What are the advantages of performing an internship in Peru? How to proceed? Here are some tips and guidelines.
Peru is deemed to be one of Latin America's most stable country's, experiencing a real economic boom since a few years. Hence, its labor market requires foreign expertise so as to be able to keep the pace. This can be an interesting opportunity for foreign students and young graduates looking forward to acquire professional experience. So why not turn to Peru during your quest for internship offers.
Internship opportunities in Peru are available in several fields, namely tourism, mining, services, import and export, trade, web-marketing, transports, telecommunications, renewable energies, as well as architecture, etc. Thus, the country is an open door for those who wish to contribute actively to development and growth.
You will undoubtedly need a visa to be allowed to perform an internship in Peru. You are also required to subscribe to an insurance (providing care in case of accidents or other risks) before traveling to Peru. This applies to all types of internships, whether these are paid or unpaid or humanitarian missions, etc. In case the internship conditions are modified, you then have to be declared by your employer as a worker at the Immigration Department.
Direct contact is almost essential when it comes to searching for internship opportunities. In fact, you are advised to contact personally company in which you might be interested. You can also submit your application following job adverts posted on specialized job and internship websites. Remember that finding an internship abroad is not always an easy task. So if you do not feel comfortable about sending spontaneous applications to companies, why not register with an internship or recruitment agency? This might help, although it involves more administrative procedures.
Finally, networking may help if you have friends or contacts on the spot. Word-of-mouth is also quite widespread.
Knowledge of Spanish
In general, you are required to write your resume and cover letter in Spanish. However, foreign companies operating in Peru may also accept applications in English or French. Note, on the other hand, that you don't necessarily have to be bilingual to land an internship in the country. But some knowledge of Spanish and the will to improve your knowledge once you are on the spot will be much appreciated.
Expat.com – Internships in Peru
Ministry of Labor - Internship programs www.trabajo.gob.pe
Inside Peru insideperu.com.pe
Go Abroad www.goabroad.com