Latin American Studies Internships

These internships and volunteer programs available to students will provide a background for undergraduate studies in the fields of international trade and finance, foreign service, humanitarian issues, teaching, publishing and Spanish language media.

The underlying goal of the program is to create career opprotunities, to benefit from international experience, and to improve linguistic skills . Students can use their experience to count for Latin American degree credit by enrolling in up to eight units of independent studies. The Latin American Studies program at CSUEB aims at working closely with the University’s financial office in order to help students gain access to potential scholarships and grants.

Below is a current list of opportunities organized under business/economy/foreign policy and human rights/social issues. For more information contact the Latin American Studies program at (510) 885-3255 .

Business/Economy/Foreign Policy

Amerispan - Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru

Has become a major force in study abroad in Latin America, offering programs in nearly every Spanish speaking country. Amerispan concentrates in customized placements in the areas of business, law, architecture, and almost any professional field can be arranged with local businesses and government agencies in countries throughout Latin America.

Council on Hemispheric Affairs - Inter-American Relations - Washington D.C.

Is a nonprofit, independent research and information organization, was established to promote the common interests of the hemisphere, raise the visibility of regional affairs and increase the importance of the inter-American relationship, as well as encourage the formulation of rational and constructive U.S. policies towards Latin America. COHA offers internships which provide entry level practical experience in dealing with a variety of hemispheric political, economic, diplomatic and trade issues

EcuEVP - Ecuador

Provides unpaid internships in Ecuador in many fields such as journalism and media, medical, business, architecture, human rights, and marketing.

Esperanza en Accion - Fair Trade - Business - Nicaragua

A grassroots, volunteer-driven, non-profit organization dedicated to the economic empowerment of Nicaraguan families living in poverty through fair trade and economic justice education to empower people in the “First World” to help transform our global economic system into one that is fair for ALL people. Volunteer and internship programs range from ethnographic opportunities to positions as facilitators of social and economic justice education with visiting delegations and others from the “First World.”

ELEP - Experiential Learning Ecuadorian Programs – Ecuador

designs and administers unique internships in a wide range of fields: marketing, law, medicine, psychology, media and journalism, IT, foreign commerce, finance, auditing, social work, and tourism among others.

Foundation for Sustainable Development - Economic Development - Bay Area and Latin America

Supports the efforts of grassroots of development organizations in the developing world that are working to better their communities, environments, and the economic opportunities around them. Through its internship programs, FSD aims to raise international awareness of the economic challenges in developing countries and support cross-cultural communities in finding more effective solutions to developments issues.

Provea - Cultural, economic, and human rights - Caracas, Venezuela

Is an independent organization with the purpose to promote and defend human rights, particularly economic, social, and cultural rights. It looks to enforce existing initiatives and blossom appropriate programs for the defense and education of human rights. Provea offers volunteer jobs that concentrate on promoting its vision and helping Provea grow.

Kukulcan Spanish Language School– Kukulcan, Mexico

involves innovative Spanish language programs for students and professionals with specific career goals. Internships provide an opportunity to integrate a student’s Spanish language skills with experiential learning in Mexico’s industrial, agricultural, educational, commercial, and governmental sectors.

Reto Juvenil Internacional – Nicaragua | Guatemala | Panama

directed to young professionals and college students who want to donate their time and expertise in the planning, execution, and monitoring or community development programs, with an average stay period of 4 months. These programs can be well-suited for the development of field research projects and theses. - Costa Rica |

Southern Cone Internships - International Business - Buenos Aires, Argentina and Santiago, Chile

Gives students the opportunity for professional work experience in Buenos Aires, Argentina or Santiago, Chile. By interning in Latin America, not only will you learn the invaluable Spanish language, but you will also be able to live in the “Southern Cone,” Latin America’s most economically and socially developed region.

The Center for Interamerican Studies (CEDEI) - Ecuador

is a not-for-profit institution of higher learning, dedicated to the study of American languages and cultures. To foster understanding among the people of the Americas, CEDEI sponsors a variety of academic activities independently and in conjunction with universities in North and South America. More specifically, CEDEI offers quality Spanish immersion, TEFL certification, internships, service learning, volunteer projects and more, in a unique Andean locale.

U.S. Department of State - Jobs and Internships working in US Embassies abroad.

Is focused on accomplishing America’s mission of diplomacy at home and around the world. Jobs and student programs enable students to obtain job experience in a foreign affairs environment. Some students work in Washington, D.C., while others have the opportunity to work at U.S. embassies and consulates abroad.

World Endeavors - Brazil | Costa Rica | Ecuador

a wide variety of affordable and unique opportunities including international business, marketing, public relations, arts and handicrafts, education, social work, event management, environmental studies, tourism and hospitality management, and cuisines. World Endeavors programs’ revolve around volunteer, study abroad, and internships.

Human Rights/Social Issues

The Cornerstone Foundation - Humanitarian Aid - San Ignacio, Belize

Is a registered non-profit humanitarian service organization established to inspire respect for self culture and the environment. Its goal is to provide assistance to local organizations and social services and help them meet goals of gathering information and resources. Volunteer programs strive in the development and empowerment of the community.

The Nicaragua Network - Ecology - Tourism, Social Justice - Managua, Nicaragua

Is a project of the alliance for global justice with an emphasis in labor and human rights, environmental justice and anti-imperialism and globalization. Opportunities for students range from short term volunteer, long-term volunteer, eco-tourism, and conventional study-abroad.

