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Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) Internship
Deadline for Submission, The Embassy will accept applications from students on a continuous basis until both positions are filled
Foreign National Student Internship Program
The Foreign National Student Internship Program (FNSIP) is designed for students who are non-U.S. citizen residents in Costa Rica seeking internships with the U.S. Mission. The program benefits both the Mission and students by providing participants with a valuable educational experience, and by assisting the Mission in accomplishing 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.
Program Requirements and structure
The program must conform with both U.S. and Costa Rican law. For example, the Post would be in violation of U.S. law if it allowed an individual who does not fit the definition of a student, as set forth in 5 USCS 3111, to participate in the Foreign National Student Intern Program at the U.S. Mission. No benefits or compensation will accrue from an internship, nor any future employment rights.
The Student Intern is Not Considered a Federal Employee
A student participating under this program is not considered to be a Federal employee for any purpose other than injury compensation or laws related to the Tort Claims Act.
No compensation or benefits are offered in connection with the program. All interns will be provided with a performance evaluation at the end of their internship.
No Creditable Service
Service is NOT creditable for leave accrual or any other employee benefits.
Host Government Regulations
Costa Rican regulations must permit the student internship under consideration.
Students will be briefed on work requirements, and will be provided the following information:
- An overview of the embassy.
- Work ethics/conduct (dress code).
- Business hours; schedule for lunch and breaks.
- Brief tour of the non-sensitive areas of the mission.
- Introduction to section.
Only students who are non-U.S. citizens in Costa Rica are eligible for the intern program, including any non-host country foreign nationals who are legal resident students of the host country. Non-host country foreign nationals are required to submit the same documentation as Costa Rican citizen, plus documentation proving legal resident status.
Definition of Student
Eligible students must also meet the definition of a student, pursuant to Title 5 USC 3111, as follows:
“3111. For the purpose of this section, ‘student’ means 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 comparable recognized 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 Embassy 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.”
The student must have demonstrated potential to accomplish the type of work to be performed.
Transcript and Permission
The student must be in good academic standing at his or her current educational institution and provide a certified transcript to verify it and must provide written permission from the educational institution in which the student is enrolled, specifying the hours the student will perform the internship.
The student must receive a security certification and obtain a certificate of good health once selected for the program and before starting to work.
The student must have his/her own medical insurance, for the duration of the internship.
Post should identify needs and opportunities in the mission that will provide foreign national students the opportunity to gain an educational experience. The number of positions will vary depending on post’s needs as well as areas of assignment.
Types of Assignments
Interns can be assigned duties that may include research, economic and political report writing, correspondence, information systems, analysis of international issues, consular work, administrative duties, budget and fiscal and personnel management. Recruitment Methods Post will work directly with the educational Institutions. The institution will identify qualified students and send applications to the Embassy Human Resources Office.
How to Apply for Foreign National Student Internship
Before you begin
This is NOT an offer of U.S. Government employment.
- There will be NO benefits, leave accrual, or credit.
- There will be NO compensation.
Steps to Complete
1. Provide the following:
- Embassy San Jose application for FNSIP (Resquest the form to the following email:firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Statement of Interest
- Gratuitous Service Agreement
- Legal residency documentation (non-Costa Ricans only)
2. Obtain written permission from University/ vocational or technical institution stating length of internship.
3. Request that the University/vocational or technical institution send an official transcript of academic standing and proof of insurance (issued by University for students) to the Human Resources Office at the US Embassy.
Information and Submission
Requests for information regarding the program should be directed to Ms. Melissa Ramírez at 2519-2304 or e-mailed directly to email@example.com at the Human Resources Department.
Deadline for Submission
The Embassy will accept applications from educational institutions on a continuous basis. Internship availability and work content may change depending upon circumstances.