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Santiago Summer - Internship

Why Santiago?

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.

Your Internship

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 placements like the examples listed below. Keep in mind that this list is by no means exhaustive.We encourage students of all majors to apply.

  • NGO providing high-quality education to lower-income populations in Santiago
  • Commercial office promoting trade and commerce between Chile and Peru
  • Government agency committed to transportation safety and standards
  • Organization promoting democratic and humanist values throughout Chile
  • University archive focusing on Latin American documents and art
  • Global power company and a principal, integrated operator in the world’s energy and national gas industries
  • National multidisciplinary organization specializing in organizational development, human resource management, and business management and education
  • Locally-funded hospital providing community serving health services
  • Travel agency
  • Real estate company that builds residence halls for university students

Don’t see what you're looking for? Just talk to your IES Internships Representative—new internships are always being added!

Daily Life

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.

$5 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our financial aid programs.


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

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.

Internship Seminar
Course Name Term Language Credits
IN 395 - Internship Seminar Summer English 6
IN 395 - Leading Across Cultures: Internship Seminar Summer English 3
Course Name Term Language Credits
SP 221 - Spanish for Professions: Novice Abroad Summer Spanish 3
SP 321 - Spanish for Professions: Independent Abroad Summer Spanish 3

Field Trips & Events

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.

Valparaíso & 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.

Daily Life

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.


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.

Get to Know Your New City

Climb Cerro Santa Lucia

Take in sweeping views of Santiago at this hill located in the heart of the city.

Bite Into a Chilean Empanada

Visit a panadería to try this savory local dish.

Hike Cerro Pochoco

Get a taste of the Andes Mountains right in Santiago’s backyard.

See the Street Art

Have lunch and stroll through the barrio of Bellavista. Check out the street art as you take in the sight and sounds of Santiago.

Visit Sky Costanera for a 360° View of Santiago

Take an elevator to the top of Sky Costanera and see the city through different eyes—from 300 meters up!

Program Cost

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.

Term: Summer 2019
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Summer 2019
3 Credits
$3,650 $1,665 $135 $5,450

Summer 2019
6 Credits
$3,905 $1,665 $135 $5,705

Scholarships & Aid

Program-Specific Scholarships

Summer Need-Based Financial Aid
Up to $1,000

Open to students who apply to and attend an IES Abroad or IES Internships summer program.

Criteria reviewed to determine award:

  • Level of financial need as determined from infromation provided on the application. Priority is given to Pell Grant recipients.
  • IES Abroad program location.
  • IES Abroad membership status of home campus
Vera Isaacs Schwartz Endowed Stipend
$500 cash stipend

The Vera Isaacs Schwartz Endowed Stipend has been established by Alan and Ronnie Schwartz in loving tribute to Alan’s mother. Vera valued learning in the classroom, but also recognized that there is an education to be had in museums, cafes and pastry shops around the world. Alan is a current member of the IES Abroad Board of Directors and he has established this stipend to honor his mother Vera and her commitment to providing her grandchildren funds to expand their college education outside of the classroom.

Service Learning Summer Internship Scholarship
Up to $5,000

The Service Learning Scholarship was initiated by the Hemera Foundation, whose mission is to foster basic human goodness in individuals and society. This Scholarship, which will be sustained through a foundation collaborative, aims to inspire students to make a social impact through summer internships within philanthropic or direct service/social service organizations.

Study Abroad Accessibility Grant for Students with Financial Need

Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$5 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our financial aid programs.

Our Center

The IES Abroad Center is located in Providencia, a vibrant residential neighborhood in central Santiago. Features include:

  • Classrooms
  • Student lounge
  • Small library
  • Kitchen and dining area
  • WiFi and remote printer access
  • Charming courtyard

Our Staff

María del Carmen Cortés Arce

Center Director

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

IES Abroad Staff

Angela Schaaf

Assistant Director/Academic Coordinator 

Anita María Moreno

Student Affairs Coordinator 

Paola Riquelme

Administration and Finance Coordinator

Sonia Fierro

Office Keeper