Internship in Chile
- Quick facts
- Program Details
- Costs And Services
Chile Inside offers tailor-made internship placements. The most popular fields are:
Art & Design, Architecture, Bank / Finance / Insurance, Mining, Construction, Education, Chemistry / Biology, Consulting, Energy, Fish Industry, Research, Geology, Commerce, Hospitality / Hotel, Real Estate, Import / Export, Engineering, IT, Journalism & Media, Law, Culture, Agriculture and Forestry, Marketing / Advertising, Medicine / Health, Human Rights, NGO, Logistics, Human Resources, Politics, Project Management, Sports / Recreation, Tourism, Environment, (Public) Administration, Economy.
You could not find your preferred area? Contact us for more information.
Between 35 and 45 hours / week, depending on the internship host company. The legal working hours in Chile are 45 hours / week.
We cannot guarantee any payment. However, many companies pay their interns a small allowance for room rental, transportation or meals.
Santiago de Chile or other big cities in Chile
Year round, start and end dates are flexible
Minimum 4 weeks, maximum 6 months
The accommodation takes place in a homestay. This means you will live in a private household where one or more rooms are rented. Accommodation hosts are individual persons (e.g. señoras, young professionals), couples, families or students. You will have a single room with access to the common areas. Internet is included. All our accommodations are in safe neighborhoods with good connection to local transportation. Half-board can also be booked.
(Note: Only valid for Internship Premium, which includes the accommodation.)
Our English-speaking team in the Chile Inside office in Santiago de Chile is always there for you.
24/7 Emergency Number
With the booking confirmation you will receive our 24-hour emergency number, under which you can reach us 24/7 in case of emergency.
Please send us your detailed CV with photo and the completed registration form. For more information on the registration process, please see the instructions on the first page of the registration form or contact one of our experienced staff members.
There are no application deadlines. We recommend submitting the documents as early as possible, at least 12 weeks before the desired start of the program, so that there is sufficient time to assure a smooth placement process. For short-term applications please contact us.
You need to have a travel health insurance for Chile. You can buy your travel insurance, tailored to the needs of our participants, online with us, at convenient rates.
- Tailor-made internship placements
- Requirements of your university / your employer will be considered
- All internship areas are available
- No application deadlines
- Flexible start and end dates
- Participation possible even without prior knowledge
- Participation also possible directly after leaving school and without being ademitted to a university
- English-speaking in-country support
- You will be accompanied to the internship company on the first day (only in Santiago)
An internship abroad as a part of the career has gained in importance in recent decades. With an internship abroad in Chile, you will not only give your resume a very special "touch", but also stand out from the crowd. "Exotic" countries such as Chile are doing much better at HR departments than internships abroad in standard countries like England or Spain.
Chile has shown stable economic growth for many years, even in times of global economic crises. This aspect, as well as the political and social stability of the country, make Chile particularly attractive for an internship abroad. Over the last 20 years, the country’s capital Santiago de Chile has become a modern metropolis where we can match internship requests in all branches and industries.
With an internship abroad in Chile, you demonstrate flexibility, self-confidence, adaptability and tolerance to foreign cultures. These are key competences that must not be missing in any CV these days. Through an internship in Chile, you can also consolidate and expand your Spanish language skills. In addition to English, Spanish is considered the most important language in the business world and the need to speak Spanish is increasing due to strong economic growth in Latin America. The skills and intercultural competences acquired during the internship abroad will give you an important advantage over other job applicants in the increasingly tough job market. An internship in Chile can serve as a "springboard" into your professional future.
Internships in Chile are usually unpaid. A possible payment is the sole responsibility of the internship company and cannot be guaranteed by Chile Inside. However, many internship companies in Chile pay their interns an allowance for food, transportation or rent. In the long term, however, investing in this international experience pays off in any case!
Chile Inside is the first choice when it comes to stays abroad in Chile. For almost 2 decades, we have successfully organized internships throughout Chile, in all sectors and industries. Over the years, we have built up a vast network of important contacts in the Chilean business world and offer you expert advice. Our hit rate is 99.9%, which means that so far we have helped all our participants to a tailor-made internship in Chile.
Our internship partners in Chile include:
- Renowned international and national companies
- Medium and small companies
- Private and public institutions
- Non-profit organizations
- State authorities
Due to our many years of experience and careful approach, we are able to tailor the internships to the needs of the applicant. Our internships are therefore also recognized by universities and we can take into account specific requirements of your university.
Internship Basic includes:
- Competent English-speaking advice
- Translation of the application documents and your CV in Spanish
- Organization of your internship placement in Chile
- Program confirmation for visa application (if visa is required)
- English-speaking in-country support
- Useful information about your stay in Chile
- Handbook Chile
- Our collection of "Insider Tips" for your stay in Chile
- Confirmation of participation from Chile Inside
- Internship certificate of the internship company
- 24/7 emergency number
Costs of Internship Basic
Minimum duration 4 weeks
Each additional week
includes in addition to the above mentioned services:
Costs of Internship Premium
Placement Fee + accommodation + airport pick-up
Minimum duration 4 weeks
Each additional week
Additionally, you can book:
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Get your Travel Insurance here:
How long in advance do I need to apply for an internship in Chile?
