Global Internship Program

Public Affairs: Internships in Medellin

  • Dates

    Internship Abroad: *Suspended for 2020*

    Online Courses: *Suspended for 2020*

  • Location

    Medellin, Colombia

  • Program Fee

    UCLA Undergrads (4 – Units): $5,579

    UCLA Undergrads (8 – Units): $6,695

    Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.

Known as the City of the “Eternal Spring,” Medellin is one of the most vibrant and innovative cities in South America. Placed in a picturesque and lush valley, Colombia’s second-largest city is home to more than 3 million people. The 2013 Wall Street Journal Magazine and Citi named Medellin the “Innovative City of the Year” based on such factors as its education and human capital, culture and livability, technology and research, mobility and infrastructure, and economic and investment climate, among other criteria. Medellin has moved beyond its rugged past and has transformed into a world-class city with a wealth of beautiful public spaces and innovative infrastructure. Once you visit Medellin, you will fall in love with the city, nature, food, and the warm local residents known as “Paisas.”

Internship placements are approximately 8 weeks long. UCLA partner’s with The Intern Group to place students at internship sites  based on personal career goals, interests and experience. While completing the on-site internship, students will also be enrolled in 1 or 2 online courses, earning 4 to 8 units of academic credit. Online courses follow Summer Session A and will last for a total of 10 weeks. Student’s looking to receive financial aid must be enrolled in 2-courses during the program.

Internship Placements

After enrolling in the Medellin program via the UCLA Global Internship Program registration portal, a placement coordinator from our partner organization, The Intern Group, will work with you one-on-one to find the perfect internship match. Internship placements are customized to your personal career goals, interests and experience. Internship placement is guaranteed as long you meet the minimum qualifications and follow appropriate steps and deadlines. Students will work approximately 32 to 40 hours per week at their internship placement.

Medellin Placement Options:

  • Government and Politics
  • NGOs
  • Non-Profits

Example Placements:

Please note that these are examples of student placements in the past and does not guarantee availability for future terms.


Eligibility Criteria

  • Undergraduate student
  • Minimum of 90 units completed by end of Spring 2020
    • Units can include transfer credit
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Good academic standing

Program Courses

All students are required to enroll in the PUB AFF 195CE course while attending the program. Students who wish to earn more units and/or apply for financial aid, may also enroll in an optional 4-unit upper division course as well. The optional course name and number will be announced soon.

  • PUB AFF 195CE (4 units) ~ Mandatory
  • CESC 130 (4 units) ~ Optional 

Please note that in order to be eligible for financial aid, students must be enrolled in both the mandatory course AND the optional course (total of 8-units).  

Course Descriptions

PUB AFF 195CE: Internship Course (4 units)

Prerequisites:  None

Public Affairs (PUB AFF) 195CE is a 4-unit course designed around an individual internship experience. You will take your academic knowledge beyond the classroom, and in your papers and during one-on-one meetings, you will analyze your organization and work experience within an international context.

The course is open to all majors and fulfills the Public Affairs 187A Capstone requirement by petition to the Public Affairs Capstone Advisor. PUB AFF 195CE must be taken for a letter grade. Auditing and pass/no pass is not allowed.

CESC 130: Intercultural Communication in the Global Workplace (4 units)

Prerequisites:  None

This 4-unit course is designed to help students critically analyze their own cultural values and beliefs and the impact they have on their communication. It will provide students with strategies and tools to more effectively communicate and to manage intercultural conflicts in the global workplace. Students will study and critique intercultural communication theories, review relevant case studies and discuss first hand experiences from their global internship. This course must be taken for a letter grade. Auditing and pass/no pass is not allowed.

*The CESC 130 course will count as a Public Affairs upper division elective.

Budget and Financial Aid

Budget UCLA Undergrads (4-Units)  UCLA Undergrads (8-Units)
Program Fee $5,579 $6,695
IEI Fee $61 $61
Airfare (estimate) $1,000 $1,000
Meals & Incidentals (estimate) $1,200 $1,200

*Pell Grant recipients will receive a $500 refund on their program fee. This refund will be assessed prior to the financial aid payment deadline.

**Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.

Program fee includes:

  • Tuition
  • Internship placement
  • Single room accommodations in shared apartment
  • On-site orientation (including welcome meal)
  • Optional social and cultural activities
  • 24/7 on-site healthy and safety support from the Intern Group staff
  • Health insurance.

Personal Expenses NOT Included:

  • Roundtrip Airfare to Medellin
  • Personal travel during program
  • Costs for medical expenses and emergencies
  • Meals and entertainment expenses
  • Transportation to/from housing to internship site

All undergraduate students will be charged a $61 IEI fee per summer. The IEI (Instructional Enhancement Initiative) fee is a course materials fee that is charged in order to support the use of technology in undergraduate education at UCLA. For more information please click here.


We recommend that you budget accordingly to cover optional sightseeing, laundry, emergencies, etc.  How much to budget depends on your travel, entertainment, and souvenir choices. It is always best to overestimate your spending. Take the time to research the cost of living in your destination and the activities you want to participate in while abroad.

Purchasing Airfare

Students should wait until final internship placement confirmation, prior to purchasing their flight to Medellin.

Financial Aid

Financial aid for Summer Global Internship Programs is available to qualified UCLA students. Students must be enrolled in a total of 8 units (2 courses) to be eligible for financial aid. For details about the financial aid application process, please visit the Financial Aid section of this website.

On Location


Our partner organization, The Intern Group, will provide airport pickup for your internship program.  You will be responsible for making your own arrangements back to the airport at the end of the program.


Students will reside in single room accommodations in shared apartments with other interns or young professionals in the upscale and safe neighborhood of El Poblado. The apartments are located in a building complex and have a gate with 24/7 security. All apartments comes with bedding, fully equipped shared kitchen, shared bathroom, and basic Wifi. Apartments are typically within a 30 to 60 minute commute from internship sites via public transportation or taxi.


Meals are not provided. Students have access to fully furnished kitchens in their apartment to cook.

Optional Social and Cultural Activities

This program offers weekly organized events around the city that you can are free to participate in with the other internship program participants.


Travel to Medellin

All Global Internship program participants are required to purchase and arrange their own travel accommodations to Medellin. Students should wait until The Intern Group confirms placement prior to purchasing their flight to Medellin. Students will receive specific arrival instructions to assist with arrival to program housing.

Visa Information:

All students are required to obtain a visa to do an internship in Colombia. For U.S. citizens this Visa is free and can be picked up upon arrival at the airport. The visa will require a supporting letter provided by the Intern Group.

For non-US citizens, please contact the Global Internship Program manager if you have additional questions regarding your visa eligibility for the program.