Internships in Colombia – The Emerging Markets Program
Dates & Program Fees
Internships in Colombia
We are delighted to offer first-class internships in Colombia, one of the world’s most exciting and fastest-growing economies. In today’s globalized world, internships in South America are an impressive addition to a resume. Experience in an emerging economy will give you extremely valuable first-hand knowledge, appreciated greatly by future employers. The old guard is changing, and it will be emerging economies that provide the growth to drive the world forward this century.
Colombia is an exhilarating emerging economy in which to complete your internship; Latin America is growing rapidly, and Colombia leads the pack. As a country ripe with natural resources and with the second largest population in South America, leading investment banks such as JP Morgan have labeled Colombia “the next star of the continent.”
Having partnered with the Colombian government and a range of Latin American blue chip companies, we are able to offer amazing international internship opportunities for the most talented and ambitious. We offer roles across all career fields– including political internships directly with the Colombian government, finance internships with top Latin American banks and business development roles in leading international firms.
We offer successful applicants a professional internship in their chosen career field. Our emerging markets program offers comprehensive personal and professional development. Quality accommodation, cultural and social events, internship mentoring, advanced career training, and 24/7 local support are all included.
Interning in Colombia offers applicants an amazing opportunity to gain vital work experience in an exciting organization, develop extensive networks and connections, improve Spanish language skills, and– crucially– experience an emerging economy in rapid development.
Due to the exclusivity of our partner companies, it must be noted that our program is selective.
Colombia’s great potential is finally being realized, the economy is flying and the world’s press is taking notice. Foreign investment is flooding into the country. Time Magazine calls Colombia “the most exciting new global player”.
Visitors are immediately seduced by Colombia’s breathtaking scenery. World class beaches, untouched forests, bustling cities…Colombia has it all! Combined with its rich cultural heritage and the warmth of its people, Colombia makes for a spellbinding place to visit. Perhaps this is why readers of the New York Times recently voted it the second most attractive tourist destination in the world. A Latin American gem.
Medellin, the City of Eternal Spring
Set in a stunning valley, surrounded by lush greenery on all sides, the city of Medellin is the vibrant base for our programs in Colombia. Known as the City of Eternal Spring, Medellin is the 2nd largest city in Colombia and her business and industrial heart being Headquarters of the majority of Colombia’s and many of Latin America’s largest companies. Mingle with the locals, known as ‘Paisas’, whom those in the know describe as some of the friendliest people on earth. Medellin is renowned for its civic pride and the city is exceptionally well taken care of by its ‘Paisa’ inhabitants. Culture and nightlife combine to make this a standout destination. The weather is the icing on the cake: Medellin has an outstanding, humidity-free climate with an average temperature of 25 degrees, all year round.
“Colombia is an exhilarating emerging economy in full swing. With the second largest population in South America and an abundant wealth of natural resources it has long held great potential.” JP Morgan
Visa Requirements for Colombia
To do an internship in Colombia everyone requires a visa. Some nationalities can get it at the airport, others have to request the visa before traveling to the country.
Please be aware that the maximum amount of time that you can be in Colombia is 180 days in any calendar year (this includes any other time that you’ve been in the country during this period).
Permiso de Ingreso y Permanencia PIP2: (Visa given at the airport)
This visa is given for 90 days to any of the 90 nationalities listed below and it’s free. You will require a supporting letter that we will provide you with.
For interns doing longer programs you can get this visa at the airport and then renew it in Medellín with a letter that we will provide you. It costs around 40USD and it takes one morning to do the process. This extension visa is called Permiso Temporal de Permanencia PTP6 and can be given for maximum 90 days more.
The nationalities allowed to get the visa on arrival at the airport:
3. Antigua and Barbuda
13. Brunei- Darussalam
16. Czech (Republic)
19. Korea (Republic of)
20. Costa Rica
25. El Salvador
26. United Arab Emirates
30. United States of America
40. Hong Kong
46. Marshall Islands
47. Solomon Islands
62. New Zealand
66. Papua New Guinea
71. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
72. Dominican Republic
74. Russia (Federation)
75. Saint Kitts and Nevis
77. San Marino
78. St. Lucia
79. Holy See
80. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
82. South Africa
87. Trinidad and Tobago
Visa Temporal – Temporary Visa TP-12 (some Consulates may issue TP-6 and it also works)
Visa at a Colombian Consulate:
The nationalities that are NOT on the list above will need to apply for a visa before traveling to Colombia and the process takes at least 4 weeks. The cost is 155USD.
If you have finished high school, you qualify for our programs. We have a number of participants that are on their gap year, although the majority are completing undergraduate university degrees. Our programs are also suitable for recent university graduates, MBA graduates, and even experienced professionals in career transition. The key point is this: every internship we arrange is customized for each individual accepted onto our program, and for their unique background/stage of career.
Do I need prior work experience?
No. As we are a customized internship program, our roles coincide with each person’s education level and professional experience. We have a range of program participants – from those doing their first internship to executives with extensive, impressive careers who wish to experience a new career field/destination.
Who do you accept onto the program?
Our program participants have included Harvard MBA graduates to a 17 year old on their first overseas trip. What our thousands of alumni have in common is more fundamental than any educational or professional qualification – it is an international mindset, combining a desire and ambition to further themselves with a keen curiosity to learn more about the world.
