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Internships in Costa Rica

Costa Rica boasts one of the most advanced economies in Latin America making it a preferred destination for interns of all backgrounds looking for a unique experience abroad. With an established education system, universal healthcare and a booming tourism industry there is an opportunity for you to gain hands-on experience and develop professionally.

Whether looking to intern in hospitality & tourism, human rights, education, medical, business, or special education, our internship programs in Costa Rica give you the confidence to succeed in your future career. Join like-minded individuals as you work hard, study hard, and play hard in one of the most exotic travel destinations in the world.

Education Internship in Costa Rica

In 1948, Costa Rica’s then President, Jose Figueres, abolished the country’s military and instead allocated the money towards healthcare, education and the environment. Today, Costa Rica invests a minimum of 8%–double the average investment for its region–of its total GDP into education. Teachers outnumber policemen and Costa Rica boasts a 98% literacy rate. Prepare to intern in one of the most academically advanced countries in Latin America alongside professional teachers and enthusiastic students.

Interns are placed in private or public bilingual schools. Private schools often follow the International Baccalaureate (“IB”) curriculum. The classes you assist with are taught in English, and you directly report to a designated faculty member at your school.

Most interns prefer teaching a variety local and international students in private schools, whereas other interns prefer placement in public schools, which provides more contact with less privileged local students. Regardless of your placement, your time spent interning abroad definitely provides you with the experience needed to hone your teaching skills, create exciting lesson plans, and implement classroom management strategies.

Education Internship in Costa Rica

Advantages
– Gain international teaching experience in a bilingual environment
– Be unique–develop cultural understanding and share your international experience with prospective employers
– Develop your Spanish language skills to add “Bilingual Spanish” to your resume/CV
– Build your professional network while abroad
– Receive college credit through an internationally recognized program

Responsibilities
– Develop lesson plans and teach designated subjects
– Observe and aid in classroom instruction and management
– Work with students both in small groups and one-on-one
– Attend regular meetings with faculty and school administration

Requirements
– At least 18 years of age
– Currently enrolled in Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Education, Secondary Education, or related discipline
– Able to be creative with limited resources
– Hard working, ready to do anything!
– Final project required

Hospitality & Tourism Internship in Costa Rica

Since the late 1980’s, Costa Rica has become a large eco-tourism destination because of its biodiversity, national parks, Pacific and Caribbean coasts, and top rated hotels. From volcanoes, to pristine beaches, waterfalls, mountains and rainforests, there’s no shortage of places to see when visiting Costa Rica. On average, more than 2 million travelers visit each year.

The impact of travel and tourism in Costa Rica is approximately 12% of its total GDP, and continues to increase each year, making the country a top travel destination for international and domestic tourism.

Though a small country, Costa Rica is rapidly developing to become more competitive in the travel and tourism industry by emphasizing its adventure and eco tours. Interns receive hands-on experience in one of the more developed countries of Central America, where the tourism industry is comparable to those of Europe and North America.

Interns work in the capital city of San Jose, where business thrives as the hub for international travel. Internship placements are based on your professional interests and may include boutique hotels, travelers’ hostels, tour agencies or restaurants. Prepare to directly contribute to business development through client outreach, marketing, social media management, promotions, public relations, sales, and guest services. Our internship partners are depending on your skills and creativity, and give you the opportunity to show ‘em what you got!

Hospitality & Tourism Internship in Costa Rica

Advantages
– Gain international travel and tourism experience
– Learn international business practices
– Develop your skills and confidence to interact with international guests
– International tourism experience is easily transferable because it’s a global industry
– Be unique–share your experience and skills with prospective employers
– Develop your Spanish language skills to add “Bilingual Spanish” to your resume/CV
– Build your professional network while abroad

Responsibilities
– Assist with sales, reservations, and pre-arrival service
– Work to coordinate day-to-day in-country logistics and planning
– Support direct promotional efforts through outreach and marketing material
– Support online marketing via website updates, social media, and review sites (e.g. TravelAdvisor)
– Assist with client service and guest relations
– Provide information about local activities, restaurants, and travel
– Assist with basic accounting and stock and supply purchases

Requirements
– At least 18 years of age
– Currently enrolled in Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Hospitality Management, Travel & Tourism, Business, or related discipline; or 1 year experience/vocational training
– Able to be creative with limited resources
– Hard working, ready to do anything!
– Final project required

Human Rights Internships in Costa Rica

Costa Rica continues to lead Latin America in politics, healthcare, education and environmental protection, but like all countries, improvements are still urgently needed. According to Costa Rica’s 2015 Human Rights Report, the most urgent areas of need include women’s rights, undocumented migrants, discrimination against refugees, representation of native peoples in politics, and inclusion of the LGBTQ community.

Based on your interest, your internship involves work in community organizations, NGOs, and government agencies. You work with change agents and social workers who are focused on empowerment and social justice. Help with community outreach, education, research, and fund-raising. Immerse yourself into a community and a project, and see first-hand the impacts of culture, social values, and the roles of politics, religion, gender, and ethnicity.

Human Rights Internships in Costa Rica

Advantages
– Take real action to support rights you’re passionate about
– Gain professional experience while providing a voice to a disadvantaged population
– Work in solidarity with like-minded individuals while creating lasting connections
– Develop your Spanish language skills to add “Bilingual Spanish” to your resume/CV
– Build your professional network while abroad

Responsibilities
– Provide marketing support through website development, social media, and the creation of promotional materials
– Create presentations to launch new projects and ideas
– Collaborate and assist with the development of projects and events
– Attend organizational meetings
– Support staff in daily office tasks

Requirements
– At least 18 years of age
– Currently enrolled in Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Social Work, International Development, or related discipline
– Able to be creative with limited resources
– Hard working, ready to do anything!
– Intermediate Spanish language skills are required
– Final project required

Medical Internship in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has one of the best healthcare systems in Central America, providing universal healthcare to its citizens. Both the private and public healthcare sectors are constantly being improved by adding new hospitals, clinics, technology and training. As an intern, prepare to learn about a globally competitive healthcare system, and the advantages and opportunities provided to its citizens, residents, and staff.

