The multimedia internship programme provides environmental communications training based at a research centre in the Peruvian Amazon which is a leading research and experiential learning organisation in the Manu Biospere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most biodiverse places on Earth.
The internship 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. Along with these specific topics, the intern programme incorporates training in transferable skills: leadership, team work, creative thinking, organisation, time management, verbal communication and presentation skills.
The aim of the internship is to produce knowledgeable and dedicated environmental communicators, with the skills to inspire action for the rainforest protection and people empowerment.
The internship offer structured learning through our programmes, delivered through one-to-one mentoring and weekly training workshops. The internship goes beyond teaching skills required to plan and produce multimedia projects as it also focus on the professional and personal skills sought by employers to enhance your career prospects. You will work with an international team of likeminded people, all driven by their passion to create a sustainable future for the Amazon.
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.
The multimedia internship has the following learning outcome objectives:
We have set out the planned itinerary below for your multimedia internship. Please note that this is an outline only and the specific schedule may change depending on the needs and conditions at the time.
Note: the team stays for two days in Cusco as it is common for luggage to be mislaid or flight connections to be missed.
Interns should expect a mix of early mornings and late days according to what surveys they are assisting. Generally birding surveys start early around 5am whereas surveys for amphibians and reptiles may not return 11pm. Volunteers will not be expected to have a back to back late night/early morning shift.
Volunteers joining the 24 week internship will have further time to capture footage from the rainforest and will complete additional projects.
In addition to the standard volunteer packing requirements which our outlined in the Amazon Conservation volunteer Guide, multimedia interns must bring:
Assignments will need to be typed and submitted to the Media Intern Leader. Basic editing software, such as Movie Maker, will be needed.
If you are able to invest in the best industry standard, we highly recommend Adobe Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Lightroom
Dictaphone Recording device - Required for interviews and producing podcasts
USB stick - Required to share assignments with the Media Intern Leader
External hard drive - To back up your work throughout your placement
Small notebook and pen - An essential piece of equipment for all journalists. Waterproof notebooks are a better option but not essential
Dry bags and silica gel sachets - Electronic equipment must be kept in waterproof dry bags at all times, with silica gel sachets inside to protect against rain and humidity. This is vital or your equipment will get damaged
Please note that the project is unable to provide any electronic equipment.