Internships in Peru

Intern in the Sacred Valley of the Incas

  • Intern or Volunteer in your field of interest
  • Experience Machu Picchu & Cusco
  • Live in the Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Hike in the Andes
  • Gain valuable international experience
  • Improve your Spanish
  • Learn about the Peruvian Culture
  • Enhance your resume
  • Broaden your horizons!
Visiting Ollantaytambo

Duration, Dates & Program Fee 

Our students visiting Machu Picchu!

We hold regular group trips according to the US Academic Calendar during Summer, Winter Break and the Academic Year for our internships in Peru. Other dates are possible. Please email us if you’re interested in other dates. 

Visiting Pisac
Program Start Date Term Application Deadline
December, January, February Winter September 1st
March, April, May Spring October 1st
June, July, August Summer February 1st
September, October, November Fall April 1st
Custom Dates Contact us for special date requests.
Visiting Cusco
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Exploring Moray with new friends!

Internships in Peru – Program Description

Internships In Peru

Our interns have the unique opportunity to experience authentic Peruvian life and work directly with the local people in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Based on your learning objectives, your university requirements, and the local host organization’s goals, we design a customized voluntary internship or volunteer experience for you in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Interning at a local non-profit therapy center

We custom design internship projects, for all majors. Scroll to the bottom for ideas on potential project areas. 

Exploring the Sacred Valley

Read about former student experiences here: Shauna Bell from SDSU, Shalaya from St. Mary’s CollegeAlfredo from CSULB Sarah from Fort Lewis College

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Hiking in the Andes!
Duration Program Fee (USD)
2 weeks $2,895
3 weeks $3,295
4 weeks $3,795
5 weeks $4,195
6 weeks $4,960
2 months $7,995
3 months  $9,870
4 months $11,670
5 months $13,850
6 months $15,850
Custom Contact us for a customized quote for another duration or a group.

Internship in Peru: Requirements

Interning at a family run guesthouse
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Kristin with her mentor, Carlos!


  • Pre-departure support
  • International Health & Accident Insurance
  • Welcome orientation on-site
  • Welcome acclimatization hike
  • 24/7 local emergency contact & program coordinator
  • Customized Internship
    • Guidance by a professional mentor in your field (as available).
    • Project assignments designed to meet your learning objectives and support the local organization’s goals.
    • Letter of Recommendation (Provided based on performance.)
    • Internship Evaluation Report (Upon request.)
    • Resume review (Feedback and tips on how to present your internship on your resume.)
  • Accommodation: Housing (shared room & bathroom). Private room may be available upon request for an additional fee.
  • Some Meals
  • Transportation
    • Airport pick-up & drop-off to/from Cusco airport
    • Transportation expenses within the Sacred Valley and to/from Cusco (as required for your internship)
  • Day Trips & Cultural Activities
    • Cultural activities
    • Guided hikes 
The stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas!

Not Included

  • Round-trip flight to Cusco (Student fares are available here). The sooner you book, the cheaper the flight will be!
  • Extra travel, extra meals on free days, miscellaneous expenses (beyond those described above)
  • Spanish or Quechua classes available for an additional charge upon request.
  • Trip to Machu Picchu. Participants may purchase the Visit Machu Picchu package upon request. This includes: round-trip transportation to train station, round-trip train ticket, bus to archaeological site, guide, Machu Picchu entrance & Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain entrance if available at time of booking.
  • Optional add-on trips to Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Nazca Lines, Puerto Maldonado, Lima, Puno, Lake Titicaca, or multi-day treks, available upon request.
  • Traveler’s insurance (optional).

Application Process

By the application deadline indicated above, please follow the application process as described here

Placement Process

1) Within 1 week of receipt of the acceptance email, we will ask for your signed and initial Terms & Conditions agreement and your 1st Program Fee payment of $1,000 to secure your placement, as space is limited. Note: This deposit is not an extra fee, it will be deducted from your total Program Fee. This deposit is not refundable except under extreme circumstances.

2) At this stage we begin working on your customized internship placement. This involves a lot of on the ground coordination and can take as little as one week or up to several months. We make best efforts to arrange the closest fitting internship based on your application. Scroll down to read more about some of the internship ideas available.

3)  Make equal monthly, weekly or biweekly Program Fee payments until the month before departure

4) Make Final Program Fee Payment (Remaining Balance) due 2 months prior to departure.

