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Costa Rica

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Experience Pura Vida

Become an intern abroad in Costa Rica and learn the meaning of pura vida, pure life. This Central American country has long boasted a stable economy, one of the best in the region. Tourism, agriculture, and exported goods are central industries here, the country’s most popular exports including medical instruments, bananas, other tropical fruits, coffee, sugar, and lumber. Over two million tourists visit this small country every year, the majority of them coming from the U.S., Canada, and the European Union, contributing to Costa Rica’s solid ranking in the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index. Internship opportunities here include ones in career fields best suited to Costa Rica, including sustainability and environmentalism, tourism and hospitality, urban planning, and more. If this unusual internship destination calls to you and you’re wondering what there is to do for fun here, you’re in for a delightful and eye-opening surprise.

Cities of Costa Rica

Cities of Costa Rica

San José

San José, the capital city of Costa Rica blends urban life and natural beauty; more than 800 miles of coastline and acres of lush rainforests lie just a short drive from this diverse metropolitan center.
Summer Temp
78°F (26°C)
Winter Temp
78°F (26°C)
Temperate Plateau
Sample Programs
  • Foreign Language & Literature
  • Health Sciences
  • Sciences

Come to Costa Rica and you won’t have to look far for good food. Enjoy a cold, fresh coconut on the beach, cut open on the spot when you buy them from street vendors. You can drink the juice or eat the fruit flesh right out of the shell. Try pairing your pipa fria with Costa Rican ceviche, a traditional seafood dish served throughout Latin America in different variations. Costa Rica, like many other Central and South American countries, offers access to exotic fruits you won’t find back home: marañón (cashew fruit), passionfruit, pitaya (dragonfruit), and guanábana (soursop) to name a few. Pick some up at your local open-air market, a great place to practice your Spanish with the locals. Spend an afternoon talking to a new friend over world-famous Costa Rican coffee in a local café. When it’s dinner time, dig into a delectable casado plate to experience a traditional Costa Rican meal, preferably shared with your host family at your homestay.

Costa Rican culture has plenty of history, art, and culture to appreciate. Visit San José’s Gold Museum, home to the largest collection of pre-Colombian gold in the Americas, or the Jade Museum, to see the largest pre-Colombian jade collection. Watch local women perform traditional folkloric dance in their colorful costumes or get on the dance floor yourself at the nearest bar, party, or restaurant, where you’ll have plenty of company. Go out and see a show at one of the many theaters, where limited seating makes for an intimate experience. Discover Costa Rican cowboy culture at the annual Bonanza Cattle Show. Attend any of the country’s many monthly festivals with your new friends to see just how enthusiastically the locals celebrate life.

When you do an internship abroad in Costa Rica, you’ll develop your Spanish language skills, learn more about Latin American culture, and develop the professional skills you need to launch your career, all while living in a tropical paradise. What are you waiting for?

Popular Internships

Popular Internships

Costa Rica has become a popular destination for rural, eco, and adventure tourism, and it’s easy to see why. As one of the most biodiverse nations in the world, Costa Rica provides an astonishing range of environments to explore and species to encounter. You can watch baby sea turtles hatch on either of the country’s coasts, “sky walk” across the suspension bridges in the Monteverde rainforest, and learn to surf off some seriously gorgeous beaches. Go whitewater rafting in San José, spot toucans and macaw parrots up close on a rainforest aerial tram, and ride a horse through farmland on your way to the Arenal Volcano. Go diving in Costa Rica’s Caribbean reefs, zipline through lush forest canopy, and repel down the rock face of the La Fortuna waterfall. This country overflows with natural beauty and opportunities to experience the great outdoors in exciting and memorable ways.

If you’re passionate about sustainability and environmentalism, try an internship abroad in Costa Rica to learn more about how to run a truly green country. Ranked second in the World Energy Council’s energy trilemma index in 2013, Costa Rica is a world leader in environmental friendliness. Thirty percent of its forests are protected reserves, and ninety-three percent of its electricity comes from renewable sources. Costa Rica aspires to be the first carbon-neutral country by 2021. Considering this small nation contains five percent of the world’s biodiversity and acts as a pioneer in sustainability efforts, it’s an ideal place to study the environmental sciences.

Costa Rica Points of Interest

Costa Rica Points of Interest

  • Art City Tour This citywide open house showcases a variety of galleries and museums and offers a free shuttle service from one cultural hotspot to another. Visit the Jade Museum, the petite art space TEOR/éTica, and the all-inclusive National Museum, among other exciting venues.
  • Paseo Gastronómico La Luz This popular street is lined with restaurants, art galleries, and creative spaces. Don’t-miss eateries include Keidas Lounge Bar/Restaurante, Luna Roja, Lulú & Saturnino Bistro–Pub, Sofia Mediterráneo, Crepería El Gato Negro, and Impar.
  • Parque Metropolitano La Sabana This park on San José’s west end of is our version of New York’s Central Park. La Sabana has tons of green areas, a lake, walking trails, tennis courts, sports fields, jogging paths, and soccer pitches.
  • Hiking in Braulio Carrillo National Park After just a 40-minute bus ride from San José, you’ll find yourself immersed in the heart of the rainforest, where you’ll enjoy an exciting hiking experience in beautiful Braulio Carrillo National Park.