The ICADS: Summer Internship Program is designed for individuals who want institutional support but need typically neither an ICADS full semester program nor academic credits. This summer program is best for those who want a field experience in Costa Rica but not necessarily a structured academic program.
During the first three weeks, students explore various internship sites and themes to decide on a placement and to prepare for their work in their internship placements. Students then spend six weeks in their internship, although a longer stay can be negotiated based on student needs. Both the on-site supervisor and the ICADS placement coordinator closely monitor the internship to ensure that the student is accomplishing his/her goals.
No two internships are alike. Some require scientific research, some hands-on work; however, all require the interns individual initiative and creativity for carrying out appropriate tasks. Some internships, particularly in the medical field and those in Nicaragua, may have certain requirements in terms of previous experience, Spanish level, and/or formal education. Placements are determined according to these requirements during the first three weeks of the program. Upon completion of the internship, students return to the Institute for the last few days to finish up written work, present their work to their peers, and prepare for the trip home.