In-Country Coordinator Intern

Clara Vista - Boulder, CO

30+ days ago


Clara Vista is currently seeking an intern to fill our In-Country Coordinator position. The In-Country Coordinator works fulltime at our community center in the rural community of Venado, Guanacaste, Costa Rica for 4-6 months. We are actively seeking interns for the 2019 Spring Semester and the summer. Over 3 years, we have worked hand-in-hand with the rural community of Venado, Guanacaste, Costa Rica to create a holistic 5-Year Sustainable Development Plan of community-defined projects. You will work on funding and researching different aspects of the plan. In the field, you will work with our local partner association, the Asociación de Vecinos de Venado, to implement the third year of this plan. This will include building relationships with local leaders and organizing and implementing capacity-building workshops in the field.

As a Coordinator intern, you will work directly with the Executive Director in managing Clara Vista. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in learning what it takes to run a nonprofit while learning a unique framework for empowering grass-roots level sustainable community development.

Who is Clara Vista

Clara Vista inspires leadership from within rural communities and empowers them with the tools they need to achieve their dreams. We’re talkin’ more than just basic needs here - we’re talkin’ dreams. It is up to the community to define what “quality of life” means to them, but our guess is that it means more than just running water and a roof over their head. Clara Vista works with community leaders to establish goals, identify root issues, prioritize needs, build relationships with local stakeholders, develop holistic solutions, and monitor community development. We are currently focused in the coastal village of Venado, Guanacaste, Costa Rica as a proof-of-concept of our framework and have high hopes of scaling up to nearby communities and even communities across the globe. We are a start-up organization so join us if you are self-motivated and have an entrepreneurial spirit!


As with any Clara Vista member, you are expected to be proactive and forward thinking, be a master communicator, take responsibility for your commitments, and reflect and adapt your work according to our fast-changing and exciting organization.

As the Coordinator, you will work at the Venado Community Center help implement Clara Vista’s first 5-Year Sustainable Development Plan (5-Yr SDP). The 5-Yr SDP documents baseline data, community priorities, appropriate solutions, and potential stakeholders, and lays out an action plan of projects that will have the most cost-effective impact. Focus areas of the 2018-2022 plan include entrepreneurship, woman empowerment, and environmental conservation.

Funding this plan will entail using content from our SDP to write grant applications. Specific projects will require additional research and building relationships with partnering organizations that could support these projects. In the field, you will become a temporary member of the Venado community and help to enact the steps laid out in the 5-Yr SDP as a development consultant. All the while, you will act as a liaison between the Venado community and Clara Vista volunteers. Lucky for you, we have a Program Committee of four volunteers that are ready to support you in these efforts.

Potential Focus Areas

Clara Vista will work with you to define more specific goals and objectives for your internship. Specific focus areas may include:

  • Supporting local entrepreneurs in building their businesses.
  • Networking and relationship building in Guanacaste resulting in a database of local stakeholders and resources.
  • Creating a robust monitoring and evaluation plan for Sustainable Development Plan goals.
  • Developing a curriculum of leadership workshops for local community leaders.
  • …bring your ideas!

How will you advance my skills as an intern?

You will work with our Executive Director and see exactly what it takes to make things happen. You’ll also gain experience managing volunteers and working with our Fundraising intern. Additional training will be provided through online webinars and materials. Through this internship, you will:

  • Gain experience in international development.
  • Gain experience in developing and implementing workshops in a rural setting.
  • Learn a unique sustainable community development framework.
  • Improve management skills.
  • Improve written and oral communication skills and time management skills.
  • Build your professional network.

What are we looking for in a Coordinator?

As the Coordinator Intern, you must:

  • Possess a Master’s degree, or be in the process of obtaining a Master’s degree, in a field relevant to international development.
  • Have excellent time-management and maintain consistent presence.
  • Be comfortable working remotely using Google Drive, documents, spreadsheets, etc.
  • Be a motivated self-starter with a positive attitude.
  • Be a multi-tasker and a team player.
  • Have strong writing and analytical skills.
  • Be comfortable taking initiative and maintaining schedules.
  • Be comfortable living in a rural homestay setting.
  • Speak and write in Spanish (at a conversational or intermediate level).
  • Have a passion for nonprofit work and international development.

It would be awesome if you also:

  • Had previous experience with international development work.
  • Had previous experience living or traveling abroad.
  • Knew how to edit WordPress websites.
  • Had previous experience with Asana.

Hours & Compensation

The internship requires a commitment of 40 hours per week for 4-6 months, contingent on consistent and satisfactory performance. Three months will be spent working remotely and three months will be spent in the field in a homestay situation. Your hours are flexible and we are more than willing to work with you to develop a schedule that fits your lifestyle and commitments.

The internship can take place for any 4-6 month period from January 2019 through September 2019, with the possibility of extension if you’re a great fit for our team. Please mention your preferred start date and end date in your cover letter.

While in the field, Clara Vista will cover all costs associated with food and lodging for up to 3 months of the internship. You will be responsible for all travel to Costa Rica (including any flights, buses, and taxis) and homestay expenses for additional months at $15/day. We are more than willing to help you fundraise for these expenses!


If interested, please submit your resume with a cover letter describing how you can help Clara Vista achieve our goal of inspiring community-driven sustainable development to the email noted here. Applications are due by October 30, 2018; however, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and it is encouraged to submit your application earlier. For more information, visit We look forward to hearing from you!

Job Type: Internship


  • international development fieldwork: 1 year (Preferred)


  • Master's (Preferred)


  • spanish (Required)