Intern in Costa Rica

Program Information

You will be living in Costa Rica’s capital, beautiful San José, where you’ll work at a custom international internship or volunteer placement. You can gain practical skills in your major and really boost your résumé with international experience! When you’re not working, you can look forward to exploring Costa Rica’s rainforests, going zip-lining, and sipping coffee at local cafés.

Spanish language classes – Study Spanish abroad and learn in a more immersive environment than you ever thought possible!

Custom internship in Costa Rica – Gain practical experience in an internship selected for you from among fields as diverse as business, education, design, art, journalism, tourism, and engineering. Get a leg up in the job market!

An astounding country – Great excursions are included with your internship in Costa Rica. Take a city tour with your fellow study abroad students, wander through the local markets, and try some exotic tropical fruit as you explore the rain forest!

Idyllic setting – You’ll be just minutes from the heart of the capital of Costa Rica, and you will get to explore both the city and the beautiful national parks, picturesque mountain villages, and relaxed beach towns found nearby.

Fun outside the classroom – Universidad Veritas has weekly dance classes, intramural sports, martial arts classes, Costa Rican cooking classes, religious organizations, volunteer opportunities, and more.

360° Networking Toolkit - You will receive business cards, resume/interview coaching, and an internship completion certificate. You’ll also gain access to a seminar series on topics such as developing and maximizing a LinkedIn account, interview expectations, adding the experience to your resume, and more! Jump-start your career with the our global network!

Highlights and Excursions

If you've always wanted to work or volunteer in Costa Rica or just gain experience in the profession of your dreams, check out all Intern in Costa Rica has to offer. Here are just a few of the key highlights that make this program unique:

  • One of the most biodiverse countries on the planet! 
  • Intermediate and advanced Spanish-language classes 
  • International and local students at university 
  • Excursions throughout Costa Rica 
  • Internship in Costa Rica — from business to tropical ecology to photography 
  • Give back by volunteering during your time abroad! 
  • Cooking classes, dance classes, and sports events help you bond with your classmates

Depending on the length of your internship, you may have the opportunity to go on day and weekend excursions throughout Costa Rica. These could include:

Monteverde Cloud Forest This forest offers the unique opportunity to view a rainforest at high altitude (over 1,000 meters!) that is able to trap moisture from clouds in the trees to for a “cloud forest.” It creates an incredible hotspot for biodiversity, which you can view from suspended skywalks and bridges within the forest canopy

Tamarindo The city of Tamarindo is located on the Northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica and offers visitors the perfect chance to relax and take a break from classes. You can swim, surf, go boating or horseback riding, or visit a Leatherback Turtle reserve! Poas Volcano The

Poas Volcano The Poas Volcano is located within the Poas Volcano National Park. The summit of the volcano contains two unique crater lakes (Lake Botos and Laguna Caliente) that you can explore while visiting the park.

Cataratas Costa Rica is known for hot springs, waterfalls, and a number of other natural wonder, and this one is no different. The waterfall falls 300 feet into the mouth of an extinct volcano, making Cataratas del Toro one of the most unique sights in the world!

Housing

You will live in local Costa Rican family’s home, an opportunity that many students say was their favorite part of their study abroad experience. This homestay will let you become completely immersed in Costa Rican culture and life! Your host family will usually be within walking distance of the university, and will also have easy access to public transportation to get around.

Your homestay will include your own private room and towels, bed linens, blankets, and pillows courtesy of your host family. In addition, you’ll get to use the kitchen, a weekly laundry service, and will have traditional Costa Rican breakfasts and dinners cooked for you.

Classes

You are strongly encouraged to take at least one week of Spanish class prior to the start of your internship. Depending on your language ability, this may be required.

Campus Setting

Suburban

Credit

Contact your academic advisor for ways you can obtain credit for your internship.

GPA Requirement

2.5/4.0

Language of Instruction

English and Spanish

Program Dates

Available throughout the year*

Program Fee

12 Week Internship Only: $4,540

12 Week Internship with 4 weeks of Intensive Spanish: $5,240

16 Week Internship Only: $6,040

16 Week Internship with 4 weeks of Intensive Spanish: $6,240

Other options available as well

*Costs may change at any time due to the current exchange rate.

Included

  • One week of Spanish class 4hrs/day.
  • Internship placement
  • Housing and 2 meals per day
  • Pre-departure and onsite orientation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Weekly laundry

How to Apply

  • Set up an appointment with Frances Weiner, frances@iepabroad.org
  • Apply 90 days (in complete) before the first day of their start month.
  • Fill out the CISabroad Online Application
  • Pay the $200 application deposit*

*This is NOT an extra fee, but is a non-refundable deposit applied towards your total program fee. You will be directed to pay this after completing the online application.