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Description

Explore your career goals, expand your professional network and skills, and gain real work experience by participating in an internship for an organization in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Internships are customized according to your career interests and skills. You will earn UCSC credit, by enrolling in the LALS 190G Global Internship course, which will complement your experience and support a successful internship. You will intern approximately 25 hours per week and should expect to spend additional 12.5 hours per week on coursework for LALS 190G.

Dates: 

  • Arrival Date: Thursday, June 20, 2024
  • Internship Start Date: Monday, June 24, 2024
  • Program End Date: Saturday, August 17, 2024

Language of Instruction: Internships are in English, with hybrid or full immersion options in Spanish. 

Courses: LALS 190G Global Internship Course (10 units)

Contact: Ashley Bayman at globallearning@ucsc.edu or Ursula Oberg at lalsadvising@ucsc.edu


How to Apply

Application Open Date:  December 1, 2023

Deadline to Apply: February 1, 2024

Steps to Apply

  1. Attend one of the following info sessions:
  2. Complete the LALS Global Learning Application in the Global Learning Portal by the above deadline. 
  3. After you have been accepted into the program, you will begin working with our internship partner Connect123 on your placement. The deadline to withdraw from the program is March 1, 2024. 

Required Documents for Application:

Please note: If you plan to apply for this program but do not have a valid passport, apply immediately. Passport processing times are longer than usual.


Quick Facts

Locations: Buenos Aires, Argentina 

Minimum GPA – 2.5 Cumulative GPA or higher

Prerequisites and eligibility requirements: 

  • Declared LALS Major, Combined Major, or Minor
  • Good Academic Standing
  • Junior or Senior Standing

Highlights

Global Internship Highlights:

  • Gain valuable intercultural communication skills while working with an international team and workplace.
  • Engage with your host community and culture through activities and networking opportunities.
  • Fine-tune your professional skills that are useful for a career related to Latin American and Latino Studies.
  • Add an internship to your resume, and prepare to talk about it in interviews – future employers will be intrigued.

Buenos Aires, Argentina Excursions 

  • Tango show and lesson
  • Street Art Tour
  • Teatro Colón tour
  • San Telmo Market
  • Estancia / Dia de Campo Gaucho experience
  • Argentine cooking class
  • Tigre Delta tour and boat trip

Cost

To get a financial aid estimate on how much aid you can expect for the summer 2024 global internship program, review instructions here.

Application Fee

  • There is a Non-Refundable $200 UCSC Global Learning Application Fee. It is charged to your UCSC account after March 1, 2024.

Location

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is a welcoming city known for its dynamic food scene, vibrant street art, beautiful architecture, and unparalleled nightlife. It is both the largest city in Argentina as well as the capital. Buenos Aires is rooted in history and tradition while being one of the most globally significant, progressive metropolitan cities in Latin America, making it an exciting place to intern. Read more about the city at Lonely Planet Buenos Aires

Currency in Buenos Aires: Argentine peso

Official Language(s) in Buenos Aires: Spanish

Accommodations

In Buenos Aires, students will stay in shared apartments. Apartments are selected based on neighborhood safety as well as convenience to students’ internship sites. Each apartment will have shared bathrooms, Wi-Fi, fully equipped kitchens, linens, desks, and in-building laundry. Before departure, students can provide roommate preferences and will receive official details about housing accommodations 4 to 8 weeks prior to arrival. On-site staff will support students with any housing-related issues, including room change and repair requests. Each participant’s commute will vary, as internship placements are located in different areas around the city. 

Meals

Meals are not provided outside of some planned activities, like the welcome dinner. Students will have access to fully-equipped kitchens.

Weather and Climate

To research the weather and climate in Buenos Aires, visit here. Since Argentina is located in the Southern Hemisphere, it will be winter for the duration of the program. 

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Travel Documents Required for US Citizens

A passport is required for US citizens. If you are not a US citizen please email globallearning@ucsc.edu to learn about additional travel documents you may need to pursue this program.

