Summer Abroad Ag Science & Sustainability Internships


Status: Open—Limited Space Available!

Info Session: 1/24/18, 5-6pm
International Center 2119
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Costa Rica—Ag Science & Sustainability

Turrialba, Costa Rica

Arrive Date: June 20, 2018    End Date: August 3, 2018

Program Overview

Experience what it means to be an agricultural expert in Costa Rica. In this course, you will spend time with Costa Rican university faculty members and technicians. You will learn from local agriculturalists and discover what sustainability means while living in one of the world’s leading countries for sustainable development. You’ll explore agribusiness and environmental issues in research farms and laboratories. You will also have the opportunity to improve your Spanish and learn about Costa Rica’s unique, rich culture and history. Students will end the course having gained a deep understanding of Costa Rica’s role in global agribusiness, enhanced communication and problem-solving skills and the confidence to embrace cultural differences. Beginner Spanish proficiency recommended.

See On Location for more information about internship options.

Instructor: John Goldberg

Max Enrollment: 12

Taught in: English (course taught remotely)

Program Coordinator: Erin Schlemmer


Education Abroad (EAP) 192Internship (6 units, P/NP)

Education (EDU) 198Directed Group Study: Internship Reflection (2 units, P/NP)

Program Highlights
  • Gain valuable work experience at a prestigious research facility normally only open to graduate students and researchers.
  • Open to students in any major! Great for those who have an interest in sustainable agriculture, management of natural resources, applied sustainability, biodiversity, community-based tourism and more. 
  • Learn what it takes to implement sustainability practices while living in one of the world’s leading countries for sustainable development.
  • Enjoy multiple cultural and adventure activities.
  • Students will get their hands dirty, working in local farms and laboratories with experts.
Internship Placement Process

Placements will take place on a rolling basis. After you have completed the UC Davis Study Abroad online enrollment, the program coordinator will send you the internship placement application from CATIE, our program partner. Required supplemental documents include:

  • Resume
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from a professor, advisor, or employer
  • Short essay (under one page) commenting why you are applying to the internships of your choice.

You should prepare all supplemental documents (except for the short essay) at the same time you are completing the UC Davis Study Abroad online enrollment, to ensure that your internship materials are completed by the deadline. The internship placement process may include a phone discussion and/or Skype interview with a program manager.

During CATIE’s application process students will be asked to specify several areas of interest. While effort will be made to accommodate students’ preferences, specific internship placements are not guaranteed. Students are encouraged to be open-minded and approach the program with a willingness to learn and grow, both professionally and personally.

Resume and Cover Letter Resources

We strongly recommend that all students meet with an advisor at the UC Davis Internship and Career Center to have their resume and cover letter reviewed prior to submitting these documents to CATIE. The ICC provides many online resources, such as resume, cover letter and letter of recommendation examples.