With a thriving economy and an international reputation as a premier eco-tourism destination, Costa Rica offers interns the best of many worlds. Those looking to enhance their work experience while enjoying a new, warm culture and climate will find the perfect fit while interning in Costa Rica.


World Endeavors offers internships in a wide range of professional fields in Costa Rica, and our advisors are proud of their ability to find great opportunities in unique and highly specialized fields.

Featured Fields


Occupational Therapy

Physical Therapy

Other fields offered in Costa Rica include:



Do you want to earn academic credit for your international internship? Nearly half of World Endeavors participants earn credit while interning abroad. Many students are required to participate in an internship to fulfill a requirement for their degree program. World Endeavors works closely with students and their academic advisors to ensure that our program meets those requirements. If you don’t fall into that category there is another exciting option for you. Through our collaboration with University of California Berkeley, students can earn UC Berkeley credit by taking one of two online courses while interning abroad.University of California Berkeley



Dates & Costs

Internships are available year-round, with flexible start dates and durations. Public holidays and seasonal work availability may impact certain start dates in some locations.

Please wait until after you are accepted into the program and you have received the confirmed arrival and departure dates before you book your flight

Generally, the minimum program duration for interning in Costa Rica is 2 months. Contact World Endeavors if you would like to go for a shorter duration.

Program Name First Month Each Additional Month
Intern In Costa Rica $3,190 $1,290


  • Dedicated Program Advisor
  • Customized Internship placement
  • Flexible durations from 2 to 6 months with year-round start dates
  • Academic credit facilitation
  • Local On-site Coordinator with 24/7 availability; pre and post arrival orientation
  • Personalized Program Success Plan with ongoing coaching
  • Re-entry Handbook and Support
  • Spanish language instruction: 15 hours included
  • Cultural activities (cooking class; dance class)
  • Airport reception and welcome
  • Home stay accommodations with 3 meals per day
  • Comprehensive travel medical insurance
  • 24/7 Emergency Travel Assistance
  • Travel protection


  • Round-trip transportation to Costa Rica
  • Visa expenses
  • Optional trips and excursions
  • Daily transportation
  • Personal expenses



  • World Endeavors interns should be 18 years or older and should have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the start of their program.
  • Keep in mind that all countries have different visa restrictions for varying types of passports.
  • It is recommended to have a background in your desired internship field, but not absolutely required. Internship placement opportunities increase with experience or relevant coursework.
  • It is preferred that interns considering Costa Rica should have an intermediate level of Spanish language skills.


How To Apply

Congratulations on your decision to embark on this one-of-a-kind, life-changing experience abroad! We look forward to working with you to make your trip memorable and meaningful. We recommend that applications be submitted at least 16 weeks in advance of the intended program start date. If your intended start date is less than 16 weeks away, please contact World Endeavors for more information.



Housing & Location

World Endeavors interns in Costa Rica live with local host families in Atenas in either single or shared rooms with shared bathrooms. They enjoy home-cooked Costa Rican food with their host families. Interns in certain fields, such as environmental conservation, may live in shared accommodations or lodges onsite at their project depending on location.


Costa Rica is known for its beautiful tropical landscape, and Atenas is the lucky recipient of the best climate in the world. With warm, sunny weather and equally warm locals, it is an ideal location for interns year-round. Atenas is a charming and relatively compact town; the area is known for agriculture, and the town is surrounded by plantations and the rich, lush landscape that is characteristic of Costa Rica. The city has everything an intern needs, including fitness centers, tennis courts, restaurants, banks, parks, shops, bars, and cafés. Local residents are incredibly warm and welcoming and are always willing to help visitors with their Spanish and show them around their hometown.





Jaquelynn went to Costa Rica to complete an internship in Occupational Therapy.

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“This is a once in a life time opportunity, really very few people get to immerse themselves in another culture like this. Eat new foods, dance new dances, embrace Tico time, greet everyone with a kiss, get to know your families, your coworkers, the kids, and you’ll have such a fulfilling experience. Time flies so enjoy every minute!”

- Kari, Volunteer in Costa Rica

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