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We offer successful applicants the chance to gain invaluable work experience in one of the world's most exciting and fastest-growing economies, Colombia. During your internship abroad, you will gain hands-on professional experience and build a network for your future career. Your internship in Latin America will make you stand out from your peers.

We are extremely proud of the partnerships that we have with leading companies and organizations. We've previously placed interns at BanColombia, FIFA, and The Colombian Government.

As an intern in Colombia, your program includes accommodation, airport pick up and drop off, regular social and cultural events, professional development tools and workshop, 24/7 emergency assistance, optional Spanish classes and many other great benefits. Apply now to our award-winning program featured in CNN, TIME and Forbes.

Highlights
  • Have a top-class international internship in Colombia! Our personalised process ensures that you will be working in the industry sector of your choice, in a role that is tailored to your professional goals.
  • For non native-Spanish speakers, perfect your language! Learn Spanish from some of the clearest Spanish speakers in the world.
  • It makes your resume stand out! In todays society, everyone does sport, plays an instrument and is part of a society. As one of millions of young people applying for their first job, you need to find a way to jump off the page!
  • Make friends and professional networks in Colombia and from all over the world! Whether you like it or not, its not what you know, its who you know.
  • Have an amazing life experience in Colombia! We know that moving to a new place can be nerve-racking. Thats why our team on the ground is made up of Colombians who are there to give you support 24/7.

Questions & Answers

Applicants have the opportunity to complete an internship in a wide variety of different industries in Medellín. More information can be found here: https://www.theinterngroup.com/destination/internships-in-c… I am also happy to be contacted, as an alumnus of the Colombia programme, to answer further queries.
Okay perfect, thank you so much!
Language can be a hurdle. You need to go with the intent of learning Spanish as to communicate better. They really appreciate it. Time is also not as strict, I remember getting to work for 8am as this was the designated start time and I was the only person there, so that is a little bit different. Apart from that, they are very friendly and curious to learn more, so just relax and enjoy!

Reviews

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based on 44 reviews
  • Growth 8.7
  • Support 9
  • Fun 8.9
  • Housing 9.3
  • Safety 9.4
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Rafael
10/10

Experience of a Lifetime

My experience with Intern Latin America (ILA) was absolutely fantastic! As a mechanical engineering student I had the opportunity to work with the maintenance engineering team in a company that produces batteries. I had no idea how batteries were made and I can probably recite the process by heart after my time there. Furthermore, one of the things I valued most about my experience was that this opportunity gave me insight on a completely new aspect of mechanical engineering: maintenance. I had the opportunity to study a specific machine in detail to try and figure out the main causes of its down times. I studied maintenance protocols and had the opportunity to suggest actions to take in order to prevent the down times. This was especially important to me because my school curriculum is more focused towards the design aspect of engineering, rather than other important parts of the job such as maintenance. Also, apart from the technical things, the entire company took me in with open arms and made me feel at home immediately; this was very valuable to me.
As for the ILA team, I am beyond satisfied with their work and support! They were so quick to answer and react to any and every issue that came up. From injuries to lost keys, they handled anything that was thrown at them. Furthermore, their cultural involvement strategies were on point! We got so many notifications informing us of activities that would help us international people to really live the local culture and get immersed in it: soccer game viewing events, local food tasting, city tours, and much more!
I remember posting a picture on Instagram and the caption was: "Eight weeks is not going to be enough!" However, I now see even more how true the statement was!
Thank you Intern Latin America for the experience of a lifetime!!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Grace
10/10

Highly recommended experience!

My time in Colombia was amazing! If it is something you are considering, I say definitely do it, you will not regret it! The staff at Intern Latin America, especially Erika and Adrianna, have been so incredibly helpful and I feel like I have made new friends in them. The welcome and support they gave me throughout my trip made the experience what it was. I will always remember my time in Medellin!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Sylvester
10/10

6 month internship in Medellin, Colombia

In my second week at work, one of my colleagues asked if I wanted to go to the Silvestre Dangond (Vallenato artiste in Colombia) and as I was still new and open to everything in Medellin, I decided to go. Needless to say, it was the single best concert I have ever been to! I can actually say that I have NEVER EVER danced so much in my entire life. Very sore knees afterwards, but very fun memories!

