Bay Islands VOICE Internship
Bay Islands VOICE is a monthly news and feature magazine. Since 2003 we
cover the life of the bilingual communities of the Honduran islands of
Roatan, Utila and Guanaja. In our print and on-line magazine we cover
news, features, environment, business, culture, sports, politics, religion,
fashion, and have a strong editorial writing tradition.
To provide a venue for gaining professional experience for journalism
students and recent graduates preparing to enter journalism work environment.
We are looking for journalism student, or a recent J school grad, who
can work and thrive in our small, three-four person magazine. At least
two years of journalism work/internship experience is required. Experience
of working in a Third World country is an advantage as well. The candidate
independent, selfmotivated, and should be flexible enough to do solid
news reporting, inspired feature writing, exciting sports writing, photography
and even an occasional restaurant review. Ability to work on simple layouts
and communicate in Spanish is required.
Researching, pitching and writing articles on community issues. Interns
are expected to focus on improving critical thinking, varied reporting
skills, journalistic ethics and cultural sensitivity. We offer two internships:
(1) photojournalism with elements of print and web layout, (2) magazine
writing and community reporting internship.
Inters have an opportunity to gain reporting experience, understanding
of working in a small news magazine and create a portfolio of writing
and photo clips.
Interns can arrange to work with their University departments to receive
credits for the internship and work done at the magazine. Internship applicants
wishing to conduct a Masters Thesis, or Project are especially encouraged
Roatan, Utila and Guanaja is an tropical, hilly archipelago 20-30 miles
off Honduras' Atlantic coast. In the last 10 years, the Bay Islands have
attracted a growing number of business investors, foreign retirees and
Honduran migrant workers. The Bay Islands' population, around 90,000 people,
is continuing to diversify and grow at around 10% a year. The island's
world-wide famous reefs, mangroves and forests are stressed and under
threat by booming development. In 2006 the archipelago has received a
tax-free status and its economic context and cultural identity are evolving.
Issues such as education, migration, healthcare, government corruption,
Cuban boat migrants, drug smuggling, hurricane preparedness and sustainable
development are shaping the islands future. Bay Islands are an exciting,
diverse and evolving place with plenty of interesting characters, fascinating
topics to document. Its marine and forest habitats offer a variety of
pastimes to tourists and residents: diving, windsurfing, hiking, sailing,
kite boarding, beach going, etc.
The internship is based on four month stays: January-April, May-August,
September-December. Interns are expected to work 40 hours a week in the
field and in at the office.
The interns receive a stipend of $600 a month. This stipend is supposed
to help, not cover costs of living expences.
While inters are expected to secure their own housing and transport, BIV
will assist them in information and search of suitable housing. Roatan
studio apartments start at around $350 a month and shared accommodations
can be found for $250 a months. Bay Islands Voice office is located in
Dixon Cove, around 10 km from West End and Sandy Bay, where highest density
of rental housing can be found.
How to do Apply:
Please send your letter of interest and resume to Thomas Tomczyk, Managing
Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org.