Internship Program and Volunteer Opportunities

Cultural Survival's internship program is an integral component to the organization.   Interns are actively involved in all areas of the organization, and play a vital role in the day-to-day operations.  We ask interns to commit no less than 16 hours per week at our office in Cambridge, MA for a minimum of six weeks.  The average internship lasts for the duration of one school semester or three to four months in the summer.   Interns attend a half-day orientation session at the beginning of their volunteer service to learn about all of Cultural Survival's current programs and our organizational history.

Interns convene at least once during their internship commitment for a lunch hosted by Cultural Survival, and to engage with staff in discussion on Indigenous Peoples' concerns and current events - or occasionally for discussion with a guest speaker or to view a film.

Internship Departments 
Bazaars, Fundraising, and Events:  A great opportunity for students and graduates alike, interns gain professional experience in fundraising, marketing, and outreach for a human rights organization.  Interns work on special Cultural Survival events, provide membership and advocacy functions at our fair trade Bazaar series, and gain experience interacting with media and community partners, vendors and artisans. 

Community Radio:  Are you a fluent or proficient Spanish speaker? Practice your language skills while advancing a multi-year project supporting Indigenous community radio stations!  The Guatemala Radio Project is a partnership between Cultural Survival and 200+ community-based radio stations working to protect Maya peoples' access to media. The project aims to improve the effectiveness of community radio as a means for Guatemala's Indigenous groups to receive and convey information locally, nationally, and globally.  Interns working with the Guatemala Radio Project translate documents and memos; write updates for our publications and website related to the Guatemala Radio Project; and talk with our community radio station partners on a regular basis; among a variety of other tasks. Qualified interns are innovative and are able to think creatively about supporting the project implementation plan. Interns must be fluent or proficient (reading and writing) in Spanish.  Please submit a brief writing sample in Spanish with your application.

Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC): The FPIC Initiative promotes Indigenous people’s right to defend their lands from unwanted resource exploitation by producing informative radio programs to be aired on Indigenous radio stations worldwide. As an FPIC intern, you will support the initiative by: researching and contacting Indigenous radio stations to distribute our programs; researching topics to be made into radio content; tracking down Indigenous translators around the world; updating the FPIC website; and participate in weekly FPIC team meetings as your schedule allows. You will work closely with staff in Cambridge and Guatemala. Interns must be independent and have strong written and oral communication skills. Spanish fluency is strongly preferred. Familiarity with Salesforce, SoundCloud, and Wordpress is a plus but not required. We welcome long-distance interns.

Global Response:  Global Response campaign database interns must have excellent research skills and experience with using and developing databases.  Experience with Raisers Edge database is a plus. Interns will research and compile mission statements and contact information for national and international organizations that advocate for human rights, Indigenous Peoples' rights, environmental protection, environmental justice, etc. This database will be used by the Global Response program to identify potential campaign partners and build coalitions for each of our campaigns.

Research and Publications:  Interns applying in this department must have outstanding writing skills and be comfortable interviewing sources.  Research and Publications interns will support existing Cultural Survival programs (Endangered Languages, Global Response, Guatemala Radio) and the general administration and production of our publications, such as the Quarterly magazine, monthly enewsletters, and website. Interns must have excellent communication skills. They should be adept Internet and journal researchers who pay particular attention to detail, and are able to read extensive amounts of information and present clear and concise summaries. Interns must be independent, self-motivated, and reliable. Interns will work mainly in collaboration with the Publications department and the Executive Director. Please submit a writing sample (3-5 pages) with your application.

Deadlines to apply:
Summer Internships-March 31
Fall Internships-August 31
Spring Internships-December 31

Application Process:
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume as an attachment to
internship@cs.org (in one MS word document or PDF file).  In your cover letter, describe your goals for the internship and explain how your experiences and skill set will contribute to Cultural Survival's programs.  Please be sure to include the minimum dates you are available to intern and the hours per week you are available (when possible).   As this is an unpaid internship, we encourage applicants to seek grant support or for-credit options through their university. 

Please send inquiries to Miranda at internship@cs.org