2023/2024 Mongabay Internship Program

2023/2024 Mongabay Internship Program

2023/2024 Mongabay Internship Program

This Internship is a unique opportunity for arising journalists to acquire firsthand experience in reporting and contribute to impactful, evidence-based environmental journalism. The Mongabay Internship Program is a unique, hands-on program planned to mentor budding journalists and grow 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 approximately six news stories on a variety of conservation and environment topics over a course of a six-month commitment. Topics will be given to the interns by one of Mongabay editors. The Mongabay interns will work together with Mongabay journalists and obtain writing guidelines and feedback on their news stories before publication, acquire a better understanding of journalistic programs and processes at Mongabay and receive one-on-one training and mentorship from the editors who work with the fellow.

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In order to be eligible for the internship, applicants should:

  • Be articulate
  • Be curious individuals driven by strong values and a passion for environmental journalism.
  • Possess excellent communication skills,
  • Positive attitude
  • Readiness to learn and adapt.


  1. Excellent communication skills
  2. Self-motivator
  3. Passionate about environmental subjects
  4. Positive attitude
  5. Coachable and open to learning
  6. Strong values – personally and professionally
  7. Problem-solving skills


  1. Publishing experience in a high-profile news outlet
  2. Learning about journalistic programs and processes at Mongabay
  3. Becoming part of a community of passionate and talented writers
  4. 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
  5. Developing writing skills
  6. Developing interviewing skills
  7. Resume building
  8. Mongabay letters of reference and personal recommendations


Applicants will be informed in mid to late December. We ask that you do not email asking about the status of your application in the meantime. If chosen, you will start in the first month of the term (January 2024).


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.)

Application Deadline: November 28, 2023


2023/2024 Mongabay Internship Program

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