HC Internships

Our internships are led by the Director of Human Connections, Elly Rohrer, along with the collaboration of HC’s staff and guest speakers. Interns gain international experience and improve their employability through hands-on projects, collaborations with our community members, and critical analysis of different impact models. Furthermore, this unique study abroad internship experience will deepen interns’ sense of global engagement, and immerse them in a new culture. We host a 3-week program during the winter break in December-January and a 6-week program in June-July.

We have conducted internship programs in Bucerias involving students from a diverse set of schools throughout North America. Depending upon need our program is capped at  eight to fourteen participants, so we suggest you apply early if you are interested. Given the intimate nature of the program, participants tend to become close friends and often stay in contact after completing their internship.

Interns learning how to make ceramics
Artisan and intern photo

Why intern with Human Connections?

Our interns do not get us coffee or sit in an office doing busy work; they play a key role in decisions and contributions that influence the progress and growth of our organization. Not only does our internship program offer students the opportunity to work one-on-one with our partners in the community, but it also teaches interns how to work productively and professionally in small groups. Interns are encouraged to practice Spanish, gain a sense of cultural awareness, and deepen their understanding of topics like migration, indigenous rights and the social sector.

The experience gained during this study abroad internship program enables students to think critically about community and economic development and to act responsibly on a global scale. Previous interns attest to the impact that the internship had on their professional goals and personal development. They also rave about the fun they had on our intern excursions and during their free time as they explored beaches, mountains, communities, taco stands, and artisan markets.

Some of our past interns have been able to earn credit for this experience through their university. Check with your school to see what credit options might fit with our program!

What are we looking for in our interns?

Above all, we are looking for enthusiastic, curious, and dedicated students who have a desire to understand and confront problems in their communities and/or globally. Working as a team is a key aspect of our program so we do look for students who want to collaborate. Rather than looking for students with specific major, we seek a diverse team who come from a variety of backgrounds, and who possess a range of skill sets. In our experience, this best enables intern teams to support our partners, as well as to learn positively from one another. Ideal candidates have an expressed interest in the social sector, and are eager to experience and understand a new culture. While there is a priority for students who possess proficiency in Spanish, it is not a requirement.

What is it like to be an HC intern?