Washington Office on Latin America - Human Rights Policy - Washington D.C. and Latin America

Is a nonprofit policy, research and advocacy organization working to advance democracy, human rights, and social and economic justice in Latin America and the Caribbean. WOLA acts as a bridge to help Latin American non-governmental organizations working for human rights and social justice gain greater understanding of and access to policy-making circles in Washington and in their own countries. WOLA offers opportunities for students to interact with congressional offices, the State Department, the media, and non-governmental and international organizations.

Fund for Inter-Cultural Education and Volunteer Service - Ecuador and many locations

Is a cultural, non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to facilitate intercultural education and volunteer community service. FEVI’s mission is to provide adequate intercultural learning space and resources for the education of low income children. FEVI offers international and local volunteers the opportunity to serve and share time with low income communities in Ecuador. – Ecuador and other locations

Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala - Fair Trade, Human Rights - Washington D.C., Guatemala

Works for real democracy in Guatemala and the U.S. and strengthens the global movement for justice. NISGUA builds mutually beneficial grassroots ties between the people of the U.S. and Guatemala and advocates for grassroots alternatives to challenge elite power structures and oppressive U.S. economic and foreign policy. Student opportunities range from Human Rights Accompaniers, Internships, and Job Opportunities located stateside as well as in country.

World Teach - Childhood Education in Costa Rica or Ecuador

Is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that provides opportunities for individuals to make meaningful contribution to international education by living and working as volunteer teachers in developing countries. It was founded in response to the need for educational assistance in developing countries and addressed a growing interest among people in the U.S. and elsewhere to serve, teach and learn as volunteers overseas.

American Friends Service Committee - Mexico Summer Project, Community Development - Puebla, Mexico

Carries out service, development, social justice, and peace programs throughout the world. The AFSC community works to transform conditions and relationships in the world and nurture the faith which conflicts can be resolved nonviolently, that enmity can be transformed into friendship, strife into cooperation, poverty into well-being, and injustice into dignity and participation. Jobs, internships, and fellowships offer students the opportunity to learn about the peace and justice issues at the core of the Service Committee’s work.

Coalition for American Leadership Abroad - Legislative Advocacy, policy, media, grassroots leadership - Washington D.C.

Believes that America’s vital interests, well-being and security remain deeply affected by events beyond our borders and that this requires active American leadership. COLEDAD believes in improving US capabilities to formulate and carry out effective national foreign policies and assistance programs. Through different internships, students are given the opportunity to help COLEDAD promote international concern for a sustainable environment, respect for human rights, and humanitarian assistance, including alleviating hunger and poverty, supporting arms control and peace making, and advancing international trade and sustainable development.

Latin American Working Group - Human rights, grassroots, policy and sustainable development in Latin America - Washington D.C.

Is one of the nation’s longest standing coalitions dedicated to foreign policy. It carries out the coalition’s mission to encourage US policies towards Latin America that promotes human rights, justice, peace and sustainable development. LAWG provides students first hand experience with an organization that represents the interests of over 60 major religious, humanitarian, grassroots and policy organizations to decision makers in Washington.

Cross Cultural Solutions – Brazil | Costa Rica | Guatemala | Peru |

a non-profit organization operating volunteer programs around the world in partnership with sustainable community initiatives, and it brings people together to work side-by-side while sharing perspectives and fostering cultural understanding.

Adelante Abroad– a California based, family run business, providing participants with opportunities for teaching abroad, volunteer programs or internship placement in a local company working with Spanish people in a real workplace environment – Spain | Chile | Uruguay | Costa Rica | Mexico |


Amigos de las Americas - Brazil | Costa Rica | Dominican Republic | Honduras | Mexico | Paraguay | Panama | Nicaragua |

is an international, volunteer-based nonprofit organization which provides youth volunteers with leadership opportunities while serving in community development projects such as facilitating children on health and environmental topics, mural painting, garden planting, constructing stoves for families etc. Since 1965 AMIGOS volunteers have lived and worked with families in Latin America


CII International Exchange, Colonias al Idioma - Argentina

is an invitation to take part in a unique experience of cultural exchange, in which exchange students share their language and culture with Argentine and Chilean students of English, and become involved in a Spanish-speaking community, learn the language through formal Spanish Immersions (Spanish at a Teacher’s home) combined with non-formal immersion (home-stays and work experience) and travel around the country.

COINED - Argentina

is offering a complete program of Spanish language classes and internships in Argentinean companies and institutions of many fields in Buenos Aires and Cordoba, Argentina. COINED has been active in international education since 1971.

ELEP -Ecuador

Experiential Learning Ecuadorian Programs – designs and administers unique internships in a wide range of fields: marketing, law, medicine, psychology, media and journalism, IT, foreign commerce, finance, auditing, social work, and tourism among others.


ICADS (Institute for Central American Development Studies – Costa Rica | Nicaragua

was created in 1986 to fill the information gap in foreign policy between North American citizens and their governments, promoting a deeper understanding of the Central American region. ICADS is a center for study, research, and analysis of Central American social and environmental issues. It focuses on women’s issues, economic development, environmental studies, public health, education, human rights, and wildlife conservation.


Pro World - Belize | Peru | Mexico

offers profound cultural, service, and academic experiences in the following host communities. ProWorld’s mission is to promote social and economic development, empower communities, and cultivate educated compassionate global citizens. ProWorld provides students with study abroad programs and NGO internships.

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