Learning Abroad Center

Linked Internships: UofMN to Buenos Aires

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Linked Internships: UofMN to Buenos Aires is a four-credit internship opportunity that combines a virtual internship during the spring semester with an on-site experience in Buenos Aires with that same internship placement in May. 

Program Details

Location
Location
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Term
Term
Spring Semester
May Session (Spring semester on campus)
Housing
Housing
Apartment
Homestay
Languages Taught In
Languages Taught In
English
Spanish

Program Eligibility

Student Type
Student Type
UofM Students
Student Year
Student Year
Sophomores
Juniors
Seniors
GPA
GPA
2.5
Language Prerequisite
Language Prerequisite
No language prerequisite for placements in English. Placements in Spanish require a minimum of 4 semesters of college-level Spanish (SPAN 1004), or equivalent proficiency.

About

Linked Internships: UofMN to Buenos Aires program is a four-credit internship opportunity that links a virtual internship with an on-site internship. Work culture around the world is changing and this program will give you the opportunity to learn and develop practical and valuable skills through an internship experience in the virtual world during the spring semester and then in-person in Buenos Aires in May.

You’ll begin the experience by working on projects from the US for an organization in Buenos Aires. In May, you will then travel to Buenos Aires and meet your supervisor and other colleagues in-person, and continue to develop your skills and relationships by interning with them in-person for three weeks. This program will add a global perspective to your professional work experience. 

 

Online to In Person

 

Online to In Person 

 

Internship Experience Buenos Aires

An internship experience in the virtual world during the spring semester and then in-person in Buenos Aires in May. 

 

 

Spring to May Term

 

Spring to May Term 

 

 

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Degree seeking student - alumni in workforce 

 

Program Model

Embedded
Study Abroad Center

Housing & Meals

Apartment

Shared apartments are fully furnished, include cooking facilities and are conveniently located within a short walking distance of the classroom building. Breakfast is included at the apartments each day. You will be responsible for providing lunches and dinners throughout the program.

Homestay

Most students who choose a homestay, cite this as one of the highlights of their experience, since it offers you a unique opportunity to connect with the culture, practice your Spanish, and observe daily life in Argentina.

Most families have hosted students in the past and are committed to helping ease your transition into city life.

As in the US, families in Argentina are diverse and vary greatly in terms of the composition and ages of family members. In your application, you can express some basic preferences about the type of host family you would like. About half of families are able to accommodate two or more students, so you may be placed with another student from the program.

Host family homes are scattered throughout the city, and typical commute times range from 30–60 minutes, including some combination of public transportation (bus, subway) and walking.

Excursions

A city tour of Buenos Aires and an excursion outside of Buenos Aires will add cultural context to your internship experience. 

Flight

The Learning Abroad Center works with Village Travel, a local travel agency, to arrange a coordinated flight for program participants. The flight is optional, and is arranged for those who want to fly with other program participants. Group flight information is typically available by the program application deadline, if not before.

Ground transportation from the Ministro Pistarini International Airport (airport code: EZE) into Buenos Aires is provided by our partner organization and the cost is included in the program fee. The transportation schedule aligns with the group flight arrival time. Our partner organization comes to the airport once to collect everyone.

Therefore, you can either book a ticket on the coordinated group flight, or book a flight independently that arrives prior to the group flight's arrival. If you arrive late and miss the group, you may be responsible for arranging and paying for your own transportation into the city.

For immigration purposes, you should purchase a round-trip ticket, since you must be able to show your entry and exit dates from Argentina.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Communicate and navigate effectively in a global, virtual environment
  • Gain culture specific knowledge of work placement country
  • Understand your own values, skills, and behaviors and how different values and communication styles may impact workplace dynamics; develop strategies for adapting to these differences
  • Identify and articulate skills and experiences necessary to reach future career goals; develop learning objectives for the virtual internship site that will help you move toward these career aspirations
  • Conduct your work during the internship utilizing best practices around professional behavior within a virtual work environment
  • Understand and practice tolerance of different cultural assumptions
  • Use a comparative framework in essays and dialogue with fellow students to examine cultural and professional aspects of work and how COVID-19 has impacted these environments
  • Research and analyze the placement country’s workplace, particularly in terms of social media and online presence, including language, norms, values, economic assumptions and compare this to virtual environment to the US

Program Structure

Program Level
3000-level course
Courseload

One 4-credit virtual internship course as well as 12–20 hours per week at your internship placement.

Course Schedule

Spring 2023

Exact dates are forthcoming

Mid January: Internship course begins
Late January: Internship placement begins
Late May: Internship course and placement ends

The class will meet synchronously 3 times throughout the semester for 2 hours each. Our expectation is that you are able to make it to all synchronous sessions, listed below:

  • Exact class times to be announced soon

Coursework

The 4-credit virtual internship course will consist of lectures, small-group discussions, readings, posting to prompts, blogs, essays, a mock interview, and a presentation. Along with the class, you’ll be assigned projects for 12–20 hours per week at your internship placement. The course will help you apply in-class knowledge to your work and understand your newly developed professional skills to articulate in professional situations.

You may select from an English-taught or Spanish-taught section of the course.

For Spanish majors and minors: In the past, the program could be counted as an elective without a Critical Analysis prerequisite provided that you enroll in a Spanish-taught section of the course and conduct your internship in Spanish. Consult the Spanish Department for approval.

Virtual Internship Syllabus (PDF)

Internship Placements

The majority of placements are available in Spanish, with a limited number of placements available in English. Placements in Spanish require a minimum of 4 semesters of college-level Spanish (SPAN 1004), or equivalent proficiency.

