Summer Internship in Argentina with IFSA

IFSA Summer Internships in Buenos Aires

Program Overview

Gain valuable work experience in the sophisticated city of Buenos Aires. As you live and work, soak in Argentina’s rich culture, from iconic tango to tantalizing cuisine to amazing arts. Whether you speak English or Spanish, in just eight weeks you’ll strengthen your resume with international experience and develop marketable skills.

 

Add an optional elective class in either one or both sessions and earn extra credits toward your degree.

Details in a Glance

Application deadline

March 15

Minimum GPA

2.00

Credit load

3 - 10

Housing

Home Stay

Instruction language

English;Spanish

Prerequisites

Some placements may require 4 semesters of university-level Spanish. What does this mean?

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Academics

Enhance your learning and develop marketable skills with an eight-week Summer Internship in Buenos Aires.

Essential Spanish 

If you’ve never studied Spanish before, you’ll take this introductory seminar taught intensively at the beginning of your summer session to complement the IFSA internship experience. By introducing key words and phrases in the classroom—and venturing out into the city to practice them—this class also provides insights into local customs and daily life in Buenos Aires. (1 U.S. semester credit hour)

International Internship Seminar 

All internships include participation in the International Internship Seminar, which uses a blended learning framework with online and in-person components. Online modules provide structured opportunities to reflect on the practical experience of the internship, learn more about your host country’s business culture, and further develop the professional skills needed for a successful transition from undergraduate coursework into a career or graduate school. Plus, you will engage with an online global cohort of IFSA internship participants, gaining exposure to business cultures around the world. At your IFSA location, you will meet in-person with fellow interns to participate in exclusive field visits, learn from guest speakers about working across cultures, and attend workshops on leveraging your strengths for your future job search at home or abroad. (3 U.S. semester credit hours)

OPTIONAL CLASSES

You may enroll in one additional class per four-week session. All classes are worth 3 U.S. semester credit hours and a supplemental fee is applicable per class.

SESSION 1 CLASSES

Advanced Spanish I (3 U.S. semester credit hours)

Globalization and Economic Challenges in Latin America 

Taught in English, this class examines globalization’s historic impact as economies and financial systems become more interconnected – from economic changes in Latin America in the 1960s through future economic scenarios for Argentina in the 21st century. Supporting topics ranging from climate change, commercial conflicts, and strategic trade alliances with China, the U.S., and other regions, a series of field visits allow students to gain firsthand experience with the economic challenges and opportunities globalization presents in and around Buenos Aires. (3 U.S. semester credit hours)

Unheard Voices: Contemporary Literature 

Taught in Spanish, this course explores the fundamental texts and authors of Chilean and Argentine literature of the 20th century. We will not only cover the canon of Latin American literature, but also rethink the canon to develop a counter-literature. To this end, we will trace the cultural tensions the texts express and to put them in relation to the correlative political conflicts. We will also consider certain themes from the 19th century to understand the way in which Argentine and Chilean authors take up, readapt and reformulate these themes, according to new questions in the 20th century. (3 U.S. semester credit hours)

SESSION 2 CLASSES

Advanced Spanish II (3 U.S. semester credit hours)

Intervention Strategies in Mental Health 

Taught in English, this class explores some of the most relevant strategies of intervention in mental health. Some psychologists in Argentina have defined “mental health” as a comprehensive and inclusive state of actions capable of producing welfare rooted in the insertion of the individual in their functional milieu. We shall attempt to the clarify the following terms: strategy, intervention, and mental health. We will explore multiple mental health intervention strategies and their applications to diverse situations and populations. Identifying effective preventive and therapeutic strategies is crucial to establishing public policies which contribute to mental health at individual, family, community, and social levels. (3 U.S. semester credit hours)

Comparative Perspectives on Human Rights 

Taught in Spanish, this class explores practical and theoretical contents of human rights in Latin America and modernity. Students will examine massive human rights violations in Latin America—from the 1976 military coup in Argentina and concentration camps, to the impacts of neoliberal capitalism on human rights concepts in the 21st century throughout Latin America, where Argentina is now recognized worldwide for policies in defense of human rights. Students will interrogate how social justice theories can be used to rethink each system and its consequences for Latin America’s diverse populations. (3 U.S. semester credit hours)

PLACEMENT PROCESS

Once you submit your application, including your resume and an IFSA Internship Intent Form, our experienced advisors will connect with you individually to identify your professional strengths, review your goals, and refine your internship interests. We will also provide internship preparation resources and interviewing tips to further set you up for success.

Our team will match you with meaningful and credible internship opportunities tailored to your interests, strengths, and background. You will interview with your internship match before your placement is confirmed. Keep in mind, final placements are highly dependent on the prior experiences and skills you may have to offer, availability of companies, and the local environment for these positions.

PLACEMENT HIGHLIGHTS

Interns are engaged for 15 or more hours per week with their host organization. All internships are credit-bearing and unpaid opportunities. Interns are jointly supervised by a site supervisor and seminar instructor, and coordinated by IFSA resident staff.

The following list showcases the variety of potential internship opportunities in Buenos Aires. While some of these internship opportunities may be available for upcoming terms, internship placements do vary from term to term. We will work with you individually to identify a placement that meets your unique personal, academic, and professional goals.

Placements are conducted in English, unless otherwise noted. If you have at least four semesters of Spanish language experience, ask your IFSA Admissions Counselor about opportunities to conduct your placement and/or complete the seminar in Spanish.

Organization: This NGO’s objective is to raise awareness about the importance of the Right to Play in every child’s life. To this end, it proposes recreational and educational activities to enrich the social and cultural environment.

Subject Areas: Human and Child Development, Human Services, Social Policy, Social Work

Potential Projects: As an intern, you may assist with translation of specific bibliography, social media management, or investigate financial aid, grants, fundraising opportunities, and potential donors.

