Internships in PERU


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Program Description

Internships in Peru

Internships in Peru – Sacred Valley of the Incas!

Accepting Winter Break 2017/2018 Applications until September 23rd or until program is full! Now accepting Summer 2018 applications as well.

  • Customized Internships in Peru
  • Visit Machu Picchu & Cuzco
  • Live in the Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Visit High Andean communities
  • Gain valuable international experience
  • Improve your Spanish
  • Immerse yourself in the Peruvian Culture
  • Enhance your resume
  • Make an Impact!

Duration, Dates & Program Fee

We schedule regular group trips according to the US Academic Calendar during Summer, Winter Break and the Academic Year for our internships in Peru. You may also request a group quote, or to go individually at anytime throughout the year. Email us for special date/duration requests

Check our website for deadlines and program fee by duration.

Internships in Peru – Program Description

Participants will gain valuable international experience while helping Peruvian organizations reach their goals. Our interns have the unique opportunity to experience authentic Peruvian life and work directly with the local people in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

We are based in the town of Urubamba, Peru. Based on your learning objectives, your university requirements, and the local host organization’s goals, we design a customized internship or volunteer experience for you in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

We custom design projects, for all majors. Scroll to the bottom for a few ideas on how you could contribute to one of our partner organizations’ efforts while learning from a professional mentor in your field. We will also consider project proposals for project areas not listed here.

Hiking in the Andes!


  • Age: 18+ (Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis. Please email if you are under 18.)

<li> Must hold a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond your stay abroad. Note: US Citizens do not require a visa for Peru, as you will be traveling as a tourist. If you are a citizen of another country you should check entry requirements for your country. This guide may be used as reference.</li> <li> Completion of a travel physical and any recommended vaccinations with doctor’s note release.</li>


  • Pre-departure support
  • International Health & Accident Insurance
  • Welcome orientation on-site
  • Welcome acclimatization hike
  • 24/7 local emergency contact & program coordinator
  • Customized Internship
    • Guidance by a professional mentor in your field (as available).
    • Project assignments designed to both meet your learning objectives and support the local community and organization’s goals.
    • Letter of Recommendation (Provided based on performance.)
    • Internship Evaluation Report (Upon request.)
    • Resume review (Feedback and tips on how to present your internship on your resume.)
  • Accommodation: Housing (shared room & bathroom) Private room may be available upon request for an additional fee.
  • Meals: Meal Plan with 2 meals/day (except on departure, arrival & free travel weekend days.)
  • Transportation
    • Airport pick-up & drop-off to/from Cusco airport
    • Transportation expenses within the Sacred Valley and to/from Cusco (as required for your internship)
  • ISIC Student Discount Card (valid for discounts around the world)
  • Day Trips & Cultural Activities
    • Cultural activities
    • Guided hikes and/or visits to nearby indigenous communities
Not Included:
  • Round-trip flight to Cusco (Student fares are available here). The sooner you book, the cheaper the flight will be!
  • Extra travel, extra meals on free days, miscellaneous expenses (beyond those described above)
  • Spanish or Quechua classes during, before or after the internship available for an additional charge upon request.
  • Trip to Machu Picchu. Participants may purchase the Visit Machu Picchu package for $270 upon request. This includes: round-trip transportation to train station, round-trip train ticket, bus to archaeological site, guide, Machu Picchu entrance & Huayna Picchu entrance if available.
  • Optional add-on trips to Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Nazca Lines, Puerto Maldonado, Lima, Puno, Lake Titicaca, & Bolivia available upon request.
  • Traveler’s insurance (optional).

Application Process:

  1. Fill out the application form
  2. Email your resume and letter of motivation (in Word format) to Note: Letter of motivation should outline what you hope to learn from the experience, any requirements and why you would be a valuable candidate.
  3. Pay your $95 application fee with application.

    At this point, we will review your application; and, if selected, we will verify your acceptance with an email. Note your application fee is refundable only if you are not accepted.
  4. Within 1 week of receipt of the acceptance email, pay your 1st Program Fee payment of $1,000 to secure your placement, as space is limited. Note: This deposit is not an extra fee, it will be deducted from your total Program Fee. This deposit is not refundable except under extreme circumstances.
  5. Make equal monthly, weekly or biweekly Program Fee payments until the month before departure
  6. Make Final Program Fee Payment (Remaining Balance) due 1 month prior to departure.
  7. At least 1 month before program start date, email a copy of your flight itinerary, a scanned copy of your passport, a clear picture of your face for your student discount ISIC card, proof of current student status (most recent grades or unofficial transcript), medical release or standard doctor’s note from your doctor or a travel clinic, and signed waivers to:

Potential Projects/Internships in Peru:

There are a number of ways you can contribute while gaining valuable experience in Peru. The table below includes a few project areas you could choose to focus on. A list of defined roles are also available here. If you have questions about whether this program is right for you, please don’t hesitate to email us at

Elizabeth and her friends!