5) We will need your supporting documents as described in your applicant portal.

Urubamba Market

Internships in Peru: Potential Projects

There are many ways you can contribute while gaining valuable experience through your internship in Peru. The table below includes a few project areas you could focus on. A list of some of the previously defined roles are also available here. If you have questions about whether this program is right for you, please don’t hesitate to email us at

Additionally, you may join our Facebook Group to ask questions directly and interact with Linguistic Horizons, current, past and potential participants!

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Elizabeth and her new friends!

Internships in Peru

Note that these are just some of the options of potential internship and projects. Contact us if you have a question about potential projects relevant to your career goals.

Suggested Majors Project Areas
Agriculture, Plant Biology, Ecology, Environmental Horticulture, Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems, Nutrition, Alternative Medicine
  • Local organic farming analysis and improvement
  • Improvements of local community green spaces
  • Pasture farming and irrigation systems
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Identification and analysis of native plants & their contribution to the local ecosystem
  • Medicinal Plants/ Herbalism. Plant identification
  • Reforestation and ecological projects
Architecture, Design, Civil Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Sustainable Environmental Design, Archaeology
  • Design, planning & construction
  • Construction of facilities for community members (churches, schools, clinics, homes, etc.)
  • Eco-friendly design
  • Construction with adobe
  • Community and establishment design
  • Community analysis & solution planning proposal
Business, Entrepreneurship, Community Development, Computer Science, Social Entrepreneurship, Marketing, International Business, Management, Information Technology (IT), Spanish, Public Policy
  • Community based business creation
  • Marketing, SEO & Sustainable business strategy development and implementation
  • Startup business and strategy planning
  • Consulting for local businesses
  • Market Analysis & Research
  • Fundraising strategy planning for NGOs and community organizations
  • Social media strategy & content
  • Website creation for small businesses, NGOs or community organizations
Education,  Anthropology, Communications, Special Education, Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, Spanish, Human Development, Mental Health, English
  • Educational presentations
  • Working with kids
  • Psychology/ therapy for community members – often parents or couples who face hardships
  • Conducting an assessment of special needs individuals living in the rural communities
  • Developing methods for overcoming cultural barriers to assist community members
  • Training and educating special needs community members
  • Skills training for community members
  • Teaching English or another foreign language in a school or community setting
  • Community field teaching
  • Workshop implementation
Environmental Awareness & Conservation, Environmental Studies, Botany, Biology, Ecological Management & Restoration
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Teaching kids
  • Renewable energy
  • High Andean Community resource improvement
  • Ecosystem evaluation
  • Reforestation programs
  • Species database
  • Alternative tourism impact on land
Fashion Design, Women’s Studies, Textiles & Clothing
  • Design proposals
  • Local fashion designer apprenticeship
  • Analysis and prevalence of traditional women weavers
  • Natural dying & weaving
  • Andean textile traditions
Global Health, Alternative Medicine, Public Health, Nursing, Pre-Med, Medical, Nutrition, Physical Therapy, Kinesiology, Psychology
  • Health conditions of the local community
  • Researching health benefits of Andean foods and plants
  • Working in community clinics
  • Andean Power Foods integration with indigenous community diet
  • Global Public Health
  • Medicinal plant uses & treatments
  • Health education for community
  • Improving the quality of life for local populations in the health arena
  • Medicine & treatment in areas of limited access to healthcare
  • Infection Prevention
  • Physical Therapy for special needs patients
  • Physical Therapy for all types of patients
  • Psychotherapy for special needs patients
Public Relations, Visual Arts, Communications, Journalism, Cinematography, Theater Arts, Film Studies, Photography, Web Design, Graphic Design, Journalism, Spanish, History
  • Promotional and education video & multimedia production
  • Short film &/or documentary creation
  • Promotional & education graphic design
  • Blog contributions
  • Photographic essays
  • Web page design & programming
  • Merchandising graphic design & print
Social Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Archaeology, History, Latin American Studies, Spanish, Women’s Studies, Community & Regional Development
  • Social Development
  • High Andean community population analysis
  • Cultural heritage preservation
  • Cultural landscape analysis
  • Traditional knowledge research
  • Research & documentation of current and past situations of the Sacred Valley
Sustainable & Responsible Tourism,  Museum Studies, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Spanish, Recreation, Kinesiology
  • Training in responsible and sustainable tourism guidelines
  • Current local problem analysis & new perspectives

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