IIP Placements in Costa Rica
IIP offers two types of summer international internships: IIP Placements and IIP-IN Programs.
IIP Placements: When you apply to an IIP Placement, you are applying to work at a specific organization within the parameters of the work responsibilities described on our website by the employer and past interns. Therefore, your personal statement should address why you are interested in that specific organization/placement.
IIP-IN Programs: IIP-IN Programs are our new internship programs managed by in-country providers. Each IIP-IN program offers placements in various areas of interest. When you apply to an IIP-IN program, you will not know which organization you will be paired with or the specific work responsibilities. Your personal statement should instead address why you want to work in that country, and in a general area of interest (listed under each IIP-IN description). You will then be interviewed by the in-country staff, and based on that conversation with you, they will find a placement that matches your skills and customize it to your interests.
IIP Placements and IIP-IN Programs both lead to internships in specific organizations abroad.
Please note that IIP internships need to be 8 consecutive weeks. The dates will be agreed upon by you and your employer.
IIP-IN Costa Rica (UBelong)
This IIP internship is offered in partnership with UBelong. UBelong is an international organization devoted to bringing people together across borders to take action for positive change.
Area of Placement: Caring for disadvantaged youth
Many children in Cartago suffer from problems typically associated with poverty conditions, such as domestic violence, neglect and abuse. While the government and the church provide some support, caregiving institutions require constant resources and manpower to assist the most vulnerable. The caregiving projects support local organizations that provide disadvantaged children emotional, educational and social support. Interns live in Cartago and work in the city and surrounding areas. IIP interns will work five to seven hours a day in a living center or boarding school for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Many of the children, with ages ranging between 3 and 18, have been emotionally, physically, and/or sexually abused, while others are in the middle of custody battles or fighting drug problems. IIP interns partake in a range of daily activities which may include homework help, playing sports or organizing sport activities, and making art. IIP interns can also organize English tutoring activities when appropriate. As needed, IIP interns also help the local staff with daily chores and planning recreational activities. .
Qualifications: A basic level of Spanish is required, a very caring and open attitude, the emotional intelligence and maturity to relate to people from difficult backgrounds.
Area of Placement: Environmental Education
Costa Rica is a pioneer in sustainable biodiversity, and has a well-deserved reputation as a global leader in environmental protection. However, Costa Rica still faces complex environmental challenges, including deficient waste management and a growing demand for new clean energy sources. Part of the problem is also related to human behavior. In poverty-stricken communities across the country, socioeconomic needs are at odds with environmentally friendly practices. IIP interns work at an organization devoted to raising awareness about environmental issues and rights among vulnerable populations, and instilling a sense of environmental citizenship. IIP interns generally work five to seven hours a day advancing environmental justice through education and awareness programs. Interns will spend time in the field and provide support to develop environmental education projects for local schools and community organizations. They assist local staff in marketing and communication efforts, administrative work, and fundraising drives.
Qualifications: An intermediate level of Spanish is required and IIP candidates should have the flexibility to participate in many different tasks depending on the ever-changing needs of the organization. The creativity and initiative to work in an environment with limited resources is also imperative. IIP candidates with interests in education and/or professional experience in a relevant field like marketing, communications, or environmental sciences are encouraged to apply to this position.