Program Overview

Through the Yale International Internship Program in Argentina, you will gain valuable, professional experience in your internship with meaningful work.  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.


Orientation and city tour

Upon your arrival to Buenos Aires, you will participate in a Welcome Orientation with the Puentes staff to tell you all about Buenos Aires and the Yale International Internship Program in Argentina. You will be provided with a Welcome Packet, including Buenos Aires maps, a local public transportation card, and local cell phone SIM card. During your arrival week, you also go on a city tour to see the stunning sights of Buenos Aires.

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Internship

The core component of the Yale-Puentes experience is an engaging internship at a high-performing nonprofit or business, in which you undertake meaningful work with close supervision. This component of your program is managed directly by Yale’s Office of Career Strategy team, and their team is available to support you as needed in your internship.

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PROFESSIONAL SPEAKERS AND RECEPTIONS

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.  Two such professional networking opportunities with Yale Alumni in Argentina will be a Welcome Reception and a Closing Reception.  We highly encourage you to attend each of these fascinating events.

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Cultural Immersion

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 will learn to dance the tango in a lesson. You will also be invited to enjoy a day trip to an “estancia” (Argentine ranch), which is partially subsidized by Yale.

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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, please plan your flights and internship dates accordingly.

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HOUSING (OPTIONAL)

If you would like to simplify your travel planning, we can arrange your housing so that you will be settled into comfortable, pre-screened, and well-located accommodations during your time in Buenos Aires.  You can choose from a homestay, shared apartment, or student residence. All Puentes housing includes bedding, towels, weekly cleaning, and Wi-Fi access. To help you select the best housing option for you, we have created a Housing Guide, and you can view the weekly housing fees here

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On-Site Support

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, professional development sessions, and cultural programming. We are here for any general inquiries that you have, as well as for any emergencies.

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Lasting Impact

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.

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