Intern in San Jose

Program Info

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA- The capital of the country and the epicenter of economical and political activity. For these reasons, there may not be a better location to begin an internship and jump start your professional career.

When you arrive in San Jose, you will be picked up from the airport and taken directly to your lodging. Our program includes lodging and meals. You also have an independent living option: live in Adelante-provided housing for month 1, then you can choose to live on your own in an apartment. We will assist you with this process in-country (inquire about price difference). Come with a friend and live together during your adventure in Costa Rica.

San Jose’s history is rich with European influence and currently brings in about a million working individuals daily while being one of the safest cities in the region. This makes for an ideal internship placement location. Internships are for 4 hours each day in locally owned companies or larger corporations with offices in San Jose. Before you begin your placement, however, we prepare you by providing 3 weeks of intensive Spanish language courses. All in all, you will gain real, international work experience to add to your resume!

All applicants must conduct a pre-interview phone or Skype call to assess their Spanish level.

To begin your intern abroad experience, apply here!

What You’re Getting

There are some key features included in our program, here are a few:

  • The amount of time you choose to intern is flexible, with program lengths ranging from 2 to 12 months, all begin the first Monday of the month.
  • 3 weeks of intensive Spanish language classes at a University are included in the fee. Transcripts available. 9 different levels of courses to ensure that even really advanced or very beginner candidates are taken care of
  • Amazing excursions all included, see the above tab for details.
  • Program can be done for academic credit
  • English speaking Adelante staff is available to you to support, assist and in many other ways to be there for you should you need it.

For a comprehensive list of what’s included in our programs, click here!

Sample Excursions

Some ideas of the kinds of excursions and activities available in our Costa Rica program… (Availability is based on various things, including weather, number of candidates who sign up, availability of transportation and more).

Manuel Antonio National Park

It’s a National Park on the Central Pacific, and it’s one of the most beautiful beaches found in this region of the country. The landscape is composed of white sands and warm waters surrounded by lush vegetation. You can see a variety of Flora and Fauna including white-faced monkeys, sloths, raccoons and many other species of rodents and birds.

Includes: Transportation, accommodations (in a hotel or cabin of your choice) and Breakfast
Departure: Friday
Return: Sunday

Arenal Volcano/ Hot Springs

One of the active volcanoes that can be found in Costa Rica. During the day you can see smoke emanating from the crater. With the dark of night you can see bright red eruptions of lava, which create relaxing hot springs.

Includes: Transportation, lunch, dinner, entrance to hot springs
Departure: 8:00 A.M.
Return: 11:00 P.M.

Canopy Tour

You can either go to Poas or San Lorenzo. This trip is done on ropes amongst the treetops. Appreciate first hand the great biodiversity that nature has to offer. The tours are done with very good equipment and visitors are secured with harnesses and security lines. Go between bridges and platforms 15 meters off the ground or higher, as high as 27 meters.

Includes: Transportation, lunch, entrance, guide
Departure: 7:00 A.M.
Return: 4:00 P.M.

Should you wish to participate in more activities and excursions than what is included in your program, you absolutely can! We make these and more available to you — all are very worthwhile, guided by a trusted resource — and the cost typically will be less than you would pay on your own.

Online Reviews

List of Internship Fields in San Jose

Click on any of the internship fields below for a description.

ARCHITECTURE

Contemporary architecture, design and sales.  Assist in the development of actual projects, hands on experience with architecture design programs, AutoCadd, etc.  Software knowledge is a plus.

** 3 MONTH MINUMUM

ECOLOGY / ENVIRONMENTAL

ECOLOGY/ENVIRONMENTAL: Placements in different NGO´s or National Park System helping with investigation and environmental impact projects. Interns will be placed in projects according to their experience or field of study. Opportunities include Sustainable Development Projects, Marine Biology, Tropical Ecology, Species monitoring, Bioacoustics and others.

** 3 MONTH MINIMUM

“VERAGUA RAINFOREST” NATURAL PARK RESERVE: Developing programs, collaborating on existing programs all dedicated to environmental conservation, assistance to visitors, getting to know the protected areas of Costa Rica.  NOTE:  housing is on-site within the premises not with a family in San Jose. 

** 2 MONTH MINIMUM

EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY / EDUCATION: Work in busy study abroad office of a private, accredited, Tico and International student University.  Assist with all placement processes, student admin work, transcripts, housing of international students and more.

** 3 MONTH MINIMUM

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Assistance in graphic design agency or at a marketing firm with projects related to advertising campaigns. Focus on defining market and developing logos / labels / tag lines for client companies.  Emphasis on creativity, advertising and design. Create national billboard campaigns for client companies. Must have experience with Adobe design software.

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS / POLITICAL SCIENCE

 Political Science or International Relations candidates wanted!  Two opportunities are available to see first hand how politics and diplomacy operate – or don’t – at an International level. Since this is working within a government entity in San Jose, this is usually pretty hard to find! Through our active Director of Programs in Costa Rica has been able to establish many great connections over the years. We have one position within the Legislative Assembly, working with some of the government implementation projects. We have another position more directly working at the Presidency of Costa Rica offices, working on specific presidency council projects. Each post will accept one foreign intern each.  Jump at this once in a lifetime birds eye view at an operational level of politics in San Jose.

Requirements: Candidates should have a solid, high level of Spanish.Limited spots available. 

** 2 MONTH MINIMUM

LAW

LAW FIRM: Larger law firm, extremely busy, shadowing / working for a Lawyer or Consultant.