How can this program be improved?
I am struggling with this question to be honest, because my experience was positive throughout. The impact that Intern Latin America has on interns goes far beyond providing work experience. It goes far far beyond that. It really has influenced my personal and professional life and it was one of the single most important decisions I have had to make. If anything, I would encourage ILA to try to source paid internships. No matter how small the pay may be, being paid is an added incentive to work harder and to realise the importance and relevance of the internship. That would be my only comment.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Kyle
9/10

1st rate support and opportunities. I highly recommend.

The Intern Group is a program that will benefit both seasoned travelers/interns and those new to the international/internship scene. I have never met a team more dedicated to making sure you succeed than Adri, Erika, Johanna, and Monica. Throughout my three month internship in Medellín, I could count on the help and support of those four.

They will work with you to fix any problem that arises. They will help organize great experiences that you'd like to have. This is more than an internship abroad; it's an opportunity to grow professional and socially. I've never been a part of such a diverse and interesting group of people. I've made connections with interns and individuals from over thirty different countries across six continents with this program.

In regards to the internship itself, they will work to get you an interview and placement in a position you're interested in. I'm interested in government and security; they helped me get a position to intern with the Colombian government related to security and technology. Where else are you going to be able to do that as a foreigner?

The Intern Group doesn't just benefit oneself while in Medellín, but also once you return home. Having this international experience has garnered the attention of a number of employers that I'm interested in. This experience has made my resume competitive enough to get interviews with the places I want to work at, including Booz Allen, Microsoft, and the National Security Agency! One of my intern friends even got her job before starting her internship when someone saw this on her LinkedIn.

I highly recommend the Intern Group. You won't regret choosing them.

Yes, I recommend this program
James
5/10

Accommodation Complaints

Hello reader,

I spent six months doing the programme so I feel like I can put forward my point of view fairly. I study Spanish at University and so my main aim when coming to Colombia was to improve my language. I made this known to the Intern Group from day 1; however, it took them two months to find accommodation in Medellin with a native Spanish speaker. I made it clear that I did not want to live with native English speakers, as nice as they were, and that I wanted to live with locals; however, for a company with such good connections, it does appear that all they wanted to do was put me in their overpriced standard accommodation. Every time I tried to get information from the team about who I would be living with, where I would be living, what was it like, etc. (basic questions I feel), they were not very forthcoming. Then when they found me accommodation they did not know about the state of the new apartment (there were cameras in the kitchen, Big Brother esque).

Aside from my constant problems that I had regarding accommodation, my internship was for the most part a 6/10, the safety is a big 10/10 if you are looking for the Poblado area which is not really living the foreign experience. The team are all very nice and helpful, which they should be, and the city is amazing. I think the internships can be the luck of the draw as many people loved theirs, and others hated it. If you are looking for the full hampering package, never been to a third world country etc. then the Intern Group is right for you. However, to the person that wants to take a little bit more out of the experience which that vast sum of money costs you...be careful.

Response from The Intern Group

Hi James,

We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the city of Medellín and that you found our Colombian team helpful. We are also glad that you felt safe as our interns’ safety is one of our main priorities. El Poblado is the safest neighborhood in the city, which is why our interns live there.

We want to take a moment to thank you for your feedback and address some of your complaints. Feedback helps us to continuously improve our programs so that our interns have the best experience abroad possible. We are sorry that you were unhappy with the amount of time that it took us to switch you from our standard accommodation (in El Poblado) to an accommodation with local Spanish speakers. Given that your request to live with Spanish speakers came in after you had already arrived in Medellín, that option was unavailable. We thought that we made it clear that we could not guarantee the switch due to availability, but we did manage to find a solution anyway. You were able to move in with locals after another intern had left the program and a spot cleared up for you.

The accommodation that you are referring to with the video cameras in the kitchen was not actually where you lived. This was an accommodation provider that we used previously and no longer work with. We also found the video cameras to be odd and when we found out about them, we discontinued our agreement with them. Interns no longer stay in that accommodation.

We are sorry that you felt the program did not live up to your standards due to the accommodation situation. We never intended for you to feel this way and can assure you that we did everything in our power to help you. Thank you again for the feedback and we will take it into consideration for future participants.

