Chile

Virtual Internship in Education & Social Change Organizations

Gain professional, intercultural experience interning with a Chilean educational community, social organization, or labor union.

At a Glance

Credits

4

Prerequisites

2 semesters Spanish

Dates

Sep 14 ‎– Dec 4

Program Base

Online

Critical Global Issue of Study

Education & Social Change

Education & Social Change Icon

Overview

This virtual internship and online seminar will focus on the role of Chilean educational institutions, social organizations, and communities working for social change. Chile has a history of human rights violations and deep social and economic inequities. Recent protests have been led by students, teachers, community members, and workers to obtain social benefits for marginalized populations. 

Your program will begin with an introduction to the broader cultural, social, educational, and political contexts of Chile. Seminar discussions will include workplace norms and the ethics of interning in another country. After your placement, you will complete an online internship with an organization working in sectors such as education, human rights, collective and historic memory, gender and LGBTQI+, migration, indigenous communities, or another field related to your interests and career goals. 

You will be expected to devote 180 hours to this program, including 10–12 hours a week “on” the internship site, 24 hours in synchronous discussions led by the academic director, and up to 25 hours writing six progress reports and a final paper. Virtual attendance is required for all discussions and oral presentations. 

Highlights

  • Engage in discussions about current social protests, community organizations, and educational alternatives.
  • Complete an internship with a local community organization or NGO.
  • Develop your professional Spanish-language skills.
  • Participate in weekly group reflection and assessments led by the academic director.
  • Build your résumé and professional experience in an internship related to your interests.

Prerequisites

Two semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent. 

Academics

Coursework

The following syllabi are representative of this program. Because courses develop and change over time to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, actual course content will vary from term to term.

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Program Components

  • Consider the ethical implications and consequences of interning in another culture.
  • Describe, analyze, and synthesize the internship experience in a paper and oral presentation.
  • Spend 10-12 hours a week “on” the internship site over the 12 weeks. 
  • Share in synchronous reflections and discussions with your cohort led by the academic director.

Internship and Seminar

Internship and Seminar – syllabus
(ITRN 3000 / 3 credits)

Career Paths

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Faculty & Staff

Chile: Virtual Internship in Education & Social Change Organizations

Roberto Villaseca, PhD Candidate

Discover the Possibilities

  • COST & SCHOLARSHIPS

    The tuition for this online internship program is $1,950. Financial aid may apply. Contact your study abroad office or SIT Admissions for more information.