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Costa Rica—Ag Science & Sustainability

UC Davis Summer Abroad Internships is an academic program that aims to enhance students’ education by incorporating academic coursework with experiential learning outside of the classroom setting. This program carries a total of 8.00 quarter units in six weeks. 

Students on Summer Abroad Internship programs earn regular UC Davis course credit which may be used to fulfill degree, major, minor, General Education (GE) requirements. UC Davis students can use Summer Abroad courses to fulfill their academic requirements as listed in the General Catalog. Students from other campuses should consult with the academic advisors from their home campuses to determine whether courses taken on our programs may be used to fulfill their specific academic requirements. 

See Academics to learn more about applying Summer Abroad coursework toward your major/minor/General Education requirements. 

Auditing is not an option. 

*Note: Semester students who will apply for Summer Financial Aid should contact Summer Abroad to inquire about enrolling in additional unit(s).


Education (EDU) 198 - Draft Syllabus (PDF)


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

Students will intern 35-40 hours per week at their program site and will be able to apply for transcript notation through the UC Davis Internship and Career Center.  

Education (EDU) 198. Directed Group Study (2 units, P/NP)

Education Directed Group Study: This 2-unit course is intended as a forum to connect the work students do at their internship to its broader social and cultural context. Through online discussions students will have a community with whom to share their reflections and observations about their internship placements and to explore the significance of interning in an international context. 


Summer Internships Abroad will be enforcing the completion of Spanish (SPA) 1 or equivalent before departure. Prerequisites can only be waived by individualized consent of program coordinator—please contact the program coordinator if you wish to discuss this option. Failure to complete unwaived prerequisites can result in administrative withdrawal and fees owed accordingly. 

While there are many options for students with beginning Spanish, there are some internships where intermediate to advanced level Spanish would be helpful. See On Site for a list of internship options.

SPA 1. Elementary Spanish Lecture/discussion—5 hours. Introduction to Spanish grammar and development of all language skills in a cultural context with special emphasis on communication. Not open for credit for students who have completed equivalent course 1S. Students who have successfully completed Spanish 2 or 3 in the 10th or higher grade of high school may receive unit credit for this course on a P/NP grading basis only. Although a passing grade will be charged to the student's P/NP option, no petition is required. All other students will receive a letter grade unless a P/NP petition is filed. GE credit: ArtHum | AH, WC.—F, W, S, Su. (F, W, S, Su.).

Internship Placement Process

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
  • CATIE Internship Placement Form, which includes the request for a short essay (1-2 pages) commenting why you are applying to the internships of your choice.

You should start to prepare supplemental documents at the same time you are completing the UC Davis Study Abroad online enrollment, but the resume, letter and CATIE form are not due until after you are enrolled in the program. Please note that placements will take place on a rolling basis, and the internship placement process may include a phone discussion and/or Skype interview with a program manager at CATIE.

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.