Internships are available in a variety of fields and industries including: 

  • Art History
  • Art Management
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Creative Arts/Writing
  • Education
  • Environment/Sustainability
  • Finance 
  • Fundraising & Philosophy
  • Human Resources
  • International Relations
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Nonprofit

Past Internship Examples

Administrative Assistant — International Relations

Consejo para las Relaciones Internacionales
Assist with general administrative tasks related to international relations and foreign policy
Internship language: Spanish
Language prerequisite: SPAN 1004 or equivalent

Human Rights Project Assistant

Fundación Encontrarse en la Diversidad
Assist with inclusion and diversity projects in the areas of social sciences, communications, technology, graphic and web design, international relations
Internship language: English
Language prerequisite: None

Research Assistant — Art Curation

ESEADE Instituto Universitario
Research art curatorship within Latin America and Argentina.
Internship language: Spanish
Language prerequisite: SPAN 1004 or equivalent proficiency

Research Assistant — Service Learning

CLAYS (Centro Latinoamericano de Aprendizaje y Servicio)
Conduct research on service learning and assist with administrative tasks.
Internship language: Spanish
Language prerequisite: SPAN 1004 or equivalent proficiency
 

Dates Details

Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:

Term Course Dates On-site Dates Application Open Date Application Deadline
Spring 2023 on-campus, May 2023 abroad Late January to Late May Mid-May to early June August 15 November 1

Fees

May 2023 Cost of Participation

The tuition rate for this 4-credit course is the same as other undergraduate UMTC courses and will be billed to your UofM student account. In addition to tuition, you will also be billed a $600 placement fee associated with the course. If you are already taking 13 credits during spring semester, you can add the virtual international internship course at no additional tuition costs, but will be billed the additional cost of the $600 placement fee. Visit Onestop for additional information about tuition costs. If you are registered for less than 13-credits you will be charged tuition for this course in addition to the program fee.  Notify the Learning Abroad Center if this applies to you.

In addition to the tuition, you will be charged a program fee for the May term on-site portion of the program. This will include on-site support, housing, international health insurance, and a few local excursions. You must also budget for a flight, passport and passport photos, meals, spending money, and other miscellaneous living expenses.

Billing & Payments

Visit Billing for information about the billing process for application fees, deposits, and program fees.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Visit Financial Information for information on using financial aid and scholarships for study abroad.

Cancellation Policy

Before you apply to or confirm your participation on this program, review the Learning Abroad Center's Cancellation Policy to inform yourself of the timeline and financial obligations for canceling.

May 2023

Linked Internships: UofMN to Buenos Aires

Apartment 1—Shared apartment

May Session 2023 (Spring on campus course)

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costs $830
International health insurance $50
Housing and/or mealsIncludes breakfast $1,070
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $2,350
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $0
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $2,350

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program siteRoundtrip flight to and from Buenos Aires $1,800
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documents $0
Travel clinic/immunizations*The cost of COVID tests in the case of entry/exit requirements $150
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $2,100
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $50
Housing and/or meals not included in program feeLunch and dinner daily $420
Essential daily living expensesIncludes cost of required cell phone, toiletries, personal expenses, etc. $150
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $620

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $5,070
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $300
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Linked Internships: UofMN to Buenos Aires

Homestay 1—Homestay

May Session 2023 (Spring on campus course)

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costs $830
International health insurance $50
Housing and/or mealsBreakfast and dinner included $820
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $2,100
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $0
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $2,100

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program siteRoundtrip flight to and from Buenos Aires $1,800
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documents $0
Travel clinic/immunizations*The cost of COVID tests in the case of entry/exit requirements $150
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $2,100
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $50
Housing and/or meals not included in program feeLunches daily $210
Essential daily living expensesIncludes cost of required cell phone, toiletries, personal expenses, etc. $150
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $410

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $4,610
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $300
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Prepare

Complete pre-application advising.

Apply

The COVID-19 vaccine and booster are required by the host country and/or on-site partners and facilities for most study abroad programs. Complete your COVID-19 vaccine doses immediately.

You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.

Apply Now

Complete

After completing the above application, which includes submitting a cover letter and resume, your application will be reviewed.

Next Steps

After the above application is complete, your application is reviewed by our program team. You will be notified of an acceptance decision by email. After the initial application submission, you may need to submit additional application materials with our onsite partners. This could include a letter of recommendation, transcript, and/or a cover letter and resume in the language of your host city/country. You may also be asked to conduct interviews with potential internship placements.

If accepted, you will be assigned a confirmation checklist, which you will complete to confirm your participation in the program. If you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the online application system and submit a Cancel Request.

Register for On-Campus Course

Once you are confirmed in the program, the Learning Abroad Center will register you in the 4-credit Virtual Internship course. No other action is needed from you to register for the course. You will not be able to withdraw from this course on your own, you will need to contact the Learning Abroad Center.

After You Apply

Before your program begins, review these resources.

Health & Safety

Learn more about staying healthy and safe abroad, including mental health and wellness, international travel insurance, and safety precautions.

Power of Attorney

Consider designating someone as your power of attorney to act as your legal representative while you’re abroad.

Student Identity

Consult our resources on student identities as you prepare for your abroad experience.

Travel Resources

Ready to go abroad? Our travel resources will help you pack and learn what to expect.

Program Contact

We encourage you to reach out early in the process if you have questions about available placements, so that our advisers can help guide you to the location that works best for your skills, experience, and internship goals.

For further information or questions about this program, send an email to

Holly Zimmerman-LeVoir or call at 612.625.9888