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Communication Internship

Communication Internship Placements at the Center for Research on Health in Latin America and Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador

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.

CISeAL is a new state-of-the-art facility that is unique in Ecuador and the region. The experts affiliated with this center help students learn how to do sophisticated research (or engage in other projects) with significant local impacts in a new country. Communication interns will join the staff at CISeAL to publicize the important work that is being done.

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Placements are 12 weeks long – customized to fall within OHIO’s fall semester, spring semester, or summer term.

Students are placed with host families around Quito, and the host families provide meals. PUCE staff coordinate the placements.

Students will receive an orientation and tour of Quito as well as another day trip, typically to a location such as Otavalo Indian Market or Mindo Cloud Forest.


Three credit hours will be assigned for participation in the internship. Students may enroll in additional credit hours under advisement from faculty advisor.

Students will work with intern coordinator Karen Peters to select from the following list of courses:

MDIA 4910

MDIA 3911

VICO 4930

JOUR 4910

COMS 4910

SPAN 4910 (in consultation with Spanish department)


Ohio University students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA to participate. Internship placements will be determined on a one-on-one basis and be informed by the backgrounds of the students. Interviews will generally need to be conducted to determine if an internship experience is appropriate. Students will need to work with the Scripps internship coordinator to follow all processes for approval for internship credit. No Spanish language experience is necessary. We will work with staff at PUCE/CISeAL to make sure placements are with individuals who have a high level of command of English. 

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. 


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Ohio University Office of Global Opportunities suggests you follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control for healthy travel to your destination. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.

Refer to the US State Department site for information related to safety and security at this destination. Also refer to International SOS for information related to safety and security at this destination. To log in to the International SOS website, please use the OHIO membership ID: 11BCAS000010.


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.

It is each student’s individual responsibility to determine the entry and exit requirements specific to his or her personal situation. In Ecuador, a visa would be required for stays beyond 90 days.

NON-US Citizens should refer to the Embassy of Ecuador for visa requirements.

For more information, please contact:

Prof. Hans Meyer,

Karen Peters, Internship and Student Services Specialist,

Lori Lammert, Director of Operations, Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute,