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Program Dates: Sunday, June 2nd - Saturday, July 27th, 2019

The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) Regional Office invites Harvard and Brown undergraduate students to participate in the 8-week Summer Internship Program (SIP). This program is intended for students interested in gaining professional work experience abroad, improving their Spanish language skills, and immersing themselves in a new culture.

Find out more by checking out the informational tabs below:

The deadline for the 2019 DRCLAS Summer Programs is on Sunday, February 3rd**, 2019 at 11:59 pm.


Click here to access the frequently asked questions page for the DRCLAS summer programs.

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For additional information, please contact: 
Pilo Mella, Student Programs Manager
Amanda Lubniewski, Communications and Project Manager

Program Dates
This program runs for 8 weeks (1 week of orientation and 7 weeks of internship).

Program Fee and Financial Assistance

Program fee: $4,500* (includes orientation, lodging and meals. Air fare and incidental expenses are not included).

** Personal costs: Students should budget $1,100 - $1,500 for personal expenses (including independent traveling, incidental expenses, individual meals, and all other activities done outside of the program), plus about $1,400 for round-trip airfare. 

* Harvard undergraduate(s) selected through the IOP will receive a stipend of $5,000 to cover the program fee and additional expenses.

If you are seeking financial support for your international activities, please investigate Harvard Funding Sources database. Students interested in and eligible for funding from the Office of Career Services (OCS) may indicate this on the DRCLAS Summer Programs Application Supplement Form, and do not need to apply separately for OCS funding. 

In addition, for students with very high financial need, DRCLAS may be able to subsidize the costs of the DRCLAS program on a case by case basis. 

Below is a list of potential organizations where students can be placed for internships during the summer or term-time.

Acción Emprendedora is an NGO of professional young people whose mission is to assist small entrepreneurs with microcredits for the creation of their own sources of work.

América Solidaria aims to be a link between international organizations in developed countries and Latin American countries with lower rates of quality of life. The main objective of this organization is to promote a common instance of regional and multilateral aid to support actions and initiatives between the different countries of the continent. They aim to accomplish this through the volunteer work of young professionals with a sense of social awareness that work to promote social integration and solidarity in the country they have been placed.

Aptus Chile is a non-profit organization that seeks to improve the quality of education in underprivileged schools. Its mission is to transfer efficient management & pedagogical methodologies and products with the purpose of generating better learning in students.

ArchDaily is an architecture website whose mission is to deliver the most complete information to architects around the world every week, every day, every hour, every moment, as soon as it is happening. It is the online source of continuous information for a growing community of thousands of architects searching for the latest architectural news, projects, products, events, interviews and competitions among others.

Ashoka seeks to shape a global, entrepreneurial and competitive citizen sector, one that ensures the optimal development of social entrepreneurs and that allows the citizens of the world to think and act as change agents. 

ASSET-Chile is a financial advisory firm that provides specialist corporate finance advice in diverse fields such as mergers, acquisitions, strategic alliances, investments, flotations.

Banco Estado is one of the largest Banks of Microcredit in Latin America.  They support new entrepreneurs in their projects and believe that the inclusion of all social sectors in the financial system will help to improve the quality of life of all.

AMCHAM is the Chilean-American Chamber of Commerce, promoting free trade and business between Chile and the United States since 1918. Associates benefit from practical assistance in day-to-day business dealings as well as lobbying representation before relevant US and Chilean authorities. It currently represents 90% of US investment in Chile.

Casa de La Paz is a foundation whose mission is to strengthen people's capacity to improve their own lives by taking care of the environment.  The main areas of focus are: Environmental Education: Environmental Conflict Resolution and Citizens' participation: and Civic Participation.

Founded in 1990, Libertad y Desarrollo (LyD) is a center for private studies and research, independent of any political, religious, business or governmental affiliation, dedicated to the analysis of public affairs, promoting the values and principles of a free society. The Center's main objective is to collaborate so that public policies in Chile are oriented to defend individual freedom, the free functioning of markets, property rights and the progress and equal opportunities of its inhabitants through economic development.

The Centre Gabriela Mistral, GAM, is a cultural center devoted to disseminate and promote performing arts and music. Among many other activities, it offers contemporary drama and dance, as well as classic and popular music a space to continuous development and experimentation. Furthermore, with an emphasis on contemporary photography and popular arts, the GAM houses a range for visual arts. Due to its high demands for transparency, variety and quality, it is orientated to generate direct encounters between artists and diverse audiences.

Chile Unido is a private, independent and non-profit institution whose mission is the study and diffusion of social and cultural values that will serve as the basis for human progress and are essential for peaceful coexistence in Chile.

Headquartered in Santiago, Chile, the CEPAL is one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations. Its purpose is to contribute to the economic and social development of Latin America, coordinating actions directed towards this end, and reinforcing economic ties among countries and with other nations of the world.

The National Productivity Commission is a consultative institution, independent, autonomous and with a permanent challenge: increase productivity to improve the life and well-being of people. Performs studies mandated by the President of the Republic and also others originating in the same entity.

