Ohio University

Ecuador: Communication Internship

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Program Feature

Gen Ed

Program Term

Academic Year

Program Type

OHIO Credit

Academic Focus

Communication, Journalism, and Media

For additional information contact:

Dr. Mario Grijalva
Program Director

Lori Lammert
Director of Operations




Every year, the Center for Research on Health in Latin America (CISeAL) at Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador (PUCE) welcomes students from OHIO, other universities in Ecuador and international institutions to complete internships at its facility. Communication interns at CISeAL/PUCE will contribute to meaningful projects related to the partnership between Ohio University and CISeAL and will specifically focus on creating projects around the scientific contributions that the partnership has advanced within Ecuador and beyond. Students may also contribute to projects related to ComCiencia), which is a PUCE initiative that aims to develop a link between science and society. Students will be based in Quito, but interns may travel to cover projects outside of Quito.

This program is facilitated by the Heritage College of Medicine. Full program information including program summary, dates, coursework, costs, and programmatic options can be found here. All interested students should review information on this page. 



The number of semester credits available will vary with length of participation and will match the Student's academic program needs.  A non-credit option is available for non-OHIO students. Click here to view the program homepage for additional details on credits. 


The program fee for this program varies by program option. This program features several options for students. Be sure you are reviewing the correct student budget worksheet for your program option of interest as costs vary. Click here to view the program homepage for additional details on program options.

In addition to the program fee, students should plan for credit hours of tuition*, administrative fee, and out-of-pocket costs. Below is the student budget worksheet for this program, which outlines these costs.  

Items that are not related to the program (ie. additional entertainment, souvenirs, extra travel, contingency funds) are not included in the cost estimates provided and should be budgeted for separately.  


  • Non-resident surcharge waived for the credit hours associated with this program. 
  • If you are nominated to this program, you will be required to pay a deposit to confirm your participation. The deposit is a down payment on the total costs to be billed by OHIO and is determined by the total cost of the program. 

Funding Opportunities

More information on financial aid and scholarships can be found on our funding pages. 

College of Health Sciences and Professions students are invited to apply for a Global Health Travel Award for this program. 

All participants can apply for ITDI Student Travel Awards.

Eligibility and Requirements 

Students from institutions of higher education (undergraduate, graduate, medical, non-degree), professionals and community members interested in international research related to health, development and community education; individuals interested in service learning; individuals interested in improving their Spanish skills; individuals interested in learning in a cross-cultural environment.

All participants are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of $500 (to be credited to student’s program fees) as part of the acceptance process.  

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy 

This program accepts NON-OHIO students. For more information about this process visit the Non-OHIO student page.   

Participants must have a at least a high school diploma or the equivalent (e.g. GED) by the start date of the program to be considered for eligibility.  Students enrolled in College Credit Plus (CC+) are not eligible for study away programs.

Entry and Exit Requirements 

U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year,  apply for your passport  now. Some countries also require a visa to legally enter or reside in the country. Entry and exit requirements can be found  here

U.S. citizens  will not  need a visa or other special document to enter the country for the length of this program. Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to this program. 

For more specific visa related information, please visit OGO’s  Visa Information Page 

Information for  Non-U.S. citizens  can be found  here.  


Post-Nomination Checklist

Please refer to the Global Health Program Checklist PDF for instructions on submitting additional information once you have been nominated for a program. This checklist also includes information on course registration for programs.