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Of course, doing an internship is a good way to gain practical knowledge and experience before making that transition to the real world. Doing an internship through AMPED, however; is a GREAT way to break away from the pack.

AMPED offers a host of internship options in and near Atenas to help challenge and expand participants’ learning and skills.

Interns are paired with an expert mentor in their area of interest that can give them a higher level of trained and personalized guidance that will help further their knowledge and development. Participants are also afforded some creative latitude to design their own internship program. That is, in addition to deciding their focus area, prospective interns have input concerning their work objectives and the type of work responsibilities they hope to have. Based upon questionnaire responses submitted, AMPED’s staff and in-country partners will work with project staff to identify an internship assignment that is the most suitable fit and that best matches participants’ interests.

In order to gain the most benefit from an internship, those interested are encouraged to consult their college or university advisor for assistance with developing their internship plan, including goals and objectives as advisors through their own research may be able to provide critical insight. Being informed about such matters will help interns to better target their interest and focus.

Finally, just as with our volunteer program, interns need to be prepared to demonstrate initiative. The level of involvement and satisfaction is directly related to the level of individual commitment.


Internship candidates need to be college or university students that have completed at least 60 hours of college course credit. The ability to communicate effectively in Spanish as well as a 4-week minimum commitment are required.

Intensive Spanish language classes can be arranged prior to beginning an internship assignment if necessary.

Additionally, participants must provide an official "Certificate of Good Conduct " or official proof of "Lack of a Criminal Record". This documentation (with an official seal and signature) can be obtained, for a nominal fee, from the local police department, county district clerk's office, or equivalent law enforcement or governmental body. Background checks conducted through online services will not be accepted.


Environmental Conservation
Physical Therapy
Public Relations/Marketing
Turtle Conservation
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Internship $1010 $1235 $1410 $1585 $1760 $2010 $2135 $2285 $2435
Internship Sea Turtle (Feb-July) $1430 $1725 $1970 $2215 $2460 $2705 $3000 $3245 $3490
Internship Sea Turtle (In Water) $1850 $2250 $2300 $2950 $3300 $3650 $4050 $4400 $4750

*Includes project set-up arrangements, airport pick-up and drop-off, orientation, host family accommodations, three meals/day, 24/7 emergency in-country staff support, and project donation for all projects, except sea turtle conservation. Airport pick-up is only provided and included in the fee calculation for certain sea turtle projects. Please consult with AMPED's Latin America Program Manager to confirm how the airport pick-up and drop off is coordinated for the specific sea turtle conservation project that interests you, as well as travel logistics to the project site. Spanish lessons are available in Atenas, Costa Rica for an additional $90/week, if your work schedule permits and times available.
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