International Internships in Colombia with The Intern Group

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One of natures best, El Peñón de Guatapé - who knows, id have probably never known of the existence of this beauty had it not been for TIG and ILACOL
One of natures best, El Peñón de Guatapé - who knows, id have probably never known of the existence of this beauty had it not been for TIG and ILACOL
A day trip to the beautiful little town Guatape , a very colourful and touristy town with everything lovable -
A day trip to the beautiful little town Guatape , a very colourful and touristy town with everything lovable -

About

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, alumni career coaching, 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.

Final Places Available for Summer Internships

There are only a couple of places remaining on The Intern Group's summer internship programs in the USA, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia and Latin America. Apply now to secure a space!

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

91%
based on 49 reviews
  • Growth 8.8
  • Support 9.1
  • Fun 9
  • Housing 9.3
  • Safety 9.4
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Andrea
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My experience in Medellin, Colombia

I had the incredible opportunity to do an internship in Medellin, Colombia. I worked as a content producer for a national TV show, which was an enriching and challenging experience. I learnt very much and grew dramatically as a professional. At my work place I experienced dynamic growth, having the opportunity to transfer my knowledge into real work environment.

My overall experience with the InterGroup was absolutely incredible. The stuff is extremely supportive, the accommodation is beautiful and I felt safe and very well taken care of during my stay there.

I would encourage everyone to go and experience what Colombia has to offer. You will not be disappointed.

The question is not how many doubts you have, or how scared you are to get out of your comfort zone, but how much joy and growth you will experience once you get there!

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Kapalasa Viola
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Kapalasa's Medellin diary

Everyday i wake up asking myself when im going back because I'd definitely do this twice over.
The journey was emotional and LONG! i had lots of obstacles from the very start till when i finally got to Medellin. My application process started over a year prior to my departure but Erika (the programs coordinator) helped me through till i got there. Being a medical doctor in training , i had no other option but to do it in Medellin and more so i had to have a satisfactory level of spanish to be able to intern in the hospital, and now im grateful that was the case because i got to merge the three things im most passionate about; medicine, language and traveling.
The people of Medellin, 'Paisas' as the're locally called are the warmest , most friendly culture ive come into contact with. My favourite part was becoming a local, people were only able to recognise me as a foreigner when they heard how i spoke spanish but then i blended in pretty well(atleast i like to think i did). The doctors i worked with helped me understand alot more along the way: i worked in one of the poor parts of the city in a government hospital and hence even my approach to the experiance and even the people changed and made me more accomodating, more understanding.
There's so much to see and do in Medellin,there's literally no room to get bored there. The city is like a photographers paradise and the team at Intern Latin America made it even better. I hope i can go back one day, maybe not as an intern but just to visit and to the team that made my experience one to remember - Joanna, Monica, Erika Adrianna and Becca - THANK YOU!

What would you improve about this program?
More destinations for medical interns.... though i dont regret going to Colombia <3
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Muhammad
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Greatest Growth in my Life

Truly, I struggle to think of how I could have enjoyed myself or learned any more than I did within my 3 months of interning in Bancolombia's High Impact Entrepreneurship and Strategy Consulting division due to The Intern Group. You will see the same sentiment echoed repeatedly throughout these reviews - Medellín was heaven on earth and the greatest work/cultural immersion experience of my life. My work was intellectually challenging and meaningful (rare in the banking sector in the United States), where I was truly making a positive impact for the poor class of Colombia, and I formed strategic work relationships and personal friendships that will serve me well in my future, undeniably. At the age of 21, nowhere else would I have had the opportunity to work within venture capital projects, agro-finance (with the World Economic Forum), strategy consulting, and entrepreneurship all within the course of 3 months. Not only was I personally introduced to the highest echelons of the bank (like the Director of Innovation), but I was treated as a true worker and integral part of the workplace.

