Internships in Brazil

Why Brazil?

Brazil is a country teeming with youth and vivacity. IGS has placed students in Rio de Janeiro and San Paulo. Our favorite internship was for a sports marketing student passionate about working with a professional soccer club. It took lot of contacts, but we successfully placed him with Santos Football Club–the famed organization where Pele grew into a star. In Rio, we placed a graduate student with a leading women’s advocacy group. Located on the edge of a favela, the organization helped at-risk girls avoid falling into prostitution rings. Brazil is likewise an excellent location for conservation biology students looking to make a difference. With the most diverse habitats in the world, interns have a chance to make a measurable difference. Excursions to the Mato Grosso and Manaus provide an excellent glimpse into the world’s greatest rain forest.


Officially, the Republic of Brazil is the largest country in both South America and Latin America. At 8.5 million square kilometers (3.2 million square miles) and with over 208 million people, Brazil is the world’s fifth-largest country by area and the fifth most populous. It is the largest country to have Portuguese as an official language and the only one in the Americas; it is also one of the most multicultural and ethnically diverse nations, due to over a century of mass immigration from around the world.

Its Amazon River basin includes a vast tropical forest, home to diverse wildlife, a variety of ecological systems, and extensive natural resources spanning numerous protected habitats. This unique environmental heritage makes Brazil one of the 17 mega-diverse countries, and is the subject of significant global interest and debate regarding deforestation and environmental protection. Due to its rich culture, and history, the country ranks thirteenth in the world by number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.