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.
Microfinance organizations in Costa Rica issue loans to local entrepreneurs to help them start a business or expand their operations. These organizations provide banking services such as lending, business advice, and financial literacy education to locals who historically have little or no access to such resources.
Microfinance interns in Costa Rica assist these organizations, interning alongside local staff to assist in a wide range of day-to-day operations. Interns can help to provide business advice in planning, accounting, strategy, marketing analysis, and reporting. Those able to speak Spanish can collaborate directly with local entrepreneurs, otherwise interns assist local staff, who work with entrepreneurs themselves.
Interns can also prepare educational material or presentations on a range of commercial topics, (which Spanish-speaking interns can host themselves). The exact nature of your assistance will depend on your skills and expertise, as well as the needs of local businesses.
Due to the high level of Spanish language required for this internship, interns are encouraged to take intensive Spanish lessons before you go to Costa Rica. This will help you to liaise with your supervisor, and give you more chance of rewarding intern work with local business people directly.
Microfinance interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
- Providing business advice to local entrepreneurs
- Assisting with lending requirements
- Preparing resources for local businesspeople
- Preparing and hosting financial literacy education sessions
- Preparing and hosting presentations on commercial topics
Professional development opportunities:
- Work in real world small businesses strategy
- Work alongside experienced business advisors
- Learn proven strategies to help start ups develop
- Work with a varied team of people from diverse business backgrounds
- Work with small entrepreneurs and business plans
- 8am to 3pm, Monday to Friday
- Work and live in the charming town of San Ramon
- Helping the financial situations of small businesses in Costa Rica
- Gain experience giving basic financial advice
Types of host organizations:
- Organizations aimed at basic financial training and small entrepreneur guidance
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- All Intern Abroad programs attract a Registration Fee of US$299 in addition to the Program Fee.
- All payments attract a 5% transaction fee to cover international banking fees and currency charges. International wire transfer payments attract a minimum fee of US$75.
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What extra costs will I have?
- Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check.
- Transfer back to the airport at conclusion of the program.
- Language lessons.
- Souvenirs + tourism/leisure activities during free time.
- Personal spending money to cover basic expenses such as drinks, snacks, laundry, and public transportation. Interns generally find US$50 per week to be sufficient.