Summer Internship Program - OPI

How it works

Program dates:

9-week option: mid-May to late July
12-week option: mid-May to mid-August

Participating students will be placed in internships in an office of the Quito municipal government and complete 272 hours of work. Placements are available in a variety of city offices (see examples under “Internship Options” tab).

As part of the program students also participate in a mandatory 3-credit internship seminar held at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito. Topics covered include Ecuadorian culture and the workplace, as well as an analysis of their internship experience in the local context. Participants can also take part in an optional Spanish language class (3 credits) offered by USFQ for an additional fee.

Internship Options

Students will be placed in Quito government sites that match their interests, abilities, experience, and Spanish language level. Internship placements can occur in a variety of areas, including the:

  • Mayor’s Office
  • General Administration
  • Department of Productive Development And Competitiveness
  • Department of Culture
  • Department of Environment
  • Department of Security and Governance
  • Department of Planning
  • Department of Social Inclusion
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Communication
  • Department of Mobility
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Housing
  • Office of International Relations
  • Quito Tourism Office

Program requirements

A participating student must:

  • Be a university student from outside of Ecuador with a minimum of third year (junior) standing (60 or more earned credits at the time of participation).Graduate students are also welcome to apply.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8.
  • Have a minimum of four (4) semesters of college level Spanish or equivalent.


Participants will live with carefully screened host families in Quito. Host families are required to provide students with their own bedroom (bathroom may be shared), Wifi internet access, weekly laundry service, and two meals per day (breakfast and dinner).

Students will have the opportunity to participate in excursions offered to all USFQ summer international students. Typically this includes USFQ’s Tiputini Biodiversity Research Station in the Amazon, a beach trip on the coast, and a town in the highlands of Ecuador.


Summer 2019:
9-week option: US$3,373
12-week option: US$3,968

Included are:

  • 3 academic credits (transcript from USFQ*)
  • On-site academic and cultural orientation
  • Homestay in Quito
  • Transport from airport (UIO) to homestay family upon arrival
  • Cell phone plan with SIM card


Additional costs:

  • International airfare
  • International health insurance
  • Lunches
  • Local transport (may be included for some internship placements)
  • Optional excursions
  • Optional Spanish class (3 credits)
  • Personal spending money

* One transcript included; extra transcripts carry additional fee.


Complete the online application


Requirements include:

  • Academic transcript
  • Ecuadorian format of resume (template provided in application form)
  • Essay on internship placement interests

Application Deadline: March 30

Contact Us

If you would like more information regarding the USFQ Quito Government Summer Internship Program, please contact:

Oficina de Programas Internacionales (OPI)
Universidad San Francisco de Quito
Campus Cumbayá
Diego de Robles y Vía Interoceánica
P.O. Box 17-12-841
Quito, Ecuador
Tel: +593 2 297-1755