Internship Process Overview
At Puentes, we are committed to working with you closely to help you find a well-designed and well-structured internship with meaningful work and close supervision. Through our deep local connections and professional insights, we have developed an extensive and diverse internship portfolio with internship opportunities ranging from educational and human rights nonprofits to healthcare agencies and tech companies - with many other high-performing nonprofits, government agencies, and businesses in between. You can read more about our Internship Methodology here.
The application, interviewing, and internship matching steps are the following:
SUBMIT RECOMMENDATION LETTERS
To complete your application packet, submit two letters of recommendation.
REVIEW THE INTERNSHIP PORTFOLIO
As the first step in the internship placement process, we invite you to explore in detail the Puentes Internship Portfolio so that you can get to know the internship opportunities available for you.
SHARE YOUR INTERNSHIP INTERESTS
After diving into the Internship Portfolio, we ask that you share with us your internship interests, including an initial ranking of which internship sites most excite you, so that we can help to find the ideal internship placement for you.
INTERVIEW WITH INTERNSHIP SITES
Based upon your application materials, your internship interests, and the criteria of the internship sites, you will be referred to select internship sites for interviews. After you finish the interview process, the Puentes staff will collect your internship preferences and the internship site preferences.
CONFIRM YOUR INTERNSHIP
You will be notified once you have an internship match or matches, and we will ask you to accept or decline the internship placement. Upon accepting, Puentes will formally confirm the internship assignment and connect you with your future supervisor to complete a Commitment Form to outline expectations and details for the internship.
GET READY FOR YOUR TRAVELS
Prior to your departure, we will finalize program plans and share important pre-departure information to help you prepare for your travel adventures.
Mentoring Call with Puentes Staff (optional)
If at any time during the application and internship placement process you would like to have a one-on-one phone conversation with Puentes staff, please click on the link below to sign up for a conversation so that we can tell you more about our program and discuss internship choices for you. This phone conversation is optional, but many applicants find it to be a helpful opportunity to define their internship possibilities through Puentes.