Our Manu Multimedia Internship will aid your career development in environmental journalism and communications. We offer practical, hands-on training in written, photography and film media.
The entire programme will be mentored by highly trained professionals, who will guide you through weekly workshops and assignments.
The professional skills gained on the internship will help you carve the career that you want, while allowing you to grow and develop personally through an immersive experience shared with like-minded people.
By the end of it you will produce a professional portfolio of published multimedia work to showcase your diverse skill-set to future employers and receive careers advice and development through group workshops and one-on-one tutorials to build career confidence and insight into the various employment options.
And more than this, by living and working in Manu Rainforest with the Crees team, you will be directly supporting our conservation and community projects in the Amazon. So a massive thank you for choosing Crees.
Let’s kick start your communications career.
You wake up before dawn and catch the boat down to the beach as the sun begins to rise over the Amazon rainforest and the distant snow-capped mountains. The early morning light is perfect for shooting atmospheric photos. A spectacular way to start the day.
Flocks of macaws and parrots begin to arrive at the clay lick by the beach, where they socialise and replenish minerals needed in their diet. You busily write notes as the team leader explains to the guests how to identify different species and record various data, so that our researchers can better understand how these threatened species are being impacted by tourism and habitat loss. You've got your next blog idea sorted.
You hop back on the boat for a typical Peruvian breakfast with the team back at camp, before setting out with your team leader into the rainforest to learn about tropical ecology surveys and how studying indicator species can help researchers better understand the health of an ecosystem. You take up-close photos of the amazing diversity of Amazonian butterflies, amphibians and reptiles. Another blog idea is writing itself.
Back at camp you enjoy a hearty Peruvian lunch with the team, swapping stories about the day's best wildlife sightings. You get to know the new group of guests and talk about jungle life. After a good natter, you help the kitchen staff with the washing up and spend time getting to know them, picking up colourful Peruvian Spanish phrases.
You join your intern group for three hours of study and your intern leader takes you through this week's media topic, teaching you skills in writing, marketing, photography or filmmaking. As the workshop progresses, you complete tasks and formulate new ideas as a team, while your leader provides plenty of discussion and feedback. This week's assignment is set and you can't wait to get cracking on it.
After dinner, you spend a fun-filled evening practising Spanish with our Peruvian staff, maybe sharing stories exchanging your different cultures and experiences that will expand your understanding and horizons. You play games with the new guest group and start building lifelong friendships. Or you chill out with a good book.
Tired and fulfilled after the day's activities, you are on the way to bed but take a moment to stand in awe of the amazing starscape and the milky way like you have never seen it before. You hit your pillow for an early night, in preparation for the new adventures and experiences that tomorrow will bring.
At the end of this Manu internship you will have achieved:
Booking an internship with Crees will not only allow you to access one of the world’s most amazing places, it also makes a sustained contribution to help protect Amazon and its people.
Yes, all our internships require you to pay to sign up. This fee covers your board lodging and professional training, tuition and mentoring by highly trained staff throughout your time with us. It also helps us support our sustainable conservation and community projects in Manu.
None. We are just looking for people who are passionate about communication conservation and environmental issues. Curious people that love media and have lots of enthusiasm and are willing to learn and get stuck in to help us with our project work in the rainforest of Manu.
There is no set time you need to apply in advance, however once you decide the date to come, you can start with the application process as we only have a set number of interns per start date.
The best time to visit Manu is during the dry season from April - October, but we offer internships to Manu all year round during the rainy season as there are always fascinating things to see and experiences to be had any day of the year in the Amazon!
Dry season is from April to the end of October and Wet season is from November to end of March.
We accept 4 interns per start date.
All your travel to and from Cusco down to Manu, board and lodging for your entire stay, the meals and professional training. We do not include international flights to Cusco, extra drinks and snacks.
There may be options within your educational organisation for funding, this will need to be explored directly by yourselves and alternatively people do use crowdfunding platforms to help raise funds.
You will learn to communicate the complex social, economic and political challenges facing Manu and work to conserve the rainforest by empowering communities through improved livelihoods and living standards. You will spend everyday – for three months – exploring the rainforest, getting to know it intimately and meeting its wild creatures and at the same time, you will be learning all the communication techniques such as photography, film, podcasts and writing.
You will need a laptop with basic photography and video editing software, a camera that can shoot video, spare camera battery, dictaphone, dry bags and silica gel bags, USB sticks/external hard drive, binoculars, spare SD card. We will send you a full kit list in your pre-departure pack.
You need to be in Cusco the day of your start date, someone will be there to pick you up and show you around Cusco before you travel down to Manu to start your programme.
Your Crees representative will meet you the night before to advise on timings for pick up so make sure you tell us where you are staying in Cusco prior to departure. Normally it is an early start to head down to Manu, departing Cusco from around 6am.
On your start date you and you arrive in Cusco a Crees representative will be there to pick you up from the airport. They will be holding up a sign that says "Crees" and your name and be there to greet you and orientate you around Cusco where you will be before heading down to the MLC.
No, we provide drinking water for all our guests.
Yes. We provide a secure space for payment.
You have to be 18 years or above to apply for our internship programme.
Simple! Once you would like to apply you send us your CV and covering letter stating why you want to apply for our internship. Then we set up an interview for you and finally we offer you the place. Then all is required is a deposit and you have to complete our online booking form so we have all your details and then you are all set.
We are always looking for great communicators to help spread the word about our organisation and if you prove yourself then we do have Digital Content Creator roles ongoing down in Manu - so yes there is an opportunity to stay on with us in a paid position.