Compass Group provides investments opportunities in Latin America for global investors and global investment opportunities for Latin American investors.  They offer their clients different alternatives for the managing of their assets.

The Consejo para la Transparencia is an autonomous corporation in public law created by the law of Transparency in the Access to Information. Its main task is to ensure the proper compliance of this law enacted on August 20, 2008, and promote the access to public information to all Chileans. 

Balmaceda Young Art is a privately owned not-for-profit cultural organization that was founded with the mission to provide real opportunities for access to art and culture to young Chileans, especially those with limited resources and with a marked interest in art.

CIEPLAN is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing expertise to the implementation of public policy in Latin America since its founding in 1976. Its team of experts, from a variety of disciplines, performs comparative research on democracy and development as well as economic and social cohesion in Chile and Latin America, actively promoting dialogue in the political sphere.

Corporación de Fomento de la Producción de Chile is a government organization that aims to promote economic growth in Chile. Since its inception CORFO has played a significant role in expanding the country’s economic development by promoting investment, innovation, business and cluster development, coupled with a focus on quality and productivity.

The National Copper Corporation of Chile (CODELCO) is the largest copper producing company in the world. CODELCO is an autonomous company owned by the Chilean State. Its main business is the exploration, development and exploitation of copper mineral resources and byproducts, its processing to refined copper, and its commercialization.

DIRECON, a branch of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, works to execute and coordinate government policy on matters of international economic relations, to promote adequate inclusion of Chile in the world, through the negotiation and administration of international economic agreements, promotion of exports of domestic goods and services, foreign collaboration entities that promote foreign investment in Chile and support for Chilean investment abroad.

El Mercurio is the leading and biggest newspaper in Chile.

The Fondo Nacional de Salud is the Chilean National Health Bureau.

Fondo Esperanza provides solidary microcredits for people who live in conditions of extreme poverty in Chile. 

Foro Innovación is a non-profit organization that brings together key individuals and institutions in Chile in the area of innovation. Its main function is to promote, through specific projects and initiatives, a higher level of innovation in the business areas, academic and government to achieve an acceleration of the growth rate of Chile. 

Fundación Chile is a non-profit private corporation whose partners are the Government of Chile and BHP-Billiton – Minera Escondida. Their mission is to introduce high impact innovations and to empower human capital, in order to increase Chile’s competiveness, by promoting and developing the economy, through technology transfer and in alliance with local and global knowledge networks.

Fundación Ciudadano Inteligente is a non-profit organization that creates web technologies as a key tool for gathering, organizing, illustrating and sharing information through the web, working to promote informed citizen actions and government accountability. Under the umbrella of Fundación Ciudadano Inteligente, there are several ongoing projects. The web platform, Vota Inteligente (Vote Smartly), hosts different applications and tools that give access to information for the general public, ultimately serving to promote government transparency and citizen participation in Chile. The organization is non-partisan and does not take sides on political issues, apart from those dealing with furthering government transparency, accountability, and promoting citizen participation.

Fundación Democracia y Desarrollo has specialized in civic engagement projects that intensively use digital technologies With the purpose of exploring alternatives for new roads for development. Today: El Quinto Poder (The Fifth Power); Bibliotecas para tu Acción Ciudadana (Public Libraries & Civic Engagement), Vecinos Conectados (Networked Neighbours) and, #TuConstitución (#YourConstitution) are its main action lines.

Fundación Educacional Crecer con Todos in an organization whose focus is learning. They believe that students´ learning should be of the utmost importance when considering public policies and the actions of all professionals involved in the education system. Their mission is to "ensure that every child now living in vulnerable circumstances is able to read and write by the first grade.

Public Space is a non-profit organization that is actively involved in the creation of opportunities for research and discussion of public policy in Chile. Its goal is to improve the design, quality and oversight of policies the country needs to make a qualitative leap in its current and future development. 

Fundación Fe y Alegria is devoted to educate children and young people in poor and vulnerable sectors. Their objective is to give integral education of quality, improving people's quality of life and helping to transform society.

The mission of Fundación Iguales is to work for complete inclusion of sexual diversity in Chilean society. This mission is fulfilled through: participation in all stages of the formulation of public policies at the legislative and administrative level; education at all school levels; training of workers from the public and private sectors; the dissemination of information in the media, social networks and through social movilization; and the investigation, reflection and discussion all issues that are intertwined to sexual diversity.


Fundación Mar Adentro develops art, education, and nature projects to propose changes regarding the value that is given to natural and cultural heritage. The foundation’s core values are the delivery of content and the generation of collaborative work.


Fundación Mustakis is a non-profit NGO, which focuses on the creation and stimulation of effective education for young people and children in limited resources environments.

Fundación Nuestros Hijos assists low-income children diagnosed with cancer and their families.

Fundación SNP Patagonia Sur is a Chilean-based non-profit whose mission is to encourage conservation and to promote social and economic development in Chile’s Patagonia in harmony with the region’s incredible natural environment.

