Join this internationally-renown leader in sustainability, with particular emphasis on sustainable agriculture! Research and initiatives cover a range of topics, including silvopastoral systems, integrated pest management, carbon-neutral dairy operation, cacao farming, and more.
Flexible start dates at the beginning of any academic term. July and December will have limited field activities, as they are common vacation times for Costa Ricans. Specific duties may vary with seasons.
10-12 weeks, minimum.
This well-respected international organization works towards sustainable agricultural management and natural resource conservation in Caribbean Rim countries Headquartered in the agricultural province of Cartago, Costa Rica, this organization combines scientific research and exploration, graduate education programs, and outreach efforts to local communities to address broader issues of sustainability.
Exact job duties will vary based on current projects and intern candidate’s qualifications.
Examples of agricultural projects through CATIE have included (subject to change):
Activities primarily take place at CATIE, and may include some time on nearby farms.
Agricultural Sciences and related fields.
Willingness to learn new skills and to take the time to learn them well.
Minimum of basic-intermediate level Spanish. At a bare minimum, candidates should have Spanish proficiency equivalent to having recently and successfully completed first-year university-level Spanish. Specific opportunities or projects may require a higher level of Spanish proficiency.
Willingness to work early in the morning
Moderate physical ability to be able to participate in activities such as preparing the land, trimming and pruning plants, and small building projects. Interns will be working on farmlands can be uneven and on hillside slopes.
* Fees vary based on medical history and insurance coverage
The Host Site Fees Includes:
Housing in on-campus apartments are arranged by the host site. It typically includes three bedrooms, a shared kitchen, solar area for drying clothes and bathroom. Candidates should expect to have a shared bedroom, although they may have single-occupancy rooms. Interns may need to supply their own basic items like bedding, kitchen utensils, etc.
Summer: January 25
Fall: April 15
Winter: September 1
Spring: November 15
- See Qualifications and Requirements section