Employment Opportunities at Cultural Survival

Bilingual Communications Intern

Cultural Survival is a nonprofit organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Boulder, Colorado, and in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. We partner with Indigenous Peoples worldwide to defend their lands, language and cultures. Our Community Radio Program partners with a network of 80 community radio stations across the country, many of which broadcast in indigenous languages. The stations provide news, educational programming, health information, and traditional music, all reinforcing pride in Mayan heritage.

We are looking for an intern to support two different programs that work to promote Indigenous Peoples rights through locally run, Indigenous community radio stations in Guatemala and other countries around the world. Primary responsibilities include oral and written translation, publication of articles about our work, and assisting in grant writing.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • General written and oral translation between English and Spanish, including radio scripts, grant proposals, meeting notes.
  • Researching and writing articles on our Community Radio Program's activities for publication in our monthly newsletter and Quarterly magazine.
  • Planning, hosting, and taking notes at weekly team meetings held via Internet, in Spanish.
  • Visiting community radio stations, interviewing radio staff, community members, and community radio listeners, attending workshops, protests, or other events when necessary.
  • Occasional assistance with research, writing, planning, budgeting for small grant proposals in Spanish.
  • Occasional video subtitling in Spanish and English.


  • University degree
  • Professional proficiency in written and spoken English.
  • Professional proficiency in written and spoken Spanish.
  • Strong communication and inter-personal skills in both languages
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to take direction
  • Strong organizational skills
  • General computer skills and experience with Facebook and Twitter
  • Experience living in Guatemala (at least 3 months)
  • Comfortable with using public transportation in Guatemala.
  • 6 month minimum commitment

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Interest or experience in journalism and radio production
  • Familiarity with Indigenous and/or Latin American culture
  • Passion for human rights and grassroots organizing
  • Basic photography skills


The job is based in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. We will provide you with a stipend of Q2,200 per month plus pre-approved work related expenses (phone calls, bus fare, etc.) This does not include flights, health/travel insurance and medical expenses. Basic living expenses in Quetzaltenango cost about Q2,200 per month, including housing and food.

How to apply

Please send your resume and cover letter, in English or Spanish, to angelica@culturalsurvival.org,mcamp@culturalsurvival.org