Intern in Medellín with The Intern Group (Summer)
- UAlbany students, come intern with The Intern Group in Medellín, Colombia! This is an excellent opportunity for UAlbany Global Distinction candidates who are studying Spanish and/or Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
- Complete a leading international internship in Medellín. The Intern Group's personalized process ensures that you will be interning in the industry sector of your choice, in a role that is tailored to your professional goals.
- For non-native speakers, perfect your Spanish while working and playing!
- An international internship makes your resume stand out. As one of millions of young people applying for their first job, you need to find a way to jump off the page! An internship in Colombia's city of opportunity and eternal spring will make you stand out.
- Make friends and professional networks in Medellín and from all over the world!
- Have an amazing life experience in South America! Moving to a new place can be unsettling. That is why The Intern Group team is there to give you support 24/7.
- The program also includes your accommodation, visa assistance, professional development workshops, social events, access to Talk Space, and a one-on-one career coaching session when you finish the program.
The Intern Group offers first-class internships across all career fields, year round. placing talented international participants in internships in Europe, Asia, Australia, North America, and Latin America. The Intern Group is regularly featured in the world’s top media, including CNN, Time, WSJ and Forbes. UAlbany is pleased to offer 8-week summer internships in Medellín to Global Distinction candidates and other UAlbany and SUNY students, particularly those planning to work in Colombia, or elsewhere in South America, Central America, the Caribbean, or Spain.
Course Descriptions and Syllabi
Medellín is the financial capital of Colombia. The Intern Group offers successful applicants the opportunity to gain invaluable work experience in one the world’s most dynamic and beautiful cities. Professional experience in Medellín will allow you to expand your network of international contacts and to enhance your career prospects.
Thanks to partnerships with a range of companies, organizations, and NGOs, an international internship in Medellín with The Intern Group will boost your professional development. The Intern Group offers programs for people of all backgrounds and experience levels.
Review The Intern Group’s website for more information regarding program offerings and placement options.
You will earn 8 credits for an 8-week internship (1 credit/week) after successful completion of an online internship reflection course (GEB3000: International Internship Program via The Intern Group) offered by Florida A&M University. Grading is Pass/Fail.
From the course syllabus: “This course is designed to assist, enhance, and monitor a student’s progress while completing an international experiential learning assignment. The course consists of an international internship role; related sessions and materials delivered in the internship city; and an online component through the course management system. At the conclusion of this course, it is expected that the student will have cultivated a higher level of professional and career development, critical thinking skills, global and cultural awareness, communication skills, and teamwork skills; and the ability to apply all of these to future professional and educational opportunities.”
If you want to improve your Spanish language skills, The Intern Group works with Universidad EAFIT to offer optional group lessons, for an added fee.
General Education Information for UAlbany Students
Credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement.
Major/Minor Information for UAlbany Students
Courses may also satisfy major and minor requirements, upon approval by the department.
All courses taken abroad count towards UAlbany General Elective credits. Credits and grades will appear on your UAlbany transcript. You may file a request to have additional courses approved for equivalency as necessary.
The Intern Group accommodations are located in the nicest zone of the city, El Poblado, and the surrounding areas. Housing options come with sheets, internet, and cleaning, as is standard in Colombia. All participants will have their own private bedroom in a shared apartment with other international interns or young professionals abroad.
Although meals are not included in the program, all participants will have access to a kitchen where they can cook with fellow interns and roommates. There are also many affordable restaurants, food carts, and markets serving delicious and varied cuisine, throughout the city of Medellín.
Estimate of Costs
For reference, review the Summer 2019 Estimate of Costs. Please check back soon for the Summer 2020 Estimate of Costs.
The program charge includes an internship placement in your first or second choice of career field, accommodation, visa assistance, cultural and social activities, professional development workshops, access to Talk Space, transportation, and a one-on-one career coaching session.
Click for more information on Program Costs and Financial Aid.
