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Interning Abroad in Puerto Rico

Birthplace of the world-renowned and well-loved piña colada, Puerto Rico is more than just a rum-producing country that’s bagged five Miss Universe titles and won eight Olympic medals. Home to over 15 man-made lakes and nearly 300 miles of beaches, adored for both their quality and variety, its untouched beauty is comparable to that of the Galapagos Islands. Puerto Rico stands as a mix of cultures, with combined influences from Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States. With an opportunity to learn Spanish in this Caribbean pearl, why not intern abroad in Puerto Rico?!

Where to Intern in Puerto Rico

Rectangular in shape, this fascinating country is approximately 100 miles long and 35 miles wide. Located between the North Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, it’s considered the smallest island in the Greater Antilles group of islands. From the misty mountains to the shimmery beaches, this little island packs a lot of punch when it comes to fun. Here are the best cities for interning in Puerto Rico. 

Most internships in Puerto Rico are offered in the vibrant and colorful capital city of San Juan, which is home to the busiest port for cruise ships across the globe! Located along the northeastern coast, it lies south of the Atlantic Ocean and offers a tropical climate. Here you can visit classic art museums, marvel at the Castle of San Cristóbal, and relax on beaches with azure waters. Although San Juan is the nation’s capital, and frequented by foreigners often, it still portrays the comfort of a small Puerto Rican town.

Along the Western Coastal Valley, you’ll find Rincón, or “the corner.” This surfing destination attracts surfers from around the world and boasts hotspots such as Domes, Little Malibu, Maria’s, Tres Palmas, Sandy Beach, and more, with waves reaching as high as 30 feet. You can also celebrate with the locals at one of its many festivals, such as the Whale Festival and Coconut Festival. 

Situated in the southern part of Puerto Rico on the shores of the Caribbean Sea, you’ll discover Ponce, which welcomes you with sparkling fountains and La Guancha Paseo Tablado, a restaurant-lined boardwalk. Throughout the summer, don’t miss out on the Fiesta Nacional de la Danza, the Barrio San Anton’s Bomba Festival, and the Festival Nacional de la Quenepa. The Museum of Puerto Rican Architecture also showcases its neoclassical and Art Nouveau architectural styles.

Costs of Interning in Puerto Rico

Most of the Puerto Rico internships are unpaid, and they’re usually for college credits. Pricing in Puerto Rico is similar to the United States, but traveling to Puerto Rico on a budget is possible through practical planning. Program fees usually cover the cost of tuition, food, and housing. To help cover the cost of programs, airfare, and other big expenses, get started with scholarships.

Accommodations in Puerto Rico

What types of housing are available during internships in Puerto Rico? The housing options vary based on the internship program and placement. As most internships are linked to taking college courses, you’ll most likely be staying in university dorms or campus apartments, which offer bathroom and cooking facilities, security, a cafeteria, and on-site support. You could also request to live with a host family, which could cost an extra fee, but it’s an opportunity to immerse yourself in the Puerto Rican culture at a more interpersonal level.

Visas for Puerto Rico

If you’re a U.S. citizen, then you’re in luck because you won’t need a passport or visa to work here. All you’ll need is a driver’s license to identify yourself at the airport. If you’re not a U.S. citizen, talk to the program coordinator and visit GoAbroad’s Embassy Directory for more information on how to get the process started.

GoAbroad's Insider Tips

Language. Spanish and English are the official languages of Puerto Rico with the former being the primary language. Puerto Rican Spanish is its own unique version of the language, but anyone who speaks Spanish can communication fluidly in Puerto Rico.

Hospitality. Puerto Ricans, by nature, are warm and hospitable to visitors and foreigners. Locals are known to speak with animated hand as well as facial gestures. During introductions, it is deemed polite to shake the other’s hand. 

An internship in Puerto Rico will satisfy cultural lovers, adventure enthusiasts, and beach bums alike on this tropical terrain.

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