What city in Argentina is known for its UNESCO Spanish colonial architecture, being one of the most important financial districts in South America, and having one of the continent’s oldest universities? Cordoba! Cordoba is a fantastic place to intern abroad in Argentina, where you can engage in Spanish language lessons and Intercultural Competency Seminars at the same time. Intern Abroad HQ offers flexible and affordable internships, to gain practical experience and boost your career. Come prepared to build your cultural intelligence and professional competence, in one of South America’s most significant destinations!
Internships in the Argentina are available within the following fields:
- Why is Cordoba the best destination for interns?
- When is the best time to intern in Argentina?
- What are the highlights of this destination?
- Do I need to speak Spanish for this internship?
- What can be expected from the food and accommodation?
- How much spending money should I budget?
- What are top tips for having a successful internship?
- I'm ready! How can I start planning my internship in Argentina?
Why is Cordoba the best destination for interns?
Known for its Spanish colonial architecture, one of the most important financial districts in South America, as well as one of the continent’s oldest universities, this remarkable city is a fantastic place to become immersed in a vibrant history and culture, while building coveted professional experience. Cordoba is the technological center of Argentina and - with thousands of education providers and an impressive academic history - has earned the nickname La Docta (“the learned”). The spirit and culture of this city prides itself on work related to social services, culture, inclusivity, environmental conservation, and tech.
To become immersed in this place, interns have the opportunity to develop Spanish language skills, participate in dedicated Intercultural Competency Seminars, and mature as confident, capable young professionals, in a supported environment. The Intercultural Competency Seminars are a unique feature, provided only via the internships in Argentina, as your expert local hosts will coach you through topics related to Workplace Presentation, Self-Awareness, Cross-Cultural Adjustment, Culture & Identity of Argentina, and much more!
When is the best time to intern in Argentina?
Our internships in Cordoba begin twice a month, from January to September. Interns are always welcome through this period, as you can pick your own dates, to ensure that the schedule works for you. The minimum duration requirement is just 4 weeks (and you can intern for up to 24 weeks, if you wish!)
Even though Cordoba has four marked seasons, the climate is generally described as humid subtropical. You are likely to experience the most pleasant temperatures from March to May, and from August to November, when it is not too hot, not too cold, and there is little rain.
If you’re planning on traveling to Argentina during the North American summer months, bear in mind that winter runs from late May till early September. During this period, the average high peaks at about 64°F (or 18°C) and the lows are around 39°F (4°C). Occasionally, there can be warm spikes during the winter time, when strong northwesterly winds bring dry, pleasant nights. However, you’ll still want to dress warmly. On the bright side, winter is also usually the driest period of the year and it’s unquestionably the best time to enjoy skiing or other winter sports.
What are the highlights of this destination?
Too numerous to mention! Anyone from Argentina will definitely mention the food, as the culinary culture is fantastic, especially when it comes to asado, or barbecue, and of course you can’t escape the legendary alfajores, empanadas, and yerba mate (to name just a few!)
Outside of the internship program, visitors experience the best that cultural immersion can offer, with excellent hosts. Whether attending Tango lessons, learning about first class vineyards and wines, visiting museums or incredible World Heritage Sites, Argentina will leave a lasting impression and sense that there is always something more to explore and discover.
For those who love an active lifestyle, Argentina is undoubtedly an adventure destination, for hiking and trekking, horseback riding, winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding, cycling, rock climbing, and more. (You’ll probably have the fuel to do all these things, if you’re indulging in the food).
In any case there’s no shortage of things to see and do during your free time, whether you’re in the city of Cordoba or venturing further afield, to places like Buenos Aires, Mendoza, or Patagonia for example.
Do I need to speak Spanish for this internship?
Yes, please! In all cases, interns are expected to be as proactive as possible, as a high level of initiative will greatly enhance your cultural immersion and program engagement. Our internships in Argentina are suitable for students at a beginner (A1 and A2) Spanish language level, so you do not need to be fluent to get involved. The most important attribute you should bring with you, is an open mind, the willingness to learn, and the confidence to try new things, in a safe and supported environment.
