Peru Reports’ internship program is an exciting opportunity for people pursuing journalism professionally or for those who have a keen interest in being in the middle of the latest issues occurring in Peru. No matter what interns’ previous experiences are, they leave Peru Reports with a new array of skills and contacts.
By interning with us, students, graduates and travelers also gain a unique inside perspective into Peru while at the same time enjoying the support structure offered by fellow interns, volunteers and Peru Reports staff.
Following a two-week induction period, interns become a full member of the newsroom and are able to gain experience through investigating, writing and editing articles on a daily basis, generally making sure the website is adequately informing the world on what is happening in Peru.
Interns and volunteers write original pieces and conduct interviews in English and Spanish as well as do on-the-ground reporting in Lima. Peru Reports encourages interns to include photography, video and data in their reporting.
Peru Reports interns have a range of skills and experience which they bring to the team. Many of our volunteers have degrees or professional certifications in journalism, Latin American studies and political science. Others come from a range of different career backgrounds and intern to learn about journalism, Peruvian issues or even as a career change.
Peru Reports interns come from all over the world. We’ve had people from Colombia, U.S., U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Romania, Turkey and Denmark. Ages have ranged from 20-35.
The internship program is free. We’re grateful for your time and energy. Take into account that the minimum cost of living in Lima is $600 per month. We are unfortunately not in the position to offer paid internships.
Volunteers are responsible for finding their own housing in Lima. However, we are happy to help you find a place that fits your budget and needs. It’s important our interns are comfortable.
A minimum of three months is required for interns to work with Peru Reports. However, most of our interns stay longer in order to get the most out of their time at PR and the learning experience. If upon completing the agreed period, both the intern and editor-in-chief are happy with the direction of the volunteer’s work, the internship can always be expanded.
Interns work full-time, Monday – Friday. Working hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. but should be taken flexibly as news hardly ever happens within office hours. After the induction, interns work from home, allowing them to travel and work from cities outside Lima.
Once a volunteer has stayed longer than three months they can speak with the editor-in-chief about reducing to part time in order to pursue other interests.
Upon arrival to Peru Reports you will receive a two-week training which will equip you to fulfill your role as reporter. After this, you will work from home, but are constantly connected to the coordinator, editor-in-chief and colleagues who make sure you receive the support necessary for you to grow your skills.
Interns receive regular assessments and feedback sessions in order to ensure that their goals are being met and any challenges that volunteers experience are addressed.
Peru Reports interns are from all over the world, including Peru. Interns come to the newsroom with different levels of both English and Spanish. As our reporters research and interview in Spanish, we ask that interns come to Peru Reports with a basic level of Spanish.
We encourage interns who feel they have a beginner’s level of Spanish to take an intensive course in order to give them the confidence the need to jump into the newsroom.
That being said, we would not discourage people who have a basic level of Spanish from participating in the program as we have found that volunteers learn the language at a much quicker pace once they arrive. However, it is important to realize before coming that what you are able to report on will be limited depending on your language level.
Email a cover letter with your resume attached to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your location and availability. Applicants will then be selected for a phone interview with the editor-in-chief. References from current or past interns are available on request. Please feel free to write us with any questions.