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. Our main office is in Cambridge, MA, and all internship positions are currently remote and unpaid. 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. All interns receive mentoring from Cultural Survival staff in their assigned departments and are invited to attend weekly or biweekly team meetings online.

Internship Departments

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. 

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 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. 

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 and conduct interviews that will 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. 


Deadlines to apply:

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


Application Process:

Cultural Survival will have a new application process for fall 2022 internships. More details will be posted in July.