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Brazil is a huge, diverse, and interesting country. It is fully half of South America, whether measured in terms of geography, population, or economy. It could be a great place to spend some time developing your skills and adding to your CV. Consider studying Portuguese before you come for your internship as it likely to be a requirement for your work, and you'll need it in day-to-day dealings.

What constitutes an internship?

This article discusses unpaid internships. If you are seeking a paid position, review Expat.com's articles about work visas and also general guidelines for working in Brazil. The visas required and application processes are different for paid and unpaid work.

Students (undergraduates, graduates, or postgraduates) who wish to intern in Brazil will need to apply for what is termed a VITEM IV (student and intern) visa. To see who is eligible to apply and the requirements, visit the Brazilian governmental site. Those seeking paid internships will need to apply for a different visa, termed a VITEM V.

The process

While the applicant will need to submit several documents, these are fairly standard. However, they may vary a bit from situation to situation, and the agencies involved may sometimes request additional documentation.

Note that the internship must relate directly to the applicant's current field of study. Also, as internships are unpaid, applicants will need to have sufficient funds to support themselves during their time in Brazil and to provide proof of this capability. The applicant must also secure medical insurance for the period they will be in Brazil.

Once in Brazil, the applicant must register at a branch of the federal police. This is a formality but should be observed.

Important: The application process is somewhat different for internships of 120 days or less, and those of more than 120 days.

Find an internship

Internships can be in a broad range of fields, from business to cultural studies. But again, they must relate to the applicant's field of study.   

To find an internship, you can visit job websites, blogs, and forums, or consult hiring agencies. The LinkedIn network also offers a great help in job search and training worldwide. You can also contact the Foreign Chambers of Commerce in Brazil, or the Brazilian chamber of commerce or economic missions in your country. The websites below also list internships currently available.

 Useful links:

Career Jet
Go Abroad
Univers Internships
Go Overseas
Intern Brazil 

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