Are you looking for the experience of a lifetime? CELA can place you to work with an organization or agency in Belize where you can experience working in a different culture while gaining unique knowledge and experience. Contact us to find internships that fit your interests.



An internship with CELA allows you to be immersed in Belizean culture and learn how organizations, companies, and clinics work. You will live with a Belizean family, learn in a new environment, develop new skills, and be a part of the development of Belize. Longer internships will have more comprehensive projects. Many interns are placed with host families to ensure a rich cultural and personal experience of Belize. Belize is English speaking so there is a little language barrier, however, Spanish is widely spoken. If improving Spanish is a priority, you can be placed in a Spanish home.

When you arrive in Belize, you will receive a two-day orientation to ensure you are prepared and set up for your experience. You’ll learn about Belizean culture, prepare your internships assignments, and get a chance to ask questions. Then you will be off to your placement, where you will settle in and begin work. While there, you will have access to internet and will be given a local cell phone in order to stay in touch with family and CELA staff.

Belize has a wealth of organizations and businesses which provide excellent opportunities to apply your skills in a developing country and learn more about your selected field. CELA has nearly 50 host organizations, agencies, or clinics in which to place students. Each internship is customized for you. Let us know your areas of interest and we will develop possible placements to choose from. Once you decide on a placement, we will send you a cost estimate.


Focus areas may be subject to change depending on availability

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Animal Science

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Archaeology & Anthropology

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Education (Kindergarten to University)

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Environment & Conservation

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Healthcare and Medicine

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Indigenous Studies

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Public Policy & Government

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Social Science


If you are interested in applying for an internship placement in Belize, please contact us and let us know your area of interest. Internship placements have a fee, which varies based on their length and location, that includes airport transfer, orientation, placement with a Belizean family for housing, internship coordinator, visa assistance where necessary, and internship placement.


Want to study abroad but not sure if you can afford it? You are not alone! Whilst studying abroad gives you an appreciation for the world outside of your home country, grows your character and confidence, gives you great opportunities, may still worry about paying off student debt in the future. Thankfully there are a couple of options you can pursue that may make that trip of a lifetime a little bit more affordable.

The Gilman Scholarship offers awards of $5000 for undergraduate study abroad for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university. Talk to us about applying!


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Many of our alumni have been successful raising money from friends, family, and community through crowdfunding. Tell your story, share your passion, and people may want to be a part of your adventure and growth!

The Gilman-McCain Scholarship is open to US citizen undergraduate students who are child dependents of active duty service members and receiving any type of Title IV federal financial aid to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.