Buenos Aires as seen from the air
Berkeley Global Internships

Global Internships: Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Summary

    Summary

     

    Gain first-hand knowledge, connections, and international work experience through an academic internship in Buenos Aires. On this program, you will:

    • Undertake a professional internship in your field of interest
    • Earn academic credit for the internship via a ten-week online course
    • Learn about Argentinian culture and history through an on-site course
    • Live in a homestay accommodation with a local Argentinian family or in a shared apartment with other program participants

    About Buenos Aires

    Argentina’s varying ecosystems and diverse multicultural influences attracts everyone from biologists to foodies. Buenos Aires, the country’s cosmopolitan capital, brims with fascinating history on every corner, from its tango halls and vibrant nightlife to its museums, theaters, cafés, and late-night bookstores. Buenos Aires City has a population of 3.5 million people, so it is the bustling hub of the country and offers a fast-paced backdrop to work and life.

    Thanks to the wealth of international and national businesses and nonprofit organizations based in Buenos Aires, the city offers plenty of engaging professional opportunities in diverse sectors and fields for all participants.


    Program Details

    Dates:

    • Buenos Aires: May 31 – July 27, 2024
    • Online Course: June 3 – August 9, 2024

    Dates are subject to change.

    Units: 6 units

    Language of Instruction: English

    Two Required Courses:

    • HISTORY N100G: History and Culture of Food in Argentina (3 units)
    • UGIS W158: Global Citizenship (3 units)

    Program Inclusions

    • Internship development, placement, and oversight
    • Personalized internship matching process, with an individual pre-placement meeting and interviews directly with potential internship companies and organizations
    • Pre-internship preparation, including the completion of the Puentes Internship Work Agreement, outlining a detailed work plan and internship objectives
    • Designated Puentes Mentor to provide personalized oversight of the internship experience
    • Internship oversight meetings with Puentes Mentor, intern, and internship supervisor at the beginning, middle, and close of the internship
    • Ongoing mentoring, training, and progress tracking from the intern's supervisor

    Participant Support

    • Pre-departure information and webinar
    • Orientation seminar upon arrival
    • Exclusive access to an online Participant Portal with resources on living in Argentina
    • Welcome pack with SIM card, public transportation card, local currency, and tote bag
    • 24/7 on the ground support in Buenos Aires
    • Eight co-working days for each intern to use at a local co-working space

    Cultural Immersion Activities

    • Welcome empanada dinner with program participants
    • City tour of Buenos Aires
    • Tango lesson with a professional tango dancer and "chocotorta" and "mate" lessons
    • Day trip to a typical ranch ("estancia")
    • Community Impact Day for interns to volunteer with a local nonprofit to make a positive
      contribution to Argentine society

    Professional Development Activities

    • Professional development seminars on making the most of your global internship experience and on building an
      international career path
    • Alumni support, including letters of recommendation and professional networking
    • Puentes Connect event with all interns, internship supervisors, and local alumni from U.S. universities to facilitate community building and networking during an evening gathering with food and beverages

    Housing

    • Students will live in homestay accommodations with private bedrooms or shared apartments with private bedrooms
    • Housing check-in with the Puentes Team
    • Breakfast daily and five weekly dinners are included in the homestay option
    • Gender-inclusive housing options are available on this program. If you have clarifying questions, please feel free to reach out to the program staff

    Eligibility

    • Currently enrolled in a degree program or have graduated within the last 12 months
    • At least one year of college coursework completed by the start of the program
    • 2.0 GPA or higher
    • At least 18 years old at the time of application
    • Intermediate Spanish is strongly recommended
    • Not on academic probation or under censure for student misconduct at any point from application review to the end of your program

    Application

    • Application opens December 1, 2023
    • Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
    • Deadline to apply is January 16, 2024
  • Courses

    Courses

    In addition to your internship, you will take an on-site local history course and an online internship course for a total of 6 Berkeley units. 

    On-site Course

    Course: HISTORY N100G
    Title: The History and Culture of Food in Argentina
    Dates: May 31 – July 27, 2024
    Instructor: Lisa Ubelaker Andrade, Ph.D.
    Units: 3 units
    Prerequisites: None

    This interdisciplinary course uses food as a lens to study Argentina: its history, culture, and contemporary society and politics. Through food, we discuss Argentina’s long history of immigration and cultures of mixture; ideas about imperialism, race, class, and political inclusion; nationalist politics surrounding the beef industry; metaphors and representations of national identity; gender roles and cultures of domestic labor; and more recent questions related to economy, food security, poverty, and political and economic crises. Prepare to gain a profound grasp of the Argentine past and reality as we investigate the origins and the impact of how, what, and why Argentina eats what Argentina eats.

