Santiago Research & Internships

It is possible, though not easy, to obtain an internship or volunteer position while you are in Santiago. While the Santiago staff can assist in contacting institutions on its list of volunteer and internship partners, there is no guarantee that any specific organizational request can be fulfilled. If you are interested in doing an internship (both for credit and not for credit) or volunteering, you should get in touch with the Santiago staff well in advance of the start of your orientation quarter to find out what might be feasible.

Those students who arrange internships and voluntary work independently should inform the Santiago staff about their arrangements.

Internship Opportunities

Students who are interested in pursuing an internship should keep in mind that the main focus of the Santiago Center is its academic program, and all students are expected to comply with their academic and program obligations before completing an internship. For this reason, a reasonable amount of time a student can dedicate to an internship is about 10 hours per week. Additionally, most organizations will expect that you have strong Spanish language skills (completion of 2 years of Spanish is recommended).

The Santiago Center currently has contacts with the following institutions where previous students have interned:

Students interested in pursuing an internship at one of these organizations should contact the Santiago Staff prior to their arrival in Santiago.

If students are interested in pursuing an internship at an organization not listed above, they should make their own arrangements for an internship during their stay in Santiago.

All students who intend to pursue an internship, whether it is through the Santiago Center partner institutions or an independent organization, should send a detailed proposal to program director Iván Jaksic before their arrival in Santiago. Those students who plan on taking an internship for credit will also be required to write a final two to three page paper reflecting on their internship experience. This paper must be submitted to the Director before the end of the term.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you would like to be involved in the local community in various activities such as working with children, the elderly, micro-finance, the environment, poverty, etc. once a week, without committing a great deal of time and receiving no academic credit, then volunteering may be a reasonable option. While volunteering is much more flexible in comparison to doing an internship, it still does require time and effort and in some cases a certain level of language proficiency. Sometimes volunteer organizations are situated far from the Stanford Center and one should be prepared to spend time traveling to the location. Evaluate your academic workload and check your schedule before you commit to volunteering, so that you can be sure that you will follow though with your promises.

Examples of volunteer organizations include:

  • Sendero de Chile (urban gardening)
  • Liceo Lastarria (English language support for students)
  • Teletón (rehabilitation center for low income children)
  • Hospital Calvo Mackenna (volunteer at library in children´s hospital)

Interested students should begin discussing their proposals with the Santiago Staff as soon as possible.

Research Opportunities

Student Grants for Research Overseas

Undergraduate Advising and Research (UAR) administers several grants that can support research overseas, including the Quarterly and Major Grants. Help to prepare for the grant competitions is available via email. For deadlines, directions, and specific policies regarding off-campus research, please visit the UAR student grants website.