Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Internships in Costa Rica (UPEACE)

This internship opportunity is part of the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship (QES) program.*

The program will be carried out in partnership with the University of Calgary and the University for Peace in Costa Rica with the technical support of Universities Canada. The QES program engages a dynamic community of young global leaders across the World to create lasting impact both at home and abroad through cross-cultural exchanges encompassing international education, discovery and inquiry, and professional experiences.

The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship (QES) is managed through a unique partnership of Universities Canada, the Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF), Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) and Canadian universities. This program is made possible with financial support from the Government of Canada, provincial governments and the private sector. 

Key information


English, Spanish


Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Program type


Application information

Application status



Summer 2021 applications

Anticipated in December 2020

Applications will open as placements become available. Please keep an eye on this page.

University-specific additional requirements

Suitability letter, CV and two references required - see the Eligibility section below.

Fall 2021 applications

Anticipated in March 2021

Applications will open as placements become available. Please keep an eye on this page.

Student Experience

UCalgary QES alumni Zeeyaan Somani and Kevin Capuno join other Canadian Scholars to share the benefits of their QES experience.

Queen Elizabeth Scholars program

Program details

Placements Available for Sunner 2020 (approximately Jun-Aug): 

Position 1 - Campus Master Plan Development Intern - Operations Department (University of Peace).
See position description here

  • senior undergrad or graduate level student at UCalgary enrolled in SAPL (School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape), Environmental Engineering, Environmental Management or related degree.
  • The successful candidate:
    • Has taken at least one course on research methods (qualitative or quantitative)
    • Knowledge and experience in space design, facility development, construction, project planning and/or landscaping will be an asset.
    • Official working language is English. Some ability to speak Spanish is desirable.
    • Must be mature and independent.
    • Must be flexible and willing to adapt according to the needs of the program and cultural setting with empathy and consideration.
    • For details check the position description linked above

The intern is expected to commit at least 7 hours a day, five days a week (or 35 hours a week) to work with the local partner organization. Interns must also be enrolled in a course during the internship period (online or distance, such as a directed reading course or independent study.)

Expected Program Outcomes:

The intern is expected to achieve the following by the end of internship

  • Increased knowledge and skills through academic and professional experiences of Canadian young leaders.
  • Enhanced networking between Canadians and fellow citizens of the Commonwealth. 
  • Increased contributions to local and global communities by young leaders in Canada and the Commonwealth.

Internships are a minimum of three months long (90 days). 

  1. Costs

    Students must arrange to get credit for an academic course during the program. Tuition for this course is charged at UCalgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider. 

    Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations etc in your budget planning.

  2. Funding

    A maximum of $6,000 to cover travel and living expenses will be provided to the selected interns for the duration of the placement. Tuition fees are not covered by the QES funding.

    The QES Program is managed through a unique partnership of Universities Canada, the Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF), Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) and Canadian universities. This program is made possible with financial support from the Government of Canada, provincial governments, and the private sector. Technical support is provided by Universities Canada.

    Also have a look at the exchange funding page for other possible sources of  funding. QES participants cannot receive the International Study Travel Grant.

Local Partner Organizations will assist with housing arrangements. 

  1. Eligibility requirements

    Students must be in their 3rd or 4th year of undergraduate studies or be enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Calgary at the time of application.

    -       Must be a Canadian citizen, through permanent residents will be considered.

    -       Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (B-)

    -       Must be 35 years of age or under at time of application

    -       Must be proficient in English and for some placements in Spanish

    -       As part of the QES program, the Intern must participate in community engagement activities while abroad and upon their return to Canada

    -       This placement must be for academic credit. Interns must register for at least one course. Please discuss your options with academic advisor.

    -       Strong research skills an asset 

    -       Should possess a creative writing style and background in communications.

    -       You are able to spend a minimum of 90-day placement in Costs Rica

    -       Must be mature and independent, flexible and willing to adapt according to the needs of the program and cultural setting with empathy and consideration

    -       Willing to live and work in a rural placement 

    -       Students should familiarize themselves with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals

  2. Application requirements

    Please go to www.ucalgary.ca/uci/raisa and log in using your UCalgary username and password. After creating a profile in the online application system, use the Study Programs tab to search for the program you are applying for, and then click "apply". Please indicate your area of interest and your first/second placement choices in the courses section of the application.

    Statement of Purpose:

    Please use the Statement of Purpose section of the application to describe why your skills and experience make you an ideal candidate for this position, as well as how this opportunity abroad will complement your field of study and advance your career goals.

    Suitability Letter:

    Please submit a one to two page letter indicating your suitability for the proposed internship to study.abroad@ucalgary.ca 


    Please provide two letters of reference in support of your application: 1 academic (from an instructor who has taught you) and 1 professional (a current or past employer or possibly a relevant volunteer supervisor). References can be submitted electronically or as hard copies to the Study Abroad Office (MT501) study.abroad@ucalgary.ca 

    Curriculum Vitae:

    Please email a copy of your brief (max. five page) CV to study.abroad@ucalgary.ca 

    Selection Process:

    All applications will be reviewed by a Review Committee and a short-list of candidates will be sent to the Host Organizations. Suitable candidates may be invited for Skype interview with the Host Organization as well.

Universidad para la Paz (University for Peace)

The vision of the University for Peace (UPEACE) is to be a forward-thinking, transformational and inspirational educational institution dedicated to the goals of quality teaching, research, and service for serving humanity in building a peaceful world.

UPEACE was established as a Treaty Organization with its own Charter in an International Agreement adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations through its Resolution 35/55 of 5 December 1980. This unique history of UPEACE makes it the only University in the world created through a UN General Assembly Resolution with the specific mandate of "engaging in teaching, research, post-graduate training and dissemination of knowledge fundamental to the full development of the human person and societies through the interdisciplinary study of all matters relating to peace."

UPEACE campus is located in the outskirts of San José, Costa Rica, and its 200 protected hectares are part of the last remnant of primary forest in the Central Valley.

The Rodrigo Carazo Campus is located 30Km Southwest of San José, within a natural reserve composed of a secondary forest and the last remnant of primary forest (200 ha) in the Central Valley of Costa Rica. The park and the campus are within the protected zone of El Rodeo, Mora. UPEACE covers about the 2% of the Mora landscape; hence this protected area is rich in fauna. It shelters mammals such as monkeys and deer, reptiles, and over 300 species of birds, as well as approximately 100 varieties of trees. The University´s installation and protected area make up 303 hectares.

As a result, it possesses a unique global legal authorization to grant Master's and Doctoral degrees as conferred upon it by the resolution that created it as well as by the International Agreement for the Establishment of UPEACE and the accompanying Charter annexed to Resolution 35/55.

Source: https://www.upeace.org/

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Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below. Appointments are currently on zoom.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.

Book an appointment

The exchange advisor for this program is: Tara Jorgensen

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.