Internships and Service Learning Program

Dates and Fees

  • 2018 Córdoba Internship Fall Semester
    July 2018-Dec 2018
    May 15, 2018
    $13,200
  • 2018 Córdoba Service Learning Fall Semester
    July 2018-Dec 2018
    May 15, 2018
    $13,200
  • 2018 Córdoba Internship Spring Semester
    Feb 2018-July 2018
    Application Deadline has passed. Please contact us to start an application.
    $13,200
  • 2018 Córdoba Service Learning Spring Semester
    Feb 2018-July 2018
    Application Deadline has passed. Please contact us to start an application.
    $13,200

Course Catalog

Internships and Service Learning in Córdoba, Argentina

Program Information

Semester and summer-long internships allow you to gain professional experience while improving your Spanish. Internships and service learning opportunities allow you access to the work culture and daily life of local citizens, often hidden to students studying abroad, and to more fully integrate into the local culture.

Internships focus upon practical experience in a local business, while service learning projects focus on engagement in the local culture through community service in a local organization. The curricula of the Córdoba Internship programs are centered around your individual work experience. Complementary courses help you to work through the linguistic and cultural challenges you may run into while in the field.

Fields of Placement:

When applying for an internship or service learning project, you have the benefit of specifying what you would like your internship to look like. Spanish Studies will strive to match you with the best available option to meet your interests. Students have completed placements in a variety of fields including legal offices, Greenpeace, television production, journalism, education, and more.

Some fields you may want to think of when applying:

  • Communications
  • Community Service
  • Education
  • Health Services
  • International Business
  • Museums and Cultural Centers/Fine Art
  • Political Science
  • Public Relations
  • Social Work
  • Tourism

Opportunity to gain professional experience abroad Program Features:

  • Language courses and cultural guidance to support your placement
  • Homestays with local families
  • Local speaking partners
  • All inclusive day and overnight travel excursions
  • On-Site Resident Director and Activities Coordinator

Eligibility:

  • Ability to understand normal, rapid Spanish; one semester of advanced college Spanish or the equivalent
  • 3.0 GPA in Spanish Language Coursework. Exceptions may be made with strong recommendations from faculty
  • A written application for an internship or service learning must be approved by your home institution and received no later than the program application deadline.

To apply for an Internship or Service Learning program, apply online.

For more information or if you have questions, please contact the Amherst Office: info@spanishstudies.org or (413) 256-0011.

Costs Include

  • Tuition
  • Double occupancy room & full board
  • Laundry
  • Overnight & local study visits & cultural activities
  • Orientation
  • Health Insurance
  • Computer access & high-speed internet access
  • Spanish Studies transcript
  • Support of onsite staff

Special Dietary Needs

  • Students with food allergies, intolerances, or other medical conditions that require a special diet may incur an extra fee to cover related dietary expenses. Please contact Spanish Studies for additional details.

All fees are in U.S. dollars and based on current exchange rates. Any considerable decrease in the value of the dollar will affect fees.

Housing Information

Homestay

Cross-Cultural Learning – seeing the world as others see it – begins with life outside school. During the one-month intensive language and culture course and the regular semester, you live with a local family near Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. This early immersion in Argentine language will help you gain an understanding of daily life and customs in Córdoba. There too, sharing in family conversations, you begin to learn "unspoken language" – the family values and subtle beliefs that underlie actions.

Your homestay includes full room and board as well as laundry and the cleaning of your room. Special dietary or housing accommodations may be made, but may require an additional fee. To ensure that your home will provide a warm and tranquil atmosphere, one conducive to learning, Spanish Studies staff discusses norms and policies with hosts and regularly inspects the homes.

Cultural Information

Population: 1,493,000

Region: Córdoba Province

Currency: Peso

Famous for: Universities, Tango, Las estancias jesuitas, Mate

As the capital of Córdoba Province and the seat of Argentina's second largest metropolitan area, the city of Córdoba is a bustling educational and commercial center set at the foothills of the Sierra Chica mountain range in northern Argentina. Founded by Jerónimo Luis de Cabrera in 1573, Córdoba today is recognized as a center for arts and learning in Argentina with its many universities, theatres, and museums.

Argentine Daily Routine:

Breakfast (Desayuno) is not a major meal, consisting of small amount of food and is generally eaten early in the morning.

Lunch (Almuerzo) is the biggest and most important meal of the day and is generally eaten between 12:00 and 2:00PM.

Dinner (Cena) is a smaller meal than almuerzo and is generally eaten after 8:00 PM and possibly as late as 11:00 PM.

Siesta is a time to rest. It starts around 1:00 PM when all the shops begin to close, and lasts until 5:00 PM. Almost all shops are closed during siesta while Argentines eat with their families, sleep, or watch TV, leaving you no choice but to also relax.

Traditional Argentine Dishes:

Empanadas are dough turnovers, either baked, fried, filled with ground beef, ham and cheese, chicken, spinach, and all sorts of other things.

Yerba Mate is a tea made from the leaves of a plant native to the tropical Litoral region of Northeastern Argentina. The tea is served in a mate and passed around for everyone to sip from the same bombilla (metallic tube or straw).

Vegetarians/Vegans:

There are relatively few vegans and vegetarians in Argentina. In addition to a variety of salads available at most restaurants, Argentina offers some delicious bread and cheeses, and a number of great pasta dishes. There are also some vegan and vegetarian cafes around Córdoba and in other Argentine cities.

How to Dress in Argentina:

Like in Spain, Argentines tend to dress up more than the average American. Young men wear jeans and t-shirts or soccer jerseys, but you’ll also see men wearing nice pants and shoes. Women generally wear very feminine clothing.

To fit in with your surroundings, avoid wearing grubby jeans, sweatshirts, and sneakers. Nice, fitted clothing is what most people wear.

Since Argentina is in the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons are the exact opposite of those we experience here in the Northern Hemisphere. Overall, Córdoba’s climate is temperate, with distinct dry and rainy seasons.

Life Outside the Classroom:

Argentines tend to be very friendly and open. However, you will need to make an effort to introduce yourself to new Argentine friends. You may choose to have a local speaking partner at Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (UNC) who will help to orient you to the university and daily life. Spanish Studies and UNC's Programa de Español y Cultura Latinoamericana (PECLA) also offer several cultural activities designed to help you integrate with your Argentine classmates.

With seven public and private universities, students make up a substantial percentage of Córdoba’s population. Not surprisingly, there are lots of options for students’ free time including cafes, pubs, and clubs. Spanish Studies wants you to have fun while studying abroad; however, you are expected to meet all of your academic responsibilities. Argentine nightlife is probably unlike the social scene you have experienced in the U.S. Argentines often plan to go out at midnight or later, which is just the start of the evening. Check out La Voz, a popular website that lists music, theater, and other events currently happening in Córdoba.

Excursions

To enhance your cultural experience in Argentina, Spanish Studies Abroad organizes various excursions, study visits and other activities throughout the semester. These activities include local day trips as well as overnight excursions to Rosario, Santa Fe, and Parana. They are coordinated to enhance your class studies and designed to expand your vision of Argentine arts and culture.

Local Study visits include:

  • The Iglesia de la Compañía, a historic Jesuit church in downtown Córdoba
  • The old rectorado building and the rare book collection of Universidad Nacional de Córdoba
  • Art exhibits, concerts, and evenings at the theater
  • City tour

Day and overnight excursions include:

  • Las estancias jesuitas
  • San Luis, Mendoza or Entre Rios