Research, Internship and Volunteer Opportunities

In collaboration with the CCESP (Central Coordination of Internships) and CCCI (Central Coordination of International Programs) at PUC-Rio, CASA-Brazil is currently composing a portfolio of virtual or hybrid full semester internship options for our exchange students.

The portfolio will make it possible to contact interested hosts before arrival or during the intensive proseminar and in the end the internship can eventually be continued after return to home campus.

The overarching goal of this program is to provide students with a global integrative practice-based experience, during which students will be immersed in real world professional setting in an organization or research project while also engaging a series of reflective academic activities in the Proseminar.

Learning outcomes:

• Gain specific and relevant professional language and cross-cultural skills
• Build excellent communication and intercultural skills
• Integrate responsibly and collaborate productively in international work, academic and social environments
• Engage in structured, reflective proseminar to help draw connections between cross-disciplinary concepts and analysis of successes and challenges of a global practical experience

Will the internships be paid or not?

The internships legislation does allow the intern to receive financial aid to cover transport, meals, and other expenses but not a regular salary.

What are the visa/employment eligibility and implications for international students (US and non-US citizens)?

Interns are considered by Brazilian legislation students and not employees and they only need to be registered as such at the host university (PUC-Rio) and carry a student visa as it is the normal requirement. If they come with the main purpose to do an internship, they must at least register in one course, i.e., intensive language training.

What is the summer and fall schedule (including proseminar, arrival and program timeline, internship duration)?

The calendar of summer and fall semester (corresponds to the Brazilian “second” semester or Winter-Spring semester). The aim is to establish the contact between the student and the internship provider as soon the student’s destination for study abroad is approved.

07/07/2022 Arrival in Rio de Janeiro happens early July. During the first month the students are immersed in the intensive language training (60 hours) and in the upstart of the Pro-seminar with a wide range of excursions and scheduled activities. The internship will have to adapt to this extraordinary schedule during the first 4 weeks.

08/05/2022 From early August to mid-December students will be mainly occupied with regular semester activities. Normally the semester students decide to go back before Christmas.

12/17/2022 End of classes

During the time of five months stay in Brazil the aim is to establish a firm relation between the student and the internship provider, that eventually can open for later career opportunities.

How will students be placed with respective internship sites?

In March, we will have a catalogue of internship options ready, and we will be able to present these options as possible opportunities to pursue for the enrolled and selected student.

When the student’s enrollment in the program is confirmed, a concrete process of selection between the candidate and the Brazilian hosts will be established leading to the final placement.

After the selection and confirmation of the internship agreement the internship coordination at PUC (CCESP) will be responsible for preparing a contract between student and host. (CCESP charge a small fee (about 50U$) that include the mandatory labor insurance.)

The CCESP will monitor that the internship hosts do not exceed the working limits of the interns (20 hours a week) and will be responsible of supervising eventual problems of legal nature in collaboration with the program director.

The student will after the internship receive a certificate from CCESP/PUC-Rio and signed by the internship host.

Modalities of internship and trainee hosts

• 1. National and Multinational private companies in Brazil (Often through alumni contacts)
• 2. NGOs or philanthropic entities
• 3. Voluntary work in projects of engaged scholarship in community development
• 4. StartUps with fellow Brazilian students and faculty members
• 5. Research opportunities and CapStone Projects
• 6. Online or hybrid research projects organized by faculty members from home universities

National and Multinational private companies in Brazil (Examples)

1. L'Oréal Brasil Comercial de Cosméticos Ltda. 

2. Safran Group Brazil

3. Eleva Education

4. Ponteland Distribuição Ltda.

5. Big Data Soluções em Tecnologia de Informática Ltda.