Business in Chile + Internship
The "Business in Chile + Internship" program is part faculty-led study abroad and part business internship. Students will visit companies and tour cultural sites during the faculty-led program, giving them unique insights and preparation for the practical experience that follows. Chile is an important business market and trade partner to the U.S., and business students need to understand the key issues and trends in business there. There is no language requirement, but participants should have an interest in Latin American culture and markets to enjoy this immersive program.
Read more about this transformative experience here.
The program itinerary may include travel to Santiago, Valparaiso, a UNESCO World Heritage city, and Vina del Mar. Chile is an attractive destination for business students for many reasons. Chile ranks very high for doing business in Latin America, for its political stability, strong banking sector, highly educated workforce, and natural resources. Travel to the northern regions will allow visits to mining and agriculture enterprises as well as exploration of Chile's unique desert and mountainous landscapes. Finally, a stint at Chile's historic Pacific seaport before returning to the capital will further exemplify the country's diversity and market opportunities. All stops on the itinerary are sure to provide unique experiences of distinct regional cultures in Chile.
Dr. Son Lam, Department of Marketing will travel with students on the faculty-led portion of the program, providing lectures and guidance for the tours and visits leading up to the internship, with a focus on global marketing strategy.
Dr. Jennifer Chapman, Dept. of Accounting, will direct the internship course with assistance from a professional internship services provider in Chile, who will facilitate placing students with Chilean companies, on-site management of interns, housing, and other day-to-day support in Santiago.
Students will enroll in two UGA courses for credit as part of this program. These courses satisfy upper-division general electives for business majors, and may satisfy additional requirements for Marketing and/or International Business majors. The program meets UGA's experiential learning requirement and may fulfill BBA degree requirements.
MARK 5000 - Special topics in Marketing (3 credits)
INTB 4800 - Internship in International Business (3 credits)
Program Prerequisite: Mark 3000 (completed or enrolled in at time of application)
Note: The more business classes you have completed before an internship, the higher likelihood to obtain a preferred internship in your major area. General Business internships are expected for students with fewer business skills. Accounting majors should not expect to be placed in an internship doing accounting (different rules abroad).
This is a working itinerary and subject to change.
March (TBA) Participant reception
March/April (TBA) Team-building activity @UGA Ramsey Ctr.
April (TBA) Orientation session(s) @BLC
May 20-July 17 Planning underway...
- Participants stay in centrally located hotels for faculty-led program, and apartments or homestays for internship (double occupancy).
- Some group meals are included with local cuisine; however, most meals are on your own.
- Academic courses and cultural activities are included.
- Local transportation via private coaches and transit is included.
- Domestic city transfers are included.
- International airfare is not included.
Following the faculty-led program, students will live and work in Chile's capitol city of Santiago. Prior to starting work, students will go through an internship-focused orientation that covers cultural differences in the workplace, commuting to work, and local tips for health and safety. The internship is a full-time, unpaid professional placement based on students' academic focus and personal learning objectives.
Interns need to be flexible with the exact company and type of work they will do. The more business classes you have completed before an internship, the higher likelihood to obtain an internship in your major area. General Business internships are expected for students with fewer business skills. Accounting majors should not expect to be placed in an internship doing accounting (different fiscal rules abroad). Students who are not fluent in Spanish may be placed with an English-speaking supervisor. Students with intermediate or higher-level Spanish fluency may experience greater variety of work projects.
To speak with an advisor about the internship placement process: https://go.apiabroad.com/uga2020chileintern
See "Cost of Attendance" sheet at the top of this brochure for dollar estimates. Basic cost breakdown for study abroad includes:
- tuition and fees for academic courses;
- program fee for travel accommodations and internship placement;
- international airfare; and
- personal spending.
Speak with a UGA Financial Aid Advisor about how to apply the HOPE scholarship and other financial aid to study abroad expenses. Additionally, the Terry College and the UGA Office of International Education maintain scholarships
for UGA programs that you should explore.
- Open to all business majors who have completed one year of college in residence at the time of application.
- Satisfactory academic and disciplinary records.
- Only applicants with a GPA of 2.75 or higher will be considered.
- Language qualification: Internships at all levels of Spanish can be accommodated (including no Spanish).
- Pre-requisite courses may be enforced.
- Enrollment is limited (likewise, a minimum enrollment count must be met to confirm program).
Begin an application on the studyaway.uga.edu portal. Only applications marked "complete" by Dec. 1 will be considered. Admission decisions will be sent via the studyaway.uga.edu application portal that is linked to your UGAMail account. Admitted students will have a limited time to commit (or withdraw/decline) and pay a non-refundable $300 deposit to secure their spot in the program and register for courses. Once the program is full, pending applicants may be waitlisted. Students are encouraged to apply to more than one program (use ranking tool) to improve their chances of study abroad.