Best,
The Intern Group

No, I don't recommend this program
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Mathew
9/10

The Program is a Winner

The team at Intern Latin America is amazingly helpful and really ensured I had an excellent experience!

Medellin is much safer than the media portrays and I fell in love with the city.

Make sure you do you research into the company you will be interning with and what you will be doing during the internship to ensure you get the most out of the experience!

How can this program be improved?
I would just ensure that companies have a plan for what the interns will be doing and no time is wasted trying to figure out what they can do to help!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Luis
10/10

An Experience I Will Never Forget

I earned a full scholarship that allowed me to intern in Medellin for six weeks. One of the things that I enjoyed the most was how clean the city was, and how nice the people were.

During my time in Medellin, I got to experience the "Feria de las Flores" (Flower Festival), Medellin's annual cultural festival. The celebration extends for an entire week, with a varied number of events every day. From fashion shows to an antique car parade and a flower parade, the Feria de las Flores had celebrations of all kinds and for all audiences.

As per my internship, my coworkers were the nicest. They were very resourceful and helped me navigate through the company smoothly. I was in charge of developing the basis for the code of ethics of the company, which required a lot of concentration and impartiality. My project challenged me to think from different perspectives, foresee potential conflicting scenarios, and think of ways to prevent disjunctives between the different divisions of the company. In the end, both the organization and I were satisfied with my work. In addition, I was able to sharpen and develop my planning, executing, critical thinking, and team work skills.

I also enjoyed the cultural activities Intern Latin America put together. They were dynamic, social, and educational. I was impressed by how much Paisas celebrate their culture. Though they will listen to foreign artists and music, they always root for theirs. The same applies to food and drinks. Overall, the activities encouraged me to get in contact with local people and culture. This taught me the importance of cross-cultural understanding and proactivity in foreign scenarios.

How can this program be improved?
At least in my residence, we lacked a T.V. I think that the cultural experience could have been better if I had had access to local news and content. But I know it was not an issue through the program, as other peers had T.V.s in their residences.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Jenny
9/10

Professional Internship!

Wow! I was super impressed with how great Colombia is. I feel like many people may be a bit hesitant to go there but it is truly amazing. I worked in the government in the department of education. I had a lot of fun. Some days were a bit slow and I definitely had to be proactive to find work to do but I think this is down to Colombia being quite new to the idea of interns!

The guys over at the intern group were super friendly and gave me everything I need. I always had somebody to call if I needed any help with anything. They also had a Facebook group which was super cool to keep in touch with everyone. Even though I was a bit hesitant myself I actually felt really safe. I ever had any problems.

The highlight of the social scene had to be the Chiva! It is the biggest party on a bus ever. It is so awesome, I loved it. Great place great people!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Kirsty
7/10

Medellin the big surprise

Overall I was fairly satisfied with the experience I had. My internship was in chain management. I was responsible for streamlining a production line at a factory. The most difficult part of the internship was language. Speaking no Spanish meant I was limited to who I could speak to at work. Fortunately I did find a fun day class to attend on a Wednesday. I learned a lot of Spanish vey quickly and built my confidence in communication.

The social scene was incredible as the intern group host regular activities for all their interns. The highlight was a trip to guatape dam! The scenery at the top of the dam is incredible and everyone had fun.

Over all this is a great addition to my CV and I made lots of friends who I am sure to keep in contact with. I do recommend the programme but practice your Spanish before you arrive!

How can this program be improved?
Making sure that interns who do not speak any Spanish are suitably placed in companies that have several English speaking staff.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Craig
10/10

The Intern Group Got Me My Dream Internship

I've always loved travelling!

During my first year of university I decided to try and find an internship in the summer of my first year. If I could travel and work that would be the perfect way to increase my job prospects and have fun. The intern group provided just that. I found them through a search engine. I was so surprised to hear that they offered internships in Colombia. I've always wanted to learn Spanish and travel to Latin America, so this was ticking all the boxes for me!

I applied to the intergroup and within a few weeks had my first interview with an Investment Bank. At the end of my skype interview I was offered a place to work in Medellin for 6 weeks. The intern group kept in regular contact giving me regular information about cheap flights, language lessons and information on how to really get the best out of the experience!

When I arrived, everything was so prepared! They gave me a simcard so I had a Colombian cellphone number, a map of the city, directions to my office and even lunch!