Medical internship placements are in assisted living facilities, and small local clinics. Interns work one-on-one with a staff member, assisting or shadowing while on site. Activities vary based on the needs of the medical facility. Note, depending on your professional experience and medical credentials, only shadowing, rather than direct patient care, may be the emphasis of your project.

Medical Internship in Costa Rica

Advantages
– Provide hands-on assistance at all levels
– Gain insight to an international healthcare system
– Incorporate cultural practices with modern medical care
– Prepare to be utilized based on your previous experience and credentials
– Advance your professional network in the medical field
– Develop your Spanish language skills to add “Bilingual Spanish” to your resume/CV

Responsibilities
– Observe and aid in patient consultations and prescribing medications
– Observe and aid in physical examinations
– Assist with processing, reporting, and interpreting laboratory tests
– Observe and perform injections, sutures, and suture removal
– Aid in obstetric check-ups and consultations, as well as family planning services
– Evaluate the physical and neurological development of patients
– Prepare and sterilize equipment and materials
– Organize patient medical files

Placement is Determined by:
– Level of training and demonstrated expertise
– Spanish level
– Personality and ability to take initiative
– Duration of program

IMPORTANT: Please bring your own scrubs and basic medical supplies including a stethoscope, and a blood pressure cuff.

Requirements:
– At least 18 years of age
– Pre-med, medical, and nursing program students
– Proof of medical education, training, certifications, and licenses
– Able to be creative with limited resources
– Hard working, ready to do anything!
– Final project required

* Licensed medical professionals interested in taking part in an internship should contact us

Language Requirement
– Intermediate Spanish or above

If your Spanish language skills are not at this level, we offer online Spanish classes and our Spanish immersion programs to bring your skills up to the appropriate level.

Micro-Business Internships in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the most economically successful Latin American countries, and is the leading economy in Central America. Since 1960, the country’s GDP has tripled and continues to outpace every other country in the region. Costa Rica’s political impact and economic growth has contributed to one of the lowest poverty rates in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Though stable in development, with a significantly advanced economy, entrepreneurs in Costa Rica face challenges brought on by government bureaucracy and the high cost of social programs required for employees. The bustling city of San Jose continues to be a prime location for business development and entrepreneurs.

Interns assist small business owners and entrepreneurs in the for-profit or nonprofit sectors, based on your interests. Your role can be in relation to daily operations, client service, sales, administration, marketing, public relations, accounting, and distribution.

Prepare to intern in a big city where you’re exposed to business practices in a competitive, international setting. Gain the hands-on experience that is sure to make you a more marketable candidate for your future job search. Become a globally-minded business person and develop your skills to confidently interact with Spanish speakers in a business environment.

Micro-Business Internships in Costa Rica

Advantages
– Gain hands-on experience and apply your knowledge to developing small, international businesses
– Explore international business practices in a rapidly growing economy
– Develop your Spanish language skills
– Be unique–market your professional and international experience to prospective employers
– Develop your Spanish language skills to add “Bilingual Spanish” to your resume/CV
– Build your professional network while abroad

Responsibilities
– Contribute to day-to-day operations, office administration, client service, and sales
– Support marketing efforts via website updates, social media, promotional material development, and client outreach
– Research competitors, potential partners, and promotional opportunities
– Assist with basic accounting, expense reports, and project budgets

Requirements
– At least 18 years of age
– Currently enrolled in Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Business, Economics, Communications, or related discipline; or 1 year experience/vocational training
– Able to be creative with limited resources
– Hard working, ready to do anything!
– Intermediate Spanish language skills are required
– Final project required

Special Education Internships in Costa Rica

In 1957, Costa Rica passed one of the world’s first pieces of legislation pertaining to special education–further proving the country’s leadership in the education sector. The Fundamental Law of Education established the constitutional right of students with disabilities to receive special education, including appropriate didactic techniques and materials, and the right of parents to receive information on assisting their children with special educational needs. While special education services continue to expand, the challenge for Costa Rica is to ensure the quality of the services provided.

With a majority of teacher training programs based in the capital city of San Jose, your internship provides top-notch, professional hands-on training working with certified special education teachers. Interns provide individual attention to students with various disabilities, plan lessons utilizing appropriate level curriculum, and advance their classroom management techniques that will encourage students to work at their highest potential.

Special Education Internships in Costa Rica

Advantages
– Gain international special education experience in a bilingual environment
– Hands-on experience providing academic and emotional support to students with special needs
– Be unique–share international experience with prospective employers
– Develop your Spanish language skills to add “Bilingual Spanish” to your resume /CV
– Build your professional network while abroad
– Receive college credit through an internationally recognized program

Responsibilities
– Develop lesson plans and teach designated subjects
– Observe and aid in classroom instruction and management
– Work with students both in small groups and one-on-one
– Attend regular meetings with faculty and school administration

Requirements
– At least 18 years of age
– Currently enrolled in Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Special Education, Education, Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy or related discipline
– Able to be creative with limited resources
– Hard working, ready to do anything!
– Intermediate Spanish language skills are required
– Final project required

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