Communications Intern, Outward Bound Costa Rica, May - August 2017

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Outward Bound Costa Rica
600 meters northeast of the last bus stop, Calle El Pizote, San Ramon de Tres Rios, Costa Rica
Miami, FL
Posted: November 03 2016
Application Deadline: January 9, 2017
Position: Full-time, Paid
Timeframe: 05/01/17 — 08/01/17 (Flexible)

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Please Note: This position is located in Costa Rica

Who We Are:

Outward Bound Costa Rica offers a range of experiential education programs promising challenging physical activities across Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama with a focus on personal development, leadership, and cultural immersion.

Clients include mostly high school and college-age students from diverse international backgrounds. We also offer custom group programs for adults, educators, social/business groups and families. Courses are anywhere from 7-85 days.

The Communications Intern will focus on assisting with final enrollment communication concentrating on Social Media and website posts and updates. June-August is the organization’s high season, during which time approximately 250-350 students (average age: 16) participate in courses ranging from 2 to 7 weeks. The Communications Intern will be responsible for student logistics in addition to PR/Social media communications and other duties as assigned.

How to Apply
Submit cover letter and resume to Deb Woolley, Director of Marketing & Communications at Specify “Communications Internship” in the subject line. Be sure to include details on your availability, both for interviews and ultimate start date, as well as how you heard about this job opportunity. No phone calls please.


The following description of duties is not inclusive of all tasks for which the Communications Intern will be responsible:

1. Assist with Public Relations and Marketing Projects

There are a variety of ongoing projects that the Communications Intern will lead and/or participate in throughout the duration of his/her experience. These include: organizing and uploading student photos, writing and issuing press releases, contacting local media outlets, copy editing, search engine optimization, and other projects as assigned. Organization skills and marketing experience are essential.

2. Oversee Student Arrivals/Departures

Outward Bound Costa Rica personally meets and transports all students to and from the airport to our main base. Due to the fact that all students make individual travel arrangements, this necessitates multiple airport runs per arrival and departure day. The Communications Intern will be primarily responsible for ensuring that these days run smoothly. This includes creating and verifying travel reports, traveling to the airport with drivers, personally greeting all students at the arrivals area and ensuring parents are informed about all students’ safe arrival. This responsibility will necessitate several very early mornings, multiple long days spent at the airport, as well as some weekend days. A cheerful morning demeanor and positive attitude are essential. Spanish proficiency is very useful and preferred.

3. Manage Program Evaluation Efforts

The Communications Intern will be in charge of issuing, collecting and compiling all participant evaluations. This will require proficiency in Microsoft Office, organization skills and an interest in market research. Also, the Intern will use Salesforce (CRM platform), though prior experience with this program is not necessary.

4. Support Instructors with Student Supervision

Our main base serves as the hub for all Outward Bound Costa Rica courses. At times, students will be on base for transition days, medical issues and/or behavior problems. The Communications Intern may be asked to supervise and engage students in productive activities during these times. An ability to uphold organizational values is vital. Knowledge of basic first aid would be helpful, though is not necessary.


• Monthly stipend for the duration of the internship
• Room and board consisting of a shared room in our Instructor Dorm, utilities, laundry facilities, and use of the international phone
• Basic travel insurance coverage through INS for duration of internship.
• Opportunity to go on Outward Bound Costa Rica courses (selected by the Comm Director) as part of training and for procuring information for marketing materials
• Use of Manuel Antonio beach base when not working and when approved by the Program Director and Comm Director
• Use of Outward Bound Costa Rica gear for personal recreation and/or on course per approval by the Program Director.


Excellent writing/editing and communication skills
Spanish language
Demonstration of maturity
Ability to be flexible and handle changing priorities
Acceptance of working Tuesday - Saturday, and at times on a Sunday as well (compensatory time off for hours logged on Sunday
Computer/web research
Working knowledge of Word, Excel
Working knowledge of SalesForce preferred
Study Abroad preferred


Required - PR, Marketing Communications
Preferred - Salesforce, Study Abroad Programs

How To Apply

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