Florianópolis, Brazil

My host dad could in some way be my dad's long-lost Brazilian twin. They are both just amazing, hard-working men who show respect for everyone and have a great sense of humor. He was a perfect father figure for me while I was in Brazil, and taught me so much about food, culture, family, and life in general.

Ryan Knight
Kansas State University

Participant in Florianópolis, Brazil


Internships for Florianópolis, Brazil

USAC internships are rich resources for your academic and professional development particularly in your study abroad setting. USAC internships are considered courses and count as part of your credit load. They can be time-consuming, but are very worthwhile.

Students are placed in an environment with high exposure to culture and language. The student working in a Portuguese-speaking environment must be able to communicate at an advanced language level. There are technical terms that the student will acquire on the job. Interns earn credits but no financial compensation. The schedule and the number of work hours will be determined by the schedule of USAC courses.

Internship opportunities fall into broad categories: education, non-profit work and veterinary science. Possible internship placements include a language assistantship in a community center for at risk children, assisting the work of a non-profit organization, interning at a local conservation center, or working in a veterinary clinic. Placement is not guaranteed by USAC; rather it will be determined by your application and supporting materials and an interview with the internship sponsor on site.

If interested, you will apply after you have been accepted into the program; consult the Internship Opportunities and Application document on Student Gateway for more information. Requirements are: enrollment in the Florianópolis program, a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and junior standing at the time of the internship. A refundable fee of $100 is charged and returned upon successful completion of internship.

Quick Details

2017-18 App. Cycle

Fall or Yearlong: Open

Spring: Open

2018-19 App. Cycle

Application Opens 9/1

Summer I (4 weeks)

Summer II (5 weeks)

Summer I & II (9 weeks)


Minimum GPA: 2.5

Program Type



U.S. Credit

Program Capacity



English | Portuguese


BRASA--Brazilian Studies Association