International Internships in Colombia with The Intern Group

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after Colombia Moda
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working with Jowell y Randy
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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. Our purpose is to help you realize your potential.

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, 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, Forbes and more.

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 Spring Internships

There are only a couple of places remaining on The Intern Group's spring 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

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

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.

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Lauren
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

What would you improve about this program?

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.
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Emily
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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Geoff
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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Marlene
1/10
No, I don't recommend this program

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.

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Bryn
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Working in Medellin

My time in Medellin can only be described as fantastic. The staff were freindly and helpful at both the Intern Group, my workplace and the University(ies). The range of work opportunities on offer from the program is broad, with lots of areas for one to both implement and develop their skills.

The Program is more than simply working however, as the culture and language learning opportunities provided by the program really give you value for your money. The Spanish language course is great and tailored to your exisiting skill level with firendly teachers who will assisst you with your individual needs. As for the culutral espect, Medellin (and Antioquia) might well be Colombia's best kept secret. There is so much to experience here from the night life, to the museums, as well as the trips outside the city, and so much more.

Overall I would highly recommend this program to anyone. The work experience aspect alone is worth it, but its the stuff on the side that really makes this progam a must

What would you improve about this program?
More could be done to monitor the accomodation, in particular the state of equipment in them. For example the oven in my kitchen did not work.
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Denise
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Just go!

This summer in Medellin, Colombia has easily become one of the greatest summers I've had in years. Despite some negativity and concern from family and friends I arrived in Colombia with an open mind.

Intern Latin America does their best to take care of you from the moment you arrive providing you with a driver who picks you up and takes you straight to your accommodation. Within a few days you have an official introduction with the ILA team where they explain a few more things to know about Medellin. The team, along with the majority of people you'll meet in Colombia are extremely inviting, friendly and easy to get along with. Regardless of your Spanish level, many of the locals are both eager to help and patient enough to wait as you stumble along trying to make sense in their language. It's an excellent place to learn or perfect your Spanish, so take advantage of it!

Fortunately when I arrived there were already a few social events planned, mostly due to the World Cup games, which provided an opportunity to get to meet some of the other interns on the program. This was a huge plus as my roommates and I lived in a separate building and wouldn't have had the opportunity to meet any of the others prior to that event.

Medellin is an exciting and upbeat city, and getting to be there in the midst of the world cup madness was proof that Colombia has some of the most passionate, happy and welcoming people. There is always something to see or do in the city. Granted you do still have to be careful not to flaunt your wealth or act in a way that draws unnecessary attention, however I generally felt quite safe in the city. As with every city, there are good areas and areas to avoid, and this is no exception. The team does their part to warn you of these areas in your introduction.

My main intention of doing this program was to have an opportunity to develop my language skills, experience a new culture and meet many of the locals. For these reasons it was an excellent experience all around. My actual internship wasn't the most educational experience but that may have been due to not knowing how best to make the most of their interns. It was a little difficult to get time to see my boss or get any feedback on the work I was doing until it was a little to late. However, I will say that after communicating my concerns to the ILA team there was a noticeable improvement at work and an increased effort to involve me in more challenging projects.

On that note I found the Intern Latin America team to be extremely helpful and supportive. I think it's unrealistic to expect them to be able to solve every problem, however they do their best to assist in any way possible. They were a pleasure to work with and an absolute blast to get to know. In the end, as with any experience like this it all comes down to what you make of it. It's easy to forget that you are in a developing country because it is so beautiful, but be prepared to be flexible in your expectations in areas such as housing or work pace etc.

The program is on the upper end in terms of cost, but if you have the money I would most definitely recommend it. Travel around Colombia as much as possible, and spend more time out in the city talking to people than you do in your apartment and you will have a good time! Medellin is an absolutely beautiful and unique city and Colombia is a country that is so much more than its past.

What would you improve about this program?
I think this program could be improved if prior to arrival interns were made aware of where they would be living, what it looked like, and things to expect etc. The majority of the problems mentioned by some of the other interns all revolved around not knowing what they were walking into before coming.

