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Internship Opportunities

Don’t just sit in a cube. 
Make the world your office.

Intern with ADE in Costa Rica, gaining great experience, while making a lasting difference in the local community.

Current Opportunities:

Government Transparency Internship
Help advocate for right and just practices, helping governments transform policy and encouraging greater transparency to allow designated development efforts to come to fruition.

Environmental Justice Internship
Due to reconstruction after the earthquake, many environmental conflicts are arising in this area. This is an issue of justice that needs to be attended to in order to protect one of the world's most diverse biological systems. 

Sustainable Ecology and Agriculture Internship
Set up an organic farming and gardening program to help make self-sustaining communities and help to document the area's biodiversity in order to allow for transformational development.

Micro-enterprise Internship
Help community members to found and market micro-enterprise or small business ventures using the resources and skills that are currently available to them. 
Food Cooperative Internship
Help manage, expand, and ensure maximum effectiveness in the creation and implementation of a community food cooperative, training local community members in sound business practices that will benefit the larger community.
Academic Programs / Teaching Internship
Help create, implement, and evaluate innovative academic programs while teaching at the area's premiere secondary school, empowering students from ADE High School to transform their lives and their community as they learn. 
International Academic Networking Internship
Connect current ADE local development efforts with higher academic institutions allowing for a mutually beneficial relationship that empowers the local community.

Media/Graphic Design Internship
Use media and graphic design to train the local community for employment possibilities while also assisting ADE with different projects that will aid in program implementation.
Marketing Internship
Assist ADE in creating a comprehensive marketing plan for our various programs and activities or for small businesses in the local community.
Community Sports Internship
Assist in the formation and implementation of an inter-village athletic league that promotes healthy values and academic success as the core values.
Youth Ministry Internship
Work with the local Protestant church to minister to local high school and middle school  students. There are currently few opportunities to build the area's future leaders, but the youth have incredible potential for development.
Open Internship
Do you have a specific skill set that you're interested in using in the context of ADE and this community?   Due to the extent of the earthquake and the corresponding needs of the community, there is much work to be done. Contact us to discuss other innovative ideas and design your own internship.

What makes this internship different?

  • An internship with ADE allows you to use your education, gifts and skills in a hands on way to make a long term impact on a community in need. Within the internships listed below, we work with you to make your experience the most useful it can be for both you and for the community in Costa Rica.
  •  Because you will be living and working in the community that you will be impacting, you get to both see the difference you make and come to know those in need through real personal connections.
  • As we are a new organization doing fresh, new, and innovative development work, you will not only be able to be a part of something radical, but also to make a huge impact on the projects here in Costa Rica.

What We Offer:

  • Valuable experience using your education, gifts and skills to benefit a community in need.
  • A chance to make a long term difference in the education and lives of others.
  • A 3-6 month internship specialized to you.
  • Possible college credit (we will be glad to work with you to get college credit if available through your university).
If Interested:

  • Learn more about ADE internships in our  intern flier  and  intern packet
  • Contact Tomas ( with the following:
    • Cover letter (with sought internship position)
    • Résumé
    • 3 Reference contacts
    • Available internship dates