The Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) offers a 9 and 12 week summer internship program. Participating students will be placed in governmental internships and complete 272 hours of work. The university, located in the Cumbaya valley, adjacent to the city, of an intimate campus with all of the educational buildings centrally located. The gorgeous architecture and immaculate landscaping provide a serene and attractive study environment.
The Surrounding Area
Quito, Ecuador’s second largest city, is nestled between the high peaks of the Andes Mountains. Although it is a mere fourteen miles from the equator, Quito’s altitude of approximately nine thousand feet provides a comfortable climate year-round. The city is famous for its colonial architecture and artwork that is displayed proudly in a host of museums and churches that line the historic downtown area. The northern section of town is a showcase of modern skyscrapers mixed with contemporary housing. This area is also completely stocked with shopping centers, discotheques and restaurants galore. The easily accessible airport and bus stations make travel a convenient bonus to this program. Ecuador offers a rich variety of sights, including the Amazon Basin and its luscious rain forest environment, the arid Pacific Coast, Incan ruins and the unforgettable Galapagos Islands.
Location.......................................... Quito, Ecuador
City Population....................................... 1.5 million
USFQ offers many opportunities for international students, like participating in their buddy program to meet local friends and connect with USFQ students. There are also potential excursion opportunities to sites of interest throughout Ecuador.
Students will have the opportunity to participate in excursions offered to all USFQ summer international students for an additional cost. Typically these include USFQ’s Tiputini Biodiversity Research Station in the Amazon, a beach trip to the coast, and a town in the highlands of Ecuador.
- Degree-seeking student
- At least Junior standing at time of participation. Graduate students are also welcome.
- Good judicial standing
- 2.8 GPA at time of application
- Completion of college level Spanish through SPN 202 by the time of participation
- Must be at least 18 years of age at time of participation
Participating students will be placed in internships in an office of the Quito municipal government and complete 272 hours of work. Placements are available in a variety of city offices including: Department of Culture, Department of Environment, Department of Mobility, General Administration, Mayor’s Office, Ministry of Communication, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Housing, Ministry of Security and Governance, Ministry of Social Inclusion, Office of International Relations, and Quito Tourism Office.
As part of the program students also participate in a mandatory 3-credit internship seminar held at the USFQ. Topics covered include Ecuadorian culture and the workplace, as well as an analysis of your internship experience in the local context. Participants can also take part in an optional Spanish language class (3 credits) offered by USFQ for an additional fee.
Students will stay in carefully selected home stays located in and around Quito. Housing typically provides students with their own bedroom, WiFi access, two meals a day and laundry services. Home stays are within access to public transportation to the university.
Mid-May to late July
Mid-May to Mid-August
This program is available as a Study Abroad:
Participants pay a fee to USFQ that includes:
- Two meals per day with host family
- Cell phone plan with SIM card
There will be additional costs for international airfare, passport, local transportation, health insurance, optional excursions, optional Spanish class (3 credits), and some other miscellaneous items.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Federal and state financial aid may be applied towards this program. Even if you are normally ineligible for financial aid, you should submit a financial aid application (FAFSA). You may find that you are eligible for additional funding.
UNCW students may also apply for a UNCW Education Abroad Grant and additional study abroad scholarships. Grant applications and additional information are available at http://www.uncw.edu/international/abroad/aid.html.