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  • Locations: Matagalpa, Nicaragua; San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Program Homepage: Click here
  • Restrictions: Grinnell applicants only
Grinnell Approval Deadlines/Program Dates:
Grinnell Approval Deadlines/Program Dates:
Term Year Grinnell Approval Deadline Grinnell Decision Date Program Start Date Program End Date
Fall 2019 12/05/2018 02/18/2019 TBA TBA
Spring 2020 12/05/2018 02/18/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Program by Theme: Gender, Women and Sexuality, Peace & Conflict, Human Rights and Social Justice Subject Areas of Interest: Anthropology, Environmental Studies, Global Development Studies, Global Health, Sociology
Language of Study: Spanish Campus Program Advisor: Monty Roper
OCS Contact: Jonathan Larson Language Prereq: 3 semesters
Housing: Home Stay
Program Description:

Why study in Costa Rica?

  • Gain a hands-on appreciation for issues of economic development, education, environmental issues, human rights, indigenous and migration issues, and public health through an intensive 8-credit internship

  • learn about Central American politics and culture through a provider with a long commitment to educating for social justice in the region

  • experience life in a tropical Central American country with tremendous ecological diversity considered a regional model of political and economic stability

  • internship opportunities in Nicaragua

    Open to all majors, and may be of particular interest to students in:

    Environmental Studies
    Global Development Studies
    Global Health

Preparatory coursework recommended by Grinnell

Latin American studies.  Preference given to students with demonstrated interest in community service.



Program Overview

This hands-on program offers a structured internship that helps to integrate theoretical concepts and real-world experience. Students will move from the classroom theory to actual practice in their internship placement, learning how communities are seeking to create lasting social change.

The Social Justice and Development Internship Program is divided into three blocks:
- Block I: 5 weeks - Spanish course and Latin American Perspectives on Justice and Sustainable Development Course 
- Block II: 8 weeks - Structured Internship 
- Block III: 1 week - Written work, oral presentations, final evaluations and reentry presentation/discussion