Intern in Peru with Intern Abroad HQ, the global leader in impactful short-term internships. Internships are available in the fields of Marketing and Communications, Physician’s Assistant, Midwifery, Dentistry, Physiotherapy, Psychology Special Education, Youth Development & Education, and Veterinary.

Internship programs in Peru begin every Monday and placements are are based in Cusco city and the beautiful surrounding valleys. Project locations are conveniently situated in areas that offer a positive learning environment, while allowing participants to make the most of the many tourism and cultural activities available locally.

At a glance...

    • Entry level programs from 2 weeks
    • Start dates every Monday
    • Intern fees from US$545
    • Includes meals & accommodation
    • Reflective learning course
    • Spanish lessons available
    • 24/7 in-country support

Peru Internships

Veterinary

The veterinary internship program in Peru consists of a combination of roles within veterinary clinics and local dog shelters in Cusco. Interns have the opportunity to evaluate sick and injured animals, assist during surgeries and help to advise appropriate medical treatments. Interns may also have scope to assist with health and dog sterilization campaigns (subject to availability).

Minimum Duration: 2 weeks
Language Requirement: Basic Spanish
Eligibility Requirement: First year undergraduate degree students are eligible to apply, provided studies are relevant to this field
Associated career paths: Veterinarian, Veterinary Nurse, Dog Trainer/Handler, Animal Behaviourist, Pet Groomer

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Marketing & Communications
Marketing & Communications

Marketing and communications internships in Peru provide interns the opportunity to gain experience within Cusco’s humming community. Tourism, hospitality and NGO placements are available. Come prepared to optimize your Spanish language and professional development skills in an engaging and competitive environment.

Minimum Duration: 4 weeks
Language Requirement: Intermediate to advanced Spanish
Eligibility Requirement: First year undergraduate degree students are eligible to apply, provided studies are relevant to this field
Associated career paths: Advertising/Promotions/Marketing Manager, Sales Representative, Film & Video Editor, Graphic Designer, Market Research Analyst, Photographer, Writer, Product Development Manager, Brand Manager, Media Coordinator, Public Relations Consultant, Technical Writer, Media Coordinator

Psychology internship in Peru

Psychology internships in Peru allow interns the opportunity to gain experience through the shadowing of psychologists within the Peruvian healthcare system. Participants can expect to intern within local clinics around Cusco with the option to be placed within more specialized organizations if you commit to a longer duration.

Minimum Duration: 4 weeks
Language Requirement: Intermediate Spanish
Eligibility Requirement: First year undergraduate degree students are eligible to apply, provided studies are relevant to this field
Associated career paths: Clinical Psychologist, Counselling Psychologist, Educational Psychologist, Health Psychologist, Occupational Therapy, Learning Mentor/Tutor, Special Educational, Family Support Worker, Youth/Social Worker

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Physician’s Assistant
Physician’s Assistant internship

The medical project provides observational entry-level opportunities, however placements are also available for more experienced medical students and professionals with Spanish-speaking ability. Long-term participants rotate in order to gain valuable experience and insight, assisting within a variety of departments.

Minimum Duration: 4 weeks
Language Requirement: Intermediate Spanish
Eligibility Requirement: Suitable for pre-med school students and medical/nursing students
Associated career paths: Physician / Physician’s Assistant, Nurse, General Practitioner, Midwife, Pharmacist, Medical Laboratory Scientist, Radiographer, Dentist / Dental Assistant, Dental Hygienist, Dietitian, Paramedic, Anaesthesiologist, Sonographer, Medical Scribe.

Physiotherapy

This program offers physiotherapy internship opportunities that are suitable for entry-level participants, as well as current students and professionals. Those with limited experience may assist at a special needs primary school, to aid a qualified physiotherapist. More experienced interns may be placed in a small physiotherapy center.

