International Journalism Internships in Bolivia
- Placement location: Cochabamba
- Placement Types: Print
- Role: To work alongside a local journalist with the overall aim of continuing the success of The Cocha-Banner magazine
- Requirements: None
- Accommodation: Host family
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Interning abroad on a Projects Abroad Print Journalism internship in Bolivia provides an insider's view of how publications are run and the chance to greatly enhance a portfolio of work.
Whether you are already working as a journalist or contemplating journalism as a career or study option, interning in Bolivia offers the chance to live and work in one of the most vibrant countries in Latin America. The insight gained from working in the media in a new cultural and political setting will surely increase your prospects in this highly competitive field.
Print Journalism Internships in Bolivia with Projects Abroad
Interns participating on a print journalism project in Bolivia work on the 'Cocha-Banner', a monthly English-language magazine established by Projects Abroad. The initiative in Bolivia was started by a Projects Abroad Teaching volunteer in 2005 and has grown successfully over the years, due to the continuous efforts of Journalism interns and the Bolivian staff team.
The Cocha-Banner is distributed for free within the city of Cochabamba and covers a variety of topics, from news and current affairs to features and reviews. The magazine gives the people of Cochabamba the chance to learn about local topics and state their opinions, while at the same time practicing English.
This publication has proved to be a vital educational tool for local students, providing them a free and current source to aid with their English studies. Learning English has become increasingly important to the younger generation as they know that it increases job prospects. The magazine also gives community organizations and other local groups the opportunity to publicize the work they do.
Interns from all over the world are involved in writing articles for the Cocha-Banner and the local people are eager to get stories about what they do published. The magazine therefore includes stories and articles from many different cultural and geographical perspectives. Each edition also includes at least one article relating to some form of charitable work, from events at local orphanages to interviews with distinguished public figures involved in a new charity.
The Cocha-Banner is available online as well at www.cocha-banner.org. Interns who want to get involved with online media can assist with the online addition.
Your Role as a Projects Abroad Journalism Intern in Bolivia
Working alongside a local journalist, you will be given a range of responsibilities. These could include researching stories, interviewing, writing articles, proofreading, editing, translating articles from Spanish to English, taking photographs, and distributing the finalized magazines to specific destinations. You can also design layouts and get involved in various aspects of producing the publication.
There are always lots of things going on in and around Cochabamba, so you will never be short of stories. Whether you are reporting on a strike, interviewing a local politician, or attending a function, your knowledge of Bolivia and its people will grow along with your resume of work.
The magazine receives contributions by students from San Simon University in Cochabamba and interns can get involved with editing, proofreading, or even translating Spanish articles written by the students.
The Bolivian students may also translate into Spanish articles written by interns in English to appear in the magazine. Working alongside Bolivian students like this is an aspect that many interns enjoy.
The Cocha-Banner welcomes the help of all skill levels, and since it is written in English advanced Spanish is not required. However, Spanish is helpful for gathering information for articles and in the day-to-day life of a volunteer in Bolivia. For anyone with limited Spanish skills, we recommend taking a Spanish Course alongside your Journalism project.
The greatest upside of being a journalism volunteer was being able to follow my peers who undertook projects in medicine, education and other projects in the country. I would arrange trips to their placements, help out and observe much of the reality that all of us volunteers had to meet with. Read more...
This international journalism internship with the Cocha-Banner is also available for two weeks if you don't have time to join us for a longer period. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for shorter durations for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone participating for a longer period. The Cocha-Banner is a monthly publication so by joining the project for two weeks you may not be at the internship when the edition is printed.