Virtual Global Internship in Ecuador

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January 2021
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Spring 2021
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Master remote working while adding international experience to your resume.

Remote work isn’t the future way global business will function – it’s the present. With a virtual internship in Quito, Ecuador, work on projects for an international organization from your home base while adding a global perspective to your professional work experience. Apply your in-class knowledge to real-world projects, gain hands-on experience, expand your skill base, and learn what it’s like to work remotely across time zones and cultures. Although not a substitute for a traditional on-site experience, virtual internships can serve as an important stepping stone to build up your skills, resume, and cross-cultural understanding – a great foundation for future internships on site.


What to Expect:

  • Language: English | Spanish placements available
  • Average Courseload: 140-230 contact hours U.S. credit is available
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5
  • Visa Requirements: NONE Required!

Highlights:

  • Gain international experience without leaving your home - and earn up to 3 credits!
  • Earn a Working Virtually Across Cultures digital credential
  • Virtual La Vida Local experiences to connect you to Ecuador
  • Regular check-ins and support from your Site Director
  • Structured seminars to build professional skills and support the possibility of home school credit

Internship Placements

Art & Design - Virtual internships available in Ecuador

Below are a few sample Art & Design - Virtual placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

Other countries with Art & Design - Virtual internships
<h4>Graphic Design Intern at Agave Entrepreneurial Org</h4>

Graphic Design Intern at Agave Entrepreneurial Org

Help build the brand, design usage manual, and marketing materials for a local entrepreneurship organization in Ecuador that focuses on the recovery of the cultural meaning of the agave plant. Learn about ancient cultural connection to the agave plant and its uses.

<h4>Graphic Design Intern at Human Rights & Nature NGO</h4>

Graphic Design Intern at Human Rights & Nature NGO

Create educational materials for vulnerable populations, such as seniors and kids from rural areas, at a human and nature rights’ NGO in Ecuador. You’ll make  educational materials for children and seniors, such as painting books or crossword puzzles focused on human or environmental rights, all while learning about indigenous and mestizo communities.

<h4>Visual Design Intern at Art & Culture Org</h4>

Visual Design Intern at Art & Culture Org

Share your artistic skills at this organization focused on art and culture in Ecuador, creating and designing material related to cultural topics of the country. This placement can accommodate a variety of visual design skills, including illustration, graphic design, publishing design, video editing and animation, web page programming and design, and photography.

Education - Virtual internships available in Ecuador

Below are a few sample Education - Virtual placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

Other countries with Education - Virtual internships
<h4>English Teacher Assistant at Local School</h4>

English Teacher Assistant at Local School

Serve as an English teacher assistant in Ecuador at a local school from rural and urban parishes, supporting kids with scarce economic resources and on occasion, special needs. Responsibilities include structuring English classes, developing material for English classes according to their age and level, and providing online classes and support for students.

<h4>Educational Activities Intern at Youth Cancer Foundation</h4>

Educational Activities Intern at Youth Cancer Foundation

Work creating and running activities and workshops for an Ecuadorian foundation for kids with cancer and their families. You’ll develop videos or online workshops for kids of the foundation, such as English classes, songs, crafts making (with material they have at home), or any kind of workshop kids can do from home without expensive materials.

Engineering - Virtual internships available in Ecuador

Below are a few sample Engineering - Virtual placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

Other countries with Engineering - Virtual internships
<h4>Robotics Intern at Telepresence Tech Firm</h4>

Robotics Intern at Telepresence Tech Firm

Work directly with the developer of a small local company in Ecuador who has been working on technological solutions for more than two decades. You’ll work on the development of physical telepresence platforms for remote management of robots. Interns will need to know how to work on one of the following softwares, in order of preference: CAD inventor, Solid Works, Sketch Up, or Revit.

Environmental & Sustainability - Virtual internships available in Ecuador

Below are a few sample Environmental & Sustainability - Virtual placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

Other countries with Environmental & Sustainability - Virtual internships
<h4>Marketing Intern at Conservation NGO</h4>

Marketing Intern at Conservation NGO

Help this conservation NGO in Ecuador continue with their work and attract more volunteers and donations. Responsibilities include marketing planning and creating promotional content like videos, posters, and brochures to attract more volunteers.

<h4>Environmental Research Intern in Ecuador</h4>

Environmental Research Intern in Ecuador

Support working on interesting research topics related to the agave plant and community development in Ecuador. You’ll research the sociocultural impacts of agave production, how it benefits vulnerable populations, and environmental topics related to agave, such as new methods of controlled breeding.

<h4>Intern at Sustainable Cloud Forest Community</h4>

Intern at Sustainable Cloud Forest Community

Learn about sustainable economic alternatives and community tourism in Ecuador with this internship at an agro-ecological farm at the cloud forest, focused on conservation and sustainable development. You’ll focus on creating online modules of environmental education, workshops, and crafts for kids in a rural community.

