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Work with Us: Research and Writing Internship


InSight Crime, a think tank dedicated to the study of organized crime and citizen security in the Americas, is seeking Interns to join its dynamic, multinational team.

Research and Writing internship


InSight Crime invites qualified candidates to apply for our internship program, which has three cycles that correspond to the United States’ academic calendar: spring (January to May), summer (May to August) and fall (September to December). Applications must be submitted by December 1 for the spring term, by April 1 for the summer term, and by August 1 for the fall term.

Please send all application materials with subject heading "InSight Crime Internship" to info@insightcrime.org, including: a CV, cover letter and two short English language writing samples, preferably on a topic related to organized crime and/or Latin America. Due to the nature of the internship, we are only able to accept native English speakers. For internships in our Spanish side, please click here. The internship can be completed remotely.

We almost exclusively use the internship to recruit our full-time writers and field investigators. However, we sometimes do offer full-time job positions, so do not hesitate in sending us your application material. Please click here or see below for further details on our current vacancies.

Para practicantes en español


InSight Crime’s internship program is designed to give candidates experience in researching, reporting, and writing for an investigative think tank that focuses on organized crime in the Americas. The chosen candidates will also deepen their knowledge of organized crime and security policy in Latin America and the Caribbean. Our internships are unpaid, but they have flexible hours and provide an excellent opportunity to work in a fast-paced, challenging work environment with experts in their field and a dedicated team.

Upon completion of a successful internship, the intern can secure professional references from our directors, who have many years of experience in the field of journalism and security analysis. Check with your university to see if an internship at InSight Crime might be eligible for college credit or if InSight Crime can assist in this regard.


  • Update, help draft and edit content, which includes profiles of countries, criminal groups, and major personalities in organized crime;
  • Translate articles from our Spanish-language site and partner organizations for publication;
  • Perform desktop research for special InSight Crime projects and investigations;
  • Write News Briefs - short articles of 300 to 400 words that provide analysis on breaking news;
  • Once comfortable with News Briefs, an intern may be asked to produce longer News Analysis articles, which are likely to require interviews and more in-depth research;
  • Other tasks as requested.


InSight Crime seeks interns with previous writing experience, a strong academic background and great research skills, fluency in Spanish and a dedication to accurate, in-depth reporting. Our candidates will be asked to complete tasks that test their writing and editing skills, ability to work under pressure, and analytic capabilities, before any final decision is made. Below are educational, professional, and scheduling requirements.


  • Available at least 20 hours a week, primarily in the morning hours (7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., approximately, Colombian time), and able to commit to the time period from early January through May for the spring term, May to August for the summer term and September to December for the fall term;
  • A Bachelor’s degree in a subject related to InSight Crime’s field of research (preferably Latin American Studies, Sociology, Economics, History, Political Science or Journalism)*;
  • Strong English-language writing samples;
  • Native English speaker; highly competent in written and spoken Spanish.


  • Working towards a higher degree (Master’s or equivalent) in journalism, Latin American Studies, political science, history, sociology, criminology or have prior professional experience in a related field;
  • Some competency in Portuguese;
  • Prior experience writing for an online publication or equivalent;
  • Copy editing skills;
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite, WordPress or equivalent content management system, Photoshop or other graphics program.

Our Expectations:

From the moment they start, InSight Crime interns are folded into the day-to-day of our flagship project: researching, writing and publishing material for its English and Spanish websites. Because of the high standards of the organization, the fast pace of the work, and the challenging nature of what we do, there is a lot of pressure placed on interns. Those who do not perform well under pressure are advised to steer clear of this internship.

Those who thrive in high-expectation, high-pressure environments will get the type of immediate work experience that few other internships offer.

In return, InSight Crime expects its interns will:

  • Be committed to the project during the hours they are working with us (we work remotely);
  • Conduct themselves with honesty and integrity;
  • Reveal any potential conflicts of interest;
  • Have the flexibility and wherewithal to throw themselves into numerous and varied tasks;
  • Teach us and help us improve our core product, and our ability to offer the best internship we can.

*Strong candidates who are in the late stages of completing a Bachelor's program may be considered.

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