With its economy booming in recent years, Brazil has joined China, India, and Russia as one of the leading emerging markets in the global economy. Today more than ever international companies are looking for business graduates who understand the Brazilian market and are familiar with the language and culture of Latin America’s largest country.
The Business in Brazil Academic Internship program includes a 3-credit course consisting of online work and a hands-on experience through a project in a Brazilian company or industry association. The program also requires a 1-credit language and culture course in Curitiba.
Through the Academic Internship students will have the opportunity to…
–Apply academic knowledge through a hands-on experience
–Learn how to adapt in a new culture while working on a project in a foreign country
–Expand their professional network internationally
–Gain exposure to new perspectives and ideas
The Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná (PUCPR) is a private, not-for-profit Catholic University located in Curitiba. The campus houses five academic units, including the Business School. The university caters to over 27,000 students, offering business courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels. For more information, visit http://www.pucpr.br/escoladenegocios/
Curitiba is the capital and largest city of the state of Paraná. With over 1,700,000 inhabitants, it is considered the cultural, economic, and political center of region. The city offers a variety of museums, theaters, festivals, and tourist attractions for visitors. Curitiba is renowned for its successes in urban planning, boasting a number of preserved green spaces and highly efficient public transportation system. It is also an attractive destination for business students due to its high concentration of national and multinational industries. Finally, Curitiba’s large university population infuses the city with a youthful atmosphere and vibrant music scene. To learn more, visit: http://www.braziltour360.com/#curitiba
Students will interact with PUCPR business faculty throughout their project and will have the opportunity to participate in campus activities as well as local cultural excursions. The PUCPR International Center services are also available to assist students.
Summer A: 6 week program, with 4 week non-paid internship placement in Curitiba and online coursework.
On-Site in Brazil: May 12-June 6, 2014
-Graduate or advanced undergraduate student status.
-Business major/minor (but students from other related disciplines are encouraged to apply).
-3.0 GPA or above.
-Prior work/internship experience.
-International travel experience is helpful, but not required.
Portuguese is encouraged, but not required. A one-credit language and culture course is a required component of the program.
Housing is through a home stay with a Brazilian family.
Brazil requires all United States passport holders to have a valid visa. This visa must be applied for (usually by mail, but sometimes in person) at the passport holder’s consulate in advance of travel to Brazil. A list of consulates, their websites, and their areas of jurisdiction is provided here: Brazil Embassy and Consulates.
*Cost does not include airfare, required visa, local bus expenses, or spending money.
For more information, please contact Mary Risner.
For information on the application process, visit the UF International Center website, and contact Sarah Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Course/Program Sponsored by:
David F. Miller Center for Retailing Education and Research at the University of Florida
University of Florida Center for Latin American Studies
Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at the University of Florida