COSTA RICA - Internship
Country: Costa Rica
Location: San José
Minimum Stay: 4 weeks
Start dates: All year round
Price: from 4 weeks, 1,160 USD
InternshipWe provide professional internships in almost all business areas and industry sectors in Costa Rica. Internship placements are especially demanded in the tourism and social sector. We place you in different kinds of companies, enterprises, institutions and organizations. Mostly, we cooperate with local companies. All companies are located in the capital San José and can be easily reached by public transport.
The company itself defines your working hours during the internship. Usually, the internships in Costa Rica are full-time positions. The decision, whether to pay remuneration is up to the respective company. Please remember that internships in Costa Rica are usually unpaid work experiences. Due to economic and social reasons locally, it is often not possible to pay a salary to interns. However, some companies reward outstanding performances with non-monetary benefits, such as food vouchers, transportation expenses or excursions.
You decide how long you want to do your internship in Costa Rica according to your personal time schedule. In doing so, please keep in mind that we ask for a minimum stay of 4 weeks for the internship in San José. This is to assure you have enough time to become familiar with the language and to adjust to your intern position and daily tasks.
We do not work with lists of possible internship positions or standard programs. Rather, our internships in Costa Rica are tailor-made to your needs and preferences. You tell us the work field you are looking to intern in, the duration and important criterions that should be fulfilled and our job is it to arrange the internship accordingly.
AccommodationInterns stay with well chosen host families. Living in a typical Costa Rican homestay gives you the best chance to discover the Costa Rican way of life as you will immediately become a member of the family. Your will have your private room and have access to all common rooms of the house. Laundry services as well as two meals per day (breakfast and lunch or dinner) are provided.
RequirementsLanguage: Spanish skills (Spanish course in San José can be booked through us prior to internship program)
Skills: depend on internship position
Vaccination: Not required. Please consult us and your doctor for specific recommendations.
Insurance: Full travel and medical insurance is required. You can purchase a full coverage, no deductible health and travel insurance at a special rate for our participants by contacting your South America Inside representative.
Visa: Tourist visa valid for 90 days. For further information regarding visa requirements please contact us and the corresponding embassy or consulate in your home country.
Check out our language courses in Costa Rica to get prepared.
|Price in USD|| incl. Homestay
(w/ breakfast + dinner)
|4 weeks Internship|| 1,160.-
|5 weeks Internship||1,340.-|
|6 weeks Internship|| 1,510.-
|7 weeks Internship|| 1,685.-
| Additional week
Registration fee 100 USD.
- Orientation kit
- Local support
- 24h-Emergency Number
- Laundry service (when homestay booked)
- Internship placement
- Airport pick-up
- Homestay with 2 meals/day
- Activity calendar
- Certificate of Internship
- Certificate of participation
What’s not included:
- Medical Insurance
- Local Travels
ApplicationApplying for an internship in Costa Rica is quite easy. Please follow these 3 basic steps.
- Please download and complete the application form.
- Send the form and your resume to [email protected] or to your South America Inside representative.
- Please pay the registration fee of US$ 100.
If you don't mind adding a recent photo of you to your resume, please fell free to do so. Photos are used widely in resumes in Costa Rica and will help the company to get to know you before hand. Please always specify your needs and expectations. The more information you give us, the easier it is forus to organize an internship in Costa Rica that meets your ideas.
Take into account that we will need about 4 to 8 weeksto place you in a company. Generally, we recommend applying with at least 2 months prior to your travel plans.
Do you need any further information? We will be pleased to assist you. Contact us at [email protected] or call us at +1 954 762 7607
Country Information Costa Rica
|Costa Rica stands as one of the smallest countries in Central America with approximately 19,000 square miles and a coastline of 810 miles. The country borders Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the south and the Pacific and Caribbean Sea on either side. Costa Rica is home to 4.5 million people with upwards of 350,000 people living in the capital city of San Jose.
The Costa Rican climate is commonly humid and warm year round, although temperatures in the highlands are typically colder and cloudier. Incredibly, 23% of an already small amount of densely populated land remains protected territory by National Parks and/or private reserves. This protected land is home and host to a wide variety of exotic plants, animals, and social and environmental projects to ensure the protection and conservation of the tropical habitat. When walking the streets of Costa Rica, make sure to ask Costa Ricans, who typically know heaps, about their national treasures.
Further, Costa Rica is the most politically stable country in Central America, with a disbanded army for more than sixty years and a relatively high standard of education. Tourism is one of the main economic income sources for Costa Rica. With over 2 million tourists exploring Costa Rica each year, the country stands as the most visited nation in the Central American region. Through eco-tourism programs, (which CR was one of the first countries offering this type of tourism), a variety of activities, and year round tropical weather, the country attracts tourists from all over the world.
Aside from protected land, the true jewels of Costa Rica are the surrounding islands with serene beaches and breath-taking nature. This country offers beautiful landscapes for dream vacations of beach lounging, surfing, snorkeling, hiking volcanoes, zip-lining, rafting, bird watching, fishing, and exploring rain forests.
The dry season of Costa Rica is between December and April, though like most Latin countries, schools are closed, beaches full and finding last minute hotels may be tricky. A second peak season arrives with the Europeans and North Americans during June and July. As the off-season arrives in May, so does the lush green vegetation with the rainy season. Lastly, Costa Rica encompasses year round possibilities for surfers, fishing enthusiasts and wildlife lovers alike. Depending on what coast you want to surf, what fish you want to catch and what bird you hope to see, there are variations on ideal months to further research.
Finally, Costa Rica is a perfect place to learn Spanish, as the Spanish spoken here is typically slow without strong accents and layers of slang. The Costa Ricans are very friendly, energetic and always with a smile!