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Social Justice and Development Internship Program Costa Rica


Costa Rica: Alajuela, Atenas, Bribri and 23 other cities


Fall, Spring, Academic Year


The application process entails: ICADS' online application, 2 letters of recommendation (at least one academic), and official transcript. At least one year of college Spanish or three years of high school Spanish are highly recommended to participate.

Internship placements are determined based on a number of factors, including student interests, previous experience, formal education, and level of Spanish competency. Internships with stricter requirements include those in the medical field and all placements in Nicaragua.

Intern Types

  • Agriculture
  • Anthropology
  • Communications
  • Development
  • Economics
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Studies
  • Human Rights
  • International Relations
  • Journalism
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish


  • English
  • Spanish

Subject Areas

  • Conflict Studies
  • Development Studies
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Environmental Studies
  • Human Rights Advocacy
  • Humanities
  • Leadership
  • Liberal Arts
  • Natural Sciences
  • Public Health
  • Science
  • Service Learning
  • Social Sciences
  • Social Work
  • Spanish
  • Sustainable Development
  • Travel & Tourism
  • Women's Studies

Cost in US$:

See ICADS website for details.

Program Fees Include:

Airport pick-up, classes, books, internship placement and supervision, donation to internship organization, room and partial board (breakfast and dinner), laundry service, round-trip transportation from San Jose to internship sites in Costa Rica, field trip expenses and a weeklong group trip to Nicaragua (excluding visa related fees) during Block I.

Experience Required


This Program is open to

Worldwide Participants.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Home-stays

Participants Travel

Independently or in Groups

Typically Participants Work

Independently or in Groups

Scholarships are Available

See ICADS website for details!

Application Process Involves

  • Online Application
  • Transcript
  • Letters of Reference

Typically The Application Process Time is

2 weeks

Post Services Include

  • Exit Debriefing Abroad