IN LATIN AMERICA
With strong, developing economies and amazing natural resources and geography, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru are exciting places to be part of the travel industry! Considering Latin America’s travel and tourism sector makes a direct contribution of nearly $150 billion to the region’s GDP every year, the importance of these exciting businesses cannot be underestimated. However, hospitality and tourism companies need marketing knowledge and help in reaching out to international customers—especially small companies struggling to compete in a global marketplace.
International internship placements help you gain practical experience in hospitality, travel, tourism, and food service. Internship placements are with small local companies—boutique hotels, traveler’s hostels, restaurants, tourism operators, and travel agencies. As an intern, you work with business owners and local professionals to help improve their companies and expand their capacity to market to and serve international clients. Internships can be customized, but usually focus on specific areas such as Marketing, Sales & Client Service, or Operations. Students’ daily responsibilities vary as they learn to wear multiple hats in small, but busy enterprises. Interns get exposure to daily business practices, increase their knowledge of Spanish vocabulary, and improve their ability to communicate with Spanish-speaking guests. You also build your international marketability through new skills, increased confidence, and a more global mindset.
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Why I Maximo Nivel
I had the awesome experience with Maximo Nivel in Cusco, Peru as a Hospitality and Tourism Project. Maximo Nivel is extremely flexible to your needs and does an awesome job placing you in a project that fits your desires and career ambitions! The in-country support staff was incredible, they truly went the extra mile to facilitate cultural emersion, help with appropriate Spanish lessons, and excursions/activities to do in your free time.
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INTERNSHIPS 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 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 the country each year.
Costa Rica is a top travel destination for both international and domestic tourism and continues to increase each year. Though a small country, Costa Rica is rapidly becoming more competitive in the travel and tourism industry by emphasizing its adventure and eco-tours. International interns in Costa Rica get 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. As an intern, you 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. International interns contribute directly to business development through client outreach, marketing, social media management, public relations, sales, and guest services.
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INTERNSHIPS IN GUATEMALA
Guatemala is experiencing a renaissance in its travel and tourism industry. Guatemala’s rich history, archaeological ruins, multicultural population, and awesome sites for adventure and eco-tourism make it a hidden treasure in Central America. Guatemala’s travel and tourism sector makes up nearly 10% of the country’s GDP and accounts for 15% of all employment.
This makes the travel and tourism sector one of the most important industries in the country. International interns work with boutique hotels, travelers’ hostels, tour agencies, and restaurants, in the historic city of Antigua—the top destination in Guatemala. Your internship placement lets you contribute directly to the expansion of small businesses through client outreach, marketing, social media, public relations, sales, and guest services.
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INTERNSHIPS IN PERU
Peru is one of the top 10 travel destinations in the world! The country works hard to preserve its cultural heritage and natural resources, and the Peruvian government continues to make strides in advancing their infrastructure and sustainability. From the world-heritage city of Cusco to Machu Picchu and the Andean mountains; from the Amazon rainforest to the rainbow ridges of Vinicunca, the country of Peru never ceases to amaze.
Peru’s travel and tourism industry accounts for 10% of the country’s GDP and it is expected to grow faster than any other Latin American country, making it a huge global destination! International internship placements are in boutique hotels, travelers’ hostels, tour agencies, and restaurants, and provide you with interactive professional experience to advance your career in hospitality. As an international intern, you help to develop small hospitality and tourism companies through client outreach, marketing, social media, public relations, sales, and guest services. Your hospitality internship in Peru provides you the opportunity to apply your education and knowledge to a top global destination in the travel industry.
WHY INTERN WITH MAXIMO NIVEL?
Maximo Nivel is a local organization based in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru. Our role is to bring structure, organization, and quality service to your internship program.
- New internships start every Monday year-round
- Academic credit available
- Dedicated internship advisor
- Internships available for 4 to 24 weeks
- All-inclusive—Private accommodations, meals, & Spanish classes
- 24/7 in-country support
- Program fees from $1,495