8 Reasons To Do An Internship In Latin America

For young professionals looking to set themselves apart, an internship in Latin America is the perfect opportunity. Taking advantage of the many emerging economies in the region is the best way to gain a unique perspective on an industry. Many Latin American cities are quickly becoming influential on a global city, making them a great place to learn about emerging markets. If you’re looking to develop a multicultural worldview, learn a new language and travel, all while advancing your career, consider applying for an internship in Latin America.

 

Here are the top 8 reasons to do an internship in Latin America:

1. Tasty food and fruits

Latin America has a lot on offer when it comes to food. This vast region is home to many different types of cuisines, as well as an array of juicy and delicious fresh fruits that cannot be found elsewhere. Colombia in particular is known for its delicious cuisine. One of the country’s most well-known dishes is the traditional “bandeja paisa” or the paisa platter, which is served often in Medellín and includes fried egg, sausage, an arepa, avocado, chicharrón (fried pork belly), white rice, powdered meat, plantain and beans. The best part? All of this tasty goodness will only set you back $5.

2. The people

Interns in Latin America will get to experience the immense diversity that exists in the region. Whether living in Chile, Colombia or beyond, interns will learn alongside locals, as well as students and professionals from all around the globe. Latin American culture is warm, friendly and helpful, making it a great place to live as an international intern.

 

3. Español

In today’s labor market,  foreign language abilities are becoming increasingly valued.  The Spanish language is one of the most widely spoken in the world. Doing an internship in Latin America will give interns abroad the opportunity to be immersed in the Spanish language. Gaining experience in a Spanish-speaking office is the perfect way to pick up Spanish business vocabulary, which will help out in future job pursuits.

4. Opportunity

Experience in an emerging economy offers unique and valuable knowledge for interns interested in international business, trade or finance. Economies such as those in Chile and Colombia are growing rapidly. Santiago, Chile in particular has become a top destination for professionals from all over the region, and is a bustling hub of innovation and entrepreneurship.

5. Exploration

In a region as large as Latin America, interns will never be short of things to do. From soaking up sun on Colombia’s Caribbean coast to backpacking in Chile’s Patagonia region, Latin America has something to fuel everyone’s wanderlust.

6. Culture and festivals

From Carnival to Dia de los Muertos, Latin America is full of rich and colorful cultural traditions. In Colombia, one of the most famous festivals is the flower festival held in August, when rural farmers pour into town with their gorgeous flower displays.The “Feria de las Flores” attracts tourists from across the globe. During the festival rural farmers make their way to the city from the countryside to display intricate flower designs. In Chile, the top holiday takes place in mid September, marking the country’s independence day. “Diez y Ocho” celebrations stretch several days, and include traditional Chilean music, dancing, food and drinks.

7. It’s affordable

Latin America’s relatively low cost of living makes it an affordable destination for people from all around the world. Moreover, you’ll spend less day-to-day with low food and transportation costs. It’s definitely the best place to go if you’re on a budget.

8. The dancing

Whether it be cumbia, tango, bachata, samba or salsa, Latin Americans bust out the world’s best dance moves. Major cities are full of clubs and classes for interns to improve their technique and perfect their dancing skills.

 

Apply now to do an internship in Latin America, and launch your international career!

 

Sources: Medellínliving.com, tradingeconomics.com, Wikipedia – world languages, Wikipedia – Colombian culture, AltLatino

Photos:

1. Silhouettes at sunset on the Atlantic Seafront, by Teameister, CC BY 2.0

2. Courtesy of The Intern Group

3. Peru Travel: The Famous Views of Machu Picchu, by Latin America For Less, CC BY 2.0

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Elizabeth Trovall

After short stints in Argentina and Belize, Elizabeth is finishing up her fourth year in Santiago, Chile. Elizabeth writes about international internships, life abroad and professional development for The Intern Group. She also reports on politics, business and culture in Latin America for public radio and print media. An Austin, Texas native, Elizabeth first left home to earn her journalism degree from the Reynolds Institute of Journalism at the University of Missouri. Besides her friends and family, she misses live music and Mexican food the most.
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