Gain experience on the global stage in Medellin. A rapidly growing city that beat out New York and Tel Aviv for City of the Year 2013 as elected by the Wall Street Journal and Citi, interning in Colombia is aonce in a lifetime opportunity to gain work experience and boost your CV as part of your South American adventure!
One of the biggest elements of our program is the professional development you will experience. We have partnered with DDI International, one of the world’s largest HR organizations to provide you a work-place style self assessment tool where you’ll complete a short questionnaire about yourself and you’ll learn insights into your strengths and weaknesses and points you can improve. To complement the whole placement process, we also provide a host of great training videos and documents. If you have ambitions to build your skills and experience to have a great international career, this is the program for you.
• A major boost to your resume- work with teams of high calibre professionals in a wide variety of high profile events, shows and expo's.
• A cultural immersion- Colombia is one of the most exciting countries in Latin America & the press is buzzing about its future.
• An amazing personal experience- new and exciting experiences, the time of your life!
Experience/ Qualifications: University students/graduates/postgraduates with a keen interest in business, marketing, PR, events & logistics. Note: A degree is not essential to take part in the program, but will help when finding a suitable placement.
Nationalities: This programme is open to all nationalities (subject to visa requirements.)
Typical Hours: Monday-Friday; approximately 40 hours per week. Occasional work at weekends but usually free for personal time and travel.
Remuneration: Unpaid position
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Colombia is one of the fastest growing emerging economies in Latin America and indeed the world. It is increasingly recognised as one of the top tourist destinations in Latin America and is popular with tourists, travellers and ex-pats alike. We have a wide variety of exhilarating roles and students and graduates come from around the world to intern in the rapidly emerging city of Medellin. Our programmes offer a fantastic mix of working with Latin America's most prestigeous companies, and a social programme that will take you to the best places in Colombia and give you a funfilled experience in this incredible country.
Your internship with Plaza Mayor
Plaza Mayor are one of the foremost marketing, PR and events companies in Latin America. They have organised some of the biggest events on the continent, including the biggest textile fair in Latin America, the Latin American Development’s Bank annual conference and the First ever LatAm Angel Investors congress amongst many other headline events.
Based in Medellin, Plaza Mayor is responsible for organising a great deal of the international events that the city regularly holds, on both Colombia and Latin America’s behalf.
The Plaza Mayor placement has several different areas of business, events (logistics), marketing and PR.
Events typically be a customer facing offline role dealing with companies & the VIP public. Plaza Mayor organise a lot of very high profile events and they have a well-recognised team who execute everything from start to finish. You could be organizing and putting on fashion week (July) or a continental wide business congress such as the Latin American Development Bank's annual congress (March.) Numerous high-profile events each week so there is plenty of variety in the what you will be involved with in a dynamic and fast moving and friendly and supportive team.
Marketing and PR
This is a mixture of online & offline. Online promoting the event (including social media) and offline at the events themselves making sure the clients have their brands & events promoted in the ways that they wish & that contact is maintained with relevant, interested press sources for the benefit of the client.
We have carefully constructed the internship program so roles are suitable & rewarding for differing levels of expertise. A 1st year university student will therefore have a different role to a postgraduate with 2 years working experience for example. Throughout the internship you will have a mentor and supervisor within the company who will provide regular feedback to you and our team in Colombia to ensure the internship is a rewarding learning experience. All supervisors are experienced in receiving international interns.
Crucially, we are able to offer a wide variety of rewarding roles with only an intermediate Spanish language requirement (equivalent to 2 years of high school study).
Throughout your internship you can expect to gain a detailed knowledge and experience of;
• How business is conducted in Latin America
• The challenges facing a rapidly growing emerging economy
• The workings of a top-tier events and marketing firm in Latin America
• How to conduct oneself in a high level office environment, in the context of a different culture & language - a skill increasingly sought after by employers worldwide.
• A thorough understanding of the specific sector you are allocated to according to your skills & interests
Colombia – a beautiful country with fun loving people. The biggest threat nowadays is not wanting to leave! It has recently been voted as the number 2 most attractive tourist destination in the world by readers of the New York Times and is visited by hundreds of thousands of British and American toursits every year. Colombia is a fast emerging economy with a rapidly expanding financial sector, the base of which is the second city of Medellin.
Medellin is known as the City of Eternal Spring, the vibrant, energetic base for our programs in Colombia. Medellin has an outstanding climate – humidity free with an average temperature of 25 degrees, all year round. Mingle with the locals, known as ‘Paisas’, whom those in the know describe as some of the friendliest people on earth. Many of our participants take the opportunity with other travellers to visit the world heritage site of Cartagena, on the Caribbean coast, just an overnight bus ride away.
Step 1: Application
To apply for this internship we ask you to either call us or apply online using the link below. When you apply we will request information on your emergency contact details, passport number and your health background and other important information. At this stage a deposit payment of £199 is requested, this deposit is non-refundable, unless your application is declined by our team in Medellin.
• A completed application form (provided upon deposit payment)
• Current CV /resume detailing your work and study history
Note: If your internship is part of your university course, and requires accreditation this can easily be arranged. We request a letter from your tutor supporting your application for an internship.
Step 2: Telephone/Skype interview with our Internship Coordinator
Once we have your application pack we will contact you to arrange an informal interview with our internship coordinator who will be your main contact before you leave for Colombia.
Step 3: Accepting the placement
We will send you a formal offer letter for you to sign, along with a clear summary of the types of roles you will be involved with during your internship.
Step 4: Interview with your host company
Your internship coordinator will arrange a date and time for an interview with your host company.
Step 5: Payment of full program fees and sign placement description and agreement
At this stage we will help you to organise a suitable visa to enable you to work in Colombia.
