Internships and Volunteering
Working hard and loving it . . .
Proyecto Campanario offers a few unpaid internships for a minimum of 3 months throughout the year in the San José office and/or in the Campanario Biological Station.
Interns must be qualified university students or graduates desiring to live and work with Costa Rican families, to improve their conversational skills in Spanish, and to work in somewhat uncomfortable conditions in the remote biological station and/or in the office. We make every effort to give the interns a wide variety of experiences and training during his/her months with us.
Each intern is given a specific project to work on and complete, as well as work in other areas, during his/her time with Proyecto Campanario. Interns may need to pay a minimum for food and lodging depending on his/her situation.
For the San José office, we are looking for interns with journalism and/or marketing background. Interns gain valuable experience working in tourism, hospitality, design, logistics, accounting, promotion, and fund raising as well as in the Costa Rican culture. Interns must have good writing skills in English, at least rudimentary conversational skills in Spanish, and be computer literate.
For the Biological Station, we are looking for interns with biology, ecology, or similar backgrounds who are willing to live and work in the tropical lowland heat and humidity and alongside the maintenance personnel and biologist at Campanario. The intern gains experience in construction and maintenance, environmental education, hospitality, on-going research and conservation issues. The intern gets to know the rain forest well. Many experiences depend upon the activities at the time at Campanario. Once the intern is confident with the details of the Campanario rain forest, it is hoped that he/she can move into a guiding and teaching role when there are student groups visiting. If a long-term study is being carried out, interns may be considered assistants to the researcher. Interns must not mind getting dirty, must know how to swim, and must not need the "amenities of civilization" (like TV, radio, ice cream, ice cubes, and soda pop).
Please contact us with a letter of intent describing what you would like to gain from your experience in Costa Rica and with Campanario, along with your curriculum vitae. We will then send you a lengthy letter describing the internship experience, the last few pages of which contain an application. Please fill this in and return it along with two letters of recommendation.
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