Our accommodation is located in the nicest area of the city, El Poblado. Housing options come with sheets, internet and cleaning as standard.
Crucially, we take great care to make sure that all our housing options are located within a reasonable commute (about 45 minutes) to your work or Spanish classes by bus, metro or walk.
Shared Apartment (private bedroom)
The shared apartment option provides you with a private bedroom in a shared apartment with other program participants and, occasionally, other vetted local students. This option is best if you wish to immediately make new friends and start exploring the city!
The Intern Group program is more than an internship – it’s an entire experience. Each program also includes everything that you need in order to make the most of your internship and your time in Colombia. All you have to do is take that step and meet us in Medellin. Our team will do the rest.
In addition to your guaranteed professional internship and quality housing, each Intern Group program includes the following:
Professional development tools and resources. Our international internship programs are about both participants’ personal and professional growth. Alongside developing the independence and cultural awareness of living and working in a new country, our programs place equal emphasis on the enhancement of the skills and experience required to fulfill career ambitions. We provide participants with the professional development resources and reinforcement they need in order to make this experience into a life-changing one.
A full calendar of social and cultural events. Our full-time local team in Colombia know the city of Medellin inside out and will show you the best of it! The Colombia internship program includes the following events, free of charge for all participants:
An award-winning afternoon city experience
This mesmerizing tour will take you straight into the culture & history of this fascinating country.
Day trip to el Peñol and Guatape
A must-have experience when living in Latin America! Visit this stunning village 2 hours away from Medellin.
We also organize regular optional events on a weekly basis. We regularly organize trips to museums, cinemas, bars, restaurants and day-trips outside of the city where you will be able to swim and relax in the 30 degree heat all-year-round. Our team will show you the best of this beautiful city, and stunning country.
An active international community where weekday/weekend activities are constantly planned. At all times of the year we have talented participants on our programs from all over the world. You will immediately become a part of an international community, providing you with friends and networks to last a life time!
Great support from our full-time local team with local expertise, from start to finish. Our Colombia full-time team are all from the country, and they are incredibly proud of this stunning country! They will organize your airport pick-up to bring you to your accommodation when you arrive in Medellin and provide a thorough welcome-orientation to help you settle in to the city and feel at home! During the welcome orientation you will receive a welcome package including city maps and a local mobile phone, loaded with all key support numbers. You will be shown how to use public transportation and how to arrive at your workplace, ready for your first day!
We are proud to be partners in Medellín with one of the best universities in Colombia – Universidad EAFIT, located in El Poblado. Having educated an array of prominent Colombian businessmen, politicians and artists and with over 30,000 students subscribed, it’s a great chance to immediately make new Colombian friends.
All levels of Spanish
EAFIT Universidad offers Spanish classes for all levels. Before you arrive at the university you will take a short test by email to determine which is the right class for you.
The classes correspond and conform fully to the European Union´s framework of Reference for Languages (A1 – C2):
Beginner I, II: A1 Breakthrough
Beginner III, IV: A2 Waystage
Intermediate I, II: B1 Threshold
Intermediate III,IV: B2 Vantage
Intermediate V and Pre-advanced I, II: C1- Effective Operational Proficiency
Highly Advanced I, II and Superior: C2- Mastery
Group classes during your internship
Our 2 week intensive course is perfect if you want to immediately boost your Spanish. It consist of 40 hours of group classes, running from 9AM to 1PM, Monday-Friday. For this option, interns will go to their internship in the afternoon, after their Spanish class.
This general Spanish course gives you the opportunity to improve your all-around ability in Spanish by focusing on grammar, vocabulary development, speaking, listening and writing skills. Groups are always made up of fewer than 8 students. Everyone will be placed into a group of students with a similar level of Spanish.
Language classes are available throughout the whole year. Please note that they are not included in the program and have an additional cost of $500 USD. This will be paid in Colombia, directly to our partner university. Participants are also responsible for buying language textbooks.
This is the Intern Latin America Experience. Intern Latin America will make sure that you have all of the resources necessary for your professional development and cultural immersion. We want you to work hard but also have the time of your life. Your internship program in Colombia includes a wide range of cultural and social events. Check out our participants in Colombia:
Program fees do not include visa fees, flights, insurance or daily food & drink.
Program Start Dates
Programs are available all-year-round on a rolling admission schedule with the following start dates:
Alumni Discount – If you have already completed an internship program with us in the past, you are eligible for an Alumni Discount*.
*10% Alumni Discount for program start dates year round excluding peak season (June and July).
*5% Alumni Discount for program start dates in June and July.
Discount for Pell Grant Recipients– If you are a college student in the USA receiving a Pell Grant, you are eligible for a 500 USD discount off any of our programs.
Please view our financing page for more information on funding your international internship program.
To see if you’re eligible for the Colombia Program, please click here.
“Highlights of my internship have been getting to actually sit in front office. A lot of roles you might get in England would place you in a really administrative role in back office. I’ve been able to see how the actual trading goes on and I think it’s put me in a lot better position with this experience.”
IT - Colombia. Brian's Experience
“It was really fascinating when I got my first response from a client. It made my experience real, the feeling that I’m doing something for the company; I’m adding value to the company. That was phenomenal.”