Foreign National Student Internship Program

Announcement Number: San Jose – 2024

Position: Spring Season 2024: Foreign National Student Internship Program
Opening Period: January 22-26, 2024
Who May Apply: Students who are citizens or permanent residents of Costa Rica
Work Hours:  Full-Time (6 weeks) or Part-Time (20 hours per week, no more than 4 months)

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.

The student also must have availability from Monday to Friday on office hours (7:30-16:30).

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.

Human Resources section

Duties to be performed:

  • Recruitment duties: Filling, shredding, making copies, scanning documents, calling candidates to set up interviews, coordinating English tests.·
  • Policy writing and presentations: Translate documents and update PowerPoint presentations with matters related with the Human Resources portfolio.·
  • Recognition program: Ordering supplies, preparing reports, data entry on the Awards database, print certificates, make food arrangements for special events, etc.

Political Section

Duties to be performed:

  • Clerical position to help POEC officers in basic information on Costa Rica institutions.
  • Interest in political issues, knowledge in international relations, law, political science, legislative issues, public administration

IT section

Duties to be performed:

  • Provide customer support on IT-related issues, primarily focusing on Microsoft products.
  • Prepare and install computer equipment.
  • Assist with setting up access to cloud-based resources on mobile devices.
  • Assist with creation and/or maintenance of Power Platform automation solutions.

Consular Section

Duties to be performed: 

  • Interns will work with the American Citizen Services or Visas.
  • Assist with projects related to Non-Immigrant Visas and Immigrant Visas, making copies, filing documents, correspondence, updating databases and operationally support the Unit’s processes.
  • Update database information and assist with contacting American Citizens who live in Costa Rica.
  • Participate in meetings with local government institutions such as: Red Cross, ONG organizations and other diplomatic missions.

Protocol Section

Duties to be performed:

  • The primary responsibility of the Protocol Clerical intern will be to manage the administrative tasks associated with 4th of July including managing the contact database and collaborating with planning committees to execute the Ambassador’s vision.
  • In addition to the 4th of July celebration planning, the clerical intern will work on:
  • Updating diplomatic, heads of International Organizations and high-level government lists in the contact database and for the use of the Front Office.
  • Gathers and maintains biographic material on Ambassadors and the Government Cabinet in coordination with the Political Section.
  • Organizing physical and electronic files in the Protocol Office.
  • Opening and screening incoming invitations, scanning them, and seeking recommendations from section chiefs before forwarding to the Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) or Ambassador for their reference.
  • Receiving and screening all incoming correspondence addressed to the Ambassador or DCM (letters and invitations) and asking for corresponding section advice.
  • Maintaining copies of the official diplomatic notes sent by the Foreign Ministry and logging them in the Diplomatic Note application.
  • Maintaining detailed records using Microsoft Teams and SharePoint.

HOW TO APPLY

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

  1. Completed Internship Application Form (Pdf – 150Kb)
  2. The following documentation: Cédula, Medical Insurance and High School diploma.
  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 January 26, 2024.