With the exception of fluent or native Spanish language speakers, all interns are required to attend 20 hours of mandatory Spanish language lessons for the first week of the internship program, prior to commencing full placement (included in the program fee). You can of course choose to take additional Spanish lessons throughout your time in Argentina if you desire. Spanish is the second largest language in the United States and being able to speak a second language is a significant asset to your character and resume. Why not take advantage of the chance to learn now?
What can be expected from the food and accommodation?
All interns in Cordoba are hosted in various homestay accommodations. These are all located in the downtown area, in middle-class neighborhoods, with convenient access to public transportation routes, and near to a variety of shopping and entertainment districts. Most homestays are situated in high-rise apartments, which is a common feature of urban living in Argentina. They are also located in close proximity to one another. All of our homestays have fans and WiFi.
Through this accommodation, interns can receive two meals per day - daily breakfast and dinner - which are included in the program fee.
Breakfast usually consists of a croissant, cup of coffee, tea or mate, and dulce de leche, and may be served sometime between 7-9 am. Dinner is typically served later in the evening, usually around 9 pm. Typical dishes may include grilled or barbecued meat, sweetcorn, pasta, pizza, pastry stuffed with vegetables and salads made of fresh produce like eggplant, squash and zucchini.
Outside of the meals that are included through the internship program, a “merienda” (late afternoon snack) is usually eaten sometime between 5 pm to 7 pm. This is an important meal, since Argentineans usually do not eat dinner until about 9pm or 10 pm. Some merienda meals might include a salad or a sandwich, as well as a sweet treat.
How much spending money should I budget?
A weekly budget of approximately US$80 should be more than generous for covering your daily lunch and extra snacks, treats, and drinks, as a supplement to what’s already going to be included for you. Meal prices for even a cheap restaurant will begin at around US$10.
Interns will also be provided during the orientation with a public transportation pass with a small amount of money preloaded. You will just need to add additional money to cover the cost of ongoing commutes throughout your stay. Most interns use the local bus to commute throughout the internship and you will need to cover the cost for this (approx. US$1.50 per day). A weekly budget of US$60 per week should be sufficient for use of public transport, in addition to miscellaneous expenses, such as laundry, bottled water, snacks, etc.
Keep in mind that - depending on your own spending habits and lifestyle choices - personal budgets can vary enormously. Local eateries are often more affordably priced than products and eateries targeted toward international tourists and it’s wise to research tourism activities in advance to get an idea of what you’d like to do and how much you need to earmark for this - especially if you want to travel further afield and pay for various tours and excursions. It is always wise to research tourism activities in advance to get an idea of what you’d like to do and how much you need to allocate to this.
What are top tips for having a successful internship?
Internships are focused on personal and professional development, so there is a degree of personal responsibility and independence that are important to keep in mind.
Expect that your first week on the internship will focus on building the foundations of what you are going to do/develop over the remainder of your stay. It is standard and common to gain an understanding of the company/organization you are going to intern for, before you “hit the ground running”.
Practice your Spanish! Take advantage of the lessons provided in this program, and make an effort to immerse yourself in the language. Being able to communicate with the locals shows awareness, boosts your confidence, and allows you to develop a deeper connection with them, all of which will enhance your internship experience.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions when you are unsure of something. Locals are a great resource and will be happy to provide guidance. Don’t be afraid to proactively engage with others.
Come with an open mind and the willingness to experience a totally different lifestyle. If you expect everything to be the same as it is in your home-country, then you may be disappointed by differences, rather than ready to broaden your horizons.
I’m ready! How can I start planning my internship in Argentina?
Found your ideal opportunity? Don’t leave it to the last minute, start planning now! Submit your interest via our online application form (for free). We’ll review your application to confirm you’re a good match for your chosen internship program and that there is availability for the dates you’ve requested. We can then accept you into the program. Once you’re accepted, you can reserve your place - then let the adventure begin!