Intern Brazil

Intern Brazil

About

Intern Brazil aims to provide a life changing exchange, fulfilled with a background of personal and professional experience. Our goal is to facilitate the process and support you, offering opportunities that go beyond gaining practical skills in your field of study and learning portuguese. Our tailor made services focus in a real immersion in the Brazilian culture, which encourage you to become an active agent of impact at your internship company.

Founded
2012

Reviews

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Isaac
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I was part of the Intern Brazil program in Curitiba for the summer of 2017. The staff of the program was extremely helpful, very nice and accommodating. The only problem I had is that the company I was going to work for told me I was going to be a specific job but once I got there the actual job was completely different.

The staff of Intern Brazil organized trips and get together so we could meet the other interns and were very helpful when asked about the visiting spots near curitiba.

What would you improve about this program?
By looking more into the exact work the interns would be doing while in the program
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Tatiana
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

From the first phone calls with the directors of the company to the last days at my internship, the team at Intern Brazil was supportive in every step of the process. Not only could you tell that the team truly cared about placing you in an internship that fit what you were looking to learn, but they also made that extra effort to make this experience as personal as possible. Intern Brazil picked me up from the airport and helped me accommodate to Curitiba the first day. As I had been to this city before and am half Brazilian, our conversations centered more on talking about the company and familiarizing myself with its practices and people.

I was placed in an internship that was geographically convenient to where I was staying, and fit the job skills that I was looking to develop. Throughout the entire experience, Intern Brazil, made sure to check in with me to make sure that everything was running smoothly. They truly aided with the professional development that I was searching for and even organized socials so that interns from different programs could meet each other. We took trips into the old parts of town and ate at local restaurants. That day listening to live bossa nova, eating feijoada and getting to know the interns in old Curitiba is definitely one of my favorite memories from this program.

I would definitely recommend this program to anyone looking to get a taste of a young professional life in Brazil with the help of a hands-on, competent and caring team. Throughout the course of this program you will get the chance to meet other interns exploring different career paths, experience a typical Brazilian office, better your professional and casual Portuguese, and broaden your international work experience in a country as vibrant as Brazil.

What would you improve about this program?
More communication with directors of the internships as to what exactly the roles of the interns will be.
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Ana
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

(English)

I had the opportunity to do my internship directly with Intern Brazil and it was the best experience I could have had!

At Intern Brazil I worked in the area of human resources and business development (international associations). My work was quite fun and multitasking. I interviewed candidates from all around the world and evaluated their profile as interns; I contacted Spanish-speaking embassies; I interviewed CEOs of multinational companies and also contacted and managed partnerships with universities around the world. All this allowed me to develop my communication skills; increase my confidence, security, and proactivity; I really learned the value of teamwork and business culture; and above all, I grew up personally and professionally. Ah! Of course, something very important, in just more than 3 months of my experience, I was able to travel around Brazil and experience the culture!

I am very happy with this opportunity! I feel today, the luckiest participant! Thanks to Marcio, Yessica and Nando for making this experience possible for me. Thaís, Caxi, Vanessa, Cassiano, Pri and Gui thank you so much for your friendship and support.

(Español)

Tuve la oportunidad de realizar mis prácticas profesionales directamente con Intern Brazil y fue la mejor experiencia que pude haber tenido!

En Intern Brazil trabajé en el área de recursos humanos y desarrollo de negocios (asociciones internacionales). Mi trabajo fue bastante divertido y multitarea. Entrevistaba candidatos de todo el mundo y evaluaba su perfil como practicantes; contacté embajadas hispanohablantes; tube entrevistas con CEOs de empresas a nivel internacional y además contacté y gestioné alianzas con universidades del mundo entero. Todo esto me permitió desarrollar mis habilidades comunicativas; incrementar mi confianza, seguridad y proactividad; aprendí realmente la importancia del trabajo en equipo y la cultura empresarial; y sobre todo crecí a nivel personal y profesional. Ah! Por supuesto, algo muy importante, en un poco más de 3 meses, pude viajar y experiementar gran parte de la cultura brasileña.

Estoy muy feliz de haber tenido esta oportunidad! Me siento hoy, la participante más afortunada! Gracias a Marcio, Yessica y Nando por hacer posible esta experiencia para mi. A Thaís, Caxi, Vanessa, Cassiano, Pri y Gui por su amistad, apoyo y los aprendizajes compartidos.

Los llevo a todos en el corazón!

Muito Obrigada Intern Brazil!

Marissa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had an incredible experience working at a compounding pharmacy in Brazil!!! I learned a lot about an aspect of pharmacy that I was unexposed to, made a bunch of contacts, and improved my Portuguese tremendously. Intern Brazil helped me get the foot in the door to what has allowed me to guarantee an additional internship for the following year! INTERN BRAZIL ROCKS!!!!! They gave me the confidence and assistance to achieve what I thought was only a dream. The staff is really helpful and worked with me every step of the way.

