Foreign National Student Internship Program

Announcement Number: San Jose – 2022 – 003
Position:  Spring 2023:  Foreign National Student Internship Program
Opening Period: December 2022 through February 2023/April 2023
Who May Apply: Students who are citizens or permanent residents of Costa Rica
Work Hours:  Part-Time (20 hours per week)

The FNSIP is designed for students who are citizens or permanent legal residents of 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 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.

Eligibility Requirements 

  • AgeStudents 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.

Assistance with the Mission’s Awards Ceremony.
Translation of Power Point presentations, regulations, general documents, etc.
Help implementation of Human Resources diversity strategy.
Provide support to the accreditation team.
Proficient computer skills.
Language Proficiency: Level IV (Fluent) English and Spanish ability required.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Exceptional interpersonal skills, discretion, and professionalism.
Outstanding organizational skills.


Perform basic system administration tasks such as imaging and replacing computers.

Install software.

Provide customers operational guidance on computer application software such as the Microsoft Office suite and Internet Explorer.

Assist IRM staff with receiving, inventory, and dispose of IT equipment in accordance with property management guidelines.

Aptitude for learning new computer skills quickly.
Language Proficiency: Level IV (Fluent) English and Spanish ability required.
Good customer service skills
Basic knowledge of computer application software such as the Microsoft Office suite and Internet Explorer.
Assist IRM staff in supporting customers at the U.S. Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica who operate unclassified computer workstations.

Support processing of Visas and American Citizens Services products such as passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad; take on special projects such as supporting Consular Crisis Preparedness.
University education and experience working in office environment preferred although not required.


Translates and interprets documents and also drafts documents in English and Spanish.

To organize office files which includes documents from previous investigation cases.

This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the incumbent. Incumbent will be required to perform other duties as assigned by the agency.

Excellent communication skills.

Proficiency in typing and writing in Spanish and English.

Ability to organize large volumes of files and reports and to work well under pressure.

The incumbent should have advanced analytical skills, the ability to schedule workflow and to operate a variety of office equipment including personal computer, digital senders, etc.

Good computer skills for data entry and word processing.

A minimum of one year of full time, post-secondary study at college or university are required.
The Regional Security Office (RSO) is responsible for the safety and security of American personnel working at U.S. Embassies and Consulates world-wide. The RSO represents the Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS), which is the security and law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of State. Each office is managed by a DS Special Agent (Regional Security Officer), who serves as the U.S. Ambassador’s senior U.S. law enforcement and security advisor.



Supports the Residential Security Coordinator in oversight of post’s residential security program. Serves as a point of contact on all residential security matters between the RSO, General Service Office (GSO), Facilities Maintenance (FAC), and landlords.  Assists with conducting security surveys of all current housing to ensure residential security standards are maintained, and assists with security surveys on all proposed housing to ensure security suitability can be obtained and is in compliance with the Overseas Security Policy Board’s OSPB standards before occupancy.
Excellent organizational and communication skills are required to track work orders, budgets, and communicate with Embassy sections and external vendors.
The Regional Security Office at Embassy San Jose is the primary law enforcement and security advisor to the Chief of Mission (COM) and responsible for all security-related programs under COM authority, which includes the COM bodyguards, Marine Security Guards, local guard force, surveillance detection, physical security, internal investigations, counterintelligence, VIP security, liaison with host nation security services, special event security, and emergency planning, among many others.


Interested applicants must submit ALL of the following information to

  1. Completed Internship Application Form
  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 December 28, 2022.