Summer Internships in Costa Rica - Placements

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Ag Science and Sustainability Internships in Costa Rica

Each UC Davis Summer Abroad Internship program pairs UC Davis Study Abroad with a partner organization or university that manages the personalized internship placements; arranges accommodations and excursions; leads onsite orientations; and provides 24/7 emergency support. As part of the placement process for Summer Internships, participants will first enroll through UC Davis Study Abroad and then complete a supplemental application for the partner organization associated with their particular Summer Internship program.

Although Study Abroad partners with outside organizations for some aspects of Summer Abroad Internships, the official provider for these programs is UC Davis Study Abroad, and course credit is issued by UC Davis.

Internship Placement Process

After you have completed the UC Davis Study Abroad online enrollment, the program coordinator will send you the link and instructions for completing the required supplemental documents, which include:   

  • Resume
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from a professor, advisor, or employer
  • Cover letter outlining interests and previous experience related to the internship areas

Please prepare supplemental documents at the same time you are completing the UC Davis Study Abroad online enrollment, but note the résumé, letter and EARTH online form are not due until after you are enrolled in the program.


While at EARTH University, students will participate in an internship for 30-32 hours per week, spending approximately two weeks in each of the three areas below.  Note that there are two spaces available in each area at any one time so the order of the rotations will vary.

Tropical Crops: Learn about specific stages of production and available technologies, the correct methodology for responsibly using agricultural inputs, and other best practices of production and harvest.

Organic Agriculture: Here you learn efficiency-promoting strategies while employing the techniques of the eco-friendly production gold standards – organic, biodynamic, bio-intensive and permaculture-style agroforestry. This biodiverse farm focuses on how these methods support health and wellbeing throughout the entire production chain. You’ll have the chance to work with crops such as cacao, bananas and plantains, while also learning about the many challenges organic producers face in Latin America and the tropics.

Peri-Urban Agriculture: This internship teaches you how to do a lot with a little, such as how to manage a thriving agricultural operation with limited access to water, nutrients and space. You will work on projects of vertical agriculture, floating-root systems, raised-bed production, recycling agriculture, aquacultures and more.

Learn more about these three farms (PDF).

Resume and Cover Letter Resources

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

Information about UC Davis’ partner for the program

For the Ag Science and Sustainability in Costa Rica Summer Internship program, UC Davis Study abroad partners with EARTH University, an agricultural college with a focus on investigating sustainable agriculture in tropical environments. The 8,342-acre campus includes classrooms, laboratories, sustainable academic farms, sporting and recreational facilities, student and faculty residences, a commercial banana plantation, reforested areas and a large, protected rainforest reserve.

Transcript Notation

Students participating in UC Davis Study Abroad Internships are eligible to receive Transcript Notation (TN). Transcript notation documents your academically approved internship on your official UC Davis transcript. By having your experience noted, it provides proof of where and when you participated in an internship. This is especially valuable for international internships that may be difficult for a prospective employer or program to contact.

Transcript Notation is a process you’ll start within the first two weeks of your internship placement through Handshake, the tool UC Davis Internship and Career Center uses to connect students and employers.