Internships in Costa Rica

Intern in Costa Rica with Intern Abroad HQ, the leader in impactful short-term internships. Programs are available from two weeks in the areas of Environmental Conservation, Women’s Education, and Special Education. From a minimum duration requirement of just four weeks, other internships are also available in the fields of Healthcare, Physiotherapy, Veterinary, Media and Advertising, Microfinance, and Civil Engineering.

Internship programs in Costa Rica begin on the first and third Monday of each month and placements are based in San Ramon de Alajuela and around the neighboring towns. Locations are conveniently situated in areas that offer a positive learning environment, while allowing participants to make the most of the many tourism and cultural activities within beautiful Costa Rica.

At a glance...

    • Entry level programs from 2 weeks
    • Multiple monthly start dates
    • Intern fees from US$908
    • Includes meals & accommodation
    • Spanish lessons available
    • Reflective learning course
    • 24/7 in-country support

Internship opportunities

Civil Engineering internship in Costa Rica

Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering internships are based in San Ramon, Costa Rica, with a leading construction company. Founded in 1997, the goal of the company is to create high-quality work through adequate planning, execution, and solutions made to fit the client’s needs.

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Environmental Conservation

Environmental Conservation

This internship program works toward preserving the fragile ecosystem in protected areas, parks and foundations. Activities may include organic gardening, helping to catalogue species of plants and insects, field research, helping to maintain trails, educating the community about ecological practices, taking care of butterfly farms and maintaining medicinal gardens.

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Health and Medical


Healthcare internship placements vary, depending upon the educational level of each intern, as well as chosen duration. Placements for pre-med interns typically include health support schools, elderly homes, chronic pain clinics, and programs for individuals with disabilities. Students in their third year or above can also be placed alongside doctors and nurses within rural clinics and hospitals.

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Media and Advertising internship in Costa Rica

Media and Advertising

Internship placements in this field are based with small to medium sized ad agencies, with in-house media creation services. Internship tasks are varied and the activities which interns may expect to become involved with is related to level of experience.

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Microfinance internships in Costa Rica


Microfinance interns have the opportunity to assist small and medium business owners, with the goal of ensuring they have the right tools to manage their company, to achieve sustainable growth.

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Physiotherapy internship in Costa Rica


Physiotherapy interns in Costa Rica are placed at a clinic which provides support to individuals with restricted mobility and chronic pain. Activities are typically related to helping patients during physiotherapy sessions, providing assistance during home visits and developing educational workshops.

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Special Education

Special Education

Special Education internships are suited for people who are patient, cheerful and motivated! While the nature of this work can be challenging, it may also be deeply rewarding and provide insight into careers related to caring, disability support, therapy and social work.

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Animal and Veterinary Care


If you have a passion for working with animals, Costa Rica is an ideal destination. Develop your experience during the week and explore one of the world’s most biologically diverse nations during the weekend!

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Women's Education

Women's Education

Women’s Education internships work with community led empowerment programs, which aim to provide women with the tools and support necessary to improve the quality of their lives, for both themselves and their families.

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All Intern Abroad HQ programs include a guided reflection course, which combines personal development with professional competency building. Interns receive weekly reflection modules to complete during their program, which foster the acquisition of essential soft skills for employability and a resilient career. Each reflective journaling task introduces a new topic, presents learning objectives, and provides specific prompts that inspire and guide the learning process.

Intern Abroad HQ does not award grades for the completion of our internship programs, but interns can be supported to independently arrange academic credit through their home educational provider. Upon completion of the internship duration and reflection course, interns receive a portfolio as documentation of their experience. This includes a certificate of internship completion, alongside a summary of the internship goals, skill development, highlights, and a compilation of the reflection work.