Travel Journalism, Photography and Video Internship Seminar in HAVANA & TRINIDAD, CUBA.(July 1-13, 2

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Havana and Trinidad
Unpaid Opportunity
21 Nov 2018
21 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Part Time

During the Travel Journalism, Photography and Video Internship Seminar, students are integrated in an intensive journalism, photography and video program coordinated by an Editor and with the participation of RGNN Experts and Mentors who specialize in publishing content in the ever-changing media landscape.

The Internship Seminar is a dynamic program that includes Editorial Meetings, Journalism Confabs, Journalism Workshops, Photography Workshops, Video Workshops, Mentoring Sessions, Feedback Sessions, Site Visits and Instagram City Tours, as well as Work Time.

Cultural Immersion and people-to-people contact is the differentiating aspect of this Journalism, Photography and Video Internship Seminar in Cuba. The program is based in two of Cuba’s most emblematic cities, both of them declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Havana and the colonial city of Trinidad. To discover the local culture, the full-time schedule includes a series of site visits to local projects, tours of both urban and rural UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as well as guided excursions. The Cultural Immersion is complemented with accommodation in “boutique” style, colonial houses with Cuban host families.

At the end of the program, graduate with a portfolio of content to show to future employers. The best student work may be published, in digital format, on the platform. 

Academic Content

  • Orientation. During Orientation, our Editor will present the academic requirements and will outline the work plan.
  • Editorial Meetings. Students pitch ideas for stories and stories are assigned. Students can create content for all the channels of the news agency: Gobernanza. Politics, Economy & Business, Innovation. Science, Tech & Education, Espectaculart. Art, Culture & Sports, Glamour. Fashion, Lifestyle, Social Media, Celebrities, GapBrave. Travel (Global), MADbudget. Travel Guide to Madrid, Spain.
  • Journalism Confabs. During the Internship Seminar, our Editor will carry out various confabs, providing essential advice so that students can launch their future career as journalists, photographers and videographers.
  • Workshops. The Internship Seminar includes interactive workshops with prestigious RGNN Experts and Mentors. The objective of the workshops is to bring students one step close to their future career as journalists. Examples of workshops in past Internship Seminars:
  • “Get Paid to Travel: Taking Your Travel Writing Career (and Income!) to the Next Level” with RGNN Expert and Mentor Benjamin Jones.
  • “Cuba in Images: Capturing the Iconic History of Havana: Photojournalism Workshop” with RGNN Expert and Mentor Desmond Boylan.
  • “Getting Social: Tips for Future Communicators & Journalists” with RGNN Founder & Manager Jose Luis Barrionuevo Quintela and RGNN Expert and Mentor Juanjo Montanary.
  • “Documenting Trinidad, Cuba’s 500 Year-Old Spanish Colonial UNESCO World Heritage Site: Photojournalism Workshop” with RGNN Expert and Mentor Julio Muñoz.
  • Site Visits and Instagram City Tours. The program is complemented with site visits, as well as Instagram City Tours so that students fully immerse themselves in the Cuban culture. Sample excursions include:UNESCO World Heritage Instagram City Tour: Havana, Havana Classic Car Tour, UNESCO World Heritage Instagram City Tour: Cienfuegos, Cienfuegos City Tour – Malecon & Hotel Estatal, UNESCO World Heritage Instagram City Tour: Trinidad, Beach Excursion to Playa Ancón. 
  • Group Mentoring Sessions & Work Time. Mentoring Sessions and mandatory work time under the tutelage of our Editor in order to ensure student progress on their stories.
  • Group Feedback Sessions. Our Editor provides verbal feedback on students’ stories. All work must be submitted by the deadlines scheduled by RGNN to receive feedback.
  • Final Evaluation of the Internship Seminar. All students must submit a final evaluation before the end of the Internship Seminar.
  • Photo and video portfolio. All students must submit a photo and video portfolio documenting their experiences throughout the program. The best work may be selected for publication on RGNN’s diverse communications and social media channels.


