Colombia 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 Colombia. No matter what interns’ previous experiences are, they leave Colombia Reports with a new array of skills and contacts.
Close to becoming Latin America’s biggest news source in English
Promoting innovation in journalism
Reporting on one of the hemisphere’s most diverse societies
One of the Americas’ most diverse societies
Second most ecologically diverse country in the world
Salsa capital of the world
The city of eternal spring
One of Latin America’s most promising metropolitan areas
Lots of emphasis on culture
By interning with us, students, graduates and travelers also gain a unique inside perspective into Colombia while at the same time enjoying the support structure offered by fellow interns, volunteers and Colombia 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 Colombia.
Interns and volunteers write original pieces and conduct interviews in English and Spanish as well as do on-the-ground reporting in Medellin.
Colombia Reports encourages interns to do more than just writing and include photography, video and data in their reporting.
Colombia 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. However, others come from a range of different career backgrounds with applicable skills and intern out of desire to learn about journalism, Colombian issues or even as a career change.
Colombia Reports interns come from all over the world. We’ve had people from Colombia, USA, UK, 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 Medellin is $600. We are unfortunately not in the position to offer paid internships.
Volunteers are responsible for finding their own housing in Medellin. 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 Colombia Reports. However, most of our interns stay longer in order to get the most out of their time at CR 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 8AM-5PM 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 other cities than Medellin.
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 Colombia 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 making 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.
Colombia Reports interns are from all over the world, including Colombia. 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 Colombia 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.
In order to take part in the internship program just contact us with a paragraph outlining why you are interested in volunteering and when and for how long you are available. Applicants will then be selected for a phone interview with the editor-in-chief. References of current or past interns are available on request. Please feel free to write us with any questions.