Language: Spanish

Organization: This NGO works to defend women’s rights and gender equality through art.

Subject Areas: Arts Administration/Management, Human Rights, Social Justice, Women and Gender Studies

Potential Projects: An intern would be involved in the improvement and systematization of the organization’s archive and documents, the creation of dissemination material, the production of artistic and cultural events, and the co-management of financial support.

Language: Spanish

Organization: This international NGO promotes citizen participation, transparency, and access to public information to strengthen democratic institutions through collective action. It is also engaged in research and actions in areas such as elections, justice, legislative work, and corruption.

Subject Areas: International Studies/Affairs/Relations, Law/Legal Studies, Political Science, Public Policy/Policy Studies

Potential Projects: You may work in areas such as oversight of public expenditures; monitoring the functioning of the executive, parliament, and judiciary; assisting in the presentation of bills; assisting with reports on campaigns and the electoral processes; and translation and production of dissemination material.

Language: Spanish

Organization: This organization encourages language practice with people from all over the world, with a focus on the cultural exchange and the values of Argentine cultures. It aims to enrich vocabulary and communication through play and conversation.

Subject Areas: Communications, Cultural Studies, Marketing, Media/Multimedia Studies

Potential Projects: You will participate in various projects such as the coordination of conversation club events, the management of social networks, the creation of content for radio, podcast, Twitch, and TikTok, the writing of articles on interculturality, and the search for national and international funding sources.

Language: Spanish

Organization: This Buenos Aires city government office promotes Buenos Aires as a destination for study abroad and provides services to and activities for foreign students in the city.

Subject Areas: Advertising, Communications, Marketing

Potential Projects: You would be involved in the implementation of marketing projects.

Language: Spanish

Organization: This NGO promotes initiatives for women, young people, and families in the vulnerable, suburban neighborhoods of Buenos. It focuses on housing, education, and labor integration.

Subject Areas: Human and Child Development, Human Rights, Social Justice, Women and Gender Studies

Potential Projects: You may be assisting with data systematization, report elaboration, production of dissemination material in English, and organization of training events.

Language: Spanish

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Eligibility

  • You must be at least 18 years of age. Students under 18 may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
  • You must be currently attending or recently graduated from a U.S. or Canadian community college, technical college, two-year college, four-year college, or four-year university.
  • You must have completed at least one (1) semester of study at your home institution before the beginning of the term.

Recommendation Letter

Not required.

Visa Requirement

Not required.

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TRANSCRIPT

Upon completion of your program, IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. semester credit hour system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost. See our Transcripts page for more information.

Excursions

Program Activities:

Activities and excursions are an important piece of your IFSA experience, designed to pull you into the fabric of the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. That said, at times, circumstances beyond our control — including local government regulations and health protocols — could impact our ability to hold these events as planned.

Know that we’ll make every effort to run the activities, trips, and excursions slated for your program. You’ll see detailed examples of previous outings offered during this program below. Keep in mind that the options could look different for your program, and that we cannot guarantee these activities, trips, and excursions.

Activities are optional, but they are included in your total program fee. They vary each term based on availability, but activities may include:

  • Tango Classes: Showcase your moves during two separate, exciting tango classes. One lesson takes place in a traditional milonga, a dedicated space for tango dancers, followed by a delicious dinner. The second lesson takes place at a LGBTQ+ friendly milongal. Here the tango is danced without traditional dance roles assigned by gender.
  • Graffiti Tour: Capture intricate murals during a guided tour of the famous and colorful La Boca neighborhood.
  • ¿Comprendes español?: Practice your Spanish skills with a local Argentine during a language exchange event hosted by the IFSA Buenos Aires Global Flagship.
  • BA Celebra: Celebrate the vast community of identities in Argentina at Buenos Aires Celebra Colectividades where countries such as Bolivia, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela show off their foods, dances, and culture!
  • Walking Tour: Explore the Palermo neighborhood, a nature preservation, and the popular MALBA museum.
  • Mataderos Fair: Soak in the neighborhood of Mataderos to experience Argentine traditions and indulge in some local dishes such as torta frita, locro stew, empanadas, or of course the famous dulce de leche pancake.
Program Excursions:

IFSA excursions are included in your total program fee and though these are optional, most students choose to participate. They vary each term based on availability, but excursions may include:

  • La Plata Day Trip: Spend a day in La Plata, the capital of the Buenos Aires Province, visiting the Republic of Children. This organization was founded with the purpose of teaching children the importance of exercising their rights as citizens.
  • Uribelarrea Day Trip: Uribelarrea is a small town that preserves its history and traditions, including festive folkloric activities. Learn how to raise goats and experience making goat cheese!
  • Tigre Visit: Enjoy a boat ride and kayaking during this relaxing excursion to the city of Tigre.
  • San Antonio de Areco Day Trip: Savor the delights of a traditional Argentine barbecue in the small town of San Antonio de Areco, well known for its strong gaucho traditions.

Housing and Meals

Housing

Home Stay

Meals

All Included

Details

Your homestay will be arranged with a carefully selected host family and located within a typical commute of the IFSA program center. Only one student is placed with each family. Students with limited Spanish skills will be housed with families that speak English. You will have a single bedroom with a bed, shared bathroom, and desk or other designated place to study. Laundry and three meals per day are included. You may occasionally want to buy snacks and eat at restaurants beyond what is provided by your host family.

Dates and Fees

Term

Term begins

Term ends

Program costs

Application deadline

Summer 2023

May 29, 2023

July 21, 2023

$5,995 (estimated)

March 15

Term

Summer 2023

Term begins

May 29, 2023

Term ends

July 21, 2023

Program costs

$5,995 (estimated)

Application deadline

March 15

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