Internships, Gap Years, Work Abroad
Professional Internships in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Receive valuable international work experience in one of the most important cities in Latin America. An internship in Buenos Aires will give you an unforgettable professional experience and you will have the time of your life in the Paris of South America.
Argentina is the second largest economy in South America and is a major world economy as part of the G-20 international forum. With important economic relationships with China and Brazil, Argentina is the perfect place to learn more about the region and get a unique perspective of working in a developing country. Buenos Aires is the capital and the largest city with 14 million people living and working. It is a business hub of Latin America and is considered the cultural capital of the Southern Cone, commonly referred to as the Paris of South America. Given the professional opportunities present as well as the quality of life and thriving culture, it is the ideal city to complete an international work experience. Buenos Aires is a city that never sleeps filled with museums, theatres, cafés, cultural centres, clubs and restaurants. Many who come to the city fall in love and decide to extend their stay!
Interns will have a Spanish jumpstart to their programme with two weeks of intensive language lessons. Classes are available for all levels so both beginners and more advanced speakers can participate. This will give each intern the chance to meet other young foreigners, learn more about the city and, of course, improve their Spanish skills. The classes will be the final preparation before the start of the work experience.
Buenos Aires is known for many things – the birthplace of tango, incredible steak and wine, a never-ending nightlife and a variety of cultural activities and events throughout the year. Interns will also have the chance to participate in our activities programme during the Spanish portion of their programme and during their work. We offer 3 to 4 free activities each week from tango classes and wine tastings to neighbourhood tours and cultural classes. Activities are a great way to practice Spanish outside the classroom and to be social with other international students.
Why enrol onto our internship programme in Buenos Aires?
- Increase your career prospects with industry specific skills and knowledge.
- Personalized internship matching and follow up, focusing on excellent supervision and engaging project work
- Live like a Porteño and learn the local accent and way of life.
- Find an endless amount of activities and events that the city has to offer, as Buenos Aires is one of the most popular destinations in Latin America for international study and work.
- Experience the Latin flavour and European flare that can only be found in the cultural melting pot that is Buenos Aires.
- Escape the winter and come to summer in the Southern Hemisphere or experience a mild climate during the rest of the year.
- What's included?
- Dates & duration
- Project life
- Flights & Visas
- An internship in a career sector of your choice, which perfectly matches your needs
- 2 weeks of Spanish classes to help acclimate you to the city and local accent
- Pre-departure assistance including Visa procedure
- An extensive Social Programme with 3 to 4 activities each week
- Support throughout your internship by the on-site internship coordinator
- Help processing the necessary agreements with your internship company
- First day orientation and downtown city tour
- 24-hour emergency support
- A Course Certificate at the end of the Spanish classes and a Certificate of Achievement upon completion of the internship portion
What’s not included?
- Accommodation and food
- Transportation during the project
Dates and duration
The internship programme has rolling admissions so interns may begin their programme on any Monday of the year.
The minimum duration of this programme is 4 weeks, however, we recommend staying at least 8 weeks to get the most out of the experience. The maximum duration is 6 months.
- Age 18+.
- Proficiency in either Spanish or English due to having Spanish-speaking and English-speaking placement sites. If you wish to work in a Spanish-speaking office and do not have at least a B1 level, then we recommend taking more weeks of Spanish classes prior to starting your work.
B1 Spanish: Can deal with practical every day demands - Finding out and passing on simple information and taking part in conversation. Can understand extensive simple information encountered in everyday situations and maintain conversation and discussion on topics of interest.
To apply for this programme you will need to submit:
- Your CV with details of previous studies and experience.
- A motivational letter describing the type of company that you would like to intern with and the reason for your interest in your chosen field of work. If possible, this document should be in Spanish.
- The exact dates which you wish to start your internship.
This programme is your chance to gain valuable employability skills, learn Spanish and gain unforgettable experiences working abroad.
Enhance your future career
With an internship in Buenos Aires you will gain invaluable experience in the sector of your choice. Working abroad in another language can be a significant selling point for future hiring managers as it shows that you can adapt to new situations and you have intercultural experience of working with others. In terms of professional development, an internship can help jump-start a new career interest or help solidify your skills in your chosen sector. A work experience abroad will help broaden your vision towards different professional opportunities and provide development on a personal level.
