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Summer Internships in Costa Rica - On Site

Wildlife, Conservation, and Veterinary Medicine


At the Wildlife Rescue Center, you will live on-site and all housing and meals are provided. Housing is large dorms with bunkbeds. Dorms offer a fan, refrigerator, and bathrooms.

During the two weeks at the animal shelter and hospital, you will stay in simple guesthouse rooms in Quepos. You will have your own bed in a shared room. Air conditioning may be available. A restaurant is available on-site. Breakfast is included.

Wifi is available at all housing and program locations.

UC Davis reserves the right to change the accommodation location(s). Should this be necessary, we will arrange alternative lodging. Please note that elevators, air conditioners, hot water, and other modern conveniences will not be available in all locations.


All meals are included while at the Wildlife Rescue Center. Breakfast is included while at the housing in Quepos during the two weeks at the animal shelter and hospital. Dinners during the 2-day orientation program are not included.

Excursions & Activities

You will have a 2-day orientation with a visit to Manuel Antonio National Park, a world-famous beach. There is an optional 5th week on the Osa Peninsula working on a sea turtle research program.

Get to Know Your Destination

Costa Rica is a popular travel destination for visitors from the US due to its wildlife, beaches, volcanoes, and rainforests. Known for ecotourism and a conscious approach towards preserving the environment and the local communities, Costa Rica provides a setting that emphasizes “promoting organic ingredients, unspoiled nature and authentic experiences.”

Quepos is a small harbor town located on the central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. It’s for being the gateway to Manuel Antonio National Park and as one of the best places in the world for big-game sport fishing. Because of the diversity of flora and fauna, Quepos is often frequented by many international scientists and naturalists in addition to tourists.

Study Abroad Advisory of Student Risk

Participation in this UC Davis Study Abroad program requires travel to and extended living in a foreign location(s) abroad. UC Davis Study Abroad endeavors to reduce and mitigate risk wherever possible.  However, the environments and risks associated with living in these locations are substantially different than those found during a regular course of study at UC Davis. All participants must download and review the following information prior to departure. Any questions should be directed to the Program Coordinator.

Due to the nature of the program activities—which includes working with live animals—you may be at risk of contracting rabies if exposed to an infected animal. UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services recommends that you receive the rabies vaccination prior to departure. Consult with UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services or your private healthcare physician about this further.

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