also propose companies to the Academic Internship Council in which you would like to do an internship.

You can find out how good the chances of an internship in your desired area in Santiago are in your individual case in a detailed preliminary talk with the Academic Internship Council. The interview is an important part of the internship placement.

Dates and application deadlines

In Santiago you can choose between internship periods of different lengths in spring and autumn or an eight-week summer internship.

Period Arrivals Program start Duration
Summer 2018 July 01, 2018 07/02/2018 8 weeks
Fall 2018 September 01, 2018 02.09.2018 3-5 months
Spring 2019 March 01, 2019 02.03.2019 3-5 months

So that the Academic Internship Council has enough time to find the internship and you also have enough time to apply for a visa, you should submit your application to us at least four months before the desired start of the program.

Program fees

The fees differ depending on whether you want to book accommodation in Santiago through the Academic Internship Council or find your own accommodation.

Internship program fees
Fixed price (regardless of the duration) US $ 2,140
Internship program + accommodation fees
8-week summer internship US $ 4,680
3 months US $ 5,400
4 months US $ 6,120
5 months US $ 6,840

The rooms that can be booked through the Academic Internship Council are located in student apartments or student dormitories, are furnished, contain kitchen utensils, washing facilities and internet access. The accommodations are centrally located and close to public transport.

Included services

The program fees include the following:

  • Placement of a tailor-made internship in your dream industry through the Academic Internship Council
  • Active support during the entire planning and application phase
  • Review of the written application
  • Professional application training via webinars
  • Assistance in applying for a visa
  • Orientation program, workshops & leisure program in Santiago
  • Assistance with all concerns on site
  • Evaluation of the internship supervisor

Financing options

To finance an internship abroad, you can, among other things, apply for BAföG abroad, provided that your internship is a compulsory internship. Eligible students receive a subsidy for health insurance as well as living and travel expenses. You can also apply for various scholarship programs specifically for internships abroad.

Please note that internships in Chile are usually unpaid as they are considered part of the professional qualification. In individual cases and for longer internships, smaller (travel) allowances may be paid, but this is not the rule.

Internship in Santiago