Fundación Trascender is an NGO whose purpose is to provide volunteers to fill the specific professional needs that public institutions and users may require. In other words, they do the matching between the professional volunteers and the needs in the public sector.

Habitat for Humanity International is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. HFH seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.

Hatch is an employee-owned, multidisciplinary professional services firm that delivers a comprehensive array of technical and strategic services, including consulting, information technology, engineering, process development, and project and construction management to the Mining, Metallurgical, Energy, and Infrastructure sectors.

Infocap is a non-profit foundation with the mission of training and educating low-income workers, through the development of professional competency. Infocap also studies and researches the reality of low-income workers with the purpose of promoting efficient public policies.   

Innovación Ciudadana has as its objectives to extend the public space, to contribute to the recognition and exercise of the citizen rights, to improve public management and to fortify civic organizations for an effective dialogue between the State and civil society.

The Institute of Research in Social Sciences (ICSO) brings together scholars from schools and programs of the Faculty of Social Sciences and History of Universidad Diego Portales (UDP). Its objectives are:

  • Research: Promote dialogue and academic collaboration between researchers in political sciences, history, and sociology, especially around themes of impact and public interest. 
  • Outreach: Contribute to the diffusion of topics associated with the Faculty and relevant to society. 

Also, ICSO is a formative space for methodological training for advanced graduate students and alumni from the Faculty, which facilitates a constant sharing of feedback between professors and students.

Matucana 100 (M100) is a non-profit cultural association that deals primarily with contemporary artworks, guaranteeing access to the public and creating spaces for debate and reflection. M100 supports artists, while respecting their creative independence and supporting their relationship with their audiences, locally, nationally and internationally.

A Mapuche (indigenous) organization of Santiago, that has been working since the early 90's, to build political and civil Mapuche culture in the context of rescue and defense of Mapuche identity and territory.

Ministry of Economy, one of the main pillars of Piñera's administration, is the development of a culture that is pro innovation and entrepreneurship. Current projects include: an education project for venture, which aims to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in students in primary education in Chile, a campaign / movement pro innovation and entrepreneurship (similar to the campaign Choose Education) programs and policies to attract talent and development in human capital Chile, among others.

Centro de Perfeccionamiento, Experimentación e Investigaciones Pedagógicas (CPEIP) 
The mission of the Center for Pedagogical Improvement, Experimentation and Investigation is to design, implement and evaluate programs that promote the professional development of teachers and principals based on educational policies of the Ministry of Education, that are supported by research of the best national and international practices with the aim of developing teachers and administrators that produce high achievement in the administration of and in the learning that takes place in Chilean educational establishments. 

División de Currículum y Evaluación (Division of Curriculum Development and Evaluation)
The Division of Curriculum and Evaluation of the Chilean Ministry of Education is responsible for setting the standard of curriculum for education at all levels as well as evaluating the effectiveness of each learning institution in meeting those standards.

División de Educación Superior  (Division of Higher Education)
The Division of Higher Education is the unit in charge of assuring that the laws and norms that regulate higher education are followed to the best of the Ministry of Education´s ability. Additionally they advise in the proposition of policies at this level of learning and work to establish institutional ties with officially sanctioned entities of higher education. Their main duty is to propose the state budget for the institutions of higher learning based on current legislation.

MINISTERIO DE HACIENDA (Department of the Treasury)
The Ministry of Finance has as it´s mission to maximize the potential of long-term growth for the economy. They aim to encourage better use of productive resources in the country in order to achieve sustainable economic growth that translates into a better quality of life for all Chileans, especially the most neglected and vulnerable.

The Ministry of Justice and Human Rights aims to contribute to the development of the country through the modernization of the justice system, promoting norms and public policies aimed at facilitating access and protection of the rights of individuals, social reinsertion and citizen security, all within a framework of respect to human rights.


Oficina de Cambio Climático (Office of Climate Change)
The Office of Climate change has as its mission to help inform public policy making in Chile of the problems associated with climate change in the hopes of accomplishing sustainable development and an economy low on carbon emission. 

División de Recursos Naturales y Biodiversidad (Division of Natural Resources and Biodiversity)
The Division of Natural Resources and Biodiversity has as its mission to advise the Ministry of Environment with regards to the policies of management and sustainable usage of renewable resources as well as the creation of Protected Areas of the State. This Division has under its responsibilities the proposition of policies, legislation, plans, programming and studies as well as establishing criteria and preventative measures that favor the recuperation and conservation of hydraulic, genetic, flora and fauna, resources; habitats, ecosystems, natural spaces and biodiversity, as well as to contribute to the fulfillment on international agreements of conservation of biodiversity.

Ministerio de Minería designs, publicizes and promotes Chile's mining policies, incorporating sustainability and technological innovation, in order to maximize the sectorial contribution to the country´s economic, environmental and social development. The company aims to be a leader in the technical institution, to lead the sustainable development of national mining and to position Chile as international mining country.

