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

Courses taught in

Spanish

Dates

Mar 1 ‎– May 21

Program Countries

Chile

Program Base

Online

Critical Global Issue of Study

Education & Social Change

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Overview

Please note that SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, however, SIT may have to change or cancel programs.

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 approximately 12-15 hours a week both on synchronous and asynchronous course activities. Synchronous activities may include orientation sessions, seminar country and theme specific lectures, initial meetings with your internship advisor, group reflection sessions, and project presentations. Frequency, duration, and scheduling of synchronous activities will be determined the first week of the course in conversation with participants to find mutually convenient times. In the event that a student cannot attend a live session, every effort will be made to provide a recording, transcript, or summary for off-line viewing.

Asynchronous activities may include seat time at your internship, break-out groups, check-ins with your Academic Director, internship coordinator and your internship mentor, writing progress reports, discussion boards, completing assignments and a final paper, and using audio or video to record reflections on the internship experience. Students are required to demonstrate a strong online presence by participating in group discussions, answering questions, and interacting with course participants and staff.

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.

Virtual Internship & Seminar

Career Paths

  • Research analyst at Vera Institute of Justice, New York, NY

  • Legislative press aide in the U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC

  • Enrollment specialist at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay, Boston, MA

  • School-based clinician at Association House of Chicago, Chicago, IL

  • Research scientist at Albany Molecular Research Inc., Indianapolis, IN

Faculty & Staff

Chile: Virtual Internship in Education & Social Change Organizations

Roberto Villaseca, PhD Candidate

Discover the Possibilities

  • Cost & Financial Aid

    The tuition for this program is $1,950. You may be able to use financial aid from your home school, if applicable. Contact your study abroad, advising or financial aid office for more information. SIT Admissions is also available for questions.