Call For Interns: Mongabay Internship Program 2024

The internship is an opportunity for emerging journalists to gain firsthand experience in reporting and contribute to impactful, evidence-based environmental journalism.

The Mongabay Internship Program is a unique, hands-on program designed to mentor budding journalists and expand their skill set.

This six-month journey allows interns to delve deep into critical conservation topics, engage with experienced journalists and see their work resonate with millions of readers worldwide.

The interns will be writing roughly six news stories on a variety of conservation and environment topics over a course of a six-month commitment. Topics will be assigned to the interns by one of Mongabay editors.

The Mongabay interns will work closely with Mongabay journalists and receive writing guidelines and feedback on their news stories before publication, receive a deeper understanding of journalistic programs and processes at Mongabay and receive one-on-one training and mentorship from the editors who work with the fellow.

Benefits

  • Publishing experience in a high-profile news outlet
  • Learning about journalistic programs and processes at Mongabay
  • Becoming 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
    • Working with different editors and receiving guidance and feedback
  • Developing writing skills
  • Developing interviewing skills
  • Resume building
  • Mongabay letters of reference and personal recommendations

Eligibility

  • They are seeking articulate, curious individuals driven by strong values and a passion for environmental journalism.
  • Applicants should possess excellent communication skills, a positive attitude, and a readiness to learn and adapt.

Applicant should possess the following traits:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Self-motivator
  • Passionate about environmental subjects
  • Positive attitude
  • Coachable and open to learning
  • Strong values – personally and professionally
  • Problem-solving skills

Application Process

Applications must be submitted in English. Applicants are required to submit the following documents (it is strongly recommended that you have these items prepared before beginning the application process):

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
    • Indicate why you are interested and what values & skills you can contribute to Mongabay.
  • Motivation questions (you can find them in the application form)
  • Submit a writing sample from a journal entry or blog article (600 words max.)
    • Or you can choose one from the following three articles to complete a writing sample
      • Beyond the numbers: Human attitudes and conflict with lions (Panthera leo) in and around Gambella National Park, Ethiopia
      • Changes in the West African forest-savanna mosaic, insights from central Togo
      • Thismia kelabitiana (Thismiaceae), a new unique Fairy Lantern from Borneo potentially threatened by commercial logging
  • Optional: submit an additional writing sample of your own (600 words max.)

Deadline: November 28, 2023

Click HERE to Apply