Intern in Costa Rica and enjoy paradise!
San José, the business center and capital of Costa Rica, is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world and a top tourist destinations. San José, considered the gateway to the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, is surrounded by lush rainforests and beautiful mountains. Interning in San José will help you gain valuable international work experience!
Start by exploring our wide range of internship examples – there are many exciting internship opportunities in San José! Don’t worry if you do not see what you’re looking for – Global Experiences is always finding new opportunities in order to give everyone a personalized internship match.
** Starting J Term 2023 and onward, interns participating in our Costa Rica programs will need to have COVID vaccinations and at least one booster dose. Interns without these doses will NOT be allowed to participate or be allowed into the country. **
The AIFS Abroad inclusive program fee includes all of the great features below in addition to many pre-departure, on-site and upon-return services to help interns make the most of their time abroad.Review Our Policies
Once accepted into program we guarantee an internship in one of your approved career fields
Connecting academic goals to professional experiences
Day trip to Irazu Volcano
A wide range of AIFS-organized cultural activities and social events to enrich your experience.
to help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program
24/7 emergency support and comprehensive insurance
Access to the renowned Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and alumni network
Round-trip flights from 25 U.S. gateways
Airport transfers to and from accommodation
Credit can be obtained through our School of Record, Fairfield University
Earn up to 6 credits during the summer, and up to 12 during the semester
Some universities require credit to be earned, and we cannot change a universities requirement
AIFS Abroad provides excellent accommodations, activities, resources and staff to help interns learn about and integrate into their host community.
Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in San José.
In the heart of Central America, Costa Rica is a gem of a destination, with San José, the capital, the beating heart of this unique country. Tremendous biodiversity, stunning landscapes, clean energy production and an engaging and friendly culture are prevalent both in the street and in the workplace.
Meet Karla – our Resident Director in San Jose! Karla started her own study abroad journey at the age of 16 when she went to France. There she learned about the host families and living with them and the importance of having a well-organized program that understands culture shock difficulties, learning needs and encourages safe exploring.
Karla loves ice cream, doing yoga, spending time at the beach and playing with her two kitties Cleopatra and Nefertiti (aka Cleo & Nefer).
In addition to day trips and excursions, a cultural calendar of weekly activities and social events is included in your program fee. These activities will include both typical tourist sites and attractions and lesser known visits which take advantage of the expert knowledge of our local AIFS staff and give you a more authentic and insightful view of life in Costa Rica. Typical activities, tours and visits include:
You may be asked to pay a small supplementary fee for some events.
Hike, swim at the beach or hotel pool, and explore the park’s exotic flora and fauna. Includes round-trip transportation, hotel accommodations, daily breakfasts and all entrance fees.
Students can select an optional transportation package for all AIFS programs. Students who choose to book their own flights should meet up with group at the program location and will need to make their own ground transportation arrangements.
Below are fees by departure city based on average historical costs and subject to change. If you select this option on your application, the total flight package price will be confirmed in your account 6 months prior to departure. (Program fee is guaranteed.)
Social identity & access
One of the best things you can do before departure is enter into the journey knowing that your time abroad will be unique to this experience. The resources, community, and support available to you when abroad will likely be different as well. In order to help you prepare for your experience, we have compiled many resources about social identity and access in specific locations abroad. Your program staff will also provide you with more details pre-departure and during orientation.Learn more