San José, Heredia
year round, start and end dates are flexible
We provide professional internships in almost all business areas and industry sectors in Costa Rica. We place you in a variety of companies, enterprises, institutions and organizations. Typically, we cooperate with local companies. All companies are located in Costa Rica’s capital, San José or in Heredia, and can be easily reached by public transportation. Usually, the internships in Costa Rica are full-time positions, but the company itself defines your exact working hours during the internship.
The decision of whether or not the internship is paid is up to the respective company, however, please keep in mind that internships in Costa Rica are usually unpaid work experiences. Due to local economic and social reasons, it is often not possible to pay a salary to interns although some companies reward outstanding performances with non-monetary benefits, such as food vouchers or transportation expenses.
You can decide, how long you want to do your internship in Costa Rica according to your personal schedule. However, please keep in mind that we ask for a minimum stay of 4 weeks. This is to assure you have enough time to become familiar with the language and to adjust to your intern position and daily tasks.
Unlike most internship programs, 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 any other important criteria that must be met. Our job is to arrange the internship accordingly.
You decide! After reviewing your application documents, we tailor the perfect internship for you. We can respond to your expectations as well as the requirements of universities and vocational schools.
After successful placement, we will send you the job description of your tailor-made internship.
During your internship in Costa Rica, you will live in one of our carefully selected homestays. Living with Costa Ricans gives you the opportunity to learn more about the local way of life, food, mentality and culture.
You will have a single room and a shared bathroom. The homestay accommodation includes half board. Access to WIFI internet is included in most of our homestays.
Costa Rica's capital San José located in the heart of this small country. From there, you can reach all of Costa Rica’s attractions in a few hours, some natural beauties like the Irazu volcano and several national parks are even right at the doorstep!
With around 340,000 inhabitants, San José itself is not very large, but due to its role as the capital and its central location, it is the country's economic, political and cultural center.
The inhabitants call themselves "Josefinos" and most are descendants of Italian or Spanish immigrants. These influences are reflected in the architecture and cityscape, which seem very Mediterranean.
San José is a pretty town with attractive theaters, museums, art galleries, cultural events – and not at last a lively nightlife. Colorful markets invite you to stroll and shop and on nice places you can relax and watch the hustle and bustle.
As in all of Costa Rica, there are hardly any "real" addresses in the capital - street signs are usually not found, just like house numbers. Addresses are rather descriptions, like: Name of the district, if available, 200m south of the red church, the house with the green door. Or: Fourth house next to the gas station behind the supermarket. Sounds adventurous? But it works!
Spanish at communication level. For optimal preparation for your internship in Costa Rica, we advise you to take a Spanish course before the program starts. This gives you the opportunity to slowly get used to the language, culture and mentality.
Pre-departure and in-country support
Before arrival, our experienced team will be at your disposal to assist you throughout the booking process and travel planning. With the booking confirmation you will receive our 24-hour emergency number, so that you can reach us in case of emergency on 7 days a week around the clock.
In addition to the assistance given by our office staff you will be supported by our partner organization in Costa Rica located in San José.
Costs & Services
Our internship placements in Costa Rica include:
- Single room in Homestay
- Half board
- Airport pick-up in San José
- Professional English-speaking advice
- Translation of your application documents
- Internship Placement in Costa Rica
- English-speaking in-country support
- Welcome meeting
- Escort to the internship company on the first day
- Handbook Costa Rica
- 24/7 emergency number
- Information about suitable travel insurance
- Certificate of participation
Application fee: US$ 120
Program fee: US$ 1,260 (minimum stay 4 weeks)
Each additional week: US$ 175
Additionally, you can book:
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Note: Language courses are excluded from this promotion. These discounts can not be combined with other promotions.
If you need assistance in putting together your personal experience abroad, then please contact us. Our experienced staff will help you to set up your tailor-made stay abroad.