We match your interest with the needs of community partners

Where will I work? 

 We work with you to match your interests and skills with the needs and objectives of our community partners. 

Examples of possible internship service areas include (but are not limited to): 

Public health - Organize community health education and outreach programs alongside community members and health workers. 

Human rights, Social Work, Psychology, Migration Policy - Participate in one of our campaigns  for women’s and children’s rights including self care, immigrant integration,  reproductive health education, and after school clubs. 

Conservation – Assist with sea turtle conservation projects, howler monkey habitat protection, and sustainable community conservation efforts.  Work alongside community activists, researchers, and Costa Rican student volunteers. 
 

Many other internships are available in other fields. CONTACT US to learn about current opportunities.     

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Gain experience, learn, and make a difference!

Internship Program

A supervised academic program for university students seeking hands –on experience while completely immersing themselves in Costa Rican culture. Interns work with our community partners in many fields including human rights, public health, gender studies, and social work

Earn academic credit, gain valuable experience, immerse yourself in a new culture, and contribute to positive social change!

Reconstructing Narratives for peace, conflict resolution, and acceptance 

Socio-economic Integration for Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylum Seekers

Internships with Nicaraguan immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers

The Reconstructing Cultural Narratives project seeks to analyze, understand, and deconstruct behaviors, prejudices, and stereotypes that prevent Nicaraguan immigrants from socio-economic integration in Costa Rica. Through this unique project, Costa Ricans, Nicaraguans, and international students and professionals will collaborate in a process of building cultures of peace, acceptance, and integration.    

Internships are open  available for motivated students and professionals in the following areas: 

Business programs
– Due to high unemployment and an economic situation worsened by the pandemic, there are few opportunities for formal employment and immigrant economic integration. Many immigrants and refugees have started small and informal businesses and request mentoring and assistance in creating business models, SWAT analysis, digital marketing, and basic accounting.

Health – Health systems in Costa Rica and Nicaragua are very difficult. Nicaraguans do not always have access to healthcare or do not understand how to navigate the Costa Rican system. Workshops, online, and printed materials, made by international students working with Costa Ricans and Nicaraguans can improve health system literacy, access, and health outcomes for migrants. Workshops and cultural competence building for health professionals, students, and faculty at the national and private universities can improve communication between Nicaraguans and health care workers.

Social Work/Social Sciences 
Gender based violence
Communication and conflict resolution
Self-care Substance abuse and healthy alternatives
Bullying – schools and educators
Inclusion, diversity
Understanding, deconstructing, and creating new narratives

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Meaningful experiential and cultural learning programs that support social justice

Placement Fees and Services

Placement fees include the following:
• Internship placement services
• Lodging with a homestay including 3 meals a day
• Pre - and post - arrival support
• Airport pick-up and drop off 
• Orientation
• Spanish classes
• Monitoring and evaluation throughout the internship. Weekly check-ins with your program coordinator and assistance whenever needed to develop and carry out your project. 
• An on-site coordinator for any need that may arise.
• 24 – hour assistance for any reason.
• Readings and other materials that will help you with your project.
• Cultural and recreational activities 
• Final evaluations and/or letters of recommendation (needed for credit and useful when applying for employment, research opportunities, or continued education.)
• Re-entry adjustment information.

Items not included in the cost: Airfare, passport and/or visa fees, entry taxes, weekend travel expenses, insurance, and any accrued medical expenses.

Contact us for current placement fees! 


Upon acceptance to the program, applicants must submit a $400 non-refundable deposit with their signed program application. Deposits are applied to the total placement fee, which is due one week prior to arrival. 

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