Location
  • Costa Rica
    • San Ramón
Length
2 to 24 weeks

Program Details

Compensation
Unpaid
Timeframe
Year Round
Housing
Host Family
Language
Spanish
Age Min.
18
Qualifications
  • At least one year of relevant college/university study in a related field

Pricing

Starting Price
1449
Price Details
Program Fees from US$1,449 for 2 weeks - includes arrangement of your placement, airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals, and 24/7 in-country support
What's Included
Accommodation Meals Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Travel Insurance Visa
Aug 09, 2023
Nov 29, 2023
9 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

Award-winning and accredited intern programs in Costa Rica with Intern Abroad HQ. Start when you want and choose a duration from 2-24 weeks.

Through Intern Abroad HQ, you'll gain access to the most affordable internship opportunities, and save $000s on tuition fees by gaining additional course credits.

Get a guaranteed internship in a range of fields, including Healthcare, Social Work, Marine Biology, Environmental Sciences, and more. We organize everything for you, including your customized internship placement, accommodation, airport pick-up, orientation, 24/7 in-country support, an international reference from your host organization, and more.

Intern Abroad HQ specializes in securing internships abroad for students and recent graduates who are seeking an immersive, personalized experience to enhance their employability. Intern alongside English-speaking professionals, or practice your local language skills!

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Program Highlights

  • We guarantee to secure a placement for you, personalized to your career ambitions
  • All-inclusive affordable internship abroad programs from just US$1,449 for 2 weeks, including accommodation and more.
  • Affordable way to earn college credit - 5 credits for only US$500!
  • International reference letter to make your resume stand out.
  • Flexible durations from 2-24 weeks, with year-round start dates

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Program Reviews

4.83 Rating
based on 6 reviews
  • 5 rating 83.33%
  • 4 rating 16.67%
  • 3 rating 0%
  • 2 rating 0%
  • 1 rating 0%
  • Growth 4.85
  • Support 4.85
  • Fun 4.5
  • Housing 4.85
  • Safety 5
Showing 1 - 6 of 6 reviews
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James
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

An enjoyable and enlightening experience

I'm writing this 4 months into my 6 months on the Sustainable Business and Environmental Tourism Internship in Quepos, Costa Rica and I can safely say I've made the best choice I could have. The internship has been really interesting and I've been supported well throughout. Intern Abroad provide weekly reflection reviews for the first 12 weeks which really make the experience useful in developing my own professional skills. On arrival, travel was arranged for me and the accommodation has been fantastic throughout with lovely food. I feel like I've really immersed myself in the culture and helped make a difference to the company while learning a bit more about the business practices needed for a charity.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
I'm doing my best to immerse myself into the culture and my home stay mother has really helped me with that by giving us a typical Costa Rican meal for breakfast and dinner very often. Upon learning I was keen to try everything, she made me cow's tongue or "lengua" for dinner one night to try. I ended up really enjoying it as well!
Pros
  • Beautiful wildlife
  • A lovely team around you with many other interns to socialize with
  • A chance to practise your spanish (a lot of people speak english too so you won't get too stuck)
Cons
  • Costa Rica is quite expensive
  • There isn't a lot of nightlife if you're looking for that kind of thing
28 people found this review helpful.
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Lowie
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Microfinance internship San Ramon, Costa Rica

I had the privilege of working with a company that is specialised in constructing social houses during my internship. My primary role involved supporting administrative tasks and collaborating with the team to implement solutions that improved efficiency. Engaging in constant Spanish conversations with the locals, making a significant impact in my role, and exploring remarkable places all contributed to creating great memories that will last forever.

This would not been possible without the Intern Abroad team and their exceptional support. Their correct communication ensured that every aspect was taken care of. Whenever I had a question, they provided clear and friendly answers very quickly. The level of support I received was truly remarkable, making my journey smooth and enjoyable.

Moreover, I was incredibly fortunate to have the best host family during my time abroad. Their support and kindness made my experience even more special, and I'm grateful for everything they did for me.

