Mongabay.org offers two exciting internship opportunities. The first opportunity primarily involves writing environmental news stories for our affiliated news site – Mongabay.com. Our interns will have the opportunity to develop their writing skills and have their news stories be published on our renowned website which boasts over two million global readers every month. This is an unpaid, 10 hrs or more per week six month commitment.
The second opportunity is similar but it focuses on technology that plays a crucial role in improving our understanding and protection of nature on our Mongabay Wildtech news site. Mongabay’s Wildtech section identifies potentially valuable tools, as well as the scientists and resource managers using technology in their work. Wildtech interns will apply their research, critical thinking and writing skills to produce stories about the development and innovative use of technology to improve research and conservation outcomes. The structure, timeline and commitment may vary for this second opportunity.
Applicants can indicate on their application form which opportunity they want to apply for. There is no application disadvantage for applying to both opportunities.
Summer 2018 applications are now closed. Spring 2019 applications will open in late October.
July – December 2018: application closed
January – June 2019: TBA
What will you do?
Our Environmental Journalism Interns will be writing roughly six+ news stories on a variety of environmental topics over a course of a six-month commitment. Topics will be assigned to our interns by one of our Editors. Mongabay interns will also receive writing guidelines and feedback on their news stories before publication.
Position Hours and Schedule:
Our interns are unpaid working virtually (at home or wherever the intern feels most productive) with set deadlines to be met. We are flexible on how many hours per week the intern is able to work but an average of 10 hours per week is required for the full six months. Some weeks could require 15 hours or so while others may be considerably less; our interns have to be flexible and plan accordingly.
Who are we looking for?
Our application process is competitive and we will select up to four interns for the term. Below is a list of traits we look for when selecting individuals for our internship program:
- Excellent communication skills
- Passionate about environmental subjects
- Positive attitude
- Coach-able and open to learning
- Strong values – personally and professionally
- Problem-solving skills
- Publishing experience in a high-profile news outlet
- Become part of a community of passionate and talented writers
- Coaching and support: meet and greet training session via Skype and Q&A with Mongabay staff
- Develop writing skills
- Resume building
- Mongabay letters of reference and personal recommendations
- Advancement: opportunity to be promoted within Mongabay
Applicants will be notified two weeks after the application deadline. We ask that you do not email asking about the status of your application in the meantime. If selected, you will start in the first month of the term.
Required Application Materials:
Applicants are required to submit the following documents (have these items prepared before beginning the application process):
- Cover letter
- Indicate why you are interested and what values & skills you can contribute to Mongabay
- Submit a writing sample from a journal entry or blog article
- Or you can choose one from the following two articles to complete a writing sample
- 600-words (max)
- Optional: submit an additional writing sample of your own
For more information, please contact Maichue Khang at maichue (at) mongabay.org
For a list of our former interns and contributors, visit our internship bio page.