The internship was a complete success. I still keep in contact with many of my colleagues and friends I met while in Colombia. I even met my girlfriend! 3 months after arriving home I interviewed for an internship at one of Europes most prestigious investment banks! The interviewer was so amazed by my travels we spent most of the time talking about my experience and then offered me the job. I certainly wouldn't have the internship I have now without my travel abroad! I recommend it to everyone.

Oh and I got to go paragliding for $20 too!

How can this program be improved?
The only disappointing aspect of the programme was that I wanted to be housed only with Spanish speakers whereas I was housed with other English-speaking interns. This meant I couldn't practice as much Spanish as I wanted. There was also a language course offered but it was at University of EAFIT however it was difficult to schedule around work.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Erika
10/10

An internship to remember!

My internship with Intern Latin America was a wonderful experience. I had the opportunity to participate in the project of my dreams in the Government of Antioquia, where I was welcomed from day 1. The ILA team supported me throughout the process, from the first interview until the end of my internship. During my stay in Colombia I knew I was not alone and had people that would help me in any adverse situation. I fell in love of both Colombia and Medellin and now I decided to live in this beautiful city.

Doing an internship abroad allowed me to have a broader view of my career and the areas where I would like to develop as a professional. I highly recommend this program.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Lauren
8/10

Amazing Colombia experience

In order to complete my masters' degree, I needed to take part in an internship. I chose to do it aborad, and I came across the Intern Group website. As I have always loved Latin America, I decided to apply for an internship in Colombia.

The staff was very helpful from the start. They helped me with all the administrative stuff I needed for my university. They quickly found an internship for me, at the Alcaldía de Sabaneta in the communication department.

I felt home as soon as I arrived in Colombia, thanks to both the Intern Group Staff and the kindness of the Paisas (population of Medellín). My stay started beautiful with the visit of the amazing Guatapé, one of the many activities that were organized by the Intern Group. I got to met amazing people who are now my friends, and we also organized trips by ourselves, as it is quite easy to travel in Colombia.

There is a popular expression in Colombia: "El riesgo es que te quieras quedar" (The risk is wanting to stay), which perfectly sums up my experience in this beautiful country. The people, the colours, the sounds, the smells, the feelings, the taste will forever stand out in my memory.

I think Colombia leaves no one indifferent, and that is why you should really go.

Saludos a Johanna, Adri, Monica y Paula!

How can this program be improved?

I think the Internship placement could be improved. When I arrived the first day at my internship, apparently nobody knew I was coming. There had been a change in the head of the communication department, and my arrival had not been communicated to the new staff. So the first couples of weeks were a bit difficult, as I was a bit left aside with no work. But as I was constantly begging for work, they started to integrate me in their activities. My work consisted in assisting to events and writing sime articles for their website, in order to give a foreigner's point of view on the Sabaneta community. I am not sure many people read my articles, and to be honest I didn't really gained professional skills, but I learned a lot about how a small Colombian city worked, and my collegues were always very kind to me.

I would advise you to have a good idea of what kind of internship you would like to perform, so the Intern Group can look for one that will match your expectations.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Emily
9/10

Stop thinking and GO!

When I first started looking into internships for the summer, I feel as if I was playing it safe. Looking for opportunities near my house or at least in America. However, when I came across The Intern Group and then Intern Latin America, I thought when could I do this again? When I could I jump on a plane and get an experience people dream of? And that was how I decided to spend my summer working at a non-profit in Colombia.

When I arrived in Medellin, Colombia, you can say I was far beyond nervous. I had no idea what to expect, if I would meet people, what would happen if I did not like my job or my roommates. I am grateful that I loved my internship with Fundacion Juguemos en el Bosque. I am also so impressed that Intern Latin America made it such a smooth transition, I arrived and the next day I already had so much to do. Intern Latin America sets up events for all the other interns and these are the greatest thing, you meet the team, you meet interns who become friends, and you realize this experience and your time in a foreign country will be alright.

On the first day of my internship, someone from the Intern Group walked me straight to my office, introduced me to the organization. This does not happen in the real world, but having this for my first day was what I needed, it calmed my nerves knowing that I was not going to get lost, or that I would not show up and my job have no idea who I was. In my opinion, it was small things such as walking me to work, having intern events, and having a group of people who’s job is to make sure you are doing alright, and having the best possible experience you could have.