What would you improve about this program?
Providing documentation for the Visa process at least 3 months in advance.
William
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing. Worked in an environament in which there were no limits to what I would learn on the next day. If I could measure the amount of knowledge and experience I gained working at FashionRoom SP it would equivalent to a whole year of graduate school at a high-end fashion school. My mentor was called José Xavier Neto, he is one of the biggest name in the Brazilian Fashion Industry and helped me understand the business and creative side of the fashion industry. Would recommend this job to everyone and anyone passionate about fashion. But do not be misled, this job demands a lot of self-discipline and charisma.

What would you improve about this program?
They could give constant feedback on your work.

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Emilie Alexandra Schäfferling

Emilie is a Danish girl, currently in her sophomore year of International Communication Studies at Turiba University in Latvia. With a passion for investigative journalism, video/photo editing, gender equality, and the BRICS countries, Emilie is on the dean's list at her home university and is en route to studying a semester abroad in Brussels.

Why did you choose this program?

I chose Intern-Brazil because I was interested in interning in a non-traditional country.

I have always had an interest in Brazil because in my home country it is very romanticized as this jungle, with beautiful people and amazing culture. At the same time, I think that the media can sometimes portray Brazil as unsafe.

Because of these two contradicting images, I wanted to go to Brazil to experience it myself.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

Intern-Brazil had the responsibility of finding the actual internship. Aside from the internship itself, I was on my own with the rest - visa, housing, flights, tickets, etc.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

I would strongly recommend anyone who is considering to go to Brazil to take a Portuguese language course before going, or at least in some way obtain some knowledge of the language.

Knowing a little Portuguese will make your stay there much more pleasant, and I say this as a person who went with ZERO knowledge of the Portuguese language. Do not expect anyone to know English or Spanish in Brazil.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

I had a part-time, unpaid internship so I worked Monday through Friday from 1 pm until 6 pm. I was given enough tasks to complete at the beginning of the week to keep me busy.

On a normal day, I would leave my apartment in the city center around 12:30 pm and walk my way to the office, which was in the other end of the city. On the way, I would see the most amazing skyscrapers and palm trees, which is a big deal for me, since I come from the cold North where such things do not exist!

When arriving at the office I would be briefed on what tasks I should focus on for that day and if any of them were more urgent than others. It would be different from day to day, depending on how many employees were in the office.

In between tasks, I would get offered a whole bunch of food from the employees and we would talk and have a good time in the laid-back environment. I interned in Brazil during the winter, and because the sun would go down around 5 pm when I got off work, my co-workers would always make sure that I arrived home safely.

During the weekends the girls at the office invited me to go to the cinema with them, go to lunch or to local markets.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear of interning in Brazil was definitely, as I mentioned, my safety. From the moment I arrived in Brazil, it was something that I was consistently concerned about.

The first two days I was scared to go to the supermarket during the day! I quickly learned that Brazil is just as safe as any European capital city, and luckily, my fears disappeared. I met so many amazing people who helped me overcome this fear and changed my views of Brazil for the better.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Allan Ricardo Kotovei

Job Title
Information Flow Manager
Allan is a Brazilian dreamer, full of energy and nerve to go after what he wants. His creative side is one of the major characteristics displayed in everything he does.

What is your favorite travel memory?

road trip

That's a really hard question, each travel memory has something really beautiful, interesting, or constructive, but I think my favorite travel memory is my first road trip. I was 21 years old and I felt the truly independence for the first time, sleeping on a tent at the river coast.

I was afraid of traveling big distances by my own or just with another young and inexperienced person, all this made me feel anxious and unconfident. But with this road trip everything changed, I had to do all the financial planning (it was just for 2 days, but I had never done this before), drive on dangerous roads, prepare the bed and food inside the tent in the cold (it was 8ºC), and asking for directions!

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would go to Florianópolis. I've been there on a road trip and it is an amazing place with lots of big and small businesses, it’s a really big city with a nice tropical climate surrounded by beaches everywhere.

Our program there is really complete, we have a great crew there and they are really committed. Personally I want to go there again, it's paradise. As an intern from our program, I honestly have no doubt that I would choose Florianopolis without hesitation. With this program, professional and personal development can be a really big, truly life-changing experience.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

I've been proud since the day I started working here, because we have an unique way to achieve our client's dreams. Our focus is on professional development, and we are the only Brazilian company that focuses on that, and actually, we are really good at doing this.

I love seeing the program's students smiling just for being here in Brazil and achieving their dreams.

This is one of the feedback that they gives that let's us know we're doing the right thing, which makes me feel proud of working here with this outstanding team full of teamwork and commitment.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Being a successful company is the result of mastering three major pillars:

  • Knowledge - if you and your team can handle all the knowledge, information, and data provided by your stakeholders and processes, and can also improve your own skills and create more knowledge, you have one really strong pillar.
  • Connection - the connection between you, your team, your clients and your providers needs to be really strong and fluid, you need to understand each other and have a healthy relationship, with trust and transparency, this helps the other two pillars a lot.
  • Hard Work - if you have connection and knowledge, but you don’t have discipline, motivation, and goals, and do not work as much as you should, you will not succeed, you need to get things done and work hard!
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