Foreign National Student Internship Program

Announcement Number: San Jose – 2022 – 002
Position:  Fall 2022:  Foreign National Student Internship Program
Opening Period: September/October 2022 through December 2022/January 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 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.

Eligibility Requirements 

  • 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.

• 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.

Provide support to the Protocol Office, working under the direct supervision of the Protocol Assistant. Assists other mission offices as needed. Process dip notes and emails received to Protocol mailbox. Manages and updates the CRM database as needed. Screens and responds to invitations and appointment requests for the Executive Office and obtains recommendations from appropriate officers as necessary. Picks up packages and other correspondence for the Executive Office from the mail room. Provide support to the Protocol Assistant in the planning and organization of the Mission’s 4th of July event celebration, coordinating with other offices as needed.
• 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.
The Protocol Office is responsible for the management, coordination and execution of protocol support for the senior leadership of Mission Costa Rica.

• Monitoring credible ESTH news sources and trends in the region and providing brief summaries as appropriate.
• Drafting social media posts, infographics, and documents to support Embassy’s participation in the Ecological Blue Flag Program and advance U.S. interests.
• Carrying out journalistic and scientific research of environmental issues in Central America and the Caribbean, both primary and secondary research.
• Supporting the Hub’s online presence by contributing to adjust and implement a brand kit for Hub’s Facebook and expand Hub’s social media outreach in Central America and the Caribbean.
• Creating digital materials (videos, infographics, booklets, interactive maps, etc.) to show success stories from our work.
• Interest in research.
• Social media management.
• Sensitivity and commitment to socio-environmental issues.
• Written, oral and audiovisual communication skills.
Language skills:
• Spanish: Speaking proficiency: Advanced proficiency; Reading Proficiency: Advanced proficiency.
• English: Speaking proficiency: Elementary professional proficiency; Reading Proficiency: intermediate or advanced professional proficiency.
Educational background:
At least three years of undergraduate university studies in majors such as Journalism, Mass Communication, Graphic Design, Information Sciences or related fields.
The ESTH Hub for Central America & the Caribbean based at the U.S. Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica advances U.S. Government environment, science, technology, and health (ESTH) objectives in the region. We collaborate with governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector, focusing on finding solutions to pressing environmental issues such as:
• Anti-Wildlife Trafficking
• Biodiversity and Tropical Forest Conservation
• Climate change and climate-induced migration
• Environmental Governance
• Health and Epidemic Preparedness
• International Science, Research and Environmental Education Programs
• Oceans and Marine Conservation
• Water Resource and Quality Management

Through its efforts on regional environmental issues, the Hub in Costa Rica supports broader regional foreign policy goals such as sustainable development, economic integration, and improved cooperation with, and between, Central American and Caribbean nations.
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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.

Assist POL Unit with research for written POL products such as annual reports (Trafficking in Persons, Human Rights, Child Labor, etc.).
University student, undergraduate or Master’s. If undergraduate, preferably starting 3rd or 4th year of Bachelor’s degree. Preferred fields of study are Political Science or International Relations, but we are open to considering other social science majors.
The POL Unit is responsible for reporting on political and social issues in Costa Rica.


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 September 2, 2022.