COMPANY PROFILE: Established in 1988 and conceived to provide clients with legal services, which are integrated on a basis of an interdisciplinary diversity. They offer the vast experience of their partners and associates, who are specialists in the following fields: Corporate and Business Law, Contract Law, Civil Law, Maritime and Aviation Law, International Business Transactions, Real Estate Operations, Foreign Investment, Intellectual Property and Trademark, Adoptions and Family Law, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution, Environmental Law, General Litigation, Criminal Law, Immigration, Tributary Law, Hotel Management and Tourism Law, Notaries Law and others.

Requirements: Strong Spanish.  Strong law background – preferably a current law student.

** 3 MONTH MINIMUM

MARKETING

MARKETING/ADVERTISING: Assistance in graphic design agency or at a marketing firm with projects related to advertising campaigns. Focus on defining market and developing logos / labels / tag lines for client companies.  Emphasis on creativity, advertising and design. Create national billboard campaigns for client companies. Must have experience with Adobe design software.

*** 3 MONTH MINIMUM

MARKETING & SALES: Marketing, Digital Marketing, Social Media, Market Strategizing & Investigating  and promotional activities for national companies in a variety of sectors, or for private university in Costa Rica.

** 3 MONTH MINIMUM

NON-PROFITS

NGO’s (non-profit organizations): Work with various non-profits covering a wide selection of different sectors: a group dedicated to protecting the National Parks and protected areas in Costa Rica; an environmental conservation organization etc.

** 3 MONTH MINIMUM

WORKING WITH UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN: This non-profit was started to help street kids ages 2-10.  Orphanage for the poorest of sectors. It is a house, with materials, curriculum, and day and afternoon programs. Opportunities include Social work with Children,  Social work with Addicts (5 centers for drug addicts / rehab:  this would be for psych or social work majors only and is fairly intense), Teaching English, Art, Cooking – the organization prepares 30,000 free meals per month.

Requirements:  Strong intermediate Spanish. Sociology and Psychology background recommended.  Previous work with kids an advantage.

** 3 MONTH MINIMUM

PSYCHOLOGY / SOCIAL WORK

SOCIAL WORK / PSYCHOLOGY
Various non-governmental organizations helping homeless and other under-represented groups, an orphanage, a group educating street children and more.

** 3 MONTH MINIMUM

SOCIAL MEDIA

We have exciting social media placements in the International Studies Department at a private university, or within Costa Rican companies in a variety of sectors (eg. hospitality, manufacturing, online companies). Many companies are now needing assistance with their social media presence. Interns will assist with any or all of the following: re-building parts of websites, maintaining Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr and more, writing articles, creating graphics or taking / uploading photos & videos, researching local and international issues for ongoing posting. Work will be in both Spanish and English so strong intermediate to advanced Spanish skills are required.

TOURISM / TRAVEL AGENCY

HOTEL: Small boutique hotel in a nice neighborhood of San Jose, near Universidad Veritas and other shopping and activities.  House Style Bed and Breakfast, dining room and about 20 rooms.

** 3 MONTH MINIMUM

RURAL TOURISM: Organize educational and alternative trips within Costa Rica, including sustainable communities.  Lots of projects ongoing.  Advanced Spanish required.

** 2 MONTH MINIMUM

TOURISM / TRAVEL COMPANY: Travel agencies and tour companies. Includes creation and sale of tour packages, guide work, packet preparation and airport pick-up, among many other duties that go into providing tours for small and large groups all around the country. Some very good travel included to Costa Rica’s tourist spots.

** 3 MONTH MINIMUM

TRAVEL AGENCY: Long running firm offering amazing tours to mostly student and youth groups.  Research possible destinations, assist with guiding, lots of weekend and other travel, admin, appointments and meetings.  Excellent and busy work assignment for good multitasker in international setting.

** 2 MONTH MINIMUM

VETERINARY CLINIC

VETERINARY CLINIC: Vet Clinic in San Jose that cares for house pets, also has grooming facility.

** 3 MONTH MINIMUM

VOLUNTEER

One of the few offerings in this Program that will take candidates for as little as 2 months, Volunteering in Costa Rica can mean anything:  working in a lab studying the effects of tides on turtle habitats, volunteering with a church to provide food for drug addicts, incorporating into a government project studying children’s groups, and how they are using government funding. San Jose has a vibrant community dedicated to giving back and a non profit group in nearly every part of civil society.  Sign up now, make a difference during the week, and surf and beach-hop during the weekends, why not?

WORK WITH CHILDREN

PSYCHOLOGY & SOCIAL WORK: Various non-governmental organizations helping an orphanage and group educating street children and more.

WORKING WITH UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN: This non-profit was started to help street kids ages 2-10.  Orphanage for the poorest of sectors. It is a house, with materials, curriculum, and day and afternoon programs. Opportunities include Social work with Children,  Social work with Addicts (5 centers for drug addicts / rehab:  this would be for psych or social work majors only and is fairly intense), Teaching English, Art, Cooking – the organization prepares 30,000 free meals per month.

Requirements:  Strong intermediate Spanish. Sociology and Psychology background recommended.  Previous work with kids an advantage.

OTHER FIELDS

Field placements are not limited to the fields you see above! We’ve placed past candidates in less common fields such as Politcal Science, Archaeology, Auto Industry, Zoo, Photography, Veterinary, and others (even something like Poultry Sciences!)… if you don’t see your desired field on the list, it doesn’t mean that we can’t place you!

Intern in San Jose is YEAR-ROUND. Begin any month of the year or take advantage of our mid-May start date to beat the summer crowds!
Program Fee
  • 2 months: $3,645 (not available for all programs – see Internship Sectors)
  • 3 months: $4,415
  • 4 months: $5,125
  • 5 months: $5,895
  • 6 months: $6,715
  • Non-refundable application fee: $150

Application Process

Click on the button at the top of the page to apply for this program now!

Application deadline is 60-90 days prior to your chosen start date.

Late applications are accepted on a case by case basis and are subject to a $250 late fee.