Conservation Marketing Internship in Costa Rica

Well-rounded development in marketing and communication working at the forefront of sea turtle conservation

This is the internship for someone looking to gain skills and experience in marketing and communications with an interest in working with sea turtles. You’ll travel to the tropical coastline of Costa Rica and help to spread the vital work in sea turtle conservation.

This organization works to protect sea turtle beach habitats along the Costa Rican coastline and further the knowledge of sea turtle conservation and its greatest threats. As part of their work they invest heavily into community engagement and development with the aim to educate, empower, and incentivize locally-led conservation initiatives. Naturally, as a nonprofit they rely on outside funding and donations. Furthermore, a huge part of their work depends on international volunteers.

As an intern, you’ll help promote the valuable work this organization does and rally their support. Your role will take a variety of forms to raise awareness of the importance of their work in order to connect the organization with donors, collaborators, and volunteers. You’ll be playing a critical role in keeping this organization up and running, whilst developing an array of skills and building a deep portfolio in marketing and communications.


This fast growing organization works to protect turtle nesting beach habitats along the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. Established in 2018, they now manage an 8 kilometer stretch of coastline where they register over 7000 nests from which nearly 250,000 hatchlings travel to the ocean each year.

They take an all-rounded approach to their work with a heavy focus on community engagement and development. The majority of their many conservation projects are community-led and they have also developed a number of initiatives on the periphery of turtle conservation, such as marine plastic upcycling and female empowerment groups, that now provide locals with paid employment. At the core of their work is their independent research that fills information gaps in conservation science, influences local policy makers, and informs their educational community outreach programs.


This is one of our more expansive marketing and communication internships allowing you the chance to experience working through an array of online channels, donor-outreach, and in-person promotional activities. You’ll build valuable skills, accrue incredible experience, and gain multifaceted insight raising awareness and funds in a nonprofit context.

What you’ll do
  • Managing social media pages
  • Seeking and reaching out to collaborators
  • Grant writing, contacting sponsors, and other forms donor-outreach
  • Assisting with recruitment strategies
  • Coordinating and facilitating promotional activities within the local communities
  • Creating educational and informational resources
  • Designing and updating website pages
  • Creating content and writing copy for blogs, newsletters, and other online channels
  • Academic background or prior experience in marketing, communications, or a related field is preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Meticulous attention to detail and organization skills
  • An interest in conservation and community development
  • Familiarity with social media and online channels
  • Fluent in English
  • Basic Spanish is a bonus


You’ll be based in a rural coastal town, Carate on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica, which is nothing short of a tropical paradise. As well as an impressive variety of turtle species you’ll find a staggering array of flora and fauna here. It is also right next to Corcovado National Park, and incredible rainforest and marine areas where you can enjoy horseback riding, waterfall hikes, and whale and dolphin tours. The nearest beach to the camp is one of the most pristine in the world, but also one of the wildest and the ocean is too strong for surfing or swimming. However, you’ll be a short distance from Matapalo where a selection of watersports and swimming locations are available.

Interns stay at two camps, moving between the two throughout their internship. Both camps are designed to have the lowest possible impact on the environment. They are open to the natural surroundings, powered by rudimentary solar panels capable of lighting the camps, charging appliances, and providing limited WIFI. Each has a well-equipped kitchen, western toilets, and showers. You’ll sleep in the middle of nature and within earshot of the ocean in airy, semi-enclosed dormitories in bunk beds fitted with mosquito nets.


Internships start on a Monday, so you need to make sure to arrive on Sunday in Puerto Jiménez. Exact start and end dates will be discussed with you during the selection process.

What you’ll pay (2023 rates)

6 weeks USD 1,756
8 weeks USD 2,132
12 weeks USD 2,508
16 weeks USD 2,884

What you are paying for:
  • Careful matchmaking. It takes time to find the right internship for each person, and we take this process very seriously.
  • Initial interview with one of our team to gauge your skills, interests, and desired learning outcomes.
  • Shared accommodation in one of the camps
  • Basic Wifi (buying a local SIM card is recommended)
  • Three meals a day (you will have cooking shifts)
  • Assistance with your visa arrangement & other preparations
  • An orientation program with your supervisor
  • Supervision and support during your internship
  • Regular check-ins and feedback from your supervisor.
  • Access to workshops with a focus on career development
  • Troubleshooting if needed
  • A reference letter at the end of your internship
  • Flights to Puerto Jiménez
  • Transfer from Puerto Jiménez to the camp
  • Visa and medical/travel insurance costs for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
  • Drinks, snacks, and items of personal nature (f.e. curios, gifts, clothing)
  • Costs for additional excursions or activities
Carate, Costa Rica
Turtle Conservation NGO
Digital Marketing, Fundraising, Content Creation 
6-12 weeks
From USD 1,756
  • International experience working in a nonprofit context
  • Build skills and experience in marketing and communications
  • Develop a deep and varied portfolio
  • Help support sea turtle conservation
  • Live and work in Costa Rica
6 WEEKS USD 1,756
8 WEEKS USD 2,132
10 WEEKS USD 2,508

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If you’re ready to apply for this internship, here’s what to do:


Fill in the application form (it will show in a new screen) which includes sharing your CV to us


We’ll set up a call with you to go through your application.


If we feel it’s a good match, we’ll set up a call between you and the supervisor for this internship.


If everyone’s happy, we’ll provisionally confirm your placement! We’ll then send you the invoice for the deposit, getting started with the booking process and all the info you need.


Only once we receive payment of the deposit your placement will be confirmed.


Or if you’d just like to ask us some questions about this internship first, just fill in the contact form below. We’ll be happy to assist!


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