Witness the continued economic growth that has transformed this capital city into a financial, political, and cultural hub for Chile and South America. Home to more than five million people, Santiago is Chile’s industrial and financial center, and has a dynamic business sector, as well. Commute to work via the bus or metro, and step out for a lunch of caldillo de congrio (a traditional fish stew) or empanadas at the Mercado Central.
An IES Internship 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. The optional language class increases your Spanish language proficiency and fluency.
You’ll be guaranteed* an unpaid internship placement at a local business or organization, where you’ll work for at least 32 hours a week. 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.
Before you go, 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. You will also enroll in a required 3- or 6-credit academic internship seminar with other IES Abroad interns, where you’ll learn about a variety of local business settings and opportunities. An optional 3-credit language course is also offered, the placement for which is determined by an online predeparture language test.
With IES Abroad’s dedicated staff and international connections, you can be sure that you’ll find an internship that meets your goals. You’ll learn, and learn to stand out.
Past students have interned in the following fields
Don’t see your field listed here? Just talk to your IES Abroad Representative—new internships are always being added!
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
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:
You may also enroll in an optional 3-credit Spanish language course taught at the Center.
This is a list of planned course offerings. A final list of course offerings will be made available to you in your MyIESabroad account.
To learn more about IES Abroad’s innovative theoretical and pedagogical approaches to teaching language abroad, refer to the IES Abroad MAP for Language & Intercultural Communication.
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 three meals per day during the week and two meals per day on the weekends.
Part of making you feel at home in Santiago is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, housing that is well-located and comfortable, or our field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services.
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.
Even though your adventure starts in Santiago, our field trips take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. All field trips are an additional cost and availability will depend on your work schedule. Here are a few possible destinations.
Valparaiso & Viña del Mar
1 Day | Summer
Discover the culture of two of Chile’s most beautiful coastal towns: one is a UNESCO heritage site and the other is home to one of Chile's Nobel Prize poets: Pablo Neruda.
Note: IES Internship field trips and lengths of stay may vary according to term and availability.
About the Center
IES Abroad Santiago
Dr. Manuel Barros Borgoño #159
Providencia, Santiago, Chile
The IES Abroad Center is located in Providencia, a vibrant residential neighborhood in central Santiago. Features include:
A native of Santiago, Maricarmen has over 30 years of experience with local development activities with government and non-profit organizations, including Wilder Center for Communities (part of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, Saint Paul, MN), Franklin Covey Chile, the United States Peace Corps in Santiago, FINAM (a Women's World Banking NGO), and the Miguel Kast Foundation. Maricarmen holds a Master's and B.A. in Architecture from the Universidad de Chile, and was also a Fulbright Scholar through the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program with the University of Minnesota.
IES Abroad Staff
Angela SchaafAssistant Director/Academic Coordinator
Anita María MorenoStudent Affairs Coordinator
Paola RiquelmeAdministration and Finance Coordinator
Sonia FierroOffice Keeper
IES Abroad Santiago Faculty
Lucas ArayaSpanish Language
M.A., Applied Linguistics, Universidad de Chile
Marcelle CepedaSpanish Language
M.A., Applied Linguistics, Universidad de Chile
Pilar EspinozaPUC Health Studies Coordinator
Ph.D. Public Health Administration, University of Sao Paulo
Pablo FierroHistory and Human Rights
M.A. Education and History, Universidad de Chile; Postgraduate in Education and International Affairs
Claudia FloresSpanish Language and Language Coordinator
M.A. Linguistics, Universidad de Chile
Marisol Madariaga,Service Learning and Internship
B.A. in Social Work
Alejandro Olivares,Political Science and Economics
Ph.D. Social Sciences; Political Science and Economics, Universidad de Chile
Ph.D., Architecture and Urban Studies, Pontifica Universidad Católica de ChileM.A., Anthropology, Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristiano
Alejandra Wolff,Arts and Literature
Ph.D. Literature, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
M.A., and B.A., Arts, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile; Literature