ASA is pleased to offer semester internship opportunities in Buenos Aires, Argentina for students participating in the Spring Semester ASA academic program at Universidad de Belgrano or Universidad del Salvador!
Students must have a High Intermediate or Advanced level of Spanish language ability in order to be eligible for an internship.
Internships are available during Spring Semester only.
Internships are taken alongside classes and are not available as a stand-alone option.
Internships are unpaid and not for credit. There is no additional fee for the internship placement.
Internships last for 10 weeks out of the Spring semester, from approximately March 31 to May 31, 2019. Interns must complete 25 work hours per week (approximately 5 hours a day, Monday through Friday), for a total of 250 work hours during the 10-week internship.
Semester Internship Opportunities in Buenos Aires, Argentina
The government of the city of Buenos Aires offers internship opportunities to international students who are studying full-time at a university in Buenos Aires during the Spring semester. This is a great opportunity to gain work experience, enhance your résumé, and connect with local people!
Students must have a Spanish level of High Intermediate or Advanced in order to apply for an internship.
Internships are not available during the Fall semester. There is no additional fee for the internship.
When applying for an internship, you will be able to indicate 3 possible areas of interest, from the following options:
- Culture and Art
- Database Analysis and Statistics
- Economic Development and Investment
- Environmental Issues
- Gender Issues
- Human Development
- Human Resources
- Human Rights
- International Business
- Press and Communication
- Public Policy
- Public Relations
- Research and Consultancy
- Social Work
- System and Processes
- Teaching (Education)
- Urban Development
- Transport and Mobility in Large Cities
If you are selected for an internship, you will be assigned to a department within the city government. (We cannot guarantee that you will be assigned to your top choice area of interest.) You will also be assigned “tutor” (supervisor) who will guide your daily tasks and help you make the most out of your internship! (Most of the tutors speak some English and can help translate occasionally if you don’t understand something – but the primary language of communication during the internship will be Spanish.)
Your internship hours will be for 5 hours a day, Monday through Friday, for the duration of the 10-week internship assignment.
No additional fee or visa is necessary in order to participate in an internship!
How to Apply for an Internship in Buenos Aires
The deadline to submit your complete internship application for the Spring 2019 semester, including all documents listed below, is DECEMBER 31, 2018:
STEP 1: Complete the application form online at: https://turismojoven.buenosaires.gob.ar/es/node/1011 (PLEASE NOTE! When asked to select your “University in Buenos Aires,” choose ASA from the drop-down menu. When asked to select “Study,” choose Exchange Student from the drop-down menu.)
STEP 2: EMAIL the following documents to this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Letter (PDF format) from your home institution in the U.S. stating you are enrolled full-time, your major/degree, date of anticipated graduation, and indicating you are a student in good standing. You should be able to obtain this letter from your institution’s Registrar or Admissions Office
- Letter (PDF format) from ASA stating you will be enrolled full-time at a university in Buenos Aires (ASA will provide you with this)
- Scan (PDF format) of your official transcript, with completed Spanish courses highlighted, underlined, or circled (ASA will provide you with this)
- Copy of your passport’s picture page (PDF format). Your passport must be valid until at least Dec. 31, 2020
- One recommendation letter (PDF format), either academic or professional. Can be from a professor, academic adviser, dean, or supervisor from a past or current job or internship
- Résumé in Spanish (PDF format)
- Cover Letter / Letter of Motivation in Spanish (PDF format). Your Cover Letter should discuss the following topics: Your reasons for wanting to participate in an internship; How will an internship support your future career goals; Any relevant experience you have to your areas of interest (e.g. previous study, job, internship, or volunteer experience); Why you would be a good candidate for an internship.
ALL items above must be submitted by December 31, 2018.
If you are offered a position, you will be required to sign a Letter of Commitment. Once you accept an internship position, you are obligated to complete the internship in full. You cannot change your mind later or decide to quit the internship. Thus, serious applicants only are encouraged to apply.
What to Expect in your Internship
An internship is an opportunity to gain experience in the field in which you wish to have a career. It is also a great opportunity to apply what you’ve learned in your classes and gain networking contacts. That said, it is extremely important that all internship applicants remain FLEXIBLE in their expectations with regard to the area of the city government you are assigned to, as well as what kind of work you will do. For example, you may need to earn the trust of your supervisor before being given higher level projects. Please be aware that we cannot guarantee you a placement in a particular area of interest. The more flexible you are in your expectations, the better your outcome will be!
IMPORTANT: Interns should expect to have a very busy schedule, since you will be taking classes full-time during your internship. You must expect not to have as much flexibility to travel as students who aren’t doing an internship. You may need to work Monday through Friday, and there is no guarantee you will have days off for long weekends. Please keep in mind that with a greater investment of your time comes greater benefits and experience!
If you commit to an internship, please be aware that that commitment must be taken seriously, as the government of the city of Buenos Aires is making a significant investment of their time and resources in you. You will be required to complete your internship in full. You will not be able to change your mind, drop, or quit your internship later. You will need to sign an Letter of Commitment if you are offered a position. You will be expected to complete your internship assignment in full for the duration of the assignment, be present for all work hours requested of you, and put forth your best effort while working there. Don’t worry – you will have support available to you throughout your placement to help you understand what is expected of you, address any doubts or concerns, and help you have a successful internship assignment!