Monteverde, Costa Rica

Global Gap Internship Monteverde

Virtual Global Internship + Study Abroad
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Information for term Global Gap Internship Monteverde

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

July 15, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: July 15, 2020
  • Dates: Sep 14 – Dec 19, 2020 (14 weeks)
  • Credit: 12 semester hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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Considering deferring this fall and taking a gap? Make the most of your college gap and earn 12 credits with a virtual global internship and a study abroad block in Monteverde, Costa Rica!

Virtual Global Internship

Based on your career goals, we will match you with an 8-week project-based virtual internship. 

  • ​​​Benefit from our global network of companies and organizations in 20 cities around the world
  • Gain international experience without leaving your home
  • ​Collaborate across time zones while learning critical job skills

Study Abroad in Monteverde

Combine your virtual internship with two courses in Costa Rica.

  • Our 6-week Block III term allows you to take an in-person course in Monteverde with an option of an online course in another location
  • Select courses that pair with your internship or explore a new interest
  • Explore the city and surround yourself with the language and culture
  • DO MORE THIS FALL

    Intern from home with project-based work for global organizations and pair that with a 6-week course abroad.

  • BUILD A GLOBAL NETWORK AND STUDY ABROAD

    Best of both worlds with internship and study abroad

  • STAY IN MONTEVERDE

    AND SEE how alternative energy makes Costa Rica largely independent of fossil fuels

  • COMPANIES AROUND THE WORLD

    3,000+
  • HOURS OF project-based internship and coaching

    200+
  • CREDITS to keep you on track and enhance your resume

    12

Location & Culture

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Located in northwestern Costa Rica, Monteverde lies along the continental divide at the crest of the Cordillera de Tilarán mountain chain, which is blanketed by a cool, wet cloud forest extending down into the Atlantic lowlands. The cloud forest provides a striking contrast to the deciduous forest on the Pacific side.

The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve was founded in 1972 to protect the entire ridge top above Monteverde and down into the Peñas Blancas Valley. As a result of its unique history and geography, Monteverde is a stunning home to exotic flora, fauna, and wildlife and sustainability projects including agriculture, energy production, water conservation, forest management, and biodiversity conservation.

Internship

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Take advantage of resume help and interviewing skills for different fields​
  • ​Explore your career goals and grow your skillset without traveling​
  • Participate in coaching sessions and online workshops that will help you make the most of your 6 credit internship​

AVAILABLE INTERNSHIPS​

Select 2 top preferences in the following categories: ​​

  • Arts ​
  • Business Development & Sales​
  • Business Finance & Accounting​
  • Communications ​
  • Data Science & Data Analytics ​
  • Design​
  • Digital Health ​
  • Engineering ​
  • Entrepreneurship ​
  • IT & Computer Science​
  • Marketing ​
  • Media, Film, & Photography​
  • Service Learning (NGOs)​
  • Social Media ​
  • Sustainability & Environment​

INTERNSHIP EMPLOYERS​​

Internships are sourced based on years of experience across our network of employers in more than 20 locations, including: ​

Berlin​, Barcelona, Boston, Cape Town, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Mumbai, New York, Paris, Prague, Rome, San Francisco, Santiago, Seville, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto​

EXCURSIONS AND ACTIVITIES

  • Participate in day trips, such as National Parks or Reserves to experience Costa Rica’s biodiversity
  • Rise with the sun for birding tours or farm chores
  • Experience biodiversity after the sun goes down, with a guided night hike in the forest
  • Volunteer Opportunities: San Luis Public Elementary School: give classes in English, art, music, or sports to school children. San Luis Development Association: work on projects that promote children's literacy, enhance recreational opportunities for children and adults, and support community health care through the public clinic. Monteverde Conservation League: contribute to efforts aimed at the protection of biodiversity. As long as the local health and safety regulations permit, in-person volunteering will be offered.
     

Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    Campus accommodations: Students stay on the CIEE Global Institute campus in single rooms with en suite bathrooms. Three simple, but hardy meals are served in the dining hall. The campus includes indoor and outdoor common areas for recreation and study and allows exclusive access to forest trails and gardens.

  • MEALS

    All students receive three meals per day.

Academics

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Academics

This semester-long program includes an 8-week full-time virtual internship and integrated online academic course followed by 6-weeks of in-person academic coursework in Monteverde.

The Virtual Global Internship portion of the program pairs you with a non-paying internship within a wide range of opportunities across a diverse set of industries. Students also receive coaching and support throughout the internship, including workshops and a skills assessment. Themes include resume writing, interview prep, best practices for remote work, developing an entrepreneurial mindset, and maintaining a global network. Then stay in Monteverde for the remainder of this unique study abroad experience.