If possible, it would be helpful if the ILA team could make the effort to drop by the apartment after you have settled in so that it's easier to communicate any issues right away and know that the support is there if you need it.
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Abhinav
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Colombia is definitely a place worth visiting

When I initially left for Colombia, I had no clue on what to expect especially given the stereotypical views of Colombia that I had been accustomed to. Once I reached there however, it is amazing on how off they were! A small example: with the little bit of Spanish I knew, I introduced myself to one of my roommates and asked him to show me around my first day there. He, thankfully, spoke English. Without any hesitation, he accepted and showed me around. I needed to do some grocery shopping and was not sure if my credit card was going to work or not. He offered to pay for my stuff (even though he barely knew me!) The people there are the most amiable and friendly people you will find. I did not mind being at work by 7.30 am everyday because of the sense of family I had there. I even somehow befriended some local vendors whom I greeted every morning and bought breakfast (pastel de jamon y queso) from. It's definitely a very welcoming environment.

Another thing that definitely hit me was how developed Colombia was for a third world country! The part of Medellin the intern group lodges interns is called Poblado. The malls, the beautiful view, the fact everything you need is pretty much within walking distance of you; all these factors were definitely a big plus for me while I was there.

Colombia has so much to offer! While I was there I went para-sailing, rock climbing, cave exploring, horse-back riding on top of mountains and so much more! I am also a little better at salsa, merengue and bachata now :)

The only downside I will say was that Intern Latin America was not as proactive in the beginning at organizing get togethers and other social events for interns to meet each other. Nonetheless towards the end that changed quite a bit which is something I would like to see continue. My internship was very valuable to me as it helped me better shape my career goal. I also felt very valuable to the team I worked with as one of my designed projects is actually in the process of being implemented! There is nothing that provides a more fulfilling feeling than that!

Oh, I was also lucky enough to experience the FIFA world cup in a football loving country. It is definitely something very unique.

What would you improve about this program?
Just keep up the communication with interns. It is always reassuring to be reminded of the constant support we have access to.
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Joseph
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Life in Medellin

Life in Medellin was really rewarding for me.Travelling all by myself to such a far away country with little grasp of the Spanish language proved overwhelming,but only for a short while.I adjusted very well to living in Medellin and made a lot of friends from the program.I also got to learn a bit of Spanish from the local paisas and in that way I made even more friends from Colombia.The support from the Intern Latin America group was outstanding as there was always someone there when we needed help or just someone to talk to.

What would you improve about this program?
The only thing I could recommend changing is maybe the accommodation.
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Daniel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A life changing experience

When I applied to this programe, back in September of last year, I of course shared the same concern that a curious pre-applicant may also share. Firstly, this is too good to be true, surely it is a scam? Secondly, is Colombia safe? I shall attempt to address both points in my review.

Colombia, for me, is a country of opportunity. A country which is working tirelessly to enhance its reputation on a global scale. On a daily basis I experienced no shortage of youthful graduates emigrating in order to take advantage of this. Colombia is a beautiful country, steeped in tradition, culture and curiosity. In thirteen weeks I was blessed by the generosity of its people, while simultaneously being proven that Colombia is indeed a place where I can establish myself as an individual with ambition. I had no issues with safety or any concerns whatsoever in my time there.

With regards to the Intern group, I myself was at first sceptical, but this is a company with one ambition, and that ambition is to empower the younger generation. If you can afford to part with the money, then you will embark on a journey that you will never forget.

What would you improve about this program?
My only fault with this programe was the accomodation that was provided. Despite being cleaned thoroughly on a weekly basis, and being in a safe and ideal location, we did experience many breakages and issues. Nonetheless, these were resolved quickly.
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Tara
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

12 weeks in Medellin, Colombia

I spent twelve weeks in Medellin living with a Colombian family. I previously studied Spanish at university in the States do I did not take Spanish classes during my stay. However, living with a family that only speaks Spanish was a great way to better my language skills. I also had the opportunity to practice at my internship so I think my speaking ability has greatly improved. I felt very safe during my entire stay. The neighborhood in which all the interns live is very modern, comfortable, and easy to get around. Taxis and the metro are very cheap so it is easy to travel to other neighborhoods in the city. The social programs and day trips provided by the Intern Group give you a chance to meet many other interns in the city, and I spent three or four days a week with them. I have made friends from all over the world and that has been one of the best parts of this experience. I only had minimal complaints. One being the amount of work I was given at my job was minimal and at times I was bored with nothing to do. The work ethic in Colombia is very different than the US so that was partly the reason. Also, although my host family was alright I would have preferred to be more like a family, cooking dinner together, sightseeing, etc. Living in an apartment as opposed to a homestay, however, does lessen your Spanish exposure significantly. Overall I had a good experience!

