Summer Internships in Costa Rica

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Costa Rica—Ag Science & Sustainability

Guácimo, Costa Rica

Arrive Date:  June 20, 2019    End Date:  August 2, 2019

Program Overview

Gain hands-on, career-focused work experiences in multiple areas of sustainable and tropical agriculture at EARTH University, a safe, sustainable, 8,340-acre University in the heart of the tropical Costa Rican rainforest. Following EARTH´s educational model and methodology of learning by doing, you will work on EARTH´s academic farms collaborating directly with farm workers and EARTH students, under supervision of an EARTH faculty member as you do 2-week rotations in peri-urban agriculture, tropical crops, and organic agriculture. Students will end the program having gained a deeper understanding of agricultural and sustainability practices, enhanced communication and problem-solving skills and the confidence to embrace cultural differences. Beginning intermediate Spanish proficiency is required to help facilitate communication with the farm workers and students.

Max Enrollment:  6

Taught in:  English (EAP 180, course taught remotely)

Program Coordinator:  Erin Schlemmer


Education Abroad (EAP) 180Education Abroad: Special Topics (2 units)

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


Students will participate in a professional internship for 30-32 hours per week. Internship details, placement information, and sample internships.

Program Highlights

  • Open to students in any major! Great for those who have an interest in sustainable agriculture, tropical agriculture, landscape architecture, sustainability, agribusiness and more.
  • Learn what it takes to implement sustainability practices while living in one of the world’s leading countries for sustainable development.
  • Enjoy a truly multi-cultural experience as you work alongside EARTH students from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Enjoy adventure on the weekends! EARTH is a bus ride away from Caribbean beach life, the protected sea turtles of Tortuguero National Park, the natural majesty of the Arenal and Poas volcanoes.