Minimum Duration: 4 weeks
Language Requirement: Intermediate Spanish
Eligibility Requirement: Predisposition to work with handicapped children and/or physiotherapy student/professional
Associated career paths: Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist / Assistant / Aide, Recreational Therapist, Speech-Language Pathologist, Geriatric Fitness Specialist, Sports Medicine, Chiropractor, Osteopath

Midwifery

For participants with relevant education and experience, this program aims to provide career insight and confidence, while working alongside local professionals. Tasks are related to pre and post-delivery, Doula assistance, postpartum care, and Waltaska (an ancestral technique in Peru that involves newborn care and recovery of the mother).

Minimum Duration: 4 weeks
Language Requirement: Advanced Spanish
Eligibility Requirement: Suitable for pre-med school students and medical/nursing students. All interns must be prepared to submit a motivational letter written in Spanish. A high degree of communication, patience and flexibility is required.
Associated career paths: Midwife, Maternity & Child Health Nurse, Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse, Paediatric Nurse, Doula, Childbirth Educator, Lactation Specialist, Pediatrician, Obstetrician, Gynecologist (OB/GYN)

Dentistry

The Dentistry internship program allows participants to assist with dentist shadowing, general checks or sporadic health campaigns, with the aim of providing career insight and confidence. General activities may focus on dental hygiene, education, and basic health checks, while working alongside qualified local professionals.

Minimum Duration: 4 weeks
Language Requirement: Advanced Spanish
Eligibility Requirement: Completed undergrad, in dentistry school preferred
Associated career paths: Dental Hygienist, Dental Assistant, Dental Technician, Dentist, Dental Nurse, Dental Therapist

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Special Education
Special Education

The Special Education internship program allows participants to help in the capacity of a special education teacher’s assistant. Students at this school typically experience difficulties with speech, language, thought processes or movement. In addition to assisting in the control of behaviour, participants may also conduct monitoring activities.

Minimum Duration: 4 weeks
Language Requirement: Intermediate Spanish
Eligibility Requirement: 1 year of undergraduate completed
Associated career paths: Special Education Teacher, Speech Therapist, Behavioral Therapist, Psychologist, Educational Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, Learning Mentor/Tutor, Family Support Worker, Youth/Social Worker

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Youth Development & Education
Youth Development & Education

This program provides experience that translates to a number of careers in education and social work. Participants work to assist at-risk youth in homes, after-school placements, or kindergartens, helping with homework, classroom tutoring, arts, and sports, while also creating a positive environment for guidance, understanding and healthy role-modeling.

Minimum Duration: 4 weeks
Language Requirement: Basic to intermediate Spanish
Associated career paths: Early Years teacher, Education Administrator, English as a Foreign Language Teacher, Learning Mentor/Tutor, Primary/Secondary Teacher, Special Educational, Teaching Assistant, Careers Adviser, Child Psychotherapist, Counsellor, Family Support Worker, Play Therapist, Youth/Social Worker

All Intern Abroad HQ programs include a guided reflection course, which combines personal development with professional competency building. Interns receive weekly reflection modules to complete during their program, which foster the acquisition of essential soft skills for employability and a resilient career. Each reflective journaling task introduces a new topic, presents learning objectives, and provides specific prompts that inspire and guide the learning process.

Intern Abroad HQ does not award grades for the completion of our internship programs, but interns can be supported to independently arrange academic credit through their home educational provider. Upon completion of the internship duration and reflection course, interns receive a portfolio as documentation of their experience. This includes a certificate of internship completion, alongside a summary of the internship goals, skill development, highlights, and a compilation of the reflection work.

Programs begin on every Monday of each month and participants may choose to spend a minimum of 2 weeks, up to a maximum of 24 week. All participants fly into the Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ) in order to be picked up and transported to the accommodation, unless alternative arrangements for an overland arrival have been made. Orientation is given by our local hosts at their offices in Cusco every Monday and covers important details concerning introductions, support, culture, customs, safety, rules and expectations, things to see and do, and more. Regular meetings are also held on Mondays, in order to provide long-term participants additional support.

