Program Overview

Work in a media facility or on a sustainable farm. Help an indigenous community grow or develop educational curriculum for at-risk children. You can learn so much about Ecuador through a hands-on, custom internship. There’s no better way to gain experience for your resume, improve your Spanish, and fall in love with this enchanting country. Come live 9,000 feet above sea level in this high-altitude haven. Markets, mountains, city culture, beaches, jungles, crater lakes, and the Galapagos are all nearby. On our Intern in Ecuador program, you will get a professional internship tailored to your skills, your interests, and your new community’s needs.

GPA Requirement
Application Deadlines
Summer: February 1 | March 1 | April 1
Fall: June 1
Spring: September 15 | November 1
Avg Course Load
3-12 U.S credits may be available through CIS Abroad and/or your home university
Language(s) of Instruction
English and Spanish
  • Internships available in urban and rural settings, including Quito, the jungle, the coast, and the Galapagos
  • Intensive Spanish language course in Quito included in your program
  • Hands-on internship placements customized just for you
  • Incredible weekend excursions—visit the lush coast, trek in the mountains, or sit in the shadow of a volcano
  • Strong on-site support from our site director
  • At least one meal per day included
Your Journey Begins Here
  • Connect with your friendly Global Advisor to ask questions and find the best fit program. Start planning for on campus processes, and apply by the application deadline.
  • Meet your Program Enrollment Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, and payments. Attend one our our LIVE pre-departure orientations.
  • Fly away! You'll be greeted at the airport (comforting after a long flight!) and experience a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.

Internship Placement

Below are a few sample biology and ecology internship placements undertaken by past participants.
There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized.
Contact an advisor to learn more!

Animal Protection Intern at Wildlife Refuge
The Amazon jungle is calling you, where dozens of birds, mammals, reptiles, and other animals live in a protected area. Most of the animals were found injured or come from inhospitable locations. As an intern, you'll help care for the animals by feeding them and cleaning their habitats, as well as helping the staff maintain the refuge and facilitate the release and readaptation process.
Wildlife Protection Intern at National Park
Help to safeguard the marine wildlife of this national park. Accompany staff on responses to emergency calls, assist in rescues and releases, participate in veterinary and scientific research, and clean and feed the rescue animals while they are in recovery. You'll be an integral part of preserving and restoring the natural and unique species of Ecuador!
Plant Research Assistant at Botanical Gardens
Spend a semester working in a stunning botanical garden. You'll help with research, restoration, conservation, and documentation of many plant species, including trees, orchids, and medicinal and edible plants. Ecuador has more plant species than all of North America, which means you'll spot plants that you’ve never seen before!
Earn credit 

Through our partnership with Plymouth State University, you can earn between 3-12 credits in the fields listed here. Alternatively, many students are able to arrange for credit through their home universities. Learn More →

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.

Pichincha Volcano (by cable car)-ecuador-excursion

Pichincha Volcano (by cable car)

Take a cable car 12,943 feet up to enjoy a magnificent view of Quito. You can walk through the paramo (high mountain vegetation), where there’s a cool but enjoyable breeze.

CISabroad Study Abroad Semester Program otavalo indigenous market and cuicocha lake ecuador excursion

Otavalo Indigenous Market and Cuicocha Lake

Visit one of the biggest and most colorful indigenous markets in Latin America, where you can buy traditional trinkets and eat delicious local food. Plus, take a boat ride in Cuicocha Lake, which is at the foot of a volcano.

Quilotoa Volcano

Hike down to the historic crater lake and ride donkeys back up to the top, while admiring the spectacular view!

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team

Travel Tip: We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Jessica Aharon
Internship Enrollment Coordinator - Internships

Travel Tip: Leave everything you think you know about traveling, the country, culture, or people, behind you! You’ll most likely be surprised, so discover everything as new. Take public transportation and make friends with locals- they will show you the best places and usually hook you up. Most of all, stay present and enjoy! 🙂

Learn more about Jessica

Joan Perreault
International Operations Manager - Spain and Latin America

Travel Tip: Drink coffee the local way. Dine with a host family. Eat some recommended street food. Drink fresh juice from local fruits. Find that hole-in-the-wall restaurant that will probably serve the best meal of your time abroad (and it will likely cost less too!). Food and drink can be an excellent inroad to getting to know another culture.

Learn more about Joan

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Summer 2020: Session 1
    Application Deadline
    February 1
    May 15 (Estimated)
    June 13 | July 11 | July 25 | August 8 (Estimated)
    $3,690 - $6,290
    4 week internship: $3,690 8 week internship: $4,890 10 week internship: $5,590 12 week internship: $6,290
  • Summer 2020: Session 2
    Application Deadline
    March 1
    June 12 (Estimated)
    July 11 | August 8 | August 22 (Estimated)
    $3,690 - $5,590
    4 week internship: $3,690 8 week internship: $4,890 10 week internship: $5,590
  • Summer 2020: Session 3
    Application Deadline
    April 1
    June 26 (Estimated)
    July 25 | August 22 (Estimated)
    $3,690 - $4,890
    4 week internship: $3,690 8 week internship: $4,890
  • Fall 2020: Session 1
    Application Deadline
    June 1
    August 28 (Estimated)
    September 26 | October 24 | November 7 | November 21 (Estimated)
    $3,690 - $6,290
    4 week internship: $3,690 8 week internship: $4,890 10 week internship: $5,590 12 week internship: $6,290
  • Fall 2020: Session 2
    Application Deadline
    July 1
    September 25 (Estimated)
    October 24 | November 21 | December 5 (Estimated)
    $3,690 - $5,590
    4 week internship: $3,690 8 week internship: $4,890 10 week internship: $5,590
  • Spring 2021: Session 1
    Application Deadline
    September 15
    January 8 (Estimated)
    February 6 | March 6 | March 20 | April 3 (Estimated)
    $3,590 - $5,990 (Estimated)
    4 week internship: $3,590 8 week internship: $4,690 10 week internship: $5,390 12 week internship: $5,990
  • Spring 2021: Session 2
    Application Deadline
    November 1
    February 5 (Estimated)
    March 6 | April 3 | April 17 | May 1 (Estimated)
    $3,590 - $5,990 (Estimated)
    4 week internship: $3,590 8 week internship: $4,690 10 week internship: $5,390 12 week internship: $5,990

CIS Abroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.


Intensive Spanish language training (non-credit bearing). Please ask your advisor for details.

Program Inclusions

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Internship placement and supervision
  • Housing
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • Pre-departure and onsite orientation
  • One Excursion
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Airport pickup service
  • On-site support
  • Career Launch Toolkit
  • La Vida Local cultural program