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Internships in a variety of fields such as social work, community development, and public policy are available. In order for the internship to be within the legal boundaries of the student visa, you must work through the PUC-Rio university to arrange an internship rather than independently seeking an internship.  

Key Facts

Internships are optional.


You can intern in English, but proficiency in Portuguese will broaden your internship options.


Internships for academic credit are restricted to practicum courses available at PUC-Rio. The PUC-Rio practicum includes a course to guide your internship experience. You may participate in meetings, discussions, journaling, and a final project.

  • The internship cannot replace a course
  • Letter grade or pass/no pass credit

Current internship courses

You will enroll in an internship or practicum course, such as SER 1188 Community Development.


To arrange your internship, you’ll enroll in relevant internship courses at the host institution. You make most of the arrangements after arrival. 

Get an Award

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Scoring academic credit while learning real-world skills during an internship is just the start. After your program ends, you can apply for an award. You’ll focus on the marketable skills you gained—an ideal addition to your résumé.



Learn About Internship Awards