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Academia Latinoamericana
- Summer 2018

Academia Latinoamericana offers an array of internship opportunities throughout three of the most beautiful countries in South America. Students will spend half the day at their internship placement, and half the day in language classes. Internships available in the following areas (and more):

  • Health Care & Medicine
  • Insurance
  • Law 
  • Management 
  • Consulting 
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Public Service & Civic Organizations 
  • Publishing 
  • Retail & Merchandising 
  • Software  
  • Newspaper and Radio
  • Art
  • Communications

Choose to work in one of the following locations:

Quito, Ecuador

Located in the inter-Andean valley, Quito is a city of sun and sky surrounded by mountains, with three snow-capped volcanoes in view on a clear day. Its climate has  been described by many as eternal spring due to its high altitude and its location close to the equator. Quito is a blend of modern and traditional culture, with strong Spanish, indigenous, U.S. and northern European influences. There are stark contrasts between colonial and modern architecture and rich and poor neighborhoods. It is cosmopolitan and small-town (almost rural) at the same time. Where else can one see a cow or a horse or a pig grazing in the middle of a four-lane highway in the middle of town?

Cusco, Peru

Imagine learning Spanish in one of the most beautiful and historic locations to be found anywhere in Latin America! You’ll be captivated immediately by the magic of Cusco: the ancient capital of the Inca Empire is set only a stone’s throw away from Machu Picchu World Heritage Site and at the very entrance to the Sacred Valley of the Inca. Your Spanish program in Cusco is much more than just a language course: it is guaranteed to be a deep plunge into history and into an ancient and mysterious culture.

Sucre, Bolivia

Sucre is one of the most charming colonial towns in Latin America and makes an excellent destination to learn Spanish. It’s among the safest cities in Bolivia and thanks to its compact size easy to explore on foot. As a center for progressive and liberal hiking, in Sucre you get plenty of opportunities to practice your Spanish with the friendly locals. The town is full of little shops, local markets, restaurants and bars and it’s very easy to meet other students and travelers from anywhere in the world.

Note: Internships offered in Sucre are primarily for Education majors who are interested in educational careers and teaching English as a second language.

Language Credit Option:

Students wishing to receive language credits during their internship at Academia Latinoamericana can do so if they have completed a minimum level of 3 semesters of university level Spanish (Intermediate I) by the time of their internship. The student will receive 6 language credits upon the successful completion of the internship/language classes. Students who choose to complete a language immersion while completing their internship will spend half the day at their internship site and half the day learning Spanish at the language school. A language immersion intern could also receive an additional 4 credits (for a total of 10 credits) through independent study. The independent study would need to be approved through the World Languages department chair.

Students with less than Intermediate I may not earn language credits from Queens but can take the language placement test upon return to place into higher levels of Spanish.


Medical and healthcare internships in Peru: there is an additional $300 supplemental cost (total of $600). 

There are three options in the healthcare field in Cusco where interns can choose from a variety of clinical environments or participate in multiple medical rotations.

The following descriptions are provided by Academia Latinoamericana:

1) Cancer section in the children's ward of the hospital. These children belong to very low income families. The children are ages 3 to 16 years old who live in the county side of Cusco. Parents cannot afford to pay for bus transportation, food and accommodation in Cusco while their children receive medical treatment. The hospital has a program where 15 children can stay there a few months or up to one year until they finish with chemo therapy treatment.

Our interns will be with the children before, during, and after the chemo process. Before the chemo treatment, like most children, they are very, very active and like to play and learn so interns help them to understand their sickness by relating little stories, clown shows, teaching English, math, art, etc. During chemo treatment children get very scared and the interns are the ones who hold their hands and support them with love and affection. After the chemo treatment, children are very weak so interns help them to eat, make their beds, take vital signals, help them to walk, etc... and the cycle starts again. This project is in public hospital in Cusco and students will live with their host families. Interns can work a half day and can take Spanish classes at Academia the other half of the day.

2) Medical hospital in Cusco: This is a medical project that is divided into three sections: This is a small clinic where locals and travelers attend and the doctors and nurses speak English. During the first week students receive a whole week of immersion in the clinic, learning how to take a patient's application, vital signals, temperature, weight, use the stethoscope to listen to the heart beat or lungs etc. Students learn medical vocabulary and about the most common medicines used in Cusco. Students will live with their host families in Cusco and can study Spanish the second half of the day.