Country Information Resources

Students with Disabilities

If you need support services abroad, request an accommodation letter from your UCSC Disability Resource Center (DRC) Coordinator and share it with your UCSC Global Learning Coordinator, Ashley Bayman. 

Identities Abroad and Away

UC Santa Cruz Global Learning is committed to inclusion and equity in our various program options as well as striving to make everyone’s experiences abroad enriching, positive, and safe. Learn more on our Identities Abroad and Away webpage.
Learn more about identities in Argentina here.


Academics

Course Description

LALS 190G (10 units)

  • Student internships are organized through Global Learning partners and sponsored by a Latin American and Latino studies (LALS) instructor. While completing their internship, students write an analytical paper or produce another project agreed upon by the student and the instructor by the third week of the internship. 

The course will satisfy:

  • 1 upper-division elective for LALS majors

Internship

Internship Hours: 25 hours/week

Internship Partner

Global Learning has partnered with Connect123 to facilitate career-related internships for the LALS global internship program. Their mission is to facilitate experiences that create equal value for students and for the local organizations where they work. Since 2006, thousands of students from over 600 universities and over 85 countries have participated in Connect123 programs. For more information, you can visit their website and read their reviews.

Once your application has been processed and approved by UCSC Global Learning, you will be working with the Connect123 team on your customized internship placement.

Internship Placement Process

  1. After you have been accepted into this program, Connect123 will schedule a Zoom call to learn about your interests and goals for the internship experience. Prior to the interview, you must send Connect123 your resume and cover letter/statement of purpose, describing your goals, skills, and interests. 
  2. During the Zoom call, so that you have an idea about what to expect, Connect123 will provide examples of past projects that Connect-123 interns with similar interests have completed. Connect123 will work with each of you to help you define an ideal, customized internship experience which then informs the placement process and ensures positive outcomes. Placements are guaranteed for all students.
  3. During the placement process, you may receive one best offer. Offers are contingent on successful interviews with your supervisor and Connect123 helps you with interview preparation. Since placements are customized, uniquely around your interests, the process can take up to a few months.
    1. Example questions to ask an internship site during an interview may include:
      1. Can you describe your organization’s culture?
      2. What are the main projects or day-to-day responsibilities involved in this internship?
      3. What are some essential qualities for successful interns?
      4. What challenges do you find interns most frequently face in this role?
      5. How do you evaluate performance for this position?
      6. Do you have any additional questions about my background or qualifications?
  4. Connect123 puts substantial effort into the placement process to help ensure positive outcomes for both you and the local organization. That said, if after starting, you aren’t happy with a placement, Connect123’s first step is to discuss options for resolution with you, as finding solutions can be an important part of the learning experience. However, if it’s not possible to fix, Connect123 can suggest other internship options.

***Please note: During the internship placement process, you will be matched with one top organization based on your interests, goals, and skills you want to gain. This process is different than in the United States where you can choose from a variety of internship hosts. That said, if you do not agree that the internship is a good match, Connect123 may be able to find an alternative placement.   

Example LALS-related internship projects include:

  • Human rights
  • Social justice
  • Community organizing 
  • Social work
  • Education
  • Journalism
  • Art

Example LALS-related partners include:

Buenos Aires

Centro Conviven promotes sustainable environmental practices and assists families living in vulnerable communities. Their programs include Ojo de Pez, which helps children express their stories about their neighborhoods through visual arts, and Juegoteca Retiro, which provides activities, walks, cultural outings, and camps for children from the Carols Mugica neighborhood. Past internship projects have included assisting with the delivery of Centro Conviven’s programs, helping with fundraising campaigns, and creating content about their ongoing activities.

Mujer y Gobierno is a non-profit focused on promoting gender rights within the policies of public and private organizations. Past projects have included research related to women’s rights and gender diversity in the workplace.

The Instituto Multimedia DerHumALC organizes film festivals and education programs related to the environment and human rights. Past projects have included helping with planning, logistics, and translation related to their film festivals and events.
Autores de Argentina is one of Argentina’s largest publishing houses and works with a diverse group of writers. Past interns have assisted with e-book publishing, product revision, and proofreading.