Through IIP in Argentina, you will gain valuable, professional experience in your internship with meaningful work and close guidance. Outside of the office, your internship experience will be complemented by professional development events, engaging cultural activities, and constant support before, during, and after the Puentes adventure.
Airport Pick Up and Welcome Orientation
Upon your arrival to Buenos Aires the morning of Saturday, June 8, you will be welcomed at the airport by Puentes staff and transported to your new home in a group transfer. You will participate in a Welcome Orientation with the Puentes staff to tell you all about Argentina and the IIP-Puentes program. You will be provided with a Welcome Packet, including a local public transportation card and local cell phone SIM card. During your arrival weekend, you also go on a city tour to see the stunning sights of your new home city.
The core component of the IIP-Puentes experience is an engaging internship at a high-performing nonprofit or business, in which you undertake meaningful work with close supervision. Throughout the internship, you have regular check in meetings with your internship supervisor in order to review recent and upcoming work. Additionally, you, the Puentes staff, and your internship supervisor have an initial meeting and a mid-internship site visit meeting to provide a space to review your project work plan and communicate learnings, challenges, successes, and goals. At the end of the internship, you and your internship supervisor have a closing meeting to reflect on your internship experience.
“Puentes Presenta” Speaker Series
During your time in Argentina, Puentes will regularly host exclusive “Puentes Presenta” talks with local leaders in their fields. Through these seminar style meetings, you will learn from the professional experiences of the heads of nonprofits, government agencies, and businesses, and you will have the chance to ask questions and network. One such professional networking opportunity will be a Welcome Reception with Princeton Alumni in Argentina.
Argentina is a beautiful country, full of countless cultural and social activities. The cultural offerings are an integral backdrop to your Puentes experience. As part of your program, you learn to dance the tango in a lesson, you explore the stunning sights on a city tour, and you enjoy a day trip to an “estancia” (Argentine ranch).
Spanish Jumpstart (optional)
You have the option of beginning your adventure in Buenos Aires with one to two weeks of intensive Spanish classes that will jumpstart your integration into your new home country. If you choose to do the Spanish Jumpstart, you will take a placement test on the Monday after your arrival and will be placed in a class according to your Spanish level. Spanish Jumpstart has a cost of US$275 per week. If you opt to do Spanish Jumpstart, you are still required to intern for at least eight consecutive weeks and your IIP grant covers your housing for up to 12 weeks of interning and taking Spanish, so please plan your flights accordingly.
We arrange your housing so that you will be settled into comfortable, pre-screened, and well-located accommodations during your time in Buenos Aires. Your IIP in Argentina funding covers housing in a homestay for up to twelve weeks during your internship (and including your Spanish Jumpstart classes if you opt to enroll). All Puentes housing includes bedding, towels, weekly cleaning, and Wi-Fi access. If you would like to stay beyond twelve weeks, you can sign up for additional housing.
The Puentes team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on the ground, in person. You also have regular, scheduled contact in person with the Puentes staff through the orientation, internship site visits, professional development sessions, and cultural programming. We are here for any general inquiries that you have, as well as for any emergencies.
Your Puentes experience doesn’t end in Argentina. After completing your Puentes adventure, you will join the Puentes Alumni Network. You will continue to be supported via the mentorship of the Puentes staff. And you will be eligible to receive letters of recommendation from Puentes for your future professional and academic endeavors. We are committed to continuing to build bridges for your future.