IT & Computer Systems - Virtual internships available in Ecuador

Below are a few sample IT & Computer Systems - Virtual placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

Other countries with IT & Computer Systems - Virtual internships
<h4>Programming Intern at Telepresence Tech Firm</h4>

Programming Intern at Telepresence Tech Firm

Work directly with the developer of a small local company who has been working on technological solutions for more than two decades in Ecuador. You’ll develop telepresence projects through robots using different activities: Python, Arduino, Raspberry Py or similar programmers, support streaming, and provide expertise in programming for physical and digital networks.

<h4>App Dev Intern at Art & Culture Org </h4>

App Dev Intern at Art & Culture Org 

Work with a local org and small publishing company focused on art and culture in Ecuador. You’ll work on programming interactive projects for specific pieces on art expositions – for example, the creation of an app to work on art expositions as an automatic digital photobooth or people painting digitally on an art piece projected to the wall.

Journalism & Media - Virtual internships available in Ecuador

Below are a few sample Journalism & Media - Virtual placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

Other countries with Journalism & Media - Virtual internships
<h4>Translator at Art & Culture Publisher</h4>

Translator at Art & Culture Publisher

Work with a small publishing company in Ecuador that has been focusing mainly on culture, publishing art, research, thematic, and photography books in large format. You’ll be translating specific articles and books from Spanish to English.

Marketing Advertising & PR - Virtual internships available in Ecuador

Below are a few sample Marketing Advertising & PR - Virtual placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

Other countries with Marketing Advertising & PR - Virtual internships
<h4>Social Marketing Intern at Culture & Art Org </h4>

Social Marketing Intern at Culture & Art Org 

Work with a small publishing company that specializes in art, research, thematic, and photography books while you learn about Ecuadorian art and culture. You’ll be working in digital marketing, marketing planning, and social network management.

NGOs and Non-Profit - Virtual internships available in Ecuador

Below are a few sample NGOs and Non-Profit - Virtual placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

Other countries with NGOs and Non-Profit - Virtual internships
<h4>Citizen Engagement Intern at Sustainable NGO</h4>

Citizen Engagement Intern at Sustainable NGO

Work with a sustainable development NGO in Ecuador to develop citizen participation modules for resilience projects. You’ll work on project planning, construction, and training of citizen participation modules with a resilience approach.

<h4>Crisis Response Planner at Human & Nature Rights NGO</h4>

Crisis Response Planner at Human & Nature Rights NGO

Support a human and nature rights NGO in Ecuador by building a post-health crisis emergency plan. You’ll work on developing post-health emergency and long-term corporate social responsibility plans for small and medium companies in Ecuador.

<h4>Data Analysis Intern at LGBTI Rights Org </h4>

Data Analysis Intern at LGBTI Rights Org 

Learn about the LGBTI experience and human mobility in Ecuador while you support an LGBTI rights defense and promotion NGO with research and data processing. Responsibilities include data processing, statistics, analysis, and report writing about HIV study data.

Sports & Exercise Science - Virtual internships available in Ecuador

Below are a few sample Sports & Exercise Science - Virtual placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

Other countries with Sports & Exercise Science - Virtual internships
<h4>Coach Assistant at Quito Soccer School</h4>

Coach Assistant at Quito Soccer School

Work at a well-known soccer school in Quito, Ecuador, that works with students of different ages, from 4 years to 20 years+. You’ll be preparing online routine classes related to soccer and physical strength and boxing for kids and adults, in addition to analyzing past international soccer matches to be used in classes.

Program Details

Your Virtual Experience

The Experience

Once you apply and submit your $90 deposit, you’ll have a Skype interview with your CIS Abroad Program Enrollment Coordinator to learn more about your work experience and goals so we can start looking for the best-fit internship placement for you in Ecuador. We’ll also make sure you get pre-program support to ensure you’re feeling great about your virtual experience. 

Online seminars are a core part of your virtual internship. CIS Abroad teaching assistants, under the supervision of the Vice President of Academic Affairs, provide ongoing support, guidance, and reflection sessions that help you understand your work experience in a cross-cultural context.

About Our Partner

HOST ORGANIZATION SUPERVISOR CHECK-INS

Look forward to “face-to-face” meetings with your host organization supervisor in Ecuador at least once a week to ensure you’re on the same page and get additional feedback and direction on your project. This will also help you practice key skills like facilitating a remote meeting and working with remote colleagues in a cross-cultural setting. Additional, daily communication with your supervisors is expected – you’re already a pro at technology platforms, so this will be second nature to you.

Itinerary

Whether you are taking this internship for credit or not, online seminars are a core part of your virtual internship in Ecuador. We have an itinerary planned for you; from a cultural orientation before you start working, to how to best work remotely in the country and city you chose, to meeting our site directors around the globe, to how to make sense of it all and know what skills you gained. All in six weeks! 

See below for the 7 online seminars that span your 6-week experience. Check out the Academics tab for our comprehensive Virtual Global Internship course syllabus that includes more details on each seminar.

Our course is structured around 7 main elements:

1. PRE-PROGRAM: CULTURAL ORIENTATION

You’ll participate in an online, interactive cultural orientation with CIS Abroad staff, giving you tools for success working within that culture.