División de Estudios / Unidad de Políticas Públicas (Division of Studies/ Unit of Public Policy) 
The Division of Studies aids in the process of Executive decision-making on current events, strategic policies and planning through the development of situation analysis, periodic studies and reports, as well as the definition of actors in and monitoring of political processes, trends analysis.

Comisión Asesora de Estudios Habitacionales y Urbanos (CEHU)  (Commission on Urban Development and Planning) 
The mission of the Ministry of this Commission is to facilitate access to housing with a special emphasis on the most vulnerable sectors of society, but also supporting the hard work of the middle class in the materialization of their aspirations for living. The Ministry of this Commission also creates homes of better quality in safe neighborhoods that are welcoming and integrated.

The Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation is an organization that advocates on behalf of sexual minorities in Chile. It has played an important role in landmark reforms that have benefited those affected by discrimination because of sexual orientation and gender identity. 

MUSEO DE LA MEMORIA Y LOS DERECHOS HUMANOS (Museum of Memory and Human Rights) 
The Museum of Memory and Human Rights is a space that´s meant to give visibility to the human rights violations committed by the State of Chile between 1973 and 1990, it also serves to dignify the victims and their families, and stimulate reflection and debate on the importance of respect and tolerance, so that these events never recur. 

Observatorio Ciudadano is an NGO that works towards the defense, promotion and documentation of human rights. It was founded by a group of people from different parts of the country, different professions and ethnic backgrounds as the Observatory for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in September 2004 in the city of Temuco. The work to date has been plural and multidisciplinary, distinguished by inter-ethnic relationships that have allowed them to take on new challenges. As of July 2008 it was renamed Observatorio Ciudadano, and continues to be adhere to the guidelines set forth by international entities on human rights and the rights of existing indigenous people.

Observatorio de Ciudades (OCUC)   
Observatorio de Ciudades is based in la Universidad Católica. Its mission is to collect, classify and consolidate territorial information, as well as information on regulations, on productivity, on economics and on social issues of the different areas of Chilean cities.    

Is a private, publically funded, non-partisan corporation that encourages the education of an informed, responsible, organized, and active public. Participa also promotes the defining of the roles of state, private, and civil society.

Dirección de Promoción de Exportaciones, or ProChile, has a wide range of services that aim to support domestic exporters that range from information systems of high quality, to support the participation of the most important international fairs, to programs specifically designed to develop export capabilities.

Cooperative Radio is a medium of communication through a radio network covering the whole country specializing in the transmission of news, information and programs of national and international news with a journalistic vision. Its work also includes the issuance of news and information to foreign countries through satellite broadcasts and its website. It is the radio station with the highest number of listeners in Chile.

Santiago Adventures is a full service receptive tour operator.  It offers exclusive tours throughout Chile ranging from day tours in the Santiago region to specialty tour packages throughout Chile, including San Pedro de Atacama, Easter Island, the Lake District, and Torres del Paine. Clients are mainly English-speaking travelers with a desire to explore the beauties of Chile.

Santiago Times is an English language internet-based daily news service that provides broad coverage of current events in Chile, including political, economics, business and social developments.

Servicio Nacional de la Mujer is part of the cabinet-level Ministry of Planning and Cooperation and works to design, propose and coordinate policies, plans, measures and legal reforms, through and in conjunction with the various ministries and services, leading to make visible and ensure equal rights and opportunities for men and women, incorporating the public agenda issues affecting women and the family.

Ski Portillo is a ski resort located 160 kilometers (99 mi) from Santiago, Chile, near the city of Los Andes. It is one of the principal destinations for ski racers to train during the Northern Hemisphere summer and hosts the ski teams of Austria, Italy and the USA. Students participating in this internship will work in the office in Santiago developing market strategies for the company.

Sumate is an NGO with the mission of giving real opportunities and education to enterprising young people of underprivileged areas of Santiago, in order to improve their quality of life, through the completion of technical studies in educational institutions of excellence.

TechnoServe helps entrepreneurial men and women in poor rural areas of the developing world to build businesses that create income, opportunity and economic growth for their families, their communities and their countries.

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. 

Un Buen Comienzo is a major innovative effort between Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and Harvard Medical School (HMS) that aims to improve the quality of early childhood education and children's health initiatives in Chile with collaboration of DRCLAS.

Un Techo Para Mi Pais works with the poorest families in different Latin American countries. Their first step is the construction of emergency homes. This allows them to draw attention to and to understand the realities of the marginalized settlements that have developed. They then develop integral programs of social development in areas such as education, micro-credit, job training and community development. They are determined to generate a social conscience in Latin America.

VEGlobal's mission is to empower volunteers in Chile to unite, act and engage others throughout the world to protect children's rights. 


