Explore your career goals, expand your professional network and skills, and gain real work experience by participating in an internship for an organization in Santiago, Chile. Internships are customized according to your career interests and skills. You will earn UCSC credit, by enrolling in the SOCY 193I Sociology Global Internship, which will complement your experience and support a successful internship. You will intern approximately 25 hours per week and should expect to spend an additional 12.5 hours per week on coursework for SOCY 193I.


  • 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: SOCY 193I Sociology Global Internship (10 units)
Contact: Ashley Bayman at or Tina Cossaboom at

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:
    • Thursday, Nov 30, 2023, 12:p.m. PT (virtual) Register here
    • Tuesday, Dec 5, 2023, 12 p.m. PT (virtual) Register here
    • Wednesday, Dec 6, 2023, 4 p.m. PT (in person, space is limited and form will close once capacity is reached) Register here
    • Wednesday, Jan 10, 2024, 4 p.m. PT (virtual) Register here
  2. Complete the SOCY 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 API 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: Santiago, Chile 

Minimum GPA – 2.5 Cumulative GPA or higher

Prerequisites and eligibility requirements 

  • Declared Sociology majors (including GISES concentration), LALS/SOCY Combined majors, or GISES minors
  • Good Academic Standing
  • Junior or Senior Standing


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 Sociology.
  • Add an internship to your resume, and prepare to talk about it in interviews – future employers will be intrigued.

Santiago, Chile Excursions 

Cultural activities are provided regularly and on-site staff provide suggestions of events occurring in the host city on a weekly basis. 


  • Parque Tricao- Embark on a captivating journey to Tricao Park and its expansive Aviary from Santiago. Witness South America’s largest Aviary, where over 800 exotic birds gracefully roam the skies. Spend the day strolling along picturesque trails, capturing perfect snapshots of these fascinating creatures. During your visit, create your own adventure, whether it’s a tranquil kayak journey on the lagoon or a scenic trek through the park’s beauty. You’ll conclude your day at Playa Blanca before returning to Santiago.


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.



Santiago is a dynamic, bustling city surrounded by panoramic views of the Andes mountain range and only 90 minutes from the Pacific Ocean. Its city center is filled with museums, theatres, art galleries, prolific restaurants, nightlife, vibrant markets, beautiful architecture, and much more. It is both the largest city in Chile as well as the capital. As a result of Chile’s economic growth over the century, Santiago has transformed into the country’s business, political, cultural, entertainment and educational center, making it an exciting place to intern. Read more about the city at Lonely Planet Santiago

Currency in Santiago: Chilean peso

Official Language(s) in Santiago: Spanish


In Santiago, students will live in a homestay with a local Chilean host(s). Accommodation is centrally located and easily accessible to public transportation. Each participant’s commute will vary, as internship placements are located in different areas around the city. Average commute times range from 30 minutes up to an hour.


Homestay – Host family accommodations include breakfast 7 days a week and dinner 6 days a week. Kitchen access may be limited.

Weather and Climate

To research the weather and climate in Santiago, visit here. Since Chile 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

Passport required for US citizens. If you are not a US citizen please email 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 Chile here.


SOCY 193I Sociology Global Internship (10 units)

  • This course, in collaboration with Global Learning, supports students in completing an internship abroad, while engaging in research and scholarly investigation around the context that the organization is working in. Students will be supported by a faculty member to process skills, and engage in research that supports the work of the internship.

The course will satisfy:

  • 1 upper-division SOCY elective


Internship Hours: 25 hours/week

Internship Partner

Global Learning has partnered with Academic Programs International (API) to facilitate career-related internships for the SOCY global internship program. Their mission is to encourage students of all ages to embark on an experiential education journey that enriches lives and communities, helping every student, college, and company to achieve their goals. Since 1997, thousands of students have participated in API’s programs. 

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

Internship Placement Process

  1. After you have been accepted into the program, API will reach out to you with next steps on completing their application. 
  2. Upon application to API, students will gain access to API’s database system, APIConnect, and can review and select available internship postings in Santiago, or select to customize an internship if an internship aligned with your skills-building goals is not posted in APIConnect. 
  3. Students will be asked to upload a resume, statement of purpose, and onboarding forms. After submitting these forms, they will meet with a Career Coach to review their selected internship postings, or discuss customizing an internship.
  4. The Career Coach will assist students in tailoring their resume and statement of purpose to the positions, and the student will rank the selected job descriptions.
  5. Students will be entered into an internship preparatory course to learn more about working globally.
  6. API’s Internship Team will share intern selections with their international team and set up interviews with the student and best match employer.
  7. After a student is selected by an employer, they will sign an Offer Acceptance Letter and can upload onboarding forms to APIConnect.
  8. Students applying to Spanish speaking locations may have an additional interview to assess their Spanish language level. 

Example SOCY-related internship projects include:

  • Research and writing
  • Human rights
  • Social justice
  • Public policy
  • Social media and marketing
  • Community organizing 
  • Social work
  • Education

Example Internship Options Include:

Career Interest: Research and Writing

Business Type: Higher Education

Company Description: This is a private institution, which currently concentrates six schools and two institutes, being recognized for its trajectory for more than 40 years, standing out in the training of professionals in the humanities, social sciences, and psychology. It currently has an institute (language center) that assists more than 2,700 students.

Career Interest: Social Justice

Business Type: NGO

Company Description: A non-profit charitable foundation, aimed at providing girls and boys (0 to 17 years old) at social risk with significant experiences for their development, in everything related to their development, positively impacting their emotional and physical world. The other aspect of the foundation is to provide access to health and education, access to culture, and sports, helping them build social and interpersonal relationships, achieve their deepest dreams, expand their comprehensive development, provide care and prevention, and provide access to basic needs and more advanced ones. We also work to bond with their parents, siblings, and close family, including their school and social world.

Career Interest: Public Policy

Business Type: Higher Education

Company Description: A research center that seeks to provide the country with high-level studies on the problems of intercultural relations, with an interdisciplinary, holistic perspective-oriented dialogue and respect for cultural diversity. We are a research center of excellence founded in 2012, since its beginnings, we have sought to contribute to the country with high-level studies on the problem of intercultural relationships, along with an interdisciplinary, comparative, collaborative perspective and a unique respect for cultural diversity.

Career Interest: Research; Social Media; Marketing

Business Type: Small Business DevelopmentCompany Description: This organization addresses the issues of employability, innovation, tourism, and entrepreneurship, the latter being where the commercial platforms are housed. It aims to design and develop a network of forums, seminars, talks, workshops, mentorships, and contests aimed at spreading the entrepreneurial culture and improving the economic and social condition of entrepreneurs and companies in the community of Providence.