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Internship Abroad – FAQ

What kind of experience and qualifications do interns and trainees have to have?

No experience is needed, just willingness to learn and contribute to the work placement.


Do I have to speak Portuguese?

No. Speaking Portuguese is not mandatory, but having at least a basic knowledge of the language will make your experience even better. Not everyone in Brazil speaks English fluently, so you might even find difficulties communicating with your colleagues in English.


What are the general requirements?

To be a university student and to speak English.


Are the internships paid? How much will I receive?

Some of the internships are paid. The payment depends on your placement and if the organization you will work with will be able to afford a salary. The amount paid varies a lot as well.


How long can I stay as an intern in Brazil?

According to the Brazilian Legislation, the maximum is 120 days if you arrive to Brazil with an internship visa. See more details about the visa processes and which visa you should apply for below.


From which countries are interns and trainees accepted?

All countries.


In which fields can I work?

All fields. There are some that have more feature in Brazil, for example: sustainability, tourism, education and urban planning, just to mention a few.


When can I enroll?

You can enroll at any time during the year.


When can interns start working?

When you enroll for this program, you will be asked when you are available to start your internship. BE will do their best to manage a placement for you within the dates you indicate. Make sure you enroll at least 2 months before your desired starting date.


How are placements offered?

After you enroll, send us your CV and Motivation Letter, BE will start searching for  companies and organizations that match your profile, expectations and goals. The more specified your letter is, the higher the chance of finding the best placement for you. This process of contacting your possible hosts and receiving a placement confirmation might take a while, which is why we have established a period of one month until you receive your placement. Once we find an internship for you, you will receive a document from us informing the name of the company and other details of the internship, such as: location, tasks, working hours, grant and other useful informations.


How long do I have to wait for my placement?

This also varies a lot. It depends in which field you would like to work with, if you require a paid internship, for how long you want to participate in the program, your CV, motivation letter, etc.


Is it possible to get a summer intenship?

Yes, the start and end date of the internship is defined by the student once you have enrolled to the program, but it is important to notice that the chances of getting a good placement are bigger the longer you are willing to stay.


Why do I have to pay for this program?

Brazilian Experience will take care of your international experience, from finding an internship placement for you to giving full support during your stay. We will provide you guidance and advice. If you need any assistance, you will be able to reach a BE staff member at anytime and we will try to solve your doubts or problems with you. This will make your experience surely more rewarding.


Which visa should I get?

According to the Normative Resolution 111, you can apply for an internship visa in Brazil. The internship can last up to 120 days, they are strictly for university students and the visa will be connected to your university. You can apply for this visa in your homecountry.

The category of this type of visa is VITEM IV and for that you will need:

  • the placement confirmation (of your internship in Brazil, that will be provided by Brazilian Experience),
  • The Internship Commitment Term signed by the host organization, BE, student and university.

Note that since June 2014, some changes about the eligibility for this visa were made. Before the Resolution, the student had to be enrolled in a Brazilian university in order to find an internship here. After this new appendix, being enrolled in any university is enough.


Can interns and trainees have more than one job?

No. Since you will be in Brazil under an internship visa, you will not be allowed to work here apart from your internship program. This is part of the Brazilian Legislation. If you want to come to Brazil for work you should get the VITEM V visa.

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This week we received the Texas Tech University students in Brazil for our internship program. The students have been showing a lot of enthusiasm and excitement about the experience of being immersed in Brazilian culture and work environment, a great opportunity to improve both technical and soft skills.







The internship program is a chance for students to actually experiment what it will be required from them in a foreign company, it’s a chance to share their habits and to learn how others work as well, “a great opportunity to built my resume” said Eduardo, one of the interns that will work at LACTEC, a Research Institute that works with technological services, consulting and training in a wide range of segments, one of our partner institutions in Brazil.


Haileigh, another intern, mentioned that she wanted the chance to learn a new culture as well as gain experience in her chosen field, computer engineering, and she was very happy to start at LACTEC.


All of the students arrived with an open mind to experience our country and showed readiness to get the jobs started. Besides working on a Brazilian organization, the students are placed in host families, aiming for a deeper immersion in our culture.


Getting to know our lifestyle is considered an important aspect of the program, not only for the students but for us from BE as well. Bobbie, the third intern from Lactec, even mentioned that one of the reasons why she has chosen this program was because she was going to gain an experience she wouldn’t be able in the USA, because of the differences she will be exposed in here.


The interns have already started their work at Lactec, and they were very well welcomed in the organization, as well as at BE. They are looking forward for new projects, expect to get a lot of technical work and at the end of the program being able to communicate a least a bit in portuguese. It will be a great time for TTU students in the working aspect. We look forward to hear their stories in the next couple of weeks!

Texas Tech students arrive to intern at LACTEC
Daniel Velasquez


An unforgettable experience

“My experience as a BE international intern was life changing. This was made possible by the incredible family I was matched with, the smooth transition assistance provided by BE and the beautiful country and people of Brasil! BE team made it a priority to make sure I felt comfortable, safe and that I was enjoying my experience to the fullest. Thank you, Brazilian Experience!!”




In the picture Daniel and Rafaela 

Daniel Velasquez, American, intern in 2013
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