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
    • Program fees from US$1,357
    • Includes meals & accommodation
    • Spanish lessons available
    • Experiential Learning Curriculum
    • 24/7 in-country support

Internship opportunities

Environmental Conservation Internships in Costa Rica

Environmental Conservation

Internship abroad in San Ramon, Costa Rica

Gain hands-on experience helping with environmental sustainability in Costa Rica, assisting conservationists in reserves, forests and greenhouses. Help to grow and maintain plants and organic gardens, research plant health and wildlife, and make a genuine contribution to conservation in Costa Rica’s stunning ecosystem.

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Health and Medical Internships in Costa Rica

Healthcare

Internship abroad in San Ramon, Costa Rica

Healthcare internships in Costa Rica are based in clinics or hospitals, where interns assist and shadow local doctors and nurses. Specific placements are tailored for interns’ experience, internship length and Spanish language proficiency, but all provide the chance to see healthcare in action in a small Costa Rican town and learn from experienced local professionals.

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Media and Advertising Internships in Costa Rica

Media and Advertising

Internship abroad in San Ramon, Costa Rica

This is a perfect internship for those wanting to experience what it’s like to work in an advertising agency. Assist local agencies in Costa Rica with real life media projects, working in areas that appeal to you, on tasks relevant to your experience.

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Microfinance Internships in Costa Rica

Microfinance

Internship abroad in San Ramon, Costa Rica

Microfinance interns are placed in organizations that work directly with local entrepreneurs to provide all manner of business support services, including lending, financial literacy assistance, business lessons, advice and planning, and marketing. Interns help local business owners directly or assist local support staff.

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Physical Therapy Internships in Costa Rica

Physical Therapy

Internship abroad in San Ramon, Costa Rica

An ideal internship for physical therapists or students wanting to gain genuine physical therapy work experience in a therapy clinic, supporting patients with treatments under the guidance of trained local physicians. Get hands-on experience delivering therapy relevant to your own experience.

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Special Education

Special Education

Internship abroad in San Ramon, Costa Rica

Special Education internships are suited for people who are patient, cheerful and motivated! Intern in special education centers, assisting local staff with all manner of teaching and care duties. While the nature of this work can be challenging, it’s also deeply rewarding, and provides insight into careers in disability support, caring, therapy and social work.

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Animal and Veterinary Care

Veterinary & Animal Care

Internship abroad in San Ramon, Costa Rica

Gain hands-on experience assisting vets in Costa Rica. Interns are placed alongside practicing vet staff to gain understanding of real life treatments and care techniques, and experience how a veterinary clinic runs. Ideal for veterinary students!

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Women's Education

Women's Education

Internship abroad in San Ramon, Costa Rica

Helps vulnerable Costa Rican women overcome tough situations and empower themselves through education and psychological support. Interns support local organizations that work in the community to educate women, helping them to overcome individual challenges and boosting their employment opportunities.

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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.