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.
This is an in-country internship, with accommodation and meals provided.
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
- Gain practical skills and boost your employability, with guidance from Intern Abroad HQ’s Experiential Learning Curriculum to support your learning and cultural intelligence.
- 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
Keen to get started?
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It’s free to apply for this internship. Once we have reviewed your suitability and accepted you onto this program, you’ll need to pay a deposit of US$449 to confirm your place. The remaining balance of your Program Fee (less your initial US$449 deposit payment) will be due no less than 60 days before your internship start date.
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