Heredia, Costa Rica
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Internships for Heredia, Costa Rica

Qualified semester and yearlong students may apply for internships. Interns receive a maximum of three credits but no financial compensation. The schedule and number of work hours will be determined by the schedule of USAC courses. Students must send in their application forms prior to the start of the program with a precise definition of their field of interest. For students who will be working in a non-English speaking environment, they must be able to communicate at an advanced level (Track III). Students will acquire the required Spanish technical terms on the job. Some placements do not require fluency in Spanish.

Placement is not guaranteed by USAC, but determined by application to USAC and an interview with the internship sponsor once in Costa Rica. Currently, internships exist in

English Teaching/Assisting Professors

  • Education (Public Ministry of Education)
  • Private schools and high schools
  • Office Administration School
  • Literature School

Biology, Ecology, Environmental Sciences

  • Greenhouse Project and Biology School
  • CINAT (Apicultural studies, research)
  • INISEFOR (plants and trees research)
  • Biology School
  • Environmental Sciences School
  • Toucan Rescue Ranch

Pulbic Relations/Communication/Advertising

  • Communication Office
  • International Relationships School


  • Economy School

Hotel Management/Business

  • Hotel Valladolid and Hotel America
  • Hotel Cibeles

Health Sciences

  • Health Department at UNA

Criminal Justice

  • Heredia Police Department

Socio-cultural & Others

  • UNA Volunteering Program
  • Promocion Estudiantil (UNA Department for sociocultural activities)
  • Corazon de Jesus Casa Hogar (Homeless People Center)
  • Centro Diurno Miraflores

If interested, you will apply after you have been accepted into the program; consult the Internship Opportunities and Application document on Student Gateway for more information. Requirements to apply for an internship are: enrollment in the Heredia program; minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; and junior standing at time of internship. A refundable fee of $100 is charged and returned upon successful completion of the internship.