The vibrant capital of Costa Rica, San José, offers eight-week summer internships. The city is the business center of one of the world's most biodiverse countries in the world. San José is surrounded by beautiful mountains and lush rainforests, is considered the gateway to the Pacific and Caribbean coasts and is one of the main hubs of economic activity in Central America. 

Nearly a million people commute to the center of the city every day to work in the thriving industries of San José. Some of the most popular internship placements are in the business, environmental, engineering, and NGO sectors. It is the ideal destination to combine a professional internship with access to one of the most beautiful countries in the world.  


Complete a full-time internship abroad and lay the groundwork for your future career! Work in a global environment and learn about your field from a cross-cultural perspective.  

ISEP and our partners at Global Experiences work with you to find an internship placement that matches your career aspirations, educational background and location preferences. During the ISEP application process you will conduct a brief phone call with an ISEP Student Advisor to learn about your goals for interning abroad. If accepted, you will be guaranteed an internship in your desired career field and location.  

In the months leading up to the term abroad you will be matched with potential employers and interview with them directly to learn more about each other. If everything goes well, the internship is finalized. You will know your internship placement and role before you depart to your host country. 


San José program housing is in a brand-new student residence located in the University area of San Pedro close to public transport, shops and cafes. A gated building, the residence is eco-friendly and boasts 24/7 security, on-site support services and great communal areas including a tv room, games room, BBQ terrace and sun lounges. 

Accommodations are in single ensuite rooms in a shared 3-4 bedroom flat. The flats includea shared kitchen, wifi, balcony, a washer and dryer. If you have any special housing needs, please mention this at your time of application, so we can discuss the options available.

Housing fee is included in overall tuition cost. All prices are subject to change. 

Course Description

Included in the Intern in San José program is the award-winning Global Career Readiness Program which combines assessment, coaching, and experiences to connect student's academic experience with their professional ambitions. A Strengths-based approach is utilized, with a focus on helping every participant meet their potential and find a career they love. 

Core Components Include:

-CliftonStrengthsFinder® Assessment

-On-on-One Career Strengths Coaching

-Career Webinar Series

-Goal Setting and Career planning

-Interview preparation

-On-Site Career Seminars and Networking Event

-One Day Global Career Workshop

-Leadership Training and Recruitment Opportunities


Earning Academic Credit

You can add academic credit to your program! Adding credit can allow students to access existing financial aid options and gain credit towards graduation for many majors. This is suitable for students who attend a university that does not offer credit for internships. For more information please discuss your situation with your home university study abroad advisor and your ISEP student advisor.

You can add optional transfer credit to your program through the school of record, Fairfield University, for an additional fee of $600 per course. Credits may transfer as elective or major credit, with a letter grade or pass/fail, depending on your home institution's policies. 

Available courses:

GE 298: Global Experiences International Internship 

3-6 credits in summer

6 credits in fall/spring

GE 301: Global Workforce and Leadership Development (online, 3 credits)

GE 302: Intercultural Communications in a Global Workplace (online, 3 credits)


ISEP STUDENT ADVISOR Maggie Montgomery 703-504-9991 | Thanks for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Advisor and main point of contact here at ISEP. As you search for programs, I'll be available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact me at any point in your search process for help, tips or advice.


(in English)

Career Field

  • Architecture

  • Business: Recommended!

    Accounting Finance Human Resources Management

  • Communication:

    Advertising Journalism Public Relations

  • Computer and Information Sciences

  • Engineering Recommended!

  • Hospitality and Tourism

  • Law/Criminal Justice

  • Natural Resources/Conservation: Recommended!

    Environmental Science Sustainability Studies

  • Psychology

  • Social Sciences Recommended!

  • Visual and Performing Arts:

    Art Studies Graphic Design Interior Design Photography

Academic Requirements


Special Application Instructions

Students shoud apply for the summer summer session they plan to attend: 

Session 1: June 6 to August 1

Session 2: June 20 to August 15

Other Academic Conditions

Internship placements in certain fields may require advanced Spanish language skills. 

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