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




2 semesters Spanish

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Jun 12 – Jul 21

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Program Base


Critical Global Issue of Study

Education & Social Change

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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 37.5 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.



  • 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.


Two semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent. 


Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to: 

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the work ethics and culture of educational institutions and social organizations involved in the realization of an internship in the Chilean context. 
  • Integrate into assignments the knowledge acquired on neoliberalism, privatization, role of the state, welfare state, social justice, human rights, inequality, educative quality, laws and public policies with the impacts on educative communities and society. 
  • Determine the challenges and demands of social organizations, communities, and institutions in relation to education and social change from the perspective of the internship work. 
  • Demonstrate competencies in communication, teamwork, cooperation, reciprocity, and work responsibility by analyzing and synthesizing their learning experience during the internship through the writing of a report and an oral presentation in Spanish. 
  • Synthesize the learning acquired on the program in the form of an Independent Study Project paper. 
  • Enhance proficiency in Spanish for social sciences and education.  

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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.

The syllabi can be useful for students, faculty, and study abroad offices in assessing credit transfer. Read more about credit transfer.

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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.
  • Share in synchronous reflections and discussions with your cohort led by the academic director.
  • Build your résumé and professional experience in an internship related to your interests.

Virtual Internship & Seminar

Career Paths

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  • 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
Noemí Muñoz
Claudia Zuñiga, MA

Discover the Possibilities

  • Cost & Scholarships

    The tuition for this program is $2,009. 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. 

  • Blog: SIT Chile virtual internship offers new “vantage point” on social change

    Chile has a long and vibrant history of civic activism and social change—from resistance against the brutal Pinochet dictatorship in the 1970s and 80s, to recent protests led by students, teachers, and workers to obtain social benefits for marginalized populations. With this rich learning environment in mind, in the fall of 2020 SIT launched the Chile: Virtual Internship in Education & Social Change Organizations, an online program that connects students from their homes around the world with Chilean organizations and educational communities at the forefront of progress in Chile today.

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