Reconnecting with my “Home Away from Home”

By: Gabriela Muñoz, HSI Chile 2018 (Harvard '21)

On a blue skied day in May, I woke up from perhaps the worst sleep I’ve had in years. Within seconds of my eyes adjusting to the bright, white lights and uncurling myself from the uncomfortable position I had adopted while asleep, I remembered that I was on a plane, 5,000 miles away from home, and just minutes from touching down in Santiago, Chile, my new home for the summer. Well, I couldn’t say it was a new home exactly, given that my entire family,...

Read more about Reconnecting with my “Home Away from Home”

Adventures and Personal Growth in Chile

By Kangrong (Allison) Zhang, SIP Chile 2018 (Harvard '20)

While this summer in Chile is not my first time living in a foreign country for an extended period of time, I still felt butterflies in my stomach as I boarded my flight first to Dallas, and then to Santiago. The main reason for such apprehension is a lack of confidence in my Spanish skills. Interestingly, my biggest takeaway from this journey is also increased confidence in my Spanish and more faith in my ability to adjust and connect with others despite language and cultural barriers.

... Read more about Adventures and Personal Growth in Chile

What drew me back?: On deciding to spend a second semester in Chile

By Annie Savaria-Watson, CASA Chile Fall 2017 & Spring 2018 (Brown University ’19)

The Andes Mountains rise almost 20,000 feet next to the Metropolitan Region. They stand sentinel above Santiago- rising steeply from the valley floor, dipping down towards the city in precipitous rolling foothills, until they bump into the Natural Parks of the city limits, intermingling with the edges of Lo Barnechea, Las Condes, La Reina, Peñalolen, La Florida, and Puente Alto.... Read more about What drew me back?: On deciding to spend a second semester in Chile

Why Chile?: Endnotes on My Semester in Santiago de Chile

By Julia Kirschenbaum, CASA Chile Fall 2017 (Brown University ’19)

As I look out the window of my parents’ living room in New Jersey at a harsh winter whiteout, I am brought back to the view of the snowcapped cordillera that greeted me through my bedroom in Las Condes on my first day in Chile.  It is hard to believe that I am already back home after five months abroad.... Read more about Why Chile?: Endnotes on My Semester in Santiago de Chile


Past Participants in SIP Chile

Summer 2018
Harvard Participants
Franklin Civantos – Project Site:  ASSET Chile
Samuel Fernandez – Project Site: Ministerio de Hacienda
Malaika Maka – Project Site:  Instituto de Investigación de Ciencas Sociales - UDP
Emily Markowitz – Project Site: Ministerio de Hacienda 
Dani Perez – Project Site: Fundación Oportunidad
Jeannie Regidor – Project Site: América Solidaria
Davis Tyler-Dudley – Project Site: Ministerio de Hacienda
Amanda Wasserman – Project Site: Fundación Ciudadano Inteligente
Allison Zhang – Project Site: COMPASS Group
Brown Participants
Andrea Alvarado - Project Site: Ministerio de Justicia y Derechos Humanos 
Drashti Brahmbhatt - Project Site: El Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos
Dakota Fenn - Project Site: Fundación Democracia y Desarrollo
Evan Lehmann - Project Site: Naciones Unidas: Comissión Económica para América Latina 
Gabriel Schillinger-Hayman - Project Site: Fundación Mar Adentro
Summer 2017
Anthony Aybar – Project Site:  ICSO
Walquiria B C L Garcia – Project Site: Ministerio de Hacienda
Alexander Cullen – Project Site:  Hogar Domingo Savio
Corey Gonzales – Project Site: ASSET
Patricia Marie Guzman – Project Site: Fundación Oportunidad
Nicole Kim – Project Site: FONASA
Sonoma Levine – Project Site: Ashoka
Catherine Pinto – Project Site: Comisión Nacional de Productividad
Elias Russell – Project Site: GAM
Mason Sands – Project Site: CIEPLAN
Kevin Servellon – Project Site: COMPASS
Audrey Sheehy – Project Site: Fundación Ciudadano Inteligente

Summer 2016
Angela Borglum – Project Site: América Solidaria
Micaela Esquivel – Project Site: Ministerio de Salud
Jennifer Hao – Project Site: Fundación Nuestros Hijos
Luca-Slavomir Istodor-Berceanu – Project Site: Museo de la Memoria
Taylor Ladd – Project Site: Fundación Oportunidad
Luis Nario-Malberg – Project Site: Ministerio de Hacienda
Kelsey O'Connor – Project Site: Radio Cooperativa
Tae Yeong Park – Project Site: Ministerio de Hacienda
David Pfeifer – Project Site: ASSET
Andrew Wilcox – Project Site: UPSCALE
Junaid Zubair – Project Site: Compass

Summer 2015
Melissa Flores – Project Site: Ministerio de Hacienda
Julie Maddrey – Project Site: Ministerio de Economía
Lauren Nicholson – Project Site: Aula Cívica
Ryan O'Meara – Project Site: Subsecretaría de Evaluación Social
Saim Raza – Project Site: Espacio Público
Maggie Schell – Project Site: Ministerio de Educación
John Stubbs – Project Site: Casa Paz
Julia Sweeney – Project Site: Fundación Junto al Barrio
Jessica Tueller – Project Site: Instituto de Investigación en Ciencias Sociales - UDP