Normally we need 4 to 12 weeks to organize a suitable internship in Chile. The processing time depends on your desired internship area, the availability of jobs and our current workload. In some cases internships can be organized in less time, but sometimes it can take a little longer. Please send us your application documents at least 3 months before your desired start date, so that there is enough time to plan every details of your stay abroad.
How does the application process work?
Once we have received your registration fee, we will create your application profile in Spanish, that we will use to introduce you to suitable companies. The placement process lasts between 4 and 12 weeks, depending on the placement requirements, previous knowledge, the internship period, etc. As soon as an internship placement has been confirmed for you, we prepare the internship offer for you. If you would like to book your internship place then we will send you the booking documents and the payment of the program costs will be due.
More information can be found here: Application process.
When do I have to pay the placement fee?
To start the placement process, we charge a registration fee. The placement fee will only be due when you accept the internship offer and as soon as you would like to book your stay abroad.
What are the language requirements?
You should have at least intermediate Spanish language skills so that both you and the internship company can benefit from your internship in Chile. If you do not feel confident enough to be on the job in everyday life, we encourage you to take a Spanish course in Chile before starting your internship. You can also book your Spanish course with us.
What is the minimum duration for an internship in Chile?
The minimum duration is 4 weeks. However, we advise you to schedule at least 8 weeks for your internship in Chile due to adaptation and training periods. Experience has shown that the optimal internship duration is even between 3 and 6 months.
Who can participate? Is previous experience required?
Anyone between the ages of 18 and 45 who wants to gain international work experience is welcome to do an internship in Chile. Our internship placement is available to participants from all over the world, we do not impose any restrictions on citizenship. Previous knowledge is not required. We place students who have just graduated from high school, students from a variety of disciplines and even professionals who are looking to retrain or want to add work experience abroad to their resumé.
Will I get a reference for my internship?
On request, the internship company will issue you an internship certificate. Likewise, you will receive a confirmation of participation from Chile Inside. Please ask your supervisor for the certificate at the end of your internship and contact us in good time.
Are internships in Chile paid?
You have to assume that your internship in Chile may not be paid. It gives you the opportunity to gain work experience in a Spanish-speaking country. This investment in your future career definitely pays off in the long term. Many internship companies, however, pay their interns allowance for meals and/or local transportation and/or rent. However, this cannot be guaranteed by us and should not be a condition for your internship search.
In which companies can I complete my internship?
We do not offer „plain vanilla“ internships, but organize each internship individually and based on the application documents. This means that you should communicate us as detailed as possible your needs and expectations so that we can comply with it. If your internship has to meet certain criteria to be recognized by your university or employer please inform us when submitting your application.
We will knock on many companys‘ doors to arrange the perfect internship for you. We have 2 decades of experience and a success rate of 99.9%.
What are the working hours?
The statutory weekly working time in Chile is 45 hours. The actual working time in your internship depends on the internship company. There are companies where you will have shorter working hours. In no case will the working hours during your internship exceed the legal weekly working hours.
What insurance do I need for my internship in Chile?
To participate in an internship in Chile you need at least a travel health insurance so that you are insured in the event of illness or accident. For this purpose, you can get your travel insurance online with us, at reasonable rates.
For more information see: Travel Health Insurance
Will I be picked up at the airport?
When booking the "Internship Premium", we will arrange your airport pick-up automatically and the costs are included. We will tell our pick-up service the address of your accommodation in Santiago so that you arrive there safely. This way, you don’t need to worry about looking for transportation at the airport and negotiating the price with taxi drivers in Spanish and explain where to go.
What do I do in case of problems?
In the unlikely event that problems occur during your stay in Chile, we are always at your side.
No matter if the problems are related to your internship or are of a different nature, we are always happy to help. With the booking confirmation, we will send you our 24-hour emergency number, so that you can reach us even outside of our business hours in case of an emergency.
What are my obligations towards my host company?
We organize all internships with great dedication. Likewise, the internship companies take a lot of time and spare no effort to welcome our foreign interns in the company, to incorporate them and to provide them with new knowledge. Therefore, it is very important that you are aware of your responsibility as an intern. It is necessary to comply with the working hours and the code of conduct, and to carry out your tasks in a proper manner. Likewise, the booked internship period should be completed to avoid problems in the company's personnel planning.
Do I need a work visa?
As long as the internship in Chile is unpaid, you do not need a special visa unless the internship company requires it. With the so-called tourist card (tarjeta de turismo), that you get when you enter Chile, you can stay in the country for 90 days. This period can be extended. Further information regarding the visa requirement, you can get directly from us.
Where will I live?
Our participants live in homestays in safe neighborhoods with good connection to local transportation. You have a single room available with access to common areas and the kitchen. On request, your room can also be booked with half-board.
(Note: the accommodation is only included with the Internship Premium program)
Will I have Internet at my accommodation?
Chile, especially the capital Santiago, is very modern and has a very good infrastructure. Internet access / WIFI is standard in 100% of our accommodations.