Program Overview

Immerse yourself in Costa Rica with a hands-on internship. When you intern in Costa Rica, you’ll live, study, and work with Costa Ricans and explore one of the most beautiful and environmentally rich countries in the world! During our Intern in Costa Rica program, study Spanish in bustling San José and be placed in an individualized internship. You can gain practical skills in your major and really boost your resume with international work experience. In your free time, explore nearby volcanoes, adventure into the rain forest, and get to know Costa Rican culture firsthand.

GPA Requirement
Application Deadlines
Summer: | February 1 | March 1
Fall: May 1 | June 1
Spring: September 1 | October 1
Avg Course Load
U.S credit may be available through CISabroad and/or your home university
Language(s) of Instruction
English and Spanish
  • Internship placements ranging from business or social work to marine biology or environmental conservation
  • Variety of activities and social events throughout the program
  • Cooking classes, dance classes, and sports events, where you can bond with your fellow interns
  • Each internship includes a beginner, intermediate, or advanced Spanish-language class for the first two weeks of program
  • Networking opportunities with international students from around the world
Your Journey Begins Here
  • Connect with your friendly Global Advisor to ask questions and find the best fit program. Start planning for on campus processes, and apply by the application deadline.
  • Meet your Program Enrollment Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, and payments. Attend one our our LIVE pre-departure orientations.
  • Fly away! You'll be greeted at the airport (comforting after a long flight!) and experience a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.

Internship Placement

These are a few of our Environment & Sustainability placements that you are able to intern with.
There are many more options though, just contact an advisor to learn more!

Production Intern at Organic/Biodynamic Farm
Work the land at an organic farm that is a regional benchmark for sustainable and profitable, responsible production. You’ll learn about reforestation, permaculture, and community organization as you meet volunteers and interns from the whole world. Live and work with amazing views and weather, where the animals live free. Responsibilities include supporting the farm store, permaculture gardening, and other various farm tasks.
Intern at Sustainable Cloud Forest Community
Learn about sustainable economic alternatives and community tourism with this internship that can have a variety of hands-on responsibilities. Depending on organizational needs and skill fit, interns may work on environmental education, teaching English, forest research (non-timber resource research, like orchids, bromeliads, and medicinal plants), organic gardening (planting, weeding, harvest and post-harvest, bed preparation, maintenance), family farms, and dairy and jam processing.
Earn credit 

Through our partnership with Plymouth State University, you can earn between 3-12 credits in the fields listed here. Alternatively, many students are able to arrange for credit through their home universities. Learn More →

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.

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Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

The mountainous area of Monteverde is dense with tropical rainforest. At an altitude of over 1,000 meters, the trees capture cloud moisture, often giving the area 100 percent humidity. In this reserve, you’ll see the staggering environmental diversity from skywalks and bridges suspended 60 meters up in the canopy.

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Located on the northwest Pacific coast, Tamarindo Bay is ideal if you’re looking for an adrenaline rush or some down time on the beach. Swim, surf, sail, kayak, or jet ski in the ocean — or ride horses on the beach! Plus, you can visit the leatherback turtle reserves to spot these incredible creatures.

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Arenal Volcano and Baldi Hot Springs

Take a hike down to the La Fortuna Waterfall, where you’ll be able to swim in the cool water. Soak in the naturally heated waters of Baldi Hot Springs and enjoy the view of Arenal, which is a perfect cone volcano.

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team

Travel Tip: We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Lisa Pinheiro
Site Director in Costa Rica

Travel Tip: Dont limit yourself to the more popular tourist spots. There are tons of lesser known places that are beautiful and rich in culture where you can really experience what Costa Rica is all about!

Learn more about Lisa

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Summer 2019: Session 1
    Application Deadline
    February 1
    June 1 (Estimated)
    June 2 -3 (Estimated)
    July 27 | August 10 | August 24 (Estimated)
    $4,790 - $5,990
    8 weeks: $4,790 10 weeks: $5,390 12 weeks: $5,990
  • Summer 2019: Session 2
    Application Deadline
    March 1
    July 7 (Estimated)
    August 31 | September 14 (Estimated)
    $4,790 - $5,390
    8 weeks: $4,790 10 weeks: $5,390

CIS Abroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.

Program Inclusions

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Internship placement and supervision
  • Housing
  • Excursions
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • Pre-departure and onsite orientation
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Airport pickup service
  • On-site support
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program
  • 2 weeks of Spanish language classes