WHAT IS A VIRTUAL INTERNSHIP?
A virtual internship is very similar to an in-person internship in terms of the experience. You’ll be expected to work on projects a certain number of hours per week, be assigned a mentor who will guide you and answer your questions, attend meetings and training, and complete assigned tasks. In addition, an international virtual internship also provides you with experience in communicating across different time zones, cultures, and languages, giving you a more global experience than a local internship. The plus side of a virtual internship is that you get to do all of this from the comfort of your home, saving valuable time and money and giving you more flexibility and comfort.
Check out some industries where you can be placed through our Virtual Internship program:
COMPANY PLACEMENT & MENTOR
You will be assigned a mentor or supervisor from the organization you are interning with who will guide you through your work placement, answer your questions, and provide you with feedback. At a minimum, you will have weekly progress meetings with your mentor, but likely you will interact more through other meetings, emails, calls, and texts.
You will also engage with other colleagues and team members through various technology platforms and means as the project requires including chat rooms, email, synchronous meetings, virtual training, and more.
CULTURE & LEARNING
Our Team at Costa Rica Global Learning Programs will ensure that you get exposure to Costa Rica through interactions with cultural mentors, cultural learning experiences, meet-ups, and language classes.
As an intern with us, you'll also have workshops and training before and during your internship program, enjoy fun classes with your cohort, and learn Spanish.
DATES, FEES, & APPLICATION
The program start dates are flexible. Generally, interns can be placed within 4 weeks of their initial inquiry. Inquire directly to learn more. The internship program cost is $100 USD per week. Scholarships and bulk discounts are available.
To apply, first submit an internship interest form with your resume and unofficial transcripts. We will reply within 48 hours with the application form specific to your program interests. Apply for free now!
WHAT WILL MY PROGRAM LOOK LIKE?
Our program is designed so that you not only get the valuable work experience and skills you expect from an internship but also guidance and training that will allow you to further development your soft skills and personal competencies that will help you thrive as a remote worker. Programs will vary slightly, but the general outline of most virtual internships will be as follows:
Pre-Program Orientation - 12 hours
Business culture orientation (2 hours): Business norms in Costa Rica, cross-cultural communication skills, and other valuable information
Introduction to Costa Rica (2 hours): Learn about Costa Rica, meet your peers, and meet your assigned cultural mentor
Introduction to your Organization (1 hour): A brief introduction to your assigned organization, your role, and the expectations of your internship
Workshops: Remote Working Strategies and Virtual Etiquette
8- to 15-week Internship Experience (10 to 30 hours per week)
Guided by your mentor, you will work on assigned tasks, participate in work meetings, investigate, learn, and grow over the course of 7 weeks
As you work, you’ll keep track of your progress and growth through a decided-upon method (video, presentation, blog, etc.)
Cultural Mentorship: 1-2 hour of meetings per week with your cultural mentor
Biweekly debrief sessions with the Global Learning Programs Team
Cultural and learning experiences: join us weekly for various opportunities to learn about Costa Rica and experience culture through guest lectures, classes in dance and cooking, Spanish lessons, and more.
Virtual internship modules: Participate in learning modules with our other virtual interns geared towards adjusting to working remotely. Modules will be taught by experts from Costa Rica and will include: Communication Skills, Enhancing Productivity, Interacting Across Cultures, and Health & Wellness.
Prepare and share your final presentation with your mentor and organization.
Final review meeting with your mentor and Our Team.
Post-Program Workshops and Debrief
Post-Program Workshop: How to Market Your Virtual Experience
Final debrief session with our Team to talk about your experience and complete internship experience survey
My Costa Rican Learning Group internship was a very excellent experienced to have. As a nurse that resides here in Canada through this, I have learned a lot on how to have cultural awareness and how to become culturally competent. I also feel very accomplished because the mentors and coordinators are very supportive if help is needed. This experience made me realize that even in small acts it makes a big difference to help the community to achieve their optimum health.
Divine P, Fall 2020 Intern (Nursing)
VIRTUAL INTERNSHIP INTEREST FORM
Please fill this form accurately and completely to submit your interest in a Costa Rica Global Learning Program 2020 Virtual Internship. We will follow up within 48 hours with a supplementary application relevant to your specific area of interest. In the follow-up application, we will request a resume and an official copy of your transcript. Please prepare these documents now to avoid processing delays. Thank you for your interest!