When I was first giving the information about the non-profit the intern group found for me, I was very skeptical, simply because I did not find this, I did not know what the organization stood for. Nonetheless, Intern Latin America could of not done a better job. Everything I wanted in an internship I was given. I wanted to work with the social worker and have field experiences with the kids, but I also wanted to work in the office. I wanted to enjoy my summer, but I absolutely loved it. The best thing about my summer was my job, was going to work everyday that is something I could of not asked for or expected. All thanks to the Inter Group listening to me and what I want.

Who can say that the highlight of their summer was working, or being in a foreign country for 10 weeks and surviving without your parents? After coming back from Colombia and hearing my friends say was it dangerous, what was the worst thing you saw, were you scared, did you carry pepper spray around and saying no to every negative question about Colombia is incredible. People will never consider going to Colombia because they still see it as a dangerous country, however, it is a beautiful country, a country that now has a piece of my heart, and a country I miss so dearly. So a piece of advice, jump, do it, and do it now. It will never be something you regret.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Geoff
10/10

Medellin was wonderful

I had a great time in Medellin. I achieved professional objectives, getting employment on my return. The city was great, climate wonderful, the people excellent.

As a mature age intern trying to get back into IT, I was afraid that I wouldn't be getting relevant experience. But I was placed with a web startup as a programmer, and gained a lot of useful experience. I'm now back home working with a web startup in a much more senior position.

I wouldn't hesitate to go back to Medellin at any time. The city has a great vibe, in many ways with more similarities to an Australian city than a Latin American city.

The support from Intern Latin America was superb. For instance, I had a dental problem- they accompanied me to the dentist, even in the surgery, to ensure that we communicated properly.

I highly recommend the program, even to mature age people seeking to change career paths.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Marlene
1/10

Disappointed with the quality of the internship

Hello All,

I am sure you have read all the nice reviews of people's experiences about their internship in Medellin, but I would also like to express mine so some of you will not experience the same disappointment as I did.

I expected a high quality internship where I would gain work experience and develop my professional skills, but from the first day I was placed at a desk alone where I had to search for potential clients' information. I was told I would work closely together with a colleague, but he was on vacation the first week I started. When he came back from vacation he was so busy that he only had time to say good morning to me. I contacted the Intern Group because I was frustrated and they promised to speak to the company. Unfortunately, nothing changed and after 1 and a half week I asked if I could be placed at another company, but they told me it was too late. I was very bored and felt like I was wasting my time. I started studying Spanish grammar online to not feel like I was wasting my time entirely. What was the most frustrating to me was the fact that they placed another intern in the same role as me even though the Intern Group were fully aware that we were wasting our time at the company and very unsatisfied. Like me, the new intern was very frustrated after one week in the office. We expressed our opinion together to the Intern Group, but again nothing changed. I quit my internship, I believe after three weeks, since I would rather enjoy the weather and experience the city than sitting inside and learn nothing. The other intern, who was placed at the same company as me, informed me that she lived with other interns who had also quit their internship.

For this reason, I would not recommend doing an internship with the Intern Group in Medellin to anyone, since you could get a job at a cafe or travel and get so much more value for the money!

Response from The Intern Group

Dear Marlene,

We are sorry that you did not enjoy your internship experience.

We have worked with the fashion company where you interned for a long period of time, and the general feedback we have received has been positive from past program participants. Being involved in the busy preparations for Colombian fashion week should have been an exciting opportunity.

It is important to underline that the Colombian work culture is certainly very different from the Danish style. It is crucial that interns here are more proactive than they might be accustomed to in their home country. Interns in Colombian work culture are expected to regularly be asking supervisors for more tasks and feedback, and areas where they can get involved. It is a fluid model where communication is paramount and the onus is on the intern to show themselves as proactive, keen and ready to contribute. We encouraged you to speak with your supervisor, and we spoke with him ourselves to help bridge this cultural gap – but you left the role early on without giving the situation time to improve.

Nevertheless, we take your comments and all feedback extremely seriously and have fed them in to the company so that their internships in the future can be as structured and meaningful as possible.

No, I don't recommend this program

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