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Summer Internships in Costa Rica - On Site

Wildlife, Conservation, and Veterinary Medicine


At the Wildlife Rescue Center, you will live on-site and all housing and meals are provided. Housing is large dorms with bunkbeds. Dorms offer a fan, refrigerator, bathrooms and Wifi.

UC Davis reserves the right to change the accommodation location(s). Should this be necessary, we will arrange alternative lodging. Please note that elevators, air conditioners, hot water, and other modern conveniences will not be available in all locations.


All meals are at the Wildlife Rescue Center and during program excursions are included. Meals during free days in San Jose are not included.

Excursions & Activities

You will have a two-day orientation with a visit to Manuel Antonio National Park, a world-famous beach.

Get to Know Your Destination

Costa Rica is a popular travel destination for visitors from the US due to its wildlife, beaches, volcanoes, and rainforests. Known for ecotourism and a conscious approach towards preserving the environment and the local communities, Costa Rica provides a setting that emphasizes “promoting organic ingredients, unspoiled nature and authentic experiences.”

San José is the capital of Costa Rica and where most of the action takes place. There's plenty of shopping, great restaurants and museums to explore.

Study Abroad Advisory of Student Risk

Participation in this UC Davis Study Abroad program requires travel to and extended living in a foreign location(s) abroad. UC Davis Study Abroad endeavors to reduce and mitigate risk wherever possible.  However, the environments and risks associated with living in these locations are substantially different than those found during a regular course of study at UC Davis. All participants must download and review the following information prior to departure. Any questions should be directed to the Program Coordinator.

Due to the nature of the program activities—which includes working with live animals—you may be at risk of contracting rabies if exposed to an infected animal. UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services recommends that you receive the rabies vaccination prior to departure. Consult with UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services or your private healthcare physician about this further.

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