  • Students who successfully complete the Internship Seminar can graduate with a Journalism, Photo and Video Portfolio Certification, an Internship Seminar Certification including a Certification of Academic Credit, and a Letter of Recommendation of Merit, if applicable.
  • The program culminates with a formal Graduation Ceremony, in which students are awarded their Certifications and Honorable Mentions, accompanied by a farewell dinner.
  • The Internship Seminar includes the participation of a photographer to document the activities of the Internship Seminar. The photographer will make varied visual material available to students for their personal and professional use, as well as for their publication on social media.
  • The Seminar Tuition Fee includes housing in colonial “boutique” style houses with Cuban host families specifically selected by RGNN in Havana and Trinidad, with a Cuban family to welcome and attend to them. The accommodation is shared in double rooms (2 students per room). The rooms, of a colonial style, are spacious and well illuminated, and all of them have their own bathroom and air conditioning. All of the houses moreover have a spacious common area, such as a salon or rooftop terrace, to study and work on the journalistic projects assigned. The accommodations will be assigned by ROOSTERGNN according to the availability of the different Academy locations in the selected city. Six nights in Havana and six nights in Trinidad.
  • Half-board. The following meals are included in the Internship Seminar Tuition: Daily Breakfast, Daily Lunch. The Seminar Tuition includes daily lunch throughout the Program, taking place at the “boutique” style accommodations and/or traditional Cuban “paladares” (restaurants) in Havana and Trinidad.
  • Transportation to all of the activities related to the Internship Seminar.
  • Transportation Havana-Trinidad-Havana.
  • Airport pick-up and airport drop-off from Havana Airport (José Martí International Airport). The departure and arrival of the shared transportation to the airport will be communicated to accepted students before the start of the Seminar.
  • The Internship Seminar includes a bilingual local emergency support phone number (Spanish / English), available twenty-four (24) hours a day.
  • Before the start of the Internship Seminar, enrolled students will receive a Logistical Welcome Packet via email with logistical information. The Academic Welcome Packet, with details such as the updated Schedule, will be delivered to students in person on the first day of the Internship Seminar in Madrid.

Students will be evaluated continually throughout the Program, and remaining enrolled in the Internship Program will be necessarily linked to the student’s compliance of a minimum set of goals within the Program as subject to the Tuition.

Completing the goals of the Program allows students to obtain the following academic or curricular documentation.

  • Certification of Journalism, Photography and Video Portfolio.
  • Internship Seminar Certification specializing in Journalism, Photography and Video.
  • Certification of Academic Credit. Students who have met all requirements of the Program obtain a Certification of Academic Credit. ROOSTERGNN will certify a total of eighty (80) hours of academic credit for this Two-Week Module.
  • Processing of University Agreements (Convenios) and/or other External Academic Documentation for Academic Credit (optional and subject to approval by RGNN). Those students who wish to request the processing of university agreements (convenios) and/or other external academic documentation for academic credit for their university must submit all such documentation by the deadline indicated by RGNN. No requests for external academic documentation will be processed after this deadline.

Completing more than one Two-Week Module allows students to obtain the following academic or curricular documentation.

  • Letter of Recommendation of Merit. There are three levels of evaluation that permit obtaining a Letter of Recommendation: Sufficient, Good, Excellent. There will be no Letter of Recommendation for students who do not meet the Sufficient level. The Experts and Mentors of the Seminar will conduct the evaluation of merit.

ROOSTERGNN follows a strict evaluation process for issuing academic and/or curricular documentation. Students must have completed all requirements of the Program to obtain any type of academic and/or curricular documentation.

All processing of academic and/or curricular documentation is conducted EXCLUSIVELY via email Academic and/or curricular documentation is issued via email in PDF format, within twenty-five (25) business days after the last day of the Seminar.

About You

  • No knowledge of Spanish is required. All Experts and Mentors are bilingual (Spanish-English).

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