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Belize Internships

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A Belize Internship grants you the unique opportunity to have an international volunteer experience as you intern for 40 hours per week with a private corporation, non-profit organization, sports team, health service provider, or government branch. Regardless of the type of your internship placement, you will form a significant relationship with the organization of which you serve and have countless opportunities to conduct yourself as an able-minded, hard-working, young professional.

The Belize Internships Program at SUNY Cortland offers you two experiences in a single package: hands-on learning and understanding of another culture. Depending on the placement, it may also give you a practical application for the academic program you have been studying. You’ll be given the opportunity to utilize your talents, skills, and ingenuity in meaningful, career-related work settings while earning academic credit toward your degree. At the same time, employers gain the services of a bright, highly motivated, pre-professional employee. Unlike classroom study, a job placement requires a large degree of independence as you will be working, usually on your own, in an agency or organization in Belize. You will have to be a self-starter, but at the same time be sensitive to the Belizean and culture. Unlike U.S. internships where the intern is more like an apprentice, in Belize you may be called upon to be the expert! 

Belize (formerly British Honduras) is an English-speaking nation surrounded by the Caribbean Sea in Central America. Belize is a developing country with a rich variety of ethnic groups reflecting its Mayan, African, Spanish and English heritage. A stable parliamentary democracy, Belize is renowned as an eco-tourism destination, with the world's only jaguar preserve. The country is also home to Mayan archaeological excavations such as Caracol and Xunantunich. Hundreds of cayes sport miles of white sand beaches and sparkling lagoons along the second largest barrier reef in the world.

On weekends and vacations, you may visit the many Mayan sites or natural parks in Belize as well as travel to the cayes for swimming, snorkeling, or scuba diving along the barrier reef. If you wish to travel outside of Belize, a trip to Mexico is only two hours away by car.

City, Country 

Location depends on placement within Belize


Semester, Summer, Winter, Academic Year 


2014 Fall Term: August 22, 2014 - December 13, 2014 (16 Weeks - 16 Credits) 

2015 Winter Term: January 2, 2015 - January 24, 2015  (3 Weeks - 3 Credits)


2.5 GPA
Junior or Senior Undergraduate Status 

Application Deadline

Winter & Spring 2013 Admission: October 15, 2013

Summer  20134Admission: April 1, 2014

Fall 2014 Admission: April 15, 2014 

Please submit the following by the application deadline:

Cortland Students: To ensure that the courses you take abroad will satisfy your degree requirements, you are required to submit he Course Approval Form to the International Programs Office by mid-November for spring term applicants or May 1, for fall term applicants.
Non-Cortland students must speak with their home campus study abroad office for information on the course approval process. 

Travel Information

Participants Book Own Flight. Upon arrival participants will be met by Dr. Nancy Adamson, Program/Internship Coordinator,  for a multi-day orientation before beginning the internship.

Program Costs

Winter 2014 Budget **Tentative and Subject to Change**

Spring 2014 Budget **Tentative and Subject to Change**

Summer 2014 (6 Weeks) Budget **Tentative and Subject to Change**

Fall 2014 Budget **Tentative and Subject to Change**

Accepted students will receive an updated budget as a part of their acceptance packet.

Program Course Information

All student interns will work with internship cordinator, Dr. Nancy Adamson, who will serve as their academic mentor & internship advisor.  All interns will submit a paper prior to leaving weekly journal entries and a final paper. Grades awarded for the internship as follows; Honors (H), Satisfactory (S), Unsatisfactory (U).

2014 Belize Internship Syllabus
How to Write an Internship Journal

Internship Placement Opportunities- Summer & Semester

Winter Internship Placement Opportunities- Due to the holidays and relatively short timeframe of winter dates, internship placements for the winter session are limited.

**Please note internship placements opportunities may vary due to agency needs.


Carefully Selected Host Families provide Housing and Meals

Student Mentors

Please e-mail one of our student mentors to learn more about the Belize Internship experience:

Stephanie Morse, Summer 2013 Intern: Placement at The Belize Zoo
Louisa Frick,  Summer 2013 Intern: Placement at St. Matthew's Government School, Cayo District, Belize

Program Advisor

Contact Gonda Gebhardt, SUNY Cortland study abroad advisor, for any questions you may have.


Explore Belize through the Belize Tourism Board

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