GPA

2.5

Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Additional Requirements

Students participating in the Global Gap Internship in Monteverde must have completed a minimum of their first academic year of studies before the program. Students should be prepared to obtain a signed letter from their home university confirming student matriculation details. Participants are required to have access to a laptop/computer with audio capabilities during the virtual internship. Participants are also required to have reliable access to internet/WiFi​.

Additional visa restrictions may apply and CIEE will advise students as part of the early application process. 

Program Requirements

Students will participate in an academic course taught in an online learning environment alongside the 8-week, full-time internship. Upon completion, students will travel to Monteverde to complete the two course electives during the last six-week block. The two elective courses, internship course, and the internship are all required components of the program. 

Students will enroll in:

  • 8-week full-time internship with an integrated online academic course
  • Two CIEE courses offered on a 6-week academic block system

PROGRAM CREDIT

Total credit for the program is 12 semester/18 quarter credits.

Course Credit

  • Weeks 1 – 8: CIEE Internship: 6 semester/9 quarter credits; 30 course hours, 200-240 internship placement hours
  • Weeks 9 – 14: 2 CIEE elective courses: 6 semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours

Academic Culture

CIEE courses are designed to follow U.S. academic culture and standards. The class environment for elective courses typically features a combination of traditional lecture and discussion. The integrated online academic internship course is taught in an online learning environment.

Class Format

Students begin by taking an 8-week CIEE full-time virtual internship and an online academic course that includes a combination of lectures, presentations, and discussions. Students should expect to intern 200-240 hours, 25-30 hours/week. The second part of the program includes two CIEE elective courses offered on a 6-week academic block system in Monteverde. All courses are customized for and open only to CIEE students. Elective classes include a combination of lectures, group work, presentations, and discussions.

Grading

The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. Final grades are based on class participation, homework, individual project work, presentations, and midterm and final exams. In the integrated online academic internship course, students should expect to be assessed via assignments and discussions, as outlined in the syllabus. Internship supervisors provide a written evaluation of progress towards internship goals at the conclusion of the placement.

Language of Instruction

English 

Courses

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Course Information

  

FALL 2020 COURSES

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  • All internships are offered in English.
  • Students should expect to spend 30-32 hours per week engaged in virtual internship work
  • Two  elective courses are chosen from any of the courses offered below through Open Campus Block III.
  • Use linked syllabi below to reference course descriptions and learning objectives. Syllabi and course codes are in the process of being adapted for fall 2020 online and blended methods of instruction.

Required 6 credit course

COURSE NAME FACULTY LOCATION & Online
Academic Internship in the Global Workplace Online

Select two courses from the list below. These courses can be taken in-person on location listed or online November 9 - December 19.

Art and Architecture

COURSE NAME FACULTY LOCATION & Online
Mythology and Architecture in Rome Rome
Spanish Masters in Madrid Museums Madrid

Business

COURSE NAME FACULTY LOCATION & Online
Economics of Wine Buenos Aires
Entrepreneurship and Start-Up Culture Berlin
International Management Rome

Communication, Journalism & New Media

COURSE NAME FACULTY LOCATION & Online
Media, Gender and Identity Cape Town
Music, Media, and Public Spheres London

Global and Community Health

COURSE NAME FACULTY LOCATION & Online
Comparative Health Care Systems London

International Relations & Political Science 

COURSE NAME FACULTY LOCATION & Online
Contemporary Controversies in International Relations Berlin
Migration and Mobility in a Global World Sydney

Language, Literature & Culture

COURSE NAME FACULTY LOCATION & Online
Berlin's Post-War Monuments and Memorials Berlin
Paris Collage: History, Culture, Architecture Paris
Vikings in the Conquest of Europe Copenhagen

STEM and Society

COURSE NAME FACULTY LOCATION & Online
Social Psychology Paris
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Monteverde

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar with an internship through CIEE, from our high-quality programs to our robust network of organizations. ​​

YOUR FEE INCLUDES: ​

  • Tuition
  • Internship placement​
  • Pre-internship coaching and advising
  • Mid-point check and final program evaluation​
  • Housing – 6 weeks
  • Official Tulane University transcript which will serve as a School of Record if your home institution requires it 
  • Pre-departure Advising
  • Orientation - Virtual orientation week 1, onsite orientation Week 9 plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Virtual and on-site staff support in your city
  • Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
  • Excursions and/or Study Tours
  • CIEE iNext and a local liability insurance
  • Ongoing health, safety and security support while on-site​

Program

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Start Date

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Fees & Housing

Fall 2020 14 weeks Jul 15, 2020 Sep 14, 2020 Dec 19, 2020
$8,500
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300

Educational Costs = $7,200

Housing = $1,000

Total Fees = $8,500

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Books & Supplies = $25

Total Estimated Costs = $25

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required by their US home institution to study abroad via CIEE's School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.