• San Jose is the capital city of Costa Rica and has a population of 300,000 in the city and 1.5 million in the total metropolitan area.

  • It is named for Joseph of Nazareth, and has a very European feel and culture. It is located near the middle of the country, which has both Caribbean and Pacific coasts.

  • It lies about 1,190 metres (3,900 feet ) above sea level on the Meseta Central (central plateau), surrounded by mountains with prominent volcanoes.

  • The main crops in Costa Rica are bananas, coffee, sugar cane, rice, pineapples, and beef. Costa Rican coffee is very high in caffeine and is considered among the best in the world.

  • It actually rains in San Jose for about 170 days each year.​




If you want to distinguish yourself from your peers, the experiences gained abroad are unmatched by any internship that you'll find in the United States. Not only do international internships offer professional experience for your resume, but they have the added value of developing your intercultural competence, communication skills, multilingual abilities, and they boast the bonus of travel. All of which are relevant to employers in today's job market.

MLSA offers international internships and volunteer experiences in San Jose, Costa Rica under the mentorship of an MLSA supervisor and field supervisor. These opportunities are established in cooperation with host companies, institutions, enterprises, where the student works to gain academic experiences in a professional environment. Internships may be coordinated with your university for academic credit or completed for non-credit. 

MLSA's internship experiences will: 

  • Provide you with valuable and real-life work experience related to your academic field of study.
  • Give you a head start in your career by providing you networking possibilities and prospects.
  • Introduce you to the work place in a different county.
  • Teach you how to collaborate with people from another country and culture.
  • Help you to identify career goals.
  • Build your resume with experience for your future job search.
  • Test and refine your job skills and interpersonal skills for your future career
  • Make lifelong friends and professional contacts.
  • Make your major more relevant in a non-traditional way.
  • Improve your linguistic abilities and skills in another language.
  • Give you a better understanding about yourself and other people.
  • Provide invaluable insights into another culture and society.
  • Build your self-confidence and self - esteem.
  • Build leadership and communication skills.
  • Be competitive in a global job market.