Summer 2014
Haley Baker – Project Site: Un Buen Comienzo
Alec Bowman – Project Site: Teatro El Lago
Mary Brooks – Project Site: Ceja
Joseph Choe – Project Site: AmCham
Brian Drumm – Project Site: Ministerio de Minería
Dipti Jasrasaria – Project Site: Technoserve
Saahil Mehta – Project Site: Compass
Adam Mengestab – Project Site: Ministerio de Hacienda
Domenica Merino – Project Site: SERNAM
Arturo Nava – Project Site: Espacio Público
Hamna Nazir – Project Site: Universidad Diego Portales
Vincent Ong – Project Site: Ministerio de Hacienda
Lindsay Overhage – Project Site: APTUS
Elizabeth Pugh – Project Site: Un Techo Para Mi País
Ariel Smolik-Valles – Project Site: Museo de la Memoria
Kevin Song – Project Site: Educación 2020
Aliza Theis – Project Site: Ministerio de Educación
Bharath Venkatesh – Project Site: ASSET
Yun Teng Zheng – Project Site: Ministerio de Hacienda

Summer 2013
Jan-Peter Bockstiegel - Project Site: CODELCO
Frederik Bruggink - Project Site: Ministerio de Hacienda
Jenny Choi - Project Site: Servicio Nacional de la Mujer
Matthew Disler - Project Site: CEJA
Sarah Fellay - Project Site: Ministerio del Interior
Nicholas Gavin - Project Site: Ministerio de Hacienda
Noah Greenwald - Project Site: Ministerio de Energia
Hilary Higgins - Project Site: CORFO
Francheska Loza - Project Site: Ministerio del Interior
Kunal Mehta - Project Site: ASSET
Manuel Melendez - Project Site: CEPAL
Megan Monteleone - Project Site: Fundación APTUS
Rebecca Neuman - Project Site: Servicio de Salud Metropolitano Sur
Valeria Pelet - Project Site: ZBU. Consulting
Jennifer Ruiz - Project Site: Fundación Nuestros Hijos
Carlos Schmidt Padilla - Project Site: CEPAL
Joshua Scott - Project Site: Ministerio de Mineria
Delany Sisiruca - Project Site: Instituto de Investigación en Ciencias Sociales - UDP
Andrea Van Scheltinga - Project Site: Fundación Ciudadano Inteligente
Samuel Wallace-Perdomo - Project Site: CIEPLAN
Alexander Wirth - Project Site: Educacion 2020

Summer 2012
Tiffany Agard - Project Site: Technoserve
Maria Barragan-Santana - Project Site: SEGPRES
Andrew Boyd - Project Site: Matucana 100
Wesley Brown - Project Site: COMPASS
Rony Cepeda - Project Site: AmCham
Stephanie Charles - Project Site: CEPAL
Andrew Chow - Project Site: Santiago Times
Cherish Connelly - Project Site: Aldea SOS
Benjamin DeVore - Project Site: MOVILH
Gregorio Gomez - Project Site: CODELCO
Franklin Lee - Project Site: CEJA
Marie Mekosh - Project Site: Ministerio de Economía
Manuel Melendez - Project Site: Ministerio de Hacienda
Fadhal Moore - Project Site: APTUS
William Newberry - Project Site: Ministerio de Hacienda
Nizhoni O'Connell - Project Site: Casa de La Paz
Benjamin Raderstorf - Project Site: Ministerio de Hacienda
Maria Camila Rincon - Project Site: CIEPLAN
Ernest Romero Garcia - Project Site: ASSET

Summer 2011
Heberto Alanis - Project Site: ASSETT
Brianna Beswick - Project Site: SUMATE
Beth Braiterman - Project Site: FONDO ESPERANZA
Michael Brogan - Project Site: BANCO ESTADO MICROEMPRESAS
Barbara Depena - Project Site: CEPAL
Rebecca Elliot - Project Site: CASA PAZ
William Forster - Project Site: ELEMENTAL
David Grieder - Project Site: SANTA CLARA
Emilio Jimenez - Project Site: TECHNOSERVE
Matt Killian - Project Site: DUPONT
Chris Lehman - Project Site: CEJA
Winshen Liu - Project Site: APTUS
Paige Quin - Project Site: UN BUEN COMIENZO
Mary Reed - Project Site: MINISTERIO DE ECONOMIA
Alex Stein - Project Site: ARCH DAILY