2. PRE-PROGRAM SEMINAR: THE FUTURE OF REMOTE WORK

You’ll explore each of the four Remote Work modules, learning the fundamentals of working in a remote environment and across cultures, before reflecting with other virtual internship participants.

3. MENTORED, HANDS-ON LEARNING

Guided by your on-site supervisor, you’ll work on specific tasks and assignments that meet the needs of your internship organization.

4. INTERNSHIP SEMINAR SERIES: BUILD YOUR SELF BRAND

This online seminar offers an opportunity to reflect on your personal drivers, values, and how you want to be perceived as a professional entering the workforce.

5. INTERNSHIP SEMINAR SERIES: WORKING ACROSS CULTURES

To be successful in navigating both international and domestic cultural differences, you need an understanding of what culture is, how it affects your interactions with others, and what skills you must develop in order to be successful intercultural leaders.

6. CROSS-CULTURAL DEBRIEFS

CIS Abroad Site Directors will facilitate live cross-cultural debriefing sessions each week

7. CONCLUDING SEMINAR: OWN YOUR CAREER

You’ll be guided through an individual reflection to help you articulate your experience in order to increase employability.

Virtual Intern for Credit

With a Virtual Global Internship, you will work on a project for an international organization from your home base in the U.S. while adding a global perspective to your professional work experience. Apply your in-class knowledge to real-world meaningful work, gain hands-on experience, expand your skill base, and learn what it is like to work remotely across time zones and cultures.

Coursework

You will participate in the Virtual Global Internship course, developed by our Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Jennifer Engel who has been teaching culture and career-oriented courses online for more than 10 years. This course is made up of 7 seminars.

Contact hours

Depending on the number of hours worked per week, each six week internship comprises a total of 140-230 contact hours. This means that you may be able to combine this internship with university coursework, a regular job, or another internship.

Credit

3 credits per six-week internship is available through our partner, Plymouth State University. To learn more about how to earn credit, please read our Virtual Intern for Credit information. Credit may also be available through your home university. 

Micro-credential

All participants in this program are eligible to earn a Working Remotely Across Cultures Microcredential at no extra charge! Make sure you opt in at the beginning of the course.

Why Virtual Life in Quito

Fall in love with Quito from afar – and learn enough about it to plan your next trip there. From lively indigenous festivals to the UNESCO-named downtown World Heritage site, Quito is a city of wonderful contrasts and a mixed history of ancient empires and colonialism – visible in the ruins that dot the landscape and in the incredible Spanish-style churches and leafy plazas. Volcanoes and the impressive Andes mountains surround Quito, showcasing the stunning beauty of the Pichincha Valley and the snow-capped peaks of Cotopaxi, an active volcano. Our Virtual La Vida Local will connect you to Ecuador’s adventure and amazing biodiversity, from the Amazonian jungle to crater lakes to the Galapagos Islands.

Live La Vida Local

  • Cooking classes:

    Learn how to prepare fresh shrimp ceviche or empanadas! We’ll teach you how to prepare food like a true Ecuadorian (maybe not cuy...).

  • Dance classes:

    Becoming a great salsa dancer isn’t easy...but we’ll help! Our Virtual La Vida Local dance classes will teach you how.

  • Soccer games:

    Soccer is a huge part of Ecuadorian life, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to attend a virtual watch party!

What's Included

Inclusions

  • CIS Abroad advising support throughout placement process and duration of internship experience
  • Support pursuing university credit (optional)
  • Pre-Departure and Post-Program seminars to set you up for success
  • Daily/weekly check-ins with host organization supervisor
  • Internship Placement Confirmation Guide, which lays out the project work and outcome of the remote internship
  • Opportunity to present end-of-program project results to supervisor and/or remote organization
  • Working Virtually Across Cultures digital credential
  • Access to Insta LIVE: On-Site Culture Sessions
  • Virtual La Vida Local Online Series

Site Director

Diana Balarezo - Virtual
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Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team
Hadley Byrne

Add-Ons

Add to your program for no extra fee!

As a virtual intern, you have the opportunity to earn a micro-credential from CIS Abroad! Having a highly visible addition to your resume or LinkedIn profile can help you stand out from other job seekers. It’s a fast-track way to identify demonstrated skills that make YOU a more valuable contributor to an organization.

Learn more about the Working Remotely Across Cultures micro-credential.

HOW TO SIGN UP

If you’re interested in earning this micro-credential, please message your instructor by the beginning of the second week of your virtual internship. In your online classroom, see the Events tab in the left sidebar menu for the exact deadline!

Dates & Prices

  • Application Deadline: Jul 15
  • Arrival: August 31
  • Departure: October 9
  • Price: $1,990
  • Application Deadline:
    EXTENDED!Sep 7
    Sep 1
  • Arrival: October 19
  • Departure: November 30
  • Price: $1,990
  • Application Deadline: Nov 15
  • Arrival: February 8
  • Departure: March 19
  • Price: $1,690
  • Application Deadline: Dec 15
  • Arrival: March 29
  • Departure: May 7
  • Price: $1,690
Additional Information:

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