Our partnership with one of the best universities in Colombia, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, gives you free access everyday to their sporting facilities which includes swimming pools, tennis courts, football pitches and a state of the art gym. You can also attend introductory lectures of all degree programmes for free as well*.
You also automatically receive free entry and discounts to some of the best bars, restaurants and nightclubs the city has to offer.
If you wish to travel in Colombia and Latin America, we are on hand to provide you with great options at competitive prices. Colombia is a fantastically beautiful country with many attractions. We offer day and weekend group excursions. Put your Spanish skills to use while exploring the sites of the country. Trips to UNESCO world heritage site Cartagena, stunning El Penol and a palatial Finca (traditional country house) are just some of the possibilities on offer.
Info Packs include a full itinerary, country guides and travel advice on visas, money, insurance and the local weather. By filling in your details you'll also be kept updated on all the latest news, offers and stories on this particular trip. Happy reading!
Throughout your internship you will live in a private bedroom in a student residence close to the centre of the city. All accommodation options are of high quality & are situated in the nicest and safest areas of Medellin. All interns in Medellin will live in the same residence which creates a great sociable atmosphere. Interns regularly go out for meals and drinks after a day at work and you are a short walk from some of the best bars and restaurants in the city.
In addition to a first class internship and great accommodation, you will receive 24/7 emergency support on the ground from our local, full-time team. This includes thorough pre-trip information, a welcome package on arrival including mobile phone with key support numbers, airport pick-up, safety orientation & ongoing assistance throughout your stay.
We have a large number of international students at all times in Colombia, and organise regular social & cultural events, thus providing you with an excellent network of friends and contacts from all over the world!
Meals are not included in the programme. We recommend that you budget around USD$10-15 per day for meals, eveining drinks and weekend trips and tours.
Tap water in Medellin is completely safe to drink.
In Medellin you can wear almost anything because the weather is so good. Jeans, trousers, polo shirts, collared long sleeve shirts and t-shirts are standard attire. For the ladies jeans, pants, dresses, casual tops and comfortable shoes are generally worn. Trainers/sneakers are quite common. You will not see a lot of people wearing shorts or walking in sandals/flip flops, unless it is a Sunday! You will also not see many people in coats/jackets and ties. You will want some nice jeans, cargo pants or trousers for going out at night as well as shirts suitable for nightclubs and decent shoes (something besides trainers/sneakers)..The nice places to party don’t let you in if you are wearing trainers or t-shirts.
You are NOT required to carry your actual passport with you at all times while you are in Colombia. You MUST, however, carry some sort of identification at ALL TIMES. A copy of your passport is best but a drivers license is acceptable as well.
We can arrange an intensive Spanish course for you before your internship program or evening classes during your placement. Language courses are optional and will be charged at an additional cost.
Colombian Spanish is renowned for its purity and clarity. This is often cited as the reason why international news networks such as CNN en Espanol choose so many Colombian presenters. There is no better place to learn Spanish than in Colombia where you will gain a TV-perfect accent!
We are proud to be partners in Medellin with some of the best universities of Colombia - Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Universidad EAFIT, among others. Having educated an array of prominent Colombian businessmen, politicians and artists and with over 30,000 students subscribed to our partner universities in Medellin it's a great chance to immediately make new Colombian friends.
Language classes can be booked once the placement process starts. The course is 4 weeks long, 2 hours a day and costs US$590 and covers all language level abilities.
Support from our team in Medellin
Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.
You will be assigned a personal travel advisor who will co-ordinate your programme with you. Feel free to contact them at any time before you go, or when you are on your travels.
In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our UK staff at any time should you need to.
Taxis & transport
There are plenty of taxis in Medellin and they are cheap. From 3 to 5 PM it is difficult to get a cab on a good day and nearly impossible if it is raining. It is best to call for a taxi rather than just picking one at random on the street. our staff will provide you with the number of the firm we recommend.
Medellin has a fantastic metro that runs from one end of the city to the other. They also have a cable car that goes up into the mountains. The train is fast, cheap, safe and a great way to get around the city. It runs until 11PM everyday.
Buses are very efficient in Medellin and they run until 10PM everyday.
This trip requires a Police Check to be carried out - please contact us for further information on how to do this.
Yes, the vast majority of Medellin, including the areas in which you would live, travel and work is very safe. Like most other global cities it has a few areas which should be avoided. If common sense is applied then the chances of anything untoward happening are very low.
Medellin is often said to have the best climate of any major city in the world. Perched at an optimal 5,000-foot altitude, the city enjoys perfect weather all year round. Warm, balmy days give way to fresh, pleasant nights.
This program is an investment in your future and will give you a substantial advantage having worked with a top global name in the world of marketing and PR. International work experience will significantly aid you when searching for long term employment, whether you plan to remain in Latin America, or return home after your experience. You will have demonstrated the ability to think outside the box and handle another culture and language while working for a highly respected name. Previous interns have also received full time offers of employment from their Latin American host companies on completion of the internship. And the above doesn’t even touch on your personal development and the fun you will have!
We accept applications on a rolling admissions basis throughout the whole year. There are just 5 places available within both companies on this programme so we would advise that you apply early to ensure you get a place. New interns start every month. You should apply at least six weeks before you wish to begin your internship.
Typically, participants work an average work week of no more than 40 hours. The company at which you are interning will set your work hours but the majority of internships will take place between 9 am and 5 pm.
All participants will receive academic credit if desired
Our internship opportunities in Latin America are unpaid due to immigration laws & local norms. Interns will receive academic credit if desired.
No. A degree is not essential, although it will help when finding a suitable internship and will make the placement process easier.