What would you improve about this program?
If I could change one thing I would recommend finding Colombian families who want to have foreigners stay with them and become part of their family, not just someone looking for a paycheck each month.
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Aaron
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Fantastic opportunity

A fantastic experience supported by the great team of people that make up The Intern Group. The team working in Colombia were responsive and helpful from day 1 and I felt at ease before and during my time in Colombia.

Aside from working at the stadium during the U-20 World Cup in Medellín I took Spanish classes at the local university. I found these an excellent way to begin learning a new language and the professor was excellent and provided me with more knowledge on the culture and history of a fascinating area of the world. I actually took more classes than what was initially included in the program.

The social opportunities surrounding the internship were excellent. I met lots of local people while working and also fellow interns, many of whom I am still in touch with now. The trips and events organised by The Intern Group were always a fun and interesting way of seeing more of what the area had to offer, especially such trips as the one to Guatapé. The nightlife in Medellín is very good with lots of restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

These opportunities are unique and are an excellent way to immerse yourself into a new culture and the rewards are huge.

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Mathieu
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

It is what you make of it.

An internship or a semester abroad is less about everything around you and more about yourself. You will get everything you put into it. IF its work experience you're looking for then you have to be in the mindset that you're there to work and be productive. And you can celebrate and have fun on weekends. I took a lot out of my internship because I put a lot of effort into it, every day, and I am glad that I did because I grew as a person as a result of that effort.

What would you improve about this program?
Medellin is a big city, the program did a good job organizing everyone in close quarters so that we could all spend together and given the relative new nature of the program more and more activities were constantly being added for new participants.
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British
2/10
No, I don't recommend this program

Secretary of Education Internship, Accommodation, Safety, Support - review

Internship:
My internship in the Secretary for Education of Sabaneta was incredibly disappointing. I was not given any of the jobs mentioned in the role description (scrutinising and evaluating the school curriculum for Sabaneta students and proposing how we could improve this). I managed to join a research project started by a previous intern, but we received no training or guidance on improving our personal development throughout. As such, I feel I learned little from the experience.

The secretary for education was not prepared to offer structured and meaningful internships.

Accommodation:
This was wonderful! Conveniently located and in a very safe area, I had no complaints. Our maid, Lijia, always put so much effort into making the place look amazing when she came each week.

Safety:
I felt very safe at home, travelling to work, and exploring medellin. The walking tour included in the programme is very useful for helping you figure out where is safe to go in the city centre. Medellín is certainly not as unsafe as people outside of the country would have you believe!

Support:
I would've liked for the intern group representatives to check in with me more, and do something about it if I wasn't getting enough from my internship.

Otherwise, they were very receptive about things we needed, e.g. Maintenance in our flat. They also try hard to organise social events for the interns to meet each other, which were great fun.

Response from The Intern Group

We are saddened that you did not enjoy your internship in the Secretary of Education. The Colombian work style is certainly very different from the UK style and as we make clear in our pre-departure material, it is crucial that interns are much more proactive than they would be used to being in the UK. Interns in Colombian culture are expected to constantly be asking supervisors for feedback and for more tasks. With that said though, we will certainly be feeding in your comments to our partners at the Government to make sure future interns feel the internships are as meaningful and structured as possible. However we are glad you enjoyed the social events as we’re sure you could see how hard our country directors worked to make sure everyone had a good time! Also we’re pleased you found the accommodation wonderful! One of the most important aspects of our program is that our interns feel comfortable and at home.

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Eliza
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Internship in Human Rights

I had an amazing time interning in Colombia! I lived in an apartment with three roommates in the center of the city close to great food and a fun social scene. I was in Colombia to do research for my senior thesis on forced displacement, and my internship allowed me to interact with the displaced on a more personal level. The internship was great for me academically and professionally; I actually got an internship this winter/spring based on my ability to show that I had worked in an all Spanish-speaking workplace. There are so many wonderful weekend and day trips around Medellin, and the people are extremely friendly. I had a bit of a hard time at first with the accent, but I got used to it. I hope to go back to Medellin again one day!

What would you improve about this program?
When I arrived at my internship the other girl who was already working there didn't know I was coming, I think I would just make sure that the interns who will be affected know when someone new is arriving.