Internships, Volunteer Opportunities, and Experiential Learning

International Spanish-Language Internships for SPAN Major/Minor Credit

Hispanic Studies is pleased to announce an opportunity for those seeking to engage in experiential learning while using their Spanish language skills in the professional context: International Spanish-language based internships.

These virtual internships are offered through Academic Programs International (API), one of the College of Charleston’s affiliated study abroad providers and an organization with more than 20 years of experience in the education abroad field. 

With API, qualified students will have opportunities to get valuable professional and linguistic experience interning with organizations based in Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica and Spain.

Participating students would, through successful completion of the 3 credit / 120 hour internship experience run jointly by API and the fully accredited Universidad de Congreso (Argentina), receive 3 hours of transfer credit for Hispanic Studies’ SPAN 401 Internship, the catalog description of and prerequisites for which are:

SPAN 401 Internship (1-4)

Practical applications for the integration of research and language skills in work or service areas related to Hispanic Studies, domestic or international. Students identify internship programs or sites; faculty supervisor identifies learning objectives. Course involves designated work at internship site, readings, discussions and a final project.

Prerequisite(s): Declared Spanish major or minor; SPAN 313 and either SPAN 314, SPAN 312 or SPAN 328; at least two additional courses at the 300- or 400- level; acceptance to an internship program or site; interview with and approval of the instructor. 

Other Volunteer or Internship Opportunities

Art Pot: Art Pot is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to create a space of integration, culture, and education in order to build an impact that generates opportunities and positive changes in the Latino community in its coexistence with other communities, towards a better quality of life.

El Informador: A Spanish and Portuguese language newspaper in the Charleston area, which has periodically offered positions to Hispanic Studies students for Spanish language based reporting and social media promotions.

Holy City Treks: A non-profit organization which works to combat homelessness in Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley counties, in part, through the production of quality Spanish-language translations of educational and promotional materials to raise awareness about housing opportunities and other social resources.

Shifa Free Clinic of Mount Pleasant: An agency dedicated to community outreach and medical care which periodically utilizes Hispanic Studies students for Spanish language assistance in both their clinic and food-bank.

The Hub at Centerpoint is a non-profit organization, with a base in North Charleston, which creates collaborative spaces and relationships that enable it to share resources and knowledge--by way of outreach to the local Hispanic and Latinx communities, among others—so that cycles of poverty can be broken and pathways to self-sufficiency can be found enabling lasting community transformation.

Mujeres Latinas de Carolina del Sur Latina Women of South Carolina. Protect, preserve the environment and wildlife, promote the conservation of natural ecosystems and biodiversity, working closely with local communities and other stakeholders to develop sustainable activities for our planet, creating a supportive and enriching personal and group experience, with a focus on strengthening our Latin American roots, establishing culturally and socially responsible and sustainable educational foundations towards the ecosystem and the society in which we operate.

For more information on these above opportunities, please contact Dr. Michael Gómez, Chair of Hispanic Studies, at