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Journalism Internships in Costa Rica

  • Placement location: Heredia
  • Placement Types:Print and Audio-visual
  • Requirements:Interns should have at least one year of relevant journalism experience and speak intermediate to advanced Spanish
  • Role: To work alongside local journalists at the National University's local newspaper and in their audio-visual department
  • Accommodation: Host family
  • Length of placement: From 12 weeks
  • Start dates: Flexible

Volunteer and staff analyze the news on the Journalism project in Costa Rica

Projects Abroad interns joining a Journalism project in Costa Rica will work alongside local journalists at the National University’s Communications Office in the city of Heredia. As a Journalism intern, you will get an insider's view of how a communications office is run, and become involved in a wide variety of professional journalism work.

Your resume will be greatly enhanced by the practical skills that you gain during your Journalism internship in Costa Rica, and the global experience of living and working in a different country will act as proof of your adaptability.

Interns joining this project should have at least one year of relevant journalism experience or training, and excellent written and spoken Spanish skills. We will ask you to submit your resume when you apply, and we may also get in touch to check your Spanish skills before you are accepted. For this internship, you must be able to commit to at least 12 weeks on the project.

Print Journalism Internships in Costa Rica with Projects Abroad

Our Print Journalism project is located at the Communications Office of Costa Rica’s National University in the lively city of Heredia. The office is staffed by professional journalists and is focused on two main areas. The first is a free newspaper, of which five thousand copies are distributed to university campuses all over Costa Rica every month. The second is an audio-visual and multimedia department which produces a weekly television program for a local television channel, regular online news bulletins, and a radio program.

The journalists cover local and national news, as well as university news stories, arts, sports, and education. The Communications Office also generates promotional material and informative literature for the university.

As a print journalism intern you will gain a broad range of experience in the day to day running of a communications office. You will have the opportunity to get involved in both the newspaper and the audio-visual department, depending on your skills and areas of interest. Working under the senior journalists, you will shadow and assist them both in the office and in the field, as they cover local news and university stories for the newspaper and the university’s television channel, Campus TV. You could also assist during the production of their weekly radio program if requested.

Regular tasks on the Journalism internship are likely to include:

  • Accompanying the journalists to press conferences
  • Helping cover stories at the university
  • Transcribing and editing texts
  • Assisting the film crew
  • Assisting the television and radio editor and producer
  • Learning about the recording, editing, and production process
  • Taking photographs for the newspaper and website

If you have a particular interest in print journalism or audio-visual production and would like to focus more on one of these areas, please let us know on your application.

Interning as a Journalist in Costa Rica with Projects Abroad

Please note that the University closes for Christmas, Easter, and summer breaks. Therefore the print journalism placement will be unavailable during the main university vacation from mid-December until the beginning of February, during Easter week, and for approximately the first 2 weeks of July.

All volunteers participating on standard projects in Costa Rica have the opportunity to spend one week on a Conservation & Environment project at the end of their main placement. For more information, please visit our Tropical Dry Forest Volunteer Conservation in Costa Rica page. Our Combinations Page explains how you can combine not only projects, but also destinations.

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