Intern abroad this semester in Santiago — the economic, political, and cultural capital of Chile. Beyond the bustling city center, Santiago is surrounded by mountain ranges on either side and is an easy drive to the Pacific coast. A summer internship in Santiago is the perfect way to explore this South American metropolis and its nearby natural wonders, increase your Spanish language skills, and gain experience in education, health, business, and government, to name a few.

Commute to your internship via the Santiago Metro, South America’s largest metro system. Step out for a stroll at lunch and visit the Mercado Central to enjoy some congrio frito (fried local Chilean fish) and puree de papas (mashed potatoes).

An IES Internship abroad develops your professional skills, your ability to communicate across cultures, and provides substantive work experience to jump-start your career in today’s competitive job market. You’ll be guaranteed an unpaid, for-credit semester-long internship placement at a local business or organization, where you’ll work for at least 32 hours a week.

Before you leave to start your internship in Santiago, we will work with you to fine-tune your résumé, perfect your cover letter, and hone your communication and interview skills as we prepare you for working in a new cultural environment. We will work with you to help find the closest match between your expressed preferences and professional goals with what’s available via IES Internships in Santiago.

When you arrive, the staff at our Santiago Center will welcome you for orientation. This includes an introduction to the city, housing, commuting, and professional and cultural expectations. The Santiago Center is your central place for instruction, support, and meeting other interns. You also will enroll in a required 3-credit academic internship seminar with other IES Internships students, where you’ll learn about a variety of local business settings and opportunities.

With IES Internships’ dedicated staff and international connections, you can be sure that you’ll find a semester internship in Santiago that meets your goals. You’ll learn, and learn to stand out!

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad Santiago
  • City: Santiago
  • Country: Chile
  • Program Credits: 3 per semester
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Language Prerequisites: None - but 4 or more semesters of college-level Spanish encouraged

Program Dates

After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.

Fall 2018

August 21 - November 17

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

Spring 2019 - October 01, 2018


While working in Santiago, you’ll also enroll in a required 3- or 6-credit academic internship seminar with other IES interns, where you’ll gain context for your internship placement by examining cultural issues in the workplace. Topics covered include:

  • Understanding workplace culture
  • Improving communication
  • Strengthening work attitude and aptitude
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Understanding new cultures
  • Navigating issues, challenges, and opportunities so you can succeed on the job in Santiago and when you return home

Personalized Placements

Past students have interned in the fields listed below. Keep in mind that this list is by no means exhaustive. We encourage students of all majors to apply.

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Education & Language Instruction
  • International Affairs
  • Logistics
  • Marketing
  • Media & Communications
  • Municipalities
  • Museums
  • Not-for-profit Organizations
  • Tourism
  • And more!

Reach out to your IES Internships Representative to learn about all of our internship offerings.


This is a list of planned course offerings. A final list of course offerings will be made available to you in your MyIESabroad account.

Internship Seminar

IN 395A - Leading Across Cultures: Internship Seminar - 3 Credits (Summer)


We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Santiago, it will feel like home.

Homestays - You live in a homestay in Santiago with a family or señora, who helps facilitate your language learning and integration into the Chilean community. Your homestay hosts provide two meals per day.

Student Life


The program begins with a mandatory orientation that introduces you to the IES Abroad Santiago staff, your fellow students, and the city of Santiago. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, and health and safety are covered during this time.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your home school
  • 2.5 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale (GPAs under 2.5 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • At least sophomore standing prior to application; rising junior status at time of program departure. (Students who have completed one year of undergraduate study may apply and will be considered on a case-by-base basis.)
  • Non-U.S. citizens must refer to their local consulate to learn about visa requirements and determine eligibility; IES Internships cannot advise on visa regulations for non-U.S. citizens.
  • Non-U.S. citizens attending school outside the U.S.: Native English fluency or IELTS score of 6.0 or above, taken within the last two years. Visit the IELTS website to find a test location near you. IES Abroad reserves the right, in its sole discretion, not to accept students who it believes do not have the necessary English language competency to succeed in an Internship Program, irrespective of the applicant's score on a language proficiency exam.
  • Students may be enrolled in a full-time degree program, or a graduate intending to begin their internship no more than five years after their graduation date (solid academic credentials related to studies or experience in desired field of placement required); graduate students enrolled in a full-time degree program may apply and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Previous study of the Spanish language is not required; 4 or more semesters of college-level coursework, basic comprehension and conversational ability is strongly recommended for competitive placements.

Passport & Visa Requirements

A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required.

U.S. citizens in possession of a valid passport do not need to obtain a visa to enter or study in Chile. Non-U.S. citizens may be required to obtain a student visa prior to arrival.


Fall 2018

  • Tuition: $3,765
  • Housing: $2,995
  • Insurance: $230
  • Total: $6,990

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

Program taught in:
  • English
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