We want you to be able to get as much out of the internship experience as possible so we will match you to a placement site that directly relates to your future career goals and interests. We can offer an internship in 12 career fields, including business, medicine and law, so your internship can be completely tailored to your needs.
You will start this programme with 2 weeks of Spanish classes to get acclimated to the city and local accent, and then you will intern with a local Argentine company or non-profit organization (depending on your chosen placement area). Your working hours will depend on your company’s requirements and your personal needs, though the hours are usually 20 hours per week. Our on-site staff will accompany you on your first day of work and facilitate an introductory meeting with your placement supervisor. We will also follow up with check-in meeting during the first half of your work. This will be a great opportunity to reflect on your experiences and ensure your professional goals are being met.
Become fluent in Spanish
We highly suggest taking as many Spanish classes as possible if you do not yet have an intermediate level of Spanish as it will impact your internship placement site options as well as help with securing positions in the future. Upon first arriving to Argentina, foreigners often notice the strong porteño accent that is common in the city of Buenos Aires. Here people use the “vos” form instead of the “tú” form for informal conversations and the Spanish double L is pronounce like “sh” instead of the “y” heard in other Latin American countries. The Spanish language institute in Buenos Aires will help you master the local lingo and offers courses for all levels of Spanish speakers.
We offer internships in Spanish-speaking offices as well as English-speaking offices. If possible, we recommend Spanish-speaking offices as this will help to increase your language skills and provide a great item on your CV after working in a Spanish-speaking work environment.
Dance tango, eat incredible steak and see a fútbol match
If you come to Argentina there are a few things you HAVE to do. One is to take at least one tango class, eat an incredible steak for dinner and see a fútbol match. Luckily, the Spanish school has opportunities to do all three and many more social and culture activities in the city. You can see a show at the Teatro Colón, the world-famous opera house, or take a tour of La Boca neighbourhood. The city has a never-ending amount of things to explore and you can spend 6 months taking advantage of all the city has to offer.
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation is not included in the price of the programme; however we can help you arrange a variety of options, depending on your interests. We always recommend a homestay accommodation with an Argentine host family for the first two weeks of your stay, as this is the best way to practice your Spanish at home and experience Argentine culture. During this time you will get the chance to make friends at school and find a shared flat with other international students for the internship portion. If you enjoy living with a host family, you can also extend your stay. As alternative options, we can book a student residence or shared flat for part, or all, of your programme if you prefer a more independent home environment.
Flights, Transportation & Visas
- Flights are not included in the price of the programme.
- Interns will most likely arrive to Ezeiza International Airport (EZE), which is a 40 minute drive to the city centre. We can arrange an airport pickup service if needed. If this is your first time in Argentina, we recommend hiring the service.
- Interns sometimes may arrive to Aeroparque Domestic Airport (AEP) as some international flights from neighbouring countries arrive here. This airport is in the city limits and is a short 20 minute drive to most housing options.
- Interns should enter the country on a tourist visa, which is good for 90 days. For interns with programmes of more than 90 days, they can extend their tourist visa after arrival for second 90-day period.
CIBT Visa advice...
For expert visa advice we advise our volunteer, work placement, and internship participants to get in touch with CIBT - a company that we work in partnership with. Our UK, Canadian, and US travellers can use CIBT for visa advice and to get their visa applications processed - with visas returned within a week.
Safety & Insurance
All of Twin Work & Volunteer's placements are in partnership with recognised and established local organisations, run by or employing local people. These organisations, depending on the nature of what they do, might be small-scale NGOs, family projects, schools or orphanages, or local initiatives with environmental or social goals.
- We often use local businesses to provide logistical and support services to volunteers such as transfers, pick-ups, accommodation and so on. In this way, we support the local economy through helping independent local businesses to thrive. We take our partnerships very seriously and work extremely closely with all our partners.
- We provide 24-hour emergency support from the UK and our partners provide support locally.
- We have an agreement with the crisis management service Tranquillico, should the very worst situations arise.
- If any wider safety concerns arise in the destination, such as civil disturbances or natural disasters, we seek advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO)and implement their recommendations where appropriate.
Comprehensive insurance is available for all programmes. You have no obligation to take up insurance with any of these companies, but insurance of a suitable sort is mandatory on all our programmes.
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