• Costa Rica
    • San José
8 to 12 weeks
General grants/scholarships, BIPOC funding
Health & Safety

Program Details

Non-Monetary Benefits
Fall Spring Summer
Weekly Hours
Age Min.


What's Included
Accommodation Activities Travel Insurance Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Meals
Feb 21, 2024
Aug 29, 2019
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About Program

Interning in San José, Costa Rica is a career and life-changing experience. Through AIFS Abroad, you get a tailored internship, social events, centralized housing, and so much more. No other country can offer everything that Costa Rica offers. With its dense rain forest, natural beauty, and beautiful coastlines there really is no place quite like Costa Rica.

As the business center of Central America, San José has a wide range of fantastic internship. Some of the most popular career fields include engineering, business, nonprofits, just to name a few. We get to know you, your background, and career goals in order to find the perfect tailored internship for you. Intern in Costa Rica and have an experience you’ll never forget.

Included in the cost of your tuition is a guaranteed internship, housing, social events, our career development program, and more.

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Diversity & Inclusion

BIPOC Support

At AIFS Abroad, we want to support all participants in their study/internship abroad journey, inclusive of gender, race, religion, age, physical ability, or sexual orientation. Everyone has a complex identity, and faith, spirituality, and religion are important factors when deciding on a program location.

LGBTQIA+ Support

At AIFS Abroad, we want to support all participants in their study/internship abroad journey, inclusive of gender, race, religion, age, physical ability, or sexual orientation. Everyone has a complex identity, and faith, spirituality, and religion are important factors when deciding on a program location.

Accessibility Support

Everyone’s experience is unique. We recognize the location you choose can have an impact on your sense of belonging. We encourage you to use the information below as you review your options to select the program and location that will be the best choice for you. If you do not hold the identities that are amplified here, this information is still a great resource for you as well. It will give you a better understanding of those who have this identity.



In response to the overwhelming global climate crisis, AIFS Abroad is pleased to make Sustainability a key priority when considering organizational, operational, and programming decisions. We understand that the only way to effectively combat this crisis and mitigate the effects of climate change is to drastically reduce our environmental impact. Therefore, AIFS Abroad has committed to reaching carbon neutrality by the year 2025. AIFS Abroad is proud to announce we have signed the CANIE Accord, becoming the first US provider to make this commitment.

Program Highlights

  • Guaranteed Internship: As part of the AIFS Abroad program you are guaranteed an internship in your host city. We do our best to tailor your internship to match your background and future goals.
  • Personalized Attention: We want this experience to be as fulfilling as possible. From the first phone call, we support you and give you all the resources you need to make sure your internship is a success.
  • Centralized Housing: You’ll be living in accommodations centrally located in San José with other AIFS Abroad interns. Your housing will have access to public transportation, ensuring it is easy to get to and from your internship.
  • Professional Development: Through one-on-one coaching and webinars, we assist you in improving your professional documents, prepare you for an interview with potential employers, establish internship goals, and discuss your strengths.
  • On-site Staff and Social Events: Our Location Coordinator lives in San José year-round and provides you with an insider's glimpse of the city. The LC is there to provide 24/7 emergency support and takes all the interns on a range of social events.

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Program Reviews

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Yes, I recommend this program

A Great Opportunity for Growth and Adventures

Global Experiences in San Jose provided us an opportunity to explore an environment that was very different from what most of us were used to and in a way that gave us time to go explore on our own during many of the weekends (in addition to a few planned trips to places that were really unique and interesting). San Jose (and sometimes Costa Rica as a whole) was very different from what some of us expected and they were many weekends where we had really amazing and crazy adventures. We were able to explore so much, have so much fun and make lifelong memories along the way.

