Spring 2020:  Foreign National Student Internship Program

U.S. Mission – San Jose

Announcement Number:                           San Jose – 2020 – 001

Position:                                                      Spring 2020:  Foreign National Student Internship Program

Opening Period:                                          January 6, 2020 through January 17, 2020

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.

HUMAN RESOURCES CLERK                                                          February/March – June/July 2020

Duties such as calling candidates to set up interviews, preparing letters, coordinating English tests, ordering supplies, preparing reports, setting up appointments, filing, shredding, making copies, scanning, etc.

·       Business Administration, Human Resources or secretarial studies student (or any related field)

·       Good English level

·       Must be tactful personality

·       Proficient in the use of computer programs (Excel, Word, Outlook, Internet, etc)

·       Excellent communication skills

·       Willing to be a team player

·       Highly organized and focused



The Human Resources office is responsible for providing customer service to the Embassy community in the areas of recruitment, performance management, training, policy, employee and labor relations and conduct.


CONSULAR ACS INTERN                                                                February/March – June/July 2020

·       Assist ACS (American Citizen Services) with email and telephone inquiries from American citizens, organizing electronic files, processing applications for passports and reports of birth/death abroad, organizing storage unit, etc.

·       Able to communicate with applicants in person and respond to telephone and email inquiries in both English and Spanish.

·       Able to read and understand documents in both English and Spanish.



Consular/American Citizen Services assists American citizen tourists and residents in Costa Rica with a host of services.  These include issuing passports and reports of birth and death abroad, conducting welfare and whereabouts checks, and providing assistance in emergency situations.  Our number one goal is to assist in the protection and welfare of American citizens in Costa Rica.


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

  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 January 17, 2020.