Remember to speak with the Office of Financial Aid at your home campus to determine how your aid package could apply towards your program abroad.
Applicants must be UAlbany or SUNY students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher, and have accumulated at least 24 college-level credits before the start of their international internship. Before applying, please check the UAlbany Education Abroad Subject fields to ensure that The Intern Group offers an internship in your future career field in Medellín.
The Intern Group organizes regular optional events for program participants on a weekly basis. Whether it’s trips to museums, cinemas, or restaurants in Medellín, or day-trips outside of the city, interns will always have plenty of things to do while in Colombia. Program excursions include:
- An award-winning afternoon city experience: this mesmerizing walking tour will take you straight into the culture and history of this fascinating country.
- Day trip to el Peñol and Guatape: a must-have experience when living in Latin America! Visit this stunning village 2 hours away from Medellín.
Most financial aid and academic awards will apply to semester programs.
External scholarships, listed on our website, are a good way to partially fund your study abroad experience. In addition, the Center for International Education and Global Strategy offers two scholarship programs for UAlbany students studying abroad on UAlbany or 4-year SUNY programs.
More information on applying to these scholarships is located on the Scholarships web page. Pay special attention to the new Great Dane Internship Scholarship, advertised there, which has a deadline of March 31st.
The Intern Group also offers various funding opportunities listed on their Financing web page, including financial aid, grants and scholarship resources.
- UAlbany students receive a $300 USD discount towards any program with The Intern Group
- Pell Grant-eligible students will receive a $500 discount, courtesy of The Intern Group.
- You can also receive $300 USD for referring a friend to the program and $1,000 for referring your sibling to the program.
- Check The Intern Group’s financing page to see if you’re eligible for any other honor society discount.
- Global Distinction candidates are eligible to apply for a partial flight voucher.
In Their Own Words
“The Intern Group did an above and beyond job from the application process till my last day abroad in guaranteeing an exceptional program. Everything was handled well and efficiently from housing, to support, transportation and safety precautions. Then having the opportunity to make connections and friendships with interns from all over the globe and the locals is more than I could’ve ever asked. But the best part was the internship itself, the team did a great job in finding me what I wanted and, connecting me with a wonderful organization. I know that I will always have a home here in Colombia!”
Jocelyn, International Relations major
About the City
Medellín, or the City of Eternal Spring, is known for its amazing weather and mountainous city views. Medellín is the second largest city in Colombia. As an emerging market in Latin America, Medellín is home to Colombia’s and many of Latin America’s largest companies, from a wide variety of industries.
“Paisas,” or people from Medellín, are described as some of the friendliest people on earth. The culture, food, beautiful scenery, and professional opportunities in virtually every field make Medellín, Colombia, a standout destination for qualified students who are eager to gain experience abroad.
A valid passport is required to participate in this program. More information regarding the visa application process is available upon acceptance to the program. While The Intern Group provides advising, students are responsible for acquiring and paying for their own visa. For more eligibility-related questions, please refer to the Eligibility section on The Intern Group’s website.
Applications become available online one semester before the program start date, based on the following timeline:
- Summer programs: December
06/06/2020 to 07/31/2020
About the Program
Your internship program includes an internship placement in your first or second-choice of career field, accommodation, visa assistance, cultural and social activities, professional development workshops, access to Talk Space, transportation, and a one-on-one career coaching session.
Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet other program participants, discuss in-depth the details of your program, and prepare for the overall education abroad experience. The summer semester pre-departure orientation will be conducted the week before the end of Spring UAlbany classes.
Upon arrival in Medellín, you will attend a mandatory orientation. This is an important and informative set of sessions organized by The Intern Group.
UAlbany’s Office of Education Abroad staff assists you during the application process, in your preparation to travel abroad, and on-site if necessary. The Intern Group also provides you with access to a licensed online therapist for up to 3 months using Talk Space. The Intern Group’s staff serve as an experienced resource for resolving issues that you may encounter while abroad.