Program Details

Interns with the Monteverde Institute work with local experts involved in a variety of community and environmentally based initiatives that investigate or contribute to local issues. Students receive background information and the skill sets necessary to
Location:
Angeles, Costa Rica; Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer, Year Round

Program Overview

Program Description:
Internships are a powerful tool that provide you with hands-on experience in a specific field and enhance your resume in today’s competitive working world. We offer project-based team or individual internships, with the option of integrating academic modules and Spanish classes. Experienced supervisors support and guide students throughout their internship with the Monteverde Institute. All Internships leave valuable contributions to the community.

Interns with the Monteverde Institute work with local experts involved in a variety of community and environmentally based initiatives that investigate or contribute to local issues. Students receive background information and the skill sets necessary to accomplish their tasks. While participating in this program, students also have the opportunity to gain skills in team-building, conflict resolution, project management and cultural awareness. Additionally, throughout the internship we provide multiple levels of supervision and expertise to ensure that the student has the most authentic and beneficial experience possible. Furthermore, we insist that all projects are presented publicly, so all internships end with community accountability and feedback. All completed work is documented and cataloged in our digital, publicly accessible database for use by future generations. These learning internships help the MVI promote its mission to advance sustainable living at the local and global level through place-based education, applied research, and collaborative community programs.

Types of Internships: This program offers three different types of internships: project–based without academic modules, project-based with academic modules (includes five modules and/or Spanish), and team internships. Duration: The MVI offers internships starting from 4-10 weeks (longer options can be arranged). Internships are available from the end of March – beginning of August (project dependent). Recommended credits: Recommended Credits are based on contact hours: 15 lectures hours = 1 credit; 30 lab/ field hours = 1 credit; 15 discussion class hours = 1 credit. Please see Modules and Prices sheet for specific course credit recommendations.
Setting Description:
The Monteverde Institute (MVI) is a member-governed Costa Rican non-profit association dedicated to education, applied research, and community engagement. Founded in 1986, the MVI from its inception has facilitated place-based, experiential learning in education abroad, grounded in the environmental, social, economic and cultural realities of the Monteverde Zone communities. The MVI teaches and hosts courses from over 25 universities in the fields of Tropical Ecology, Conservation Biology, Sustainability, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Education, Culture, and Community Health, and spearheads various community projects such as Traveler’s Philanthropy, sidewalk development, recycling, and the Bellbird Biological Corridor. Student field work and service learning make valuable contributions to our local communities and families.
Cost:
Pricing: All internship prices include homestay fees. The following prices are with Spanish and 5 educational modules - 7 credit. If looking for another kind of setting we can adjust prices. 4 weeks- $3430 6 weeks - $4110 8 weeks - $4790 10 weeks - $5470

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