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  • Locations: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Program Terms: Summer Internships
  • Restrictions: UPENN applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Program Snapshot

Global Internship Program (GIP): Escola Eleva
Escola Eleva LogoThe Internship: This internship is ideal for students looking for a hands-on experience in the education or international education field.

Number of Spots Available: 2-3

Duration: 8-12 weeks

Start Date: Late May-Early June

The Organization: Escola Eleva is the flagship Pre K-12 school of the Eleva Educacao educational group.  Opened in 2017, the school is founded on principles of Global Citizenship, Academic Excellence, and Life Skills to prepare its students for successful futures in the increasingly global environment.  The school is bilingual Portuguese and English and will offer the IB Diploma as of 2019.

The Location: Rio de Janeiro is one of the most popular cities in the Southern Hemisphere and is known for its beaches, Carnival parade, samba and bossa nova music, and soccer.  In addition to the beaches, some of the most famous landmarks include the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado Mountain (named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World), Sugarloaf Mountain, and Maracana Stadium, one of the world's largest football stadiums.  Rio de Janeiro was the host of the 2016 Summer Olympics and the 2016 Summer Paralympics, making the city the first South American and Portuguese-speaking city to ever host the events.  Maracana Stadium held the finals of the 1950 and 2014 FIFA World Cups.

Internship Details

The interns at Escola Eleva will:
  • Support special projects, administration, and coordination within the International Programs, IB Diploma, and Marketing Offices as needed
  • Assist classes in English and in Portuguese to document best practices
  • Assist in co-teaching of elective classes in English (such as Global Citizenship, language arts classes, visual arts, music, drama, and more) to Portuguese-native students (up to 4 hours per day)
  • Provide mentoring and one-on-one support for English language acquisition for identified students
  • Assist the College Counseling department by sharing college/life experiences in workshops and presentations for students and/or parents
  • Assist with special projects and events at Escole Eleva including community service projects, third party installations and fairs, and internal events
  • Attend weekly meetings with the coordinator to reflect on experience
The intern can expect to work 8:00am-5:00pm, Monday through Friday, with a one-hour daily lunch break.


All GIP applicants must be current full-time, degree-seeking University of Pennsylvania students who are returning to their degree program full-time in the Fall semester.  All GIP applicants must also be in good academic and disciplinary standing.

The internship at Escola Eleva also requires applicants to meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • Basic proficiency in Portuguese or Spanish
  • Interest in Latin and South American cultures
  • Strong communication skills
  • Microsoft Office skills (Word, Powerpoint, Excel)
  • Independent worker
  • Experience working with Google Docs

Priority will be given to applicants who have the following criteria:
  • Intermediate to advanced proficiency in Portuguese
  • Previous travel experience in Brazil or Rio de Janeiro
  • Experience working with Google Classroom

Please Note: Students who have participated in this program in the past OR who accepted a placement through this program in the past but then withdrew are not eligible to apply again.


Rio de Janeiro, BrazilStudents are responsible for finding their own accommodation.  Escola Eleva will provide interns accepted to this placement with suggestions as to where and how you can find safe, affordable, and comfortable housing close to your internship site.

Money Matters

All students accepted to the GIP will be awarded a Global Internship Program Award.  GIP award amounts vary by student, and are based on location of internship, length of internship, the student's need, and the student's merit. The internship placement application process includes the GIP award application essay.

The estimated budget for this internship is as follows:
Expense Estimated Cost  Notes
Program Fee $0 None
Round trip airfare $1,500 Estimated cost PHL - GIG
Accommodation $1,300 Estimated cost 8 weeks - neighborhood close to school
Meals $1,400 Could vary based on lifestyle
Visa $160 For US citizen 
Local Transport $200 Public transport/occasional taxi
Other $600 Personal expenses
Total Estimated Cost $5,160  

How to Apply

Ready to Apply?  Follow These Steps:
1. Click Apply Now above to login with your PennKey and password and begin the application
2. Complete all requirements listed in the online application, including:
  • CV/Resume upload
  • Cover Letter or Personal Statement upload
  • Unofficial transcript upload
  • Award essay
  • Required advising appointment with the Global Internships Manager (schedule yours by clicking here)
  • Other program-specific requirements, as needed
3. Once all requirements have been received and checked off, submit your application by the deadline
Don't Forget:
  • You may apply to a maximum of two (2) GIP programs.  You may open your first program application by following the above instructions.  To open a second application, you must first meet with the Global Internships Manager for an advising appointment.
  • Do not wait until the last minute to schedule your advising appointment, as appointment slots may fill!  Advising appointments will not be availablefrom December 23rd-January 1st, so please plan ahead.

 Application Deadline: January 10th, 2018 at 11:59pm EST


Schedule an Advising Appointment: Don't forget that meeting with the Global Internships Manager is a required component of applying to the GIP.  Schedule your appointment by clicking here, and don't wait too long, as appointment slots may fill!

Past Participants: Want to connect with a student who participated in the Global Internship Program?  Click here to view a list of past participants and get in touch.

Career Services: The Career Services office on campus can help you in several ways.  You may find the following links helpful: Visas: Depending on your citizenship and destination country, you may need a visa or work permit to participate in this internship.  It is your responsibility as a GIP participant to determine your visa requirements and obtain a visa, if needed. Past participants have found the following resources helpful in determining visa requirements:

This program is currently not accepting applications.