Internship opportunities 2024


RJI is always looking for enthusiastic interns that wish to support our organization. We are looking all year around for motivated and skilled individuals who can stay with us for at least two weeks. Please take in consideration that these are unpaid opportunities. Most of the intern positions are in our offices in Costa Rica, but some may require occasional field visits. If you are interested, please contact us for more details.


We are looking for Interns to develop specific projects for organized rural and urban sectors and development associations in Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua, Belize, Guatemala, Mexico, El Salvador, Ghana and Ivory Costa in Africa.these opportunities will provide highly employable and in-demand skills and will give the students also a  first-hand experience with international operations. We are looking for:




•             Laws, Inmigration and Human Rights 


•             Rural Health


•             Social Work


•             Psychology


•             Social media and Marketing


•             Research, Bussines 


•             Environmental Conservation


•             Gender Equity

Examples of our internship positions:

Graphic Design / Visual Media Intern

We are seeking an intern to work in graphic design and visual media who can assist with website design, publications and other forms of media. This position will work with the communication coordinator and the Executive Director to develop media that visually states the goals and objectives of our non-profit organization.

Position Sample Tasks

  • Creating logos and publications for the organization.
  • Creating the organization’s Brand Manual.
  • Taking photos and video of programs for online publication
  • Create and update website content and design.
  • Create publications and advertisements for programs/events.

International Program Development Intern

We are looking for an intern who can act as coordinator of our international development program. This position would require a minimum of 1 month in Costa Rica, with the possibility of completing the remainder of the internship in your home country.

Position Sample Tasks

  • Communicate weekly with our international partners to provide updates and reports on RJI activities, marketing strategies, and industry trends.
  • Research and contact international potential partners
  • Compile and organize team notes and correspondence for potential partners
  • Research trends in the volunteer abroad industry and draft reports on those trends.
  • Create and write blog posts.

Marketing Intern

We are looking for an intern who can work as part of our team as the Marketing Coordinator.

Position Sample Tasks

  • Creating and implementing new marketing strategies.
  • Researching, creating and implementing a plan for no-cost or low-cost marketing and advertising.
  • Designing, creating and implementing a newsletter.
  • Gather information from companies / foundations to help us remain competitive in the market.
  • Assist with publication management, writing style, design, media relations, and brand management.
  • Update web site content; develop web-based promotional marketing initiatives and special projects.

Campus Program Development Intern

We are looking for an intern who can act as coordinator of our campus development program in countries outside Central America

Position Sample Tasks

  • Develop marketing materials, such as flyers, brochures, and handbooks for distribution to potential volunteers.
  • Coordinate with community-based organizations, university clubs, and others to generate interest in new international volunteer opportunities.
  • Assist Communication Coordinator with social media marketing.
  • Draft monthly newsletters.
  • Create and write blog posts

Grant Writer Intern

Writing grant proposal can be a long and energy consuming process. For this reason, RJI is looking for an intern interested in project management and grant proposal writing that can support us in looking for funds for the projects we wish to execute

Position Sample Tasks

  • Preparing, submitting and managing grant proposals to foundations and corporate sources.
  • Researching on foundations and corporations to evaluate prospects for grants and gather the financial information necessary to report to funders.
  • Responsibility for coming up with creative fund raising and sponsorship ideas.

Operations Specialist Intern:

RJI is in need of someone to assist with the management of our day-to-day operations. The intern will report to the Executive Director and Administrative Director and will focus primarily on the organization's consistent achievement of its mission and objectives.

Position Sample Tasks

  • Assist in basic organizational operations: planning, staff and management of all activities necessary to deliver excellent service to our volunteers and clients, as well as our projects and communities.
  • Plan and manage projects using effective project management techniques.
  • Improve the operational systems, processes and policies in support of the organization’s mission — specifically, support better management, reporting, information flow, business processes and organizational planning.
  • Manage and increase the effectiveness and efficiency of support services through improvements of functions.
  • Participate in long-term planning and development, including a focus toward overall operational excellence.
  • Evaluate overall management, planning, systems and controls.



Participation fee

RJI is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of communities and youth leaders. Nevertheless, we depend on the fundraising efforts of our youth volunteers to cover expenses like alimentation, materials, transportation and administrative costs.
Participation fee may change depending of special conditions of a particular needs, for example, host family, private room, special diet restrictions etc. If you wish to have the exact information of a specific possibility,  send a mail to volunteersThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.