A World Endeavors internship stands out on a resume, gives you an edge in a competitive job market, and affords you a valuable international perspective – which is attractive to employers! The  internship placement process is designed to ensure the best fit possible between the intern and their placement, and with over 17 years of experience World Endeavors aims to be very good at making these connections.

A phrase that literally translates to “Pure Life” or “Full of Life,” the Costa Rican phrase “Pura Vida” is used in countless situations and embodies the Costa Rican philosophy. Costa Rica adheres to “Pura Vida” with its commitment to preserving a tropically lush ecosystem rich in biodiversity. The pace of life is relaxed, and many citizens place a high value on time spent recreating with family and friends. Travelers encounter this philosophy through the warm welcomes they receive and the discovery of a real-life paradise that includes tranquil beaches, cloud forests, and downright fantastic coffee. It’s hard to spend time in Costa Rica without absorbing a bit of “Pura Vida.”


Internship opportunities are available in the following sectors: 

  • Agriculture
  • Education
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Hospitality
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Youth Development

More information regarding the internship program can be found on the host program website

Visa Information

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Contact World Endeavors for visa and immigration information.

Eligibility and application

All applicants must meet the UQ's short-term experience eligibility criteria.

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The program is approximately USD $3,512. More information regarding what is included in the program fee can be found on the host program website


Housing is included in the program fee.

Credit for Internships

Some students may be able to receive credit towards their UQ program pending faculty approval. The Global Experiences Team is unable to provide further advice regarding internships for credit. If you are interested in seeking credit, please refer to the Credit for Internships page for more specific details

Key Dates

Application Deadlines

UQ: 10 March 2020
Host: 21 March 2020

Program Dates

Start: 21 June 2020
End: 25 July 2020


Fast Facts

Type: Work Experience
Mode: Internship
Location: Atenas, Costa Rica
Credit: Not-for-credit*
Cohort: Undergraduate and postgraduate

Some students may be able to receive credit towards their UQ program pending faculty approval. Please refer to the Credit for Internships page for more specific details.

Global Experiences Information Sessions

Students are encouraged to register and attend an information session to receive more details on the short-term application process, eligibility criteria, funding etc.​