The next weeks will combine the clinic in Cusco with another small clinic in Aguas Calientes which is in the town of Machu Picchu. Here locals and travelers use the clinic. There will be a planned visit to indigenous communities in the highlands. Students will need to pay their own transportation costs from Cusco to Aguas Calientes (bus and train - both ways - aprox. price $110) They will also need good trekking boots and a bag pack. 

Doctors, nurses, and students will visit patients who are expecting, or sick children as these people don't like to go to the city, much less to a hospital. Our interns will observe the working medical staff and participate in small conversations and discussions. For example, to visit a school for children talking about hygiene, or to inform new mothers about the importance of breastfeeding or vaccinations for babies, etc. Students will have a nice room at the clinic and all three meals are included in the program. During this week, students will not attend Spanish classes at Academia.

A third part of the program takes place at "Rainbow Mountain" (please check in the internet for this place, it is an amazing region). This is about 5.300 meters above sea level. In their small clinic, the medical staff checks travelers and indigenous people from the area. Here they will learn about "traditional medicine" and the importance of locals knowing how to use natural medicine when they don't have access to getting prescription medication.
Transportation, meals, and basic accommodation are included at this location.

3) Maternity Home. This is a midwife program in Cusco. Expecting mothers will move to this home with all their family members about 2 weeks prior to having their babies. Interns will help in the house and with the children, give small lessons about hygiene, how to cook nutritious food without contaminating it or the importance of using boiled water before drinking, etc. When it's time to deliver the baby, ONLY medical students will be allowed in the delivery room to observe the vertical birth. During this week students will not be able to attend to classes. 




Community Service Alliance (CSA) - Dominican Republic
- Summer 2018

CSA interns gain first-hand experience working in a rural Dominican community, where they work side by side with the local people. Interns take part in meaningful projects which utilize their skills and abilities to improve the lives of the local people. The work is hands on, allowing for rich cultural exchanges and relationship building with the Dominican people.

Interns with CSA may do such things as conduct community evaluations, work with a women’s cooperative, create materials for HIV/AIDS education, teach English to children and high school students, supporting summer literacy programs for children, train young adults to be peer educators, among many other possibilities dependent on the intern’s skills and interests. CSA is dedicated to supporting and empowering local, grass-roots community organizations. CSA personnel work with community leaders to identify local needs and priorities, then develops projects based upon the abilities and interests of our international interns. As such, the contribution of each individual intern is part of a larger program, ensuring its short and long-term value to the community.

Food and Housing

Students will stay in home-stays with local families who will provide all meals during the program.

Duration & Dates

6-8 weeks

  • Cycle 1: May 10 - June 30
  • Cycle 2: July 1 - August 15

Program Timeline

  • Week 1 - Week 1.5: Orientation to Dominican culture and Spanish language classes
  • Week 1.5 - Week 7: Execution of internship plan
  • Week 7/8: Project wrap-up, evaluation

Requirements for Participation

  • Intermediate to high Spanish language ability
  • Proactive individual, ability to work independently
 
 
Independently Arranged International Internship

Students can choose to apply for an independently arranged international internship and receive a $3000 stipend. Students can use this stipend to offset costs as they choose, but all additional expenses must be paid by the student. The student must work with the Vandiver Center for Career Development (VCD) office to certify the internship for approval and the PCIE for pre-departure paperwork and preparations. Stipends will be dispersed once students have completed their internship contract with the VCD and provided a copy of their purchased flight to the PCIE. 

Additional Information:

Pre-Requisites


To earn INT credit for your Internship, certify that you have completed INT 201 Career Connections.

Course Registration for Students Seeking Internship Credit:


Students must be enrolled in the international internship section(s) of the appropriate INT courses during their time abroad (students in some majors may receive different course credit). Students are required to meet with the internship office for approval to enroll in the International INT course sections (INT 401/402/404: Int'l/Overseas Professional Internship I, II, and/or III) for their international internship. 

Scholarships


The Elizabeth Dalton International Internship Scholarship is awarded to rising juniors and seniors interested in gaining career related experiential learning abroad. Preference is given to students academically eligible for Queens internship courses with approved internship contracts and completed information forms from the Vandiver Center for Career Development and PCIE offices. Awards vary based on student need and availability of funds. 
Queens University of Charlotte Myrta Pulliam Center for International Education