Summer Intern Program 2024

Schedule: Weekdays

Time Commitment: Part-time (approximately 30 hrs/wk)

Location: On-site in San Salvador, El Salvador.


Cristosal is looking for qualified people:

Seeking to improve their understanding and commitment to the defense and promotion of human rights in El Salvador, their home countries, and around the world.

Who has the humility, grit, and good humor to immerse themselves quickly into a potentially unpredictable dynamic of work and life in El Salvador.

Strong communication skills—verbal and written—and interest in documenting and sharing analysis, reflection, information, and experiences with wider audiences in support of human rights.

*Seasoned professionals and graduate students looking for research or other kinds of collaboration is a vital part of the human rights movement, please contact us to discuss proposals and possibilities!


Advanced Spanish and experience living, volunteering, or working in a Spanish-speaking environment. We will require an evaluation of language ability before accepting interns.

Completed application form, resume, personal statement, valid passport, and proof of health insurance. Due March 8, 2024.

Letters (2) of support from the church, university, or employer who can attest to the intern’s ability to adapt to life/work in El Salvador. Due March 22, 2024.

Financial means are sufficient to cover living expenses while in El Salvador ($700-$900/month) plus travel expenses. Living expenses would be shared housing, mostly bus with occasional taxi/uber transportation and basic food costs as well as a $12 entrance fee to El Salvador. Interns should consider a higher budget if they plan to travel or eat out frequently.

Commit to fulfilling a fundraising/awareness-raising plan during and after your time in El Salvador. $500 of raised funds would be helpful in support of Cristosal’s mission.

At least 8 weeks’ availability. The 2024 Intern Program starts on June 3 – July 31.Intern skills and interests which coincide with available intern positions. All interns will be required to write and document their work while in El Salvador.

What Cristosal offers

Logistical support to locate housing, placement, and support for intern work. Cristosal verifies the safety and quality of housing prior to sending suggestions to interns.

Support for interns’ cultural immersion process that includes; pre-internship: cultural and historical reading, in-country: full orientation to El Salvador and security measures, once-a-week meetings to debrief and discuss experiences, and support in a contingent event or emerging situation.

Weekly workshops on Human Rights and the current reality of El Salvador are run by Cristosal’s Global School teaching staff.

Methodological support for research, as well as documenting and publishing about the intern experience in support of Cristosal’s human rights work. (Personal reflections, research, video, photographic documentation, etc.) We will publish the intern’s work on our website and in other relevant places.

Exposure to the real life and daily operations of a human rights organization working in El Salvador!

If you are interested in collaborating with us in another way, whether that is research, volunteer support, or another kind of learning project, contact us at

2023 Interns

We are grateful to have young human rights professionals join us remotely and in person. Undergraduate and graduate students bring their time, skills, good questions, and thoughtful ideas to advance human rights in Central America and in the country they call home. Thank you 2023 Interns! 

Edgardo A Letona
Carlos González Sierra
Caleb Jacobson
Kay White
Kaitlyn Hripko
Ximena Silva-Aquirre
Eleno Hernan Castro
Anne Ruelle

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Harvard University
University Maryland Baltimore County, Fulbright Scholar
Loyola University, Chicago, School of Law
Human Rights Center – University of Dayton
Human Rights Center – University of Dayton
The Johns Hopkins University
Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice – University of Chicago

“I have had the great pleasure of working in El Salvador for over a year with the assistance of a Fulbright Scholarship, where I was able to meet and work with important organizations and great people in the advancement of human rights. During this time, I completed my fellowship at Cristosal, where I honed my qualitative research skills and accompanied teams as we visited communities that have had historic struggles in environmental justice and human rights.”

– Caleb Jacobson