All program participants are hosted in various homestay accommodations, which are usually located approximately 20 minutes walk to the central office (which is located just off the Plaza De Armas). In some cases, accommodation may be located closer to the internship placement than the central office for convenience. If so, then the central office may be about 20 minutes away via public bus. There are 2 - 5 bedrooms in most homestays and everyone has their own bedroom (unless special requests are made in advance to share). Host families typically have their own bathrooms and there is a separate bathroom which is shared amongst the program guests. Living is comfortable, however it’s important to note that the infrastructure in Cusco is different from other developed cities. Water is cut-off intermittently at various times during the day. Most of the time, the water is running early in the morning, in the afternoons and evenings. It’s advised to shower in the morning and early evening (shower pressure can be low, and the water is typically warm but not steaming hot). On occasion, the water can be cut-off for longer periods of time (but with a fair warning). There is usually 24-hour electricity but from time to time the power can be cut-off without warning. It is endeavoured to provide WiFi in the home-stay accommodation, but the signal may not always be strong and from time to time, may go down.

Internships in Cusco include three meals per day, served at the homestay. A typical Peruvian breakfast is provided and consists of bread, spreads, juice, coffee or tea, and fruit. Lunch is generally the biggest meal of the day, and often consists of a soup and a main dish Dinner commonly consists of meat (often chicken), soups, pastas, starches and vegetables. Please be sure to let us know of any specific dietary requirements that you have in advance, so that we may ensure your hosts are aware and make recommendations accordingly.

I learned so much through my internship experience at the clinic. I came to Peru with the goal of improving my Spanish, as well as gaining medical experience in a culturally different setting. Not only have I grown professionally as a nurse, but I have also grown personally. I was able to develop strong relationships with the nurses at the clinic, and it helped enhance my learning. I was also able to learn a lot about pediatrics and how it differs from the care given in the United States. Even though the patients that came in were receiving routine care, I still learned something new almost every day. During the internship, I had an amazing experience with my host family - Ana Maria and Carlo. They welcomed me into their home from the very first day. Living with a family that was not my own was a scary thought, but I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. I felt safe and comfortable in the home, and they were very supportive and accommodating to my needs. They are the type of people who truly want to give students an immersive cultural experience by living with a host family, and l am truly going to miss them. Words cannot describe how much I enjoyed my experience in Peru. My personal and professional goals that I set prior to coming to Peru were met. The staff is a great group of people that always welcome you with a warm smile, the activities every week helped me bond and create some great friendships with awesome people, and the support that the local team offers to help us succeed and make the most of our time here is limitless. Cusco is such a great location to intern in because there is so much to do in see during our time here. Three months was not nearly enough time.
Angelica Ante
Nationality: Virginia, USA
Age: 21
Destination: Cusco, Peru

Internship Period Program Fee (USD)
2 weeks $545
3 weeks $680
4 weeks $815
5 weeks $950
6 weeks $1085
8 weeks $1355
10 weeks $1625
12 weeks $1895
16 weeks $2435
20 weeks $2975
24 weeks $3515

Please note: The medical internship programs (Physician’s Assistant, Dentistry, Midwifery, Psychology and Physiotherapy) have an extra surcharge of US$15 per week, for extra supervision, materials and logistics involved. This amount will be included in the Program Fee quoted to you when you apply.

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  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of US$299 on top of the Program Fee (partially refundable until 60 days before your start date*). A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • * Terms and Conditions do apply

What extra costs will I have?

  • Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check.
  • Transfer back to the airport at conclusion of the program.
  • Language lessons.
  • Souvenirs + tourism/leisure activities during free time.
  • Personal spending money to cover basic expenses such as drinks, snacks, laundry, and public transportation. Interns generally find US$50 per week to be sufficient.