Separately, the tours and suggestions for cultural events such as salsa dancing were planned by The Intern Group extremely well. These permitted the interns to spend more time with one another, and I still keep in regular contact with more than five of my fellow interns. The workshops were fantastic and we were given unprecedented access to a global marketing superstar with clients like Apple and Google named "Brian" who gave pertinent tailored advice on personal branding, which is more important now than ever. I fell in love with the friendliest people on the planet, paisas, the weather, and everything about Colombia. I literally intend on living there in the future. The most impressive part of the experience, however, was the personalized attention and herculean effort made by the Intern Group women making the experience as streamlined as possible to allow you to grow as an adult and professional. From arranging all of the travel paperwork, to world class accommodations, to giving you helpful tips about phone packages in Colombia, the professionalism of the Intern Group cannot be overstated. Erika Londoño went above and beyond the job in every capacity, and the same applies for Adriana Ferrer, who elevated the proverbial bar for the paisa people by literally being in the top five genuinely nicest/kindest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. If I can be half the professional that these two ladies are in my career one day, I have no doubt I will be successful. As an economist and financier by trade, interning in Colombia through The Intern Group is the greatest return on my investment I have ever made, and that you will likely make if accepted for the program. Don't think twice. Apply for The Intern Group internship and forever change your life for the better. I can guarantee you will not regret it.

What would you improve about this program?
I struggle to say how the program can be improved. Truly, it was a life changing experience, and I cannot imagine being in better hands than the incredibly passionate and skilled TIG ("The Intern Group").
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Lenin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Hidden Gem of International Work Experience.

Hi! Lenin Ballesteros, Colombian program. Well, immediately upon arrival, I fell in love with the Intern Group. They arranged for a driver to pick me up from the airport, which is was EXTREMELY helpful because the airport is about 45 minutes from the city. But this guy was the best -- I was hungry and he pulled over at this amazing sandwich shop, lent me some money, and helped me to order. And, also, this was all at around 1AM. Yet, somehow, my experience in Medellín only went uphill from there. If you want to know all the details about that, feel free to contact me. But in short, what I loved about my experience in Medellín, and what I will never forget, are the people. The people of this city are the most genuine, the most caring, and the most hopeful people I have ever found on this earth. You'll find them in the airport, in the streets, in the international travel start-ups, or even in a midnight taxi.

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Graham
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Awesome time in Medellin

I had an awesome experience with the Intern Group in Medellin, Colombia. Being at the beginning of my studies at Uni I did not have anything specifically I needed out of a job so I did not go in with any specific needs. The job I was placed with was at a University and I loved it. The people I worked with were great and became some of my closest friends. I will say that anyone that wants to work here has to realize that things work slower here and in many cases you are responsible for finding things to do. If you sit back and do nothing likely that is what you will continue to do. As far as living in Medellin, I would recommend it to anyone. Despite its negative reputation, if one follows common sense then one can pretty easily avoid any problems. This being not walking home alone at night or going to the sketchier areas of the city without someone who knows the area. Having travelled in many cities around the world, I can attest that this was nowhere near unsafe. The nightlife is incredible and there are always things to do. There is a great expat community that live there and Colombian people are some of the nicest you will meet. On top of that scene there are good dining options and everything is much cheaper than you would find in Europe or the USA. Finally, the Intern Group team were truly awesome. They always went out of their way to help out when I had things like Visa problems and they would check in to see how my internship was going. They also organized some good activities and trips that were fun and allowed me to make good friends among my fellow interns. My housing situation was stellar although I had the nicest apartment in the program. I had my own room and bathroom on top of being on the 18th floor with a great view of Poblado. In addressing the price of the program, it may seem expensive but I found it cheaper than any other options at my university. I personally feel like the money was worth it as it allowed me to do this fairly last minute and not have to worry about figuring out an internship, housing, visa issues and such. In conclusion, Medellin is an incredible city that it still somewhat under the radar so now is a great time to go. The Intern Group is great and very helpful, and the accommodations are great. I would recommend this program to anyone who can and will definitely be returning as soon as I can!

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Rafael
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!!

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Grace
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

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Sylvester
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

What would you improve about this program?
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.
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Kyle
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

James
5/10
No, I don't recommend this program

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

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Mathew
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

What would you improve about this program?
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!
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Luis
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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.
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Jenny
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

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Kirsty
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

What would you improve about this program?
Making sure that interns who do not speak any Spanish are suitably placed in companies that have several English speaking staff.
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Craig
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

What would you improve about this program?
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.

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