43 people found this review helpful.
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Joanna
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Literally Amazing Here

It's literally so cool here, I love how walk/bus-able everything is, the food is amazing, the other interns here are so cool, and the location in general is just so gorgeous, I love it here! The only reason it's not a 5 is I got stuck with some kind of sucky roommates, but all of the other housemate are amazing and I love them so much ! The diving here has been really fun, but since it's the rainy season the water visibility has been kinda bleh, but it's still super cool. There's lots of stuff to do around here whether you wanna do stuff in town, or bus over to Manuel Antonio real fast, everything is quite close and easily accessible.

Pros
  • Diving
  • Some housemates
  • Food
Cons
  • The roommates I got (but that's relative)
  • Very very humid (out of IAHQ's control)
  • Walking up a gigantic hill every time I wanna go to town or the marina and then back home
57 people found this review helpful.
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Eleonora
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Environmental Conservation internship in Costa Rica

My Environmental Conservation internship in Costa Rica has been inspiring and exciting. I was surprised by everyone's kindness and all the attention that I received from my host family. My host mother was a great cook, so I enjoyed every meal in the house! During my internship, my main job was to collect butterfly eggs and store them in a laboratory, then release larvae on specific plant leaves. This meant educating myself about various types of plants and butterflies to collect and match them back to the correct plant. I had to ensure all the butterflies had enough fermented food and that their sanctuaries were clear of spiders and snails. I also helped with the plantation of medical plants and orchid identification. This internship allowed me to develop a deeper understanding of my field of interest. Most of the skills I gained relate to maintaining a conservation area and studying different flowers and medicinal plants. I believe that these activities can be used in the fields of environmental conservation or science for me in future! My favourite internship memory was my decision to do the internship. Every day was priceless and unique.

Pros
  • educational
  • helps you explore a lot of new places/ cultures
  • being in local family
Cons
  • travelling abroad might be stressful
  • language barrier
78 people found this review helpful.
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Kelsie
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Life Changing Experience

I spent 6 weeks interning at an NGO in San Ramón, Costa Rica. The work was challenging yet very rewarding and fostered spiritual, professional, and personal growth. I am so appreciative to have had this amazing opportunity and to have met such fantastic people. The memories made and the life lessons that I acquired will remain with me forever. I really enjoyed staying with a host family. This helped me to work more on my Spanish and become further acquainted with the culture. By the end of my time in Costa Rica, my host family became a second family to me. I would make the decision to intern through Intern Abroad HQ a million times over. Signing up is a very easy and organized process and the organization provides amazing support before, during and even after your time interning.

107 people found this review helpful.
Response from Intern Abroad HQ

Dear Kelsie, thank you for taking the time to share such a lovely review! I'm glad that you enjoyed all these aspects of your time interning in Costa Rica and I'm sure you will be missed by your host family and the people you met through your placement. We'd love to welcome you back anytime - take care and best of luck with your future adventures!

Aaron
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

My Cape, Town internship

My two month public health internship in Cape Town, South Africa was unique, adventurous, and unforgettable. I made a significant impact in the health field at my internship location during the day and experience the beauty of South Africa during the rest of the day/weekends. My accommodations were a one minute walk from town, which allowed me to maximize everyday enjoyment in the city. It was convenient living near the grocery store, coffee shops, the local bar/pub, clothing stores, and restaurants. I followed all safety procedures and did not experience unfortunate events. The assurance of safety allowed me to enjoy activities in the city, such as hiking table mountain, shopping at the water front, watch the sunset with friends, wine tasting, swimming at camps bay, and dancing on Long Street. I also met a lot of other international students and local students that accompanied me during my activities. My new friends made every event unforgettable and left unique memories. I also went on adventures that I have never done at my home country such as shark diving, go on a safari, pet a cheetah, bungee jumping off the world’s tallest bungee jump bridge, tandem paragliding, and kayaking. It’s amazing how much I was able to accomplish while working an 8-4 job. This was truly an experience of a life time.

What would you improve about this program?
At of people do not know how much InternHQ is available to help participants. For example, InternHQ is willing to listen to everyone's concern regarding refunds, robberies, problems with housing, and ect. A lot of students experienced something wrong with their internship but do not going to InternHQ for help. InternHQ helps their students so much, so its important to continually remind students of the service they offer to help their students.
105 people found this review helpful.
Response from Intern Abroad HQ

Dear Aaron, Thanks for taking the time to share a review of your experience. It sounds like you had an awesome time in Cape Town and we're happy to have been of assistance to you. Thanks for choosing Intern Abroad HQ!

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