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. Most interns work in our Cambridge, MA office, but some internship positions can be completed remotely. Interns must be self-starters who are able to work both independently and as part of a team. Since a large portion of Cultural Survival’s work is in Latin America, we are especially in need of interns with strong Spanish language skills.

We ask interns to commit to working a minimum of 8 hours per week during their internship. On average, interns work 15 hours per week during the school year or 25 hours per week during the summer. The typical internship lasts for one school semester or two to three months in the summer. All interns are required to attend a weekly or biweekly team meeting, either in person or by Skype.

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. Past intern activities have included group lunches hosted by Cultural Survival to engage with staff in discussion on Indigenous issues, visits with guest speakers, film screenings, or a casual game of wiffle ball or bowling.

Due to the large number of applications we receive, preference will be given to those who meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. Applicant will receive academic credit for their internship
  2. Applicant is able to work at least 15 hours per week, either in the office or remotely
  3. Applicant is fluent in Spanish or has advanced skills in reading and writing

Internship Departments

Bazaars:  Bazaar interns are essential to the planning, promotion, and preparation for Cultural Survival's Indigenous arts festivals. Working closely with the Bazaar Manager, interns will gain professional experience in event coordination, outreach, and communications. Interns may research for and write press releases and other publicity pieces, scout locations for new events, coordinate participating artists and vendors, curate art to be sold at Cultural Survival's booth, research and contact new artists and musicians, represent Cultural Survival at the Bazaars, and more! Interns should have strong writing and communication skills. Experience with art writing, Indigenous crafts, marketing, and/or fluency in other languages besides English are helpful but not required. (Cambridge office)

Advocacy:  Interns in this department 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. Advocacy Interns must have a bachelor's degree or be in their senior year of an undergraduate program. Strong research and writing skills required. Spanish language skills and prior knowledge of human rights mechanisms are a plus but not required. We encourage students and graduates with knowledge in Latin American studies, Political Science, Environmental Studies, and International Relations to apply. (Cambridge office)

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. (Cambridge office or remote)

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. (Cambridge office or remote)

Indigenous Rights Radio:  This program promotes Indigenous Peoples’ rights 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 gain an understanding of Indigenous Peoples' unique rights and the value of radio in promoting them. IRR interns may research topics to be made into radio content; develop educational material to provide to radio stations to supplement our radio programs; design and produce newsletters to ensure our radio content reaches more listeners; and communicate with radio stations around the world. Interns who speak languages besides English may translate and/or record radio programs in those languages. Interns should have strong written and spoken communication skills and attention to detail. Great fit for students in Communications or Broadcast Journalism, other majors welcome. (Cambridge office)

 

Deadlines to apply:

Summer Internships-March 31
Fall Internships-August 31
Spring Internships-December 31

 

Application Process:

To apply, please submit the following to Miranda at internship@cs.org

  1. Cover letter

  2. Resume

  3. Short writing sample in English if you are applying for the Research and Publications internship

  4. Short writing sample in Spanish if you have Spanish language skills

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. If you are interested in multiple internship departments you can list your interests in a single cover letter in order of preference. 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