Summer 2010
Aibana Kanyinsola - Project Site: Escuela Albert Schweitzer
Dan Berbecel - Project Site: CEPAL
Rodolfo Díaz - Project Site: CIGLOB
Glyvolner Gabriel - Project Site: Foro Pro Innovation
Andrea Henricks - Project Site: Fundación Nuestros Hijos
Paula Ibieta - Project Site: Fundación Patagonia Sur
Herrissa Lamothe - Project Site: CEPAL
Adrienne Lee - Project Site: Santiago Times
Erika Lovin - Project Site: Assett Chile
Clare Miller - Project Site: Fundación Patagonia Sur
Jonathan Newmark - Project Site: Banco Estado Microempresas
Daniel Oh - Project Site: FONASA
Arnold Peinado - Project Site: Acción Emprendedora
Andrea Rivera - Project Site: Fundación Santa Clara
Candance Samuel - Project Site: Red Latínoamericano Salud de Mujer
Aseem Shukla - Project Site: CIGLOB
Katie Zavadski - Project Site: CONSPIRANDO

Summer 2009
Clark Jade - Project Site: COMPASS
Samuel Crihfield - Project Site: Stgo Times
Benjamin Dobkin - Project Site: Fundacion Nuestros Hijos
Ben Hur Gomez - Project Site: ASSET
Lauren Kiel - Project Site: El Mercurio
Patrick Knoth - Project Site: OCUC
Jonatan Lemus - Project Site: Municipalidad de Peñalolen
Lubomir Malo - Project Site: CEPAL
Miranda Margowsky - Project Site: Prohumana
Timothy Moore - Project Site: Un Techo para mi Pais - Chile
Cristina Ortiz - Project Site: CEPAL
Nelia Peña - Project Site: VE Global
Lidiya Petrova - Project Site: Chile Transparente
Michael Philbin - Project Site: Fondo Esperanza
Arian Razzaghi - Project Site: Fundación Santa Clara
Elizabeth Schechner - Project Site: TechnoServe
Anthony Nutter - Project Site: Fundación Santa Clara
Fabian Poliak - Project Site: Foro pro Innovación

Summer 2008
Emanuel Beica - Project Site: Banco Estado Microempresas
Carlos Bortoni - Project Site: CEPAL
Dana E. Brimmer - Project Site: CEJAS
Frank Cohen - Project Site: Un techo para mi pais
Roy Cohen - Project Site: El Mercurio
Jessica Estep - Project Site: Santiago Times
Tracy Han - Project Site: Un Buen Comienzo
Emily Harburg - Project Site:- Acción Emprendedora
Sara J. Howland - Project Site: Fundación Mustakis
Nicholas Hrdy - Project Site: ASSET
Rachel Itwaru - Project Site: Acción Emprendedora
Shaun Mansour - Project Site: Banco Estado Microempresas
Russell Mason - Project Site: CEPAL
Daniel Mayer - Project Site: FORO PRO INNOVACION
Diana Robles - Project Site: Fundación Nuestros Hijos
John T. Vogel - Project Site: OCUC
Linda Wang - Project Site: Fe y Alegría
Joanna Marquina - Project Site: FONASA
Michael Henderson - Project Site: LABORATORIO UC
Doris Hernandez - Project Site: DUPONT

Summer 2007
Jorge Alejandro Alvarez García-Tunon - Project Site: BANCO ESTADO
Vinita Andrapalliyal - Project Site: PROHUMANA
Kimberly Rose August - Project Site: SANTIAGO TIMES
Haiwen Chen - Project Site: CONASIDA
Rebecca Compton - Project Site: Hogar Esperanza
Jonathan (JJ) Diah - Project Site: Hogar Esperanza
Alejandro Gac-Artigas - Project Site: Fe y Alegría
Jamal Gorrick - Project Site: América Solidaria
Abigail Harpstead - Project Site: SUMATE
Xuan Hoang - Project Site: Fundación Nuestros Hijos
Nicole Hughes - Project Site: Casa Paz
Maryam Janani - Project Site: FONASA
Alejandro Jerez - Project Site: DUPONT
Francis Joyner - Project Site: Fondo Esperanza
Chine Labbé - Project Site: El Mercurio
Sebastian Marambio - Project Site: UBC
Katie Martino - Project Site: COMPASS
Gregory Mark McWilliams - Project Site: MINSAL
Erika Mejia - Project Site: Sociedad Activa
William Newman - Project Site: UC-Escuela de Medicina
Kalaya Okereke - Project Site: Un Techo para mi País
Rohan Prasad - Project Site: Acción Emprendedora
Daniella Urbina - Project Site: Perograma Ciudadanía y Gestión Pública
Jeffery Wannop - Project Site: Acción Emprendedora
Peng Yao (Patrick) - Project Site: Foro Pro Innovación
John Pfoh - Project Site: Fundación Mustakis

