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About the Location
Chile's allure can be attributed to many factors, not limited to incredible topography (mountains and beaches are equally accessible), a rich literary and cultural heritage, and the most beautiful sunsets you have ever seen! Throughout the country, there are all kinds of topographical and natural treasures from the city parks in Santiago to the beaches, ski resorts, vineyards, deserts, and mountains to the stunning mountains of Patagonia. These natural wonders combined with Chile's rapidly growing and strong economy, make Chile and exciting place.
Why Intern in Chile?
Chile is one of Latin America's leading countries in terms of connectivity as well as the highest ranked Latin American country in competitiveness. Combine this with a strong and rapidly growing economy and political stability, and this makes Santiago, Chile an excellent location to experience hands-on work experience in a dynamic setting. Internships in Santiago, Chile are managed on-site in conjunction with an ISA partner organization and participants in all career fields can intern in Santiago. However, there is a great demand for Engineering, Business and Marketing, Communications and Journalism, Environmental Studies, and Hospitality and Tourism interns. While internships are available in English, interning in Santiago offers the opportunity to practice professional Spanish language skills as well as support development and research in both social and environmental causes. Beginning level Spanish is required for those interns interested in working in health-related fields or any field requiring extensive interaction with the public.
Santiago is the capital city of Chile and is Latin America's safest major city. Santiago is a modern city with a vibrant cultural life. Good public transportation system, shopping malls, a wide variety of restaurants and bars, museums, and universities and mild weather make it a great place to visit and live.
Participants looking to earn academic credit for their ISA Internship experience can explore the following options.
Transfer Credit from Carroll College
ISA Internships has partnered with Carroll College in Helena, Montana, to offer a U.S. transcript and award 6 upper division internship academic credits for ISA Internships set-date, 8-week programs. Credit awarded will be based on the successful completion of written academic assignments, evidence of reflective learning, and an evaluation from your host organization supervisor. The additional cost of academic credit is $300, and includes a transcript with an A-F letter grade from Carroll College.
In order to be eligible for transfer credit from Carroll College, participants must be full-time students who have completed at least 45 credit hours, or recent graduates from a bachelor degree program. Participants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Please note that some placements may have more stringent eligibility requirements.
Add-on academic credit from Carroll College is not available for custom date internships or other durations.
Carroll College aims to educate students "Not for school, but for life" by being prepared to succeed in a global society with a multi-cultural population. Carroll College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Learn more about Carroll College at www.carroll.edu.
Credit From Your Home Institution
Students may work with their home university to receive academic credit for their program. Each academic institution has a unique policy for granting internship credit. Each academic institution has a unique policy for granting internship credit, thus students should inquire about receiving academic credit with their home university advisors, professors, and/or academic department heads.
Prices & Dates
Application Due Date
Early Jan - Early Mar
ISA Housing provides the opportunity for interns to experience aspects of the Chilean lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor. The experience of living in another culture will be both educational and rewarding so long as you stay open-minded. There are many differences in culture and lifestyle between life in Chile and the U.S. Remember: the key to a positive experience is flexibility!
A $200 USD refundable security deposit will be charged to participants living in either housing option in Santiago. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the case of damage to property.
Each homestay is carefully selected by the on-site staff and provides a great avenue for practicing the language of the host country at home and becoming more immersed in the local community. Interns will have their own room and internet access varies by host family. Three meals a day are provided seven days a week. Laundry is provided once a week.
All apartments are fully furnished, have a fully-equipped kitchen and are centrally located or are conveniently located near public transit routes. Typically, participants will have their own room in a two-bedroom apartment with a shared bathroom and kitchen.
Participants must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months AFTER their expected departure date from Chile.
Participants will enter the country on a tourist visa which they will obtain upon arrival to the airport in Santiago. The tourist visa is a stamp that is placed in passports by immigration which is valid for up to 90 days.
Please note that non-U.S. citizens should contact their Consulate to verify specific entry requirements. As these requirements vary based on citizenship, non-U.S. citizens may not be permitted to travel to Chile without a visa or outside of their visa dates. Also, visa fees for non-U.S. citizens may differ so please be sure to check specific Consulate's website for the most up to date information.
Note: Embassy and Consulate contact information is subject to change without notice. Please refer to the website of the Embassy or Consulate to verify information.