Fall 2021:  Foreign National Student Internship Program

U.S. Mission                                            San Jose

Announcement Number:                     San Jose – 2021 – 001

Position:                                                  Fall 2021:  Foreign National Student Internship Program

Opening Period:                                    September/October 2021 through December 2021/January 2022

Who May Apply:                                   Students who are non-U.S. citizen residents in Costa Rica

Work Hours:                                           Part-Time (20 hours per week)

The FNSIP is designed for students who are non-U.S. citizen residents in Costa Rica seeking internships with the U.S. Mission, in San Jose, Costa Rica. The program benefits both the Mission and students by providing participants with valuable, educational, and relevant work experience, and/or academic credits, and also assists the Mission in meeting its goals, including strengthening and broadening ties between Costa Rica and the United States.

The program is open to all qualified students and provides the opportunity to work for a limited period to be determined by the Mission (no more than 4 months). Post’s FNSIP program is administered in compliance with both U.S. and Costa Rican law.

NOTE: No benefits (i.e. food or transportation) or compensation will accrue from an internship, nor any future employment rights.


  • Age: Students must be at least 18 years old at the time of participation in the program.
  • High School Degree: Students must have graduated from high school or equivalent secondary school prior to beginning the program.
  • Citizenship/Legal Residence: The FNSIP is only open to students who are either citizens or permanent legal residents of Costa Rica.
  • Meet Definition of Student: Applicants must meet the definition of student, as defined in 5 CFR § 308.101: “Student is an individual who is enrolled not less than half-time in a high school, trade school, technical or vocational institute, junior college, college, university or other accredited educational institution. An individual who is a student is deemed not to have ceased to be a student during an interim between school years if the interim is not more than 5 months and if such individual shows to the satisfaction of the agency that the individual has a bona fide intention of continuing to pursue a course of study or training in the same or different educational institution during the school semester (or other period into which the school year is divided) immediately after the interim.”
  • Transcript and Permission: Applicants must be in good academic standing at their current educational institution and must provide a certified transcript verifying this. Applicants must also provide written permission from the educational institution at which they are currently enrolled to participate in the FNSIP.
  • Security and Medical Certifications: Applicants must receive a successful security certification and medical certification from the Embassy prior to beginning the program.
  • Medical Insurance: Applicants must have their own medical insurance, for the duration of the internship.

Available Positions

The following employment opportunity is available.



  •  Process visitors access and serve as escort to visitors or contracts inside the Office or at the Chancery.
  •  Issue requisitions to US Embassy departments including Facilities, GSO and RSO.
  • Assist Admin Mgt Unit with quotations requests to local vendors.
  • Process and follow up Procurement Request Forms.
  • Provide support to the BHA ADMIN UNIT to successfully accomplish objectives, by assisting in any other Admin related task, as requested by the supervisor.


  •  At least one year of Administration or related studies.
  • Level 3 or higher English proficiency.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Word, Power Point, etc.)
  • Team player, highly organized and good customer service skills.


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PROJECT MANAGEMENT. Assist in the management of projects with Air Surveillance Service (SVA) through all phases of the project management cycle – including planning, initiation, execution, monitoring and closeout. Coordinate with INL Project Managers, Procurement Team, SVA, AAR, Tsymmetry, vendors, and other stakeholders to ensure timely and successful project completion. Serve as Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) as required.

ACQUISITION. Develop comprehensive procurement packages to include official requests, market research, and cost constructs. Prepare RFI’s, RFQ/RFP’s, SOW’s, PWS’s, JOFOC’s, IGCE’s, and other documentation as required. Build Purchase Requests in Ariba and closely coordinate with INL procurement team to ensure timely solicitation publication, vender question response, source selection, shipment, and receipt of products or services.

TRAINING MANAGEMENT. Identify training requirements and solutions to build SVA operational capacity. Synchronize INL training to complement WASS contract Aviation Training Plan. Coordinate with training providers such as USCAP, IAAFA, DoD, and industry. Complete training invitation letters within 10 working days of course confirmation. Manage training funding grant and coordinate all trainee travel.


Some college or university studies, preferably within one-years of degree completion. Level IV Spanish ability (fluent) speaking and writing is required. Level III English is required. Educational background should support skills required in Program Management, Procurement and Acquisition, Contracting, Employee Training Management, or Aviation Management.

INL Aviation Program: develops Costa Rica security services aviation capacity in order to combat illicit trafficking and other criminal activity.


Interested applicants must submit ALL of the following information to SanJoseInterns@state.gov

  1. Completed Internship Application Form(Pdf- 154Kb). Please make sure to specify in your statement of interest which of the available positions you’re interested in.
  2. Any other documentation (e.g., certificates, awards, copies of degrees earned) that addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above.
  3. Letter from University specifying current enrollment on their institution.
Please note that incomplete packages will NOT be accepted after the Vacancy Announcement closing date of September 10, 2021.