Heredia, Costa Rica
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Internships for Heredia, Costa Rica

Internships in Heredia are offered during the semester and yearlong terms. Internships are optional and included in your program fees. They range from 1-3 credits and are counted as part of your credit load. Interns earn credit, but no financial compensation. In addition to professional and academic experience, internships are a great way to immerse yourself in the culture, meet locals, and practice your language skills.

Past internship placements in Heredia have included:

English Teaching/Assisting Professors

  • Public Ministry of Education
  • Private schools and high schools
  • Office Administration School
  • English Classes for Campus Administrators
  • Master in Translation Program (1 position available)

Biology, Ecology, Environmental Sciences

  • Centro de Investigaciones Apícolas Tropicales - CINAT (Apicultural studies/research, 2 positions available)
  • Instituto de Investigación y Servicios Forestales - INISEFOR (Forestry and plant research, 2 positions available)
  • Herbarium (Leaf species collection and research)
  • Biology School (Carribean sand research, 3 positions available)
  • Chemistry School (3 positions available)
  • Environmental Sciences School - Greenhouse Project (Reforestation)
  • Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológicao de Costa Rica - OVSICORI (Vulcanological Research, 2 positions available)

Pulbic Relations/Communication/Administration

  • Communication Office (Journalism and radio/TV programming, 1 position available)
  • Proyecto Sistema de Gestión Administrativa - SIGESA (Administrative management systems, 3 positions available)


  • Economy School (Research projects, 2 positions available)
  • Centro Internacional de Política Económica para el Desarrollo Sostenible - CINPE (Research projects, 3 positions available)

Hotel Management/Business

  • Club Campestre El Castillo Country Club (Hotel management, 2 positions available)

Health Sciences

  • Health Department at Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica - UNA (Nursing, 1 position available)
  • Centro de Rehabitilación Cardiaca at Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica - UNA (Heart Rehabilitation, 1 position available)

    Socio-cultural & Others

    • Corazon de Jesus Casa Hogar (Homeless shelter)
    • Centro Diurno Miraflores (Nursing home)


    • Minimum 3.0 GPA
    • Junior standing (at time of internship)
    • Foreign language proficiency (Four semesters of college-level Spanish)

    A $200 refundable fee is charged and returned upon successful completion of the internships. Placement is not guaranteed by USAC; rather it will be determined by your application, supporting materials, and an interview with the internship sponsor on site.