Internship in Costa Rica

Costa Rica overview

A year round circulation of tropical and warm weather has made Costa Rica one of the world’s few remaining natural utopias. This Central American country is where over 5% of the global biodiversity is found. The country’s untouched beaches, majestic mountains and volcanoes, gorgeous waterfalls, and prolific rainforests are home to more than 500,000 native species.

Doing an internship in Costa Rica will allow you to demonstrate your skills and abilities to help with real-life projects. Beyond that, you will get the chance to grow your connections and meet new people that could be of great influence to your future career.

Costa Rica’s evolving tertiary sector has made the country yet another attractive internship destination for those who are looking to expand their worldview, build strong networks, and hone their professional skills in a culturally diverse environment. An internship in Costa Rica will allow you to explore the local culture and advance your career in a fast-growing and rapidly changing environment.

We currently offer internship opportunities in:

  • San José

AIP has grown its connections with a variety of companies in San José. A internship in San José will give you plenty of options to intern at a company and industry that you are interested in. Internships that are popular in San José include Medical, Engineering, Business Development and Logistics. Whether you want to do a Costa Rica internship during your holidays or academic studies, AIP accepts applications throughout the whole year.

Internship in San José

San José Overview

The capital of Costa Rica is situated 1,161 meters above sea level. The city has a total population of 1.45 million people. Consisting of ten different districts, San José is known to be Latin America’s safest city and the epicenter of political and economic activities.

One of the major contributing factors to the city’s economic advancement is its expanding Free Trade Zone in which businesses are to receive commercial benefits i.e. grants and incentives from the Costa Rican government. Today the city is undergoing constant changes with refurbished public parks, modern architectures, and infrastructure to welcome future economic activities.

Internship Opportunities in San José

San José is Costa’s most vibrant and bustling city. Its people enjoy the benefits of living a comfortable life in Latin America's highest standard of living.

A particular industry Costa Rica is known for is its ecotourism. The country has devoted roughly 26% of its land to protecting land, wildlife reserves and national parks. This has paved the way for a different type of tourism. Its ecotourism has provided the country with many economic opportunities and the country has been able to attain sustainable development whilst protecting the environment. This form of tourism makes hospitality and tourism extremely popular in San José.

Another industry that is popular in San José is the medical industry. Costa Rica is renowned for having one of the best healthcare in Latin America. In comparison to the US, and Europe, healthcare is extremely affordable. You will gain valuable work experience in Latin America’s best healthcare country.

San José Attractions

San Jose is lively during the day and at night with urban highlights all around. Some of the best places to visit in the city include the infamous Simon Bolivar Zoo and Botanical Garden, Museum of Costa Rica Art, and La Sabana Park. These city landmarks (and many other city areas) are accessible with Costa Rica’s trustable bus system, car-and-driver services, and taxis.

Internship experience in Costa Rica

An internship in Costa Rica also enables you to explore the depth and breadth of your preferred industry while immersing yourself in Costa Rican culture from rich indigenous heritage to foreign influences of the Spanish, Chinese, and Jamaican.

Make the most of your time in Costa Rica’s urban and suburban areas! This is your chance to explore the city’s rich historical, cultural, and artistic sides in national museums, art galleries, and architecture. In the verdant and lush mountains of Costa Rica, you have the perfect excuse to try water rafting, snorkeling, zip lining, and hiking!

In Costa Rica, there is a lot to do and see. Spend your day touring the gorgeous sculptures, art collections, and other national treasures at the National Museum of Costa Rica or the infamous Museo de Jade! You can also take a pleasant walk at Corcovado National Park or Piedras Blancas National Park! And if you are adventurous, visit the amazing Catarata Rio Fortuna or Monteverde!

Costa Rica accommodation

  • Furnished accommodation
  • Free Hi-Speed Wifi access
  • Close proximity to the workplace (within 1 hour or less)
  • Accessible by public transport
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Visa information

Costa Rica offers a Travel Visa to those who intend to carry out their internships for the maximum duration of 90 days.

You are eligible for Travel Visa, if you hold the following documents:

  • An application form
  • Photocopies of all your pages in your valid passport (your passport must be valid for at least another 6 months since the date of entry)
  • Two passport photos
  • A criminal record issued within the last 6 months
  • Return flight ticket reservation
  • Proof of financial sufficiency

For those whose duration of their internships last longer than 90 days, Unpaid Volunteer or Internship Visa is an available option. Those who would like to issue this type of visa must arrive in Costa Rica within 60 days after the visa has been issued.

You are eligible for the Unpaid Volunteer or Internship Visa, if you hold the following documents:

  • Application form
  • Photocopies of all your pages in your valid passport (your passport must be valid for at least another 6 months since the date of entry)
  • One recent passport-size photo
  • A criminal record issued within the last 6 months
  • Proof of financial sufficiency

Our process

1. Apply
Click "Apply Now", fill the form and schedule an interview to discuss your dream internship.
2. Interview
During your interview, one of our AIP representatives will ask you questions about your background, past work experiences, internship preferences and goals.
3. Pay Deposit
If you are officially accepted into AIP, you will be asked to confirm your spot in our program with a deposit fee.
4. Placement
Our experienced placement team will match you with your ideal host company and arrange an online interview for you with them.
5. Final Payment
Once your internship has been accepted by yourself and the host company, you will be invoiced for the final payment which will officially confirm your placement.
6. Prepare
After your payment confirmation: For remote internships: We will put you in contact with your host company so that you can start to work right away on your internship. For all the other AIP programs: We will assist you in the visa application process, as well as arranging airport pickup and accommodation (if applicable).
AIPx might be a suitable option for those that are in a hurry. Via AIPx, we will have a confirmed interview for you within 21 working days (The normal process can take up to 8 weeks).
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