The Tico Times offers four-month internships for aspiring journalists and photographers with relevant education and experience. Interns have the opportunity to learn the ropes in a newsroom, gain valuable hands-on experience and clips, and live and work in Costa Rica. The positions pay a stipend of $200 a month.
The writing internship is a full-time, working position. This intern writes a variety of features, news stories and briefs each week. Spanish fluency is a firm requirement, as most interviews and research must be conducted in Spanish. Multimedia skills are a plus. Because this intern primarily works for the Weekend section – the features, travel and arts/culture section – he or she has the opportunity to travel throughout the country to write travel stories and hotel reviews. However, most of the intern’s time will be spent in the San José area.
The photography internship requires intermediate Spanish. This is also a full-time position, but with a flexible schedule. The photo intern works for the news and Weekend sections and shoots a wide variety of assignments. He or she may also take advantage of travel opportunities with the writing intern. The photo intern should have his or her own professional digital camera. Multimedia skills are a plus.
Internship dates and application deadlines are as follows:
Summer internships – Run from the beginning of May through the end of August. Apply by Jan. 20.
Fall internships – Run from the beginning of September through the end of December. Apply by May 20.
Spring internships – Run from the beginning of January through the end of April. Apply by Sept. 20.
To apply, candidates must submit the following items by the specified deadline:
• A cover letter stating which internship you are applying for and explaining why you want to work for The Tico Times.
• A resume outlining your journalism/photography experience and Spanish skills/training.
• For writing internship candidates, at least three clips or writing samples; for photo candidates, a portfolio or selection of feature photos.
• Additional information or items are accepted, but please do not go overboard, and keep the file size reasonable.
E-mail applications to Weekend Editor Ashley Harrell at email@example.com.