Summer Internships in Costa Rica

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About Program

The Student-Athletes Abroad summer internship programs in Costa Rica will provide a huge boost to your resume, offering both international experience and professional training. Regardless of your academic focus, we have an internship that will give you real-world experience in a demanding setting, proving to future employers and grad school admissions that you are up for any challenge - on or off the field!

Choose between our San Jose City programs focusing on education, social work, athletic training/physical therapy, health care and nutrition or living on our Playa Flamingo Beach Campus with internships ranging from education, hospitality management, social work and wildlife rescue/rehabilitation.

Student-Athletes Abroad works to ensure you have the most well-rounded experience abroad, while returning to your campus ready for season.

*This program not exclusive to student-athletes.*

Program Highlights
  • Train for your sport with specialized workouts while gaining valuable work experience in Costa Rica.
  • Acquire degree-applicable internship credit from different local organizations.
  • Enjoy weekend excursions zip-lining, relaxing at the world's largest hot springs, exploring the bustling city market and more!
  • Immerse in the Costa Rican culture living with a local host family.
  • Give back to the community volunteering with local youth in your sport while improving your Spanish-speaking skills.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Cultural and Athletic Immersion, Very Educational

I stayed with a host family for three weeks, which helped improve my Spanish-speaking skills as well as helped me understand and grow with another culture. Although I am not an athlete myself, I was able to participate in daily workouts tailored to my ability level. The weekend excursions (zip lining, going to a hot springs, swimming at local beaches, etc.) were nothing short of gorgeous, but the weekdays were the most rewarding. During the week, I was partnered with a group that created an athletic program for underprivileged youth, and we also had the option to volunteer with the Costa Rican Special Olympics every weekday. The work we did felt valuable, and this will always be one of my favorite experiences.

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A Great Experience!

I participated in the summer internship program this past June and absolutely loved it! It was the perfect combination of getting internship experience but also getting to enjoy traveling to a new place. Not only is it beneficial to be able to put on a resume but we also had the opportunity to be immersed in a different culture and be able to approach it with an open mind. I consistently felt safe and welcomed during my stay and would highly recommend this program to anyone!

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Best Summer Ever!

I did the summer internship program in June of 2017 and it was the best month of my entire life! The trip was so organized while still allowing us as students to figure stuff out on our own. My host family was amazing and so welcoming. The amount of time they have us there is perfect because we really got to acclimate to the culture but didn't get bored. I came back with so much professional experience to add to my resume and memories that I'll never forget!

What would you improve about this program?
Sometimes the transportation was a little inconvenient, but that was to be expected in a busy city like San Jose.
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