Besides our weekend and planned trips, we spent most of our actual time in San Jose at our internships. All of our internships were pretty different and unique (mine was an NGO working to organize girls' clubs in disadvantaged communities to prevent teen pregnancy), although some of us had shared experiences with similar work environments or focus areas. Our local coordinator, Mariel, was really helpful and really tried to set us up with the best suited internships but did so almost entirely with people or groups that she knew first-hand or second-hand or trusted would be great opportunities for us.

Mariel was very friendly and even organized a group-work day where we all went to a work-share area with a pool and shared about our work experiences and learned about each other, which was a great addition to our already-planned events. She also really tried to set me up with an additional internship in another field I'm really passionate about (i.e., indigenous issues) and although the opportunity did not pan out about because of lack of availability, she really tried to find me another opportunity on top of the one she had already set me up with, which was really generous and thoughtful, and I know future interns will be in great hands.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I wish we had started explored the rest of CR sooner, so that we could've had more opportunities and time spent traveling and exploring the (bio)diversity of Costa Rica.
92 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

An amazing opportunity that was worth every second!

An internship through Global Experiences in San Jose is unreal. It's unlike anything you've done in a place that most people don't travel to. Having both support and independence makes it an amazing experience for sure! There are so many things unique to living in San Jose and in Costa Rica that really do make the experience both professionally and personally worthwhile in every sense. Being able to travel with the group of interns and on your own make the experience just that much better.

Mariel was amazing and such a huge help to adjusting to Costa Rican life, was able to show us all the local spots and make the two months in San Jose feel like home. There isn't anything that quite lives up to how incredible, personal and unique a trip like this really is!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
The time is going to FLY so make the most of your internship and you'll get out what you put in for sure.

Don't have any expectations but don't forget to budget!

There are going to be days that are hard. Be prepared to fail at some things, forgive yourself for your mistakes, don't take yourself too seriously and say yes to new things!

If you are able to travel around Costa Rica absolutely do it, but if not, there are a hundred ways to make the most of your time staying in San Jose, and always be on the lookout for free events.

You're going to learn so much about working professionally but also about yourself, and you're probably going to want to stay!
82 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

A great way to add to your resume!

If you are looking for a work experience unlike any other, then look no further! San Jose is a wonderful city filled with great opportunities for people with almost any interest imaginable. Your internship will be high-quality; you won't just be getting coffee, you'll be involved in meaningful work that impacts your company/organization. While there are certainly challenges throughout the experience, learning how to overcome them is incredibly rewarding, and by the end of your internship, you will have grown into a more mature, confident, and capable person. You will also make connections through your work that will be invaluable in your future professional endeavors. Going all the way to a country like Costa Rica might be an intimidating prospect, but the results are far more gratifying than anything you might find in a more familiar setting. If you want to gain work experience while having an adventure, then this is the program for you!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Taking the bus for the first time on my own was terrifying! I'm from a rural area, so public transportation is not exactly my forte, and the bus system in San Jose can be confusing even to an expert. I could have just taken an Uber, but I wanted to prove to myself that I could figure out the buses. Along with some prior guidance from my location coordinator and a general idea of San Jose's landmarks, I used my gut instinct to navigate the buses, and everything ended up working out!
94 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

San José, CR: For People Who Want Something Unique

Interning in San José, Costa Rica was a really interesting experience that took me far out of my comfort zone. This is a unique location because once there, you are immediately immersed in the culture. This may seem like a lot at first, but it ends up being helpful because you get acclimated quickly! Even though Costa Rica is small, it is one of the most biodiverse countries in the whole world. When here, be sure to go on adventures every weekend to see all of the beauty Costa Rica has to offer--from the highest mountains and volcanoes to the beautiful beaches! This experience has pushed me far outside of my comfort zone, which has aided me so much in my personal and professional development! If you are interested in the Spanish language, adventuring, or just doing something really unique, you must come to CR!

What would you improve about this program?
I would say to leave more time for students to explore the country. San José is different than European cities, people who come to Costa Rica don't come to see San José, they come to see the wonderful natural landscapes and wildlife!
97 people found this review helpful.

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