Summer 2006
Monali Agarwal - Project Site: CENCOSUD
Ercan Aksu - Project Site: ASSET
Stephen Barchick - Project Site: Municipalidad de Peñalolén
Andrea Blankmeyer - Project Site: Acción Emprendedora
Leah Boch - Project Site: Recycla
Emily Burnor - Project Site: Cejas
Neel Butala - Project Site: FONASA
Michael Codini - Project Site: América solidaria
Darryl Cooper - Project Site: ELEMENTAL
Sherelle Ferguson - Project Site: UNESCO
Filip Filipov - Project Site: CEPAL
Christian Franco - Project Site: Fundación Chile
Stephanie Garlow - Project Site: Fundación Mustakis
Andrew Gordon - Project Site: CEPAL
Jamie Greenman - Project Site: Hogar de Cristo
Anika Grubbs - Project Site: Transparencia Internacional
Skyler Johnson - Project Site: Banco Estado Microempresas
Marianne Kaletzky - Project Site: El Mercurio
Anna Kendrick - Project Site: Santiago Times
Janaki Kibe - Project Site: Revista América Economia
Jennifer Lim - Project Site: CEJAS
Louisa Malkin - Project Site: Hogar Esperanza
Winter Mead - Project Site: COMPASS GROUP
Awara Mendy - Project Site: Fondo Esperanza
Brighton Mudzingwa - Project Site: Fundación ProHumana
Jonathan Rosa - Project Site: D&S
Rachel Sheketoff - Project Site: Fundación Trascender
Vasudev Vadlamudi - Project Site: Banco Estado Microempresas
Bing (Joy) Xi - Project Site: PNUD
Nan Zhu - Project Site: FONASA/Fundacion Nuestros Hijos

Summer 2005
Glenda Aldana - Project Site: Casa de la Paz
Jennifer Blumberg - Project Site: Puentes/Municipalidad de La Pintana
Avery Anne Cavanah - Project Site: Puentes/Municipalidad Puente Alto/Jaime Sapag en la PUC
Nathan Chambers - Project Site: Crearte
Connie Chen - Project Site: Ministry of Health
Denise Delaney - Project Site: Cepal
Hannah-Sarah Faich - Project Site: Ministry of Health
Marisa Flavin - Project Site: Hogar Esperanza
Joey Hanzich - Project Site: FONASA
Stephanie Hodges - Project Site: PNUD
William Johnston - Project Site: Participa
Whayeun (Chloe) Kim - Project Site: Banco Estado Microempresas
Kyle Klopcic - Project Site: ASSET
Wojciech Kubik - Project Site: D&S
Michael Levin-Gesundheit - Project Site: OXFAM
Ross Lipstein - Project Site: Habitat for the Humanity
Casey Lurtz - Project Site: Fundación Mustakis
Reed Malin - Project Site: Municipalidad de Peñalolen
Rachel Nearnberg - Project Site: CEJA
Robert Nelson - Project Site: Unesco
Rosa Norton - Project Site: El Mercurio
Andrea Marie Nosal - Project Site: Encuentro
Nathalie Orr - Project Site: Ministerio de Salud
Dustin Saldarriaga - Project Site: Fondo Esperanza
Juan Soto - Project Site: Prohumana
Andrea Spillman - Project Site: Puentes/Municipalidad Puente Alto
Stephanie Sverdrup-Stone - Project Site: Proacceso
Nicole Urken - Project Site: PNUD
Nina Vizcarrondo - Project Site: Santiago Time
Jessica Williams - Project Site: Puentes/Municipalidad de Macul

SIP Chile Housing

Housing Information:
To enhance the cultural and linguistic experience, Harvard students live with local host families in Chile. At the host family home or apartment, students will typically receive room and board, three meals a day, and laundry privileges. The housing coordinator is available to make the appropriate matches that include opportunities to express preferences (such as smoking/non-smoking, pets/no-pets, children/no-children). Typically, these are families who have experience hosting international students. Once you have confirmed your participation in the program, please send the housing form to the housing coordinator Cecilia Blanch at

Program: To ensure students' smooth transition into life abroad, the DRCLAS Regional Office organizes a week-long Orientation Program and provides ongoing support throughout the summer. The program also provides bi-weekly activities, to deepen cultural understanding.

Students who participate in this innovative program will experience full linguistic, social, and cultural immersion by living with host families and working alongside Chileans in a variety of internship sites. During the internship, students will be paired with a mentor who will oversee their work.  Past students’ experiences include internships in the areas of Economic Development, Education, Human Rights, and Research. Please see below for a full list of possible internship opportunities.

Eligibility: The program is limited to 20 undergraduate students with a minimum of an intermediate level of Spanish (at least two semesters of undergarduate -level Spanish or their equivalent).  Through this program, one student will be placed at each internship site; participants must be autonomous, proactive, flexible, and willing to adapt to change based on the needs of their organization.

Student Testimonials"Would you recommend this program to other students? Why or why not?”

"Yes!! One of the highlights of my Harvard experience so far."

"SIP offers students a summer of their own making in an incredible part of the world with an excellent support team of mentors and peers. I couldn't have asked for a more rewarding two months abroad!"

"This experience is one of the best of my life, this immersion has taught me a lot about myself and how I can grow professionally."

"SIP is the perfect synchronization of a model work experience in your chosen career and living experience abroad. Seeing how these two aspects converge and diverge and how they relate to personal goals and development is what made this program a top recommnedation for me." 

For photos of last year's program, please click the link below:

SIP Chile  2018

Contact Pilo Mella, Student Program Manager