This 3-month Multimedia Work Experience Internship programme is fantastic for anyone wanting to launch a career in media or even for someone just looking for a career break.
You will receive weekly workshops in writing, photography, filmography and design skills, along with in the field training and one-on-one meetings. You will get to understand the scientific process and what it takes to conserve biodiversity by working alongside conservation researchers in the field … all in the heart of the Amazon!
WORK CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION
The internship programme provides environmental communications training in the heart of the rainforest. It actively supports biodiversity conservation and sustainable development in the Peruvian Amazon.
This is a career development programme that gives an in-depth insight into environmental, social and economic issues, while providing practical workshops and field-based training in multimedia skills – from writing and marketing to photography, filmmaking and design.
At the start of your three month internship, you will travel to, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most biodiverse places on Earth, in the remote south-eastern Peruvian Amazon.
Here you will learn about the challenges and solutions to protecting the rainforest by working alongside scientific researchers and sustainable development experts. While gaining these invaluable insights in the field, you will be trained by a professional Multimedia Content Creator to tell compelling environmental stories through written, photographic, film and design media.
This journalism internship programme has been created to help school leavers, recent graduates and career breakers develop specific multimedia skills in environmental communications through hands-on expert training that’s tailored to your needs.
By the end of the internship, you will have a portfolio of work that will showcase your written, photographic, video and design skills to future employers.
You’ll stay in jungle lodges and have up-close wildlife encounters, while living and working with a team of like-minded people – united in our passion to create a sustainable Amazon, where nature and people thrive.
Below is an example itinerary detailing what you’ll be doing during your three month internship:
Day 1 Cusco – Airport collection and Acclimatisation
Day 2 Cusco – Registration & Orientation
Day 3 Travel – Cusco to the cloud forest, overnight in the cloud forest
Day 4 Arrive at the Amazon
Day 5 Conservation research introduction
Day 6 Community project introduction & Welcome Party
Day 7: Day off
Week 2: Conservation and community project introduction and training
Week 3: Writing workshops and assignments
Week 4: Photography workshops and assignments
Week 5: Filmmaking workshops and assignments
Week 6: Podcast workshops and assignments
Week 7: Design workshops and assignments
Week 8: Issues & Debates workshops and assignments
Week 9: Career Development workshops and assignments
Week 10: Photography and film post-production
Week 11: Presentations & Public Speaking workshops and assignments
Week 12: Portfolio creation and presentations.
Travel back to Cusco. Sign out.
*Schedule subject to small changes
Trekking through the jungle is hard work. You will encounter many diverse challenges during your time on the programme, and for this reason we have some basic requirements for our interns. All interns must be able to:
- Independently follow verbal and visual instructions.
- Traverse over uneven and muddy terrain on a daily basis. You may be required to walk up to 10 km (6.2 miles) a day for survey work, carrying a heavy pack in a hot, humid environment.
- Enjoy being outdoors all day in all types of weather, often exposed to intense and highly variable weather conditions, which may include sudden tropical storms.
- Be comfortable about being outdoors in the potential presence of wild and possible dangerous animals, snakes, and insects.
- Get in and out of a small boat and ride seated while wearing a personal flotation device.
- Carry personal daily supplies, such as lunch, water, photography and filming equipment, insect repellent, and sunblock. Some assistance will also be need in getting supplies from the boat or van, however heavy lifting is not required of those who cannot manage it.
The accommodation and food at the Centre consists of open style buildings where volunteers share a room with up to three others. Great emphasis is placed on community spirit and inclusion; the Centre is full of people from all kinds of backgrounds, such as local and international student groups, visiting researchers and tourists. There is a solar powered (generator backed) internet connection, an environmentally sound septic system and a gravity fed water system to minimise our impact on the environment.
Your second home will be in the nearby town of Salvacion; it’s a short boat ride away from the Centre and an hour’s hike to the community.
You will spend one and half days a week here, spending the night in a shared room at our office. During this time you will get to know the community team and local people to better understand the programme’s sustainable development projects. Here you will experience what life is like for local people and the difficulties they face as they try and make a living and provide for their families in the remote rainforest.
Food and packed lunches are provided three times a day and are of a typical local fare; rice with a sauce and legumes, vegetables, soups, occasional meat.
WHAT YOU’LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS INTERNSHIP:
- An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience a foreign culture first-hand.
- New skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
- An opportunity to take a break from the traditional academic track or your current career path in order to gain life experience and global cultural awareness
- An entry on your CV or Résumé that will enhance your career opportunities and make you stand out from the crowd.
- Make friends, form relationships and build memories that will last a lifetime.
- Opportunities to enjoy some exciting adventure and cultural activities while on your programme.
- And best of all … an unforgettable experience!