Internships in Peru

Suggested Majors Project Areas Agriculture, Plant Biology, Ecology,
Environmental Horticulture, Sustainable Agriculture
& Food Systems, Nutrition, Alternative Medicine

  • Local organic farming analysis and improvement

<li> Improvements of local community green spaces</li> <li> Pasture farming and irrigation systems</li> <li> Sustainable Agriculture</li> <li> Identification and analysis of native plants &amp; their contribution to the local ecosystem</li> <li> Medicinal Plants/ Herbalism. Plant identification</li> <li> Reforestation and ecological projects</li>

Architecture, Design, Civil Engineering,
Landscape Architecture, Sustainable Environmental
Design, Archaeology, Mechanical Engineering

  • Park design, planning & construction

<li> Construction of facilities for community members (churches, schools, clinics, homes, etc.)</li> <li> Eco-friendly design</li> <li> Construction with adobe</li> <li> Cultural landscape analysis</li> <li> Community and establishment design</li> <li> Community analysis &amp; solution planning proposal</li> <li> Mechanical Engineering apprenticeship</li>

Business, Entrepreneurship, Community Development,
Computer Science, Social Entrepreneurship,
Marketing, International Business, Management,
Information Technology (IT), Spanish, Public Policy

  • Community based business creation

<li> Marketing, SEO &amp; Sustainable business strategy development and implementation</li> <li> Startup business and strategy planning</li> <li> Consulting for local businesses</li> <li> Market Analysis &amp; Research</li> <li> Fundraising strategy planning for NGOs and community organizations</li> <li> Social media strategy &amp; content</li> <li> Website creation for small businesses, NGOs or community organizations</li>

Education, Anthropology, Communications,
Special Education, Sociology, Psychology,
Anthropology, Spanish, Human Development,
Mental Health, English

  • Educational presentations

<li> Working with kids</li> <li> Psychology/ therapy for community members – often parents or couples who face hardships</li> <li> Conducting an assessment of special needs individuals living in the rural communities</li> <li> Developing methods for overcoming cultural barriers to assist community members</li> <li> Training and educating special needs community members</li> <li> Skills training for community members</li> <li> Teaching English or another foreign language in a school or community setting</li> <li> Community field teaching</li> <li> Workshop implementation</li>

Environmental Awareness & Conservation,
Environmental Studies, Botany, Biology,
Ecological Management & Restoration

  • Sustainable agriculture

<li> Teaching kids</li> <li> Renewable energy</li> <li> High Andean Community resource improvement</li> <li> Ecosystem evaluation</li> <li> Reforestation programs</li> <li> Species database</li> <li> Alternative tourism impact on land</li>

Fashion Design, Women’s Studies,
Textiles & Clothing

  • Design proposals

<li> Local fashion designer apprenticeship</li> <li> Analysis and prevalence of traditional women weavers</li> <li> Natural dying &amp; weaving</li> <li> Andean textile traditions</li>

Zoology, Veterinary, Animal Biology,
Animal Science, Wildlife & Conservation Biology

  • Livestock resources inventory

<li> Working with sheep, llamas, alpacas, goats, horses, cows, etc.</li>

Global Health, Alternative Medicine,
Public Health, Nursing, Pre-Med, Medical,
Nutrition, Physical Therapy, Kinesiology, Psychology

  • Health conditions of the local community

<li> Researching health benefits of Andean foods and plants</li> <li> Working in community clinics</li> <li> Andean Power Foods integration with indigenous community diet</li> <li> Global Public Health</li> <li> Medicinal plant uses &amp; treatments</li> <li> Health education for community</li> <li> Improving the quality of life for local populations in the health arena</li> <li> Medicine &amp; treatment in areas of limited access to healthcare</li> <li> Infection Prevention</li> <li> Physical Therapy for special needs patients</li> <li> Phsyical Therapy for all types of patients</li> <li> Psychotherapy for special needs patients</li>

Public Relations, Visual Arts, Communications,
Journalism, Cinematography, Theater Arts,
Film Studies, Photography, Web Design,
Graphic Design, Journalism, Spanish, History

  • Promotional and education video & multimedia production

<li> Short film &amp;/or documentary creation</li> <li> Promotional &amp; education graphic design</li> <li> Blog contributions</li> <li> Photographic essays</li> <li> Web page design &amp; programming</li> <li> Merchandising graphic design &amp; print</li> <li> Guided tour script writing</li>

Social Studies, Sociology, Anthropology,
Archaeology, History, Latin American Studies,
Spanish, Women’s Studies, Community & Regional Development

  • Social Development

<li> High Andean community population analysis</li> <li> Cultural heritage preservation</li> <li> Cultural landscape analysis</li> <li> Traditional knowledge research</li> <li> Research &amp; documentation of current and past situations of the Sacred Valley</li>

Sustainable & Responsible Tourism,

Museum Studies, Hospitality & Tourism Management,
Spanish, Recreation, Kinesiology

  • Training in responsible and sustainable tourism guidelines

<li> Assistant guiding through the Andes, Sacred Valley treks and/or in museums</li> <li> Current local problem analysis &amp; new perspectives</li> <li> Guided tour script writing</li>

Last updated January 2019

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