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 approximately 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 an 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 
Social Media:  Do you love social media?  Help Cultural Survival promote Indigenous issues to our followers around the world on Facebook and Twitter!  The Social Media Intern will work with our Communications Manager to design and implement a social media strategy consistent with Cultural Survival’s brand. The intern will monitor online platforms for key news and trending conversations, draft social media posts for advocacy campaigns and news articles, and help grow and engage our audience.  Applicants should have strong communication skills, with the ability to quickly synthesize information and communicate complex information to general audiences.

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 Media:  Are you a fluent or proficient Spanish speaker? Practice your language skills while advancing a multi-year project supporting Indigenous community radio stations!  The Community Media Program is a partnership between Cultural Survival and 80 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 Community Media Program translate documents and memos; write updates for our publications and website related to the program; 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.

Indigenous Rights Radio: This program (formerly known as the Free, Prior, and Informed Consent Initiative or FPIC) 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 IRR intern, you will support the initiative by:  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 IRR website; and participate in weekly IRR team meetings as your schedule allows. You will work closely with staff in Cambridge and Guatemala. Interns must be comfortable making phone calls and have strong written/oral communication skills. Fluency in a second language is strongly preferred; (Spanish, French, Portuguese, Hindi, Mandarin, Russian, or any other widely spoken language) Familiarity with Salesforce, SoundCloud, and Wordpress is a plus but not required. We welcome long-distance interns.

Advocacy:  Interns in this department (formerly called Global Response) will learn about grassroots social movements who are fighting to defend their environment around the world.   Advocacy Interns will help write news articles that keep our campaigns up to date, research and write reports on human rights violations, and use social media to build solidarity and bring about change.   We encourage students with knowledge in Latin American studies, Political Science, Environmental Studies, and International Relations to apply. Strong research and writing skills required. Spanish language skills are a plus but not required.

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 (Community Media, Indigenous Rights Radio, Advocacy) and the general administration and production of our publications, such as the Quarterly magazine, monthly e-newsletters, 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. 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 (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