Registration fee

What it covers
  • Dedicated intern support
  • Comprehensive internship guide
  • Reflection learning course
  • Pre-departure interview
  • Flight and travel insurance deals

Program fee

What it covers
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Airport pick-up
  • Program orientation
  • Internship placement
  • Learning support service
  • Accommodation & meals

Spanish lessons

Fluency in Spanish is not a prerequisite for all of the Peru internship programs, however basic Spanish skills are required. This is in order to encourage maximum engagement and enjoyment of the learning experience. Basic Spanish skills (Level A2) includes the ability to exchange brief information with questions and answers, use and understand simple language in daily situations and cultural aspects.

We strongly recommend that all program participants take advantage of the very affordable language lessons offered exclusively to Intern Abroad HQ participants by our host organization. These Spanish lessons can be arranged directly with the local team once registered for the program (ask about online Skype lessons) or at the orientation in-country. Language lessons are tailored to each individual’s current level of Spanish and classes run from Monday through to Friday.

  • Online Spanish lessons (20 hours) US$280
  • Group Spanish lessons (20 hours) US$133
  • Individual Spanish lessons (20 hours) US$182
  • Individual Survival Spanish (10 hours) US$95
  • Medical, Business or Technical Individual Spanish lessons (15 hours) US$165

Weekends and travel

During the weekends, free time is available to relax, engage in tourism activities and explore other parts of Peru. The program is based in Cusco at an elevation of approximately 3,400 m (11,200 ft). As the historic capital of the Inca Empire and UNESCO World Heritage Site, there is a lot to see and do within the city center alone (not to mention all the excellent restaurants!) Spanish colonial buildings mix with pre-Columbian sites in this truely remarkable city. Buy a “Boleto Turístico del Cusco”, which covers admission to sixteen excellent attractions within the Cusco and Sacred Valley region (valid for 10 days). If you have an International Student I.D. Card, use this to secure discounts!

  • Machu Picchu: It’s rare to visit Cusco without planning a trip to Machu Picchu. A truly stunning creation, the 15th-century Inca citadel is the quintessential icon of Peru and the Incan empire. The town below Machu Picchu, “Machu Picchu pueblo” or “Aguas Calientes” may be used as an overnight base before and after visiting the archeological site - especially when journeying from Cusco via bus/train, which takes about 3 hours (one way). Make sure you book entrance tickets in advance (including for Huayna Picchu if you wish to access the other peak).

  • The Classic Inca Trail: Sanctuary authorities have imposed a limit on the number of people that are allowed to hike the Inca Trail at any given time. Therefore, these excursions book out months in advance so it’s important to plan ahead by booking through a licensed guide or tour agency if you want to arrive to Machu Picchu by foot - especially during the high season, which is from May to September. Allow four days walking to arrive at Machu Picchu via the classic Inca Trail.

  • Inca Jungle Trek: This adventurous route to Machu Picchu includes walking, biking and sometimes even some rafting. From Cusco, the route leads into the Sacred Valley, from where you bike to Santa Maria, then walk to from Santa Maria to Santa Teresa, before arriving to the village of Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes). After visiting Machu Picchu on the fourth day, the return to Cusco is via train. This option is not recommended during the months of January, February and March, due to unfavorable weather conditions (rainy season).

  • Salkantay Trek: This is considered an Inca trail alternative - it is more physically demanding but arguably offers more picturesque scenery, including waterfalls, plantations, mountains and jungle. The trek reaches a height of 4,650 m (15,255 ft) on its first two days, passing over snowy mountaintops. However, during the third and fourth day of the trek, you pass through jungle conditions in more tropical climates. On the fifth day, trekkers reach Machu Picchu.

Capital Lima
Population 29.99 million
Languages Spanish
Currency Peruvian Nuevo Sol (PEN)
Time zone UTC-05:00

Weather and climate: Peru, unlike other equatorial countries, does not have an exclusively tropical climate; the influence of the Andes and the Humboldt Current causes great climatic diversity within the country. In the mountainous region, rain is frequent during summer and temperatures and humidity diminish with altitude up to the frozen peaks of the Andes. The Jungle is characterized by heavy rainfal​l​ and high temperatures, with the exception of its southernmost part, which has cold winters and seasonal rainfall.