    This course satisfies the L&S Historical Studies breadth requirement. Please note that academic requirements may change. Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements this course may fulfill.

    Online Course

    Course: Undergraduate & Interdisciplinary Studies W158
    Title: Global Citizenship
    Dates: June 3 - August 9, 2024
    Instructor: Jeroen Dewulf, Ph.D.
    Units: 3 units
    Prerequisites: None

    With this course, you will be able to add a new dimension to your internship experience: a reflection on global citizenship. You will be challenged to use your internship experience as an opportunity to critically explore cultural differences, modes of conduct and values. A series of audio-visual lectures, practical exercises, writing assignments, projects, and online group discussions will stimulate you to leave the comfort zone of what you are familiar with and to explore alternative views on right and wrong, good and bad and the beautiful and the ugly. The course will also encourage you to interact with locals and to engage with the city/region/country where you live during your internship. It is our hope that this course will help to increase your consciousness about the challenges of being a global citizen.

    Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements these courses may fulfill.

    Registration

    Global Internships staff will enroll you in courses after your acceptance to the program. Please make sure there are no active blocks on your student account that may impact your course enrollment.

    Instructors

    Jeroen Dewulf, Ph.D.

    UGIS W158: Global Citizenship
    Email: jdewulf@berkeley.edu

    Dr. Jeroen Dewulf is Associate Professor in the Department of German at the University of California, Berkeley where he teaches courses in German Studies and Dutch Studies. He is also Queen Beatrix chair as well as Director of Institute of European Studies and Director of Dutch Studies.

    Born in Ostend, Belgium, Dr. Dewulf graduated in Dutch and German Philology at the University of Ghent. He holds a Master's degree from the University of Porto and a Ph.D. from the University of Bern. His areas of specialization are European Studies, particularly related to (multi)cultural identity in Belgium and the Netherlands, and Post-Colonial Studies, in particular, Dutch colonial history and literature.

  • Internship

    Internship

    The Global Internships team works one-on-one with you to find an internship that matches your career goals, interests, and experience level. Internships in Buenos Aires are available in a wide variety of fields and internship placement is guaranteed.

    Internship opportunities range from various industries and fields of interests, from educational and human rights nonprofits to healthcare agencies and tech companies, with many other high-performing nonprofits and businesses in between. Some of the internship sites are locally grown, while others are local branches of internationally operated organizations. They range from small startups to large, established companies.

    Examples of past internships:

    • Conduct a market analysis for the company's expansion to a new country or market, culminating in a pitch deck and a presentation to the founders and board.
    • Prepare content for public health workshops in under-resourced communities and help to implement the workshops.
    • Develop the strategy and content for a marketing campaign of a new product, implement the campaign, and measure its success based on key indicators.
    • Participate in the creation of new customer engagement channels, using technology and business models, while perfecting the existing channels.
    • Identify possible grants available from international funding sources and draft grant proposals in collaboration with the local nonprofit organization’s program directors.
    • Research ineffective assistance of counsel in different Argentine legal systems and prepare a summary of findings to be used as reference in future legal cases.
    • Evaluate public engagement with specific government initiatives and create a formal report on how to promote sustainability in Buenos Aires.
    • Analyze product or program data, organize learnings, and create dashboards and graphics to show results and findings.

    Common industry sectors for internships include, but are not limited to:

    • Communications
    • PR, & Media
    • Development & Sustainability
    • Education & Teaching
    • Engineering & Operations
    • Entrepreneurship & Startups
    • Finance & Consulting
    • Government & Public Policy
    • Hospitality & Tourism
    • Law & Human and Civil Rights
    • Marketing & Advertising
    • Medicine & Public Health
    • Recruitment & Human Resources
    • Technology & Web Development
  • Costs

    Costs

    Tuition and Program Fee

    The fees to participate in this program are broken down into 1) tuition and 2) program fees, which are applied to your student billing account as follows:

    2024 Fees

    UC Students

    Visiting Students

    Tuition (6 units)$2,514$3,570
    Program Fee$5,466$5,466
    Total Cost$7,980$9,036

    Fees are subject to change. All non-Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $68.

    Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses

    In addition to the fees outlined above, Berkeley Study Abroad has estimated amounts for out-of-pocket expenses. These amounts are used to calculate financial aid packages for eligible students. Actual expenses will vary depending on your lifestyle and spending habits. Students can choose between a homestay and apartment accommodations on this program. Differences in estimated expense categories are indicated below.

    Estimated Expenses

    Amount

    International Airfare and Transportation$1,750
    Additional Meals

    $3,222 (living in apartment)

    $1,461 (living in homestay)

    Books$318
    Personal Expenses (i.e. phone, passport, visas, etc.)$3,150
    Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses

    $8,440 (living in apartment)

    $6,679 (living in homestay)

    It is your responsibility to obtain any necessary travel documentation for your program destination (i.e. passport, visa, etc). This may require you to pay fees of up to a few hundred dollars depending on the type of paperwork required.

    Financial Aid

    Financial aid is available for UC Berkeley students who are enrolled in at least 6 units during the summer.

    ​​Financial aid estimates for 2023 Berkeley Global Internships programs will be available in the Summer Financial Aid Estimator in your Cal Central account in early February 2024. Before the estimator is available, you may submit a financial aid estimate request form on our website.

    Please FIRST obtain your estimate via the Estimate Request Form, or in the Summer Aid Estimator once available, then write to travelaid@berkeley.edu if you have any questions about the estimate you receive. Your estimate will include a Berkeley Study Abroad Scholarship if you qualify for one based on financial need.

    How to locate the Estimator:

    1) Log into Cal Central
    2) Navigate to the My Finances Tab, and find the "Financial Resources" card
    3) Scroll to the bottom of the Financial Resources card and click on Summer Sessions
    4) From the Summer Sessions menu, click on Summer Cost and Aid Estimator

    Make sure to adjust the number of units in the estimator if your program offers a choice of course selection. If your program only offers one combination or one course for 6 total units units, you do not need to update the units in the estimator.​

    All other students should contact the financial aid office at their home institution for more information.

    Puentes Access Grants

    Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and low-income students are invited to apply for a $1000 Puentes Access Grant. The deadline to apply for the 2024 Puentes Access Grants is February 1, 2024. Selected grantees will be announced by February 12, 2024.

    Explanation of Fees

    Tuition is based on a per unit cost: 

    • The UC undergraduate student rate is $419 per unit
    • The visiting student rate for all non-UC participants is $595 per unit

    The program fee includes the following items:

    • Student housing in a fully-furnished private room in apartment-style or homestay accomodations. In the homestay option, daily breakfast and five dinners per week will be provided. 
    • On-site orientation activities and excursions
    • Travel insurance, including accident/sickness medical coverage, emergency medical evacuation, security extraction, and other travel assistance services
    • Other program-related costs, including fees for placement services
    • The initial non-refundable deposit of $400, which will be charged on February 1, 2024, is applied to the program fee

    Please note that the list of items included in the program fee is not all-inclusive and is subject to change. 

    The following items are excluded from the program fee:

    • International airfare
    • Personal expenses (souvenirs, routine medical expenses, toiletries, etc.)
    • Meals (access to kitchen facilities will be provided)
    • Course materials (textbooks and readers)
    • Other travel expenses (passport, visa, etc.)
    • Additional meals
    • Commuting costs for the daily travel to and from your courses
  • Timeline

    Timeline

     

    Application opensDecember 1, 2023
    Application closesJanuary 16, 2024
    Applicants notified of selectionBy February 15, 2024
    Attend internship placement orientationMarch 2024
    Participate in individual placement meeting with a member of the Buenos Aires Global Internships teamMarch 2024
    Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus $300 depositMarch 15, 2024
    Attend professional development workshops and pre-departure orientationApril-May 2024
    Receive a provisional internship placementApril-June 2024
    Interview with your direct internship supervisor via Zoom/phone or during your first week in Buenos AiresApril-June, 2024
    Online course beginsJune 3, 2024
    Arrive in Buenos AiresMay 31, 2023
    Attend onsite orientation activitiesFirst week of program
    Last day of programJuly 31, 2023
    Online course endsAugust 9, 2024

     

    *All dates are subject to change.