August 4, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Prague safe?

The Czech Republic was named the 6th safest country in the world by the Global Peace Index of 2016 (The United States was ranked at 103rd). It has a very low crime rate, zero tolerance drunk driving policy and cheap and easy public transportation.

Arriving and departing from Prague

We will meet you at the airport and take you and your bags to the intern housing by taxi. You will also attend a short, one-day orientation where you will get your transportation pass, local cell phone, learn how to use the trams & metros, see some of the city’s highlights, and get to know some local haunts. We will also treat you to a welcome dinner.
When it’s time for you to go home, we’ll provide a taxi to take you and your bags back to the airport.

What is the housing like?

Our interns typically stay together in the flats of our staff. If we have a large number of interns in a given month, we rent out a separate flat for them to stay in. We do separate intern rooms by gender. Everyone gets their own bed, a little bit of personal space, and a kitchen to use. You might not have your own room (or sometimes you get lucky!) but we like everyone to be as comfortable as possible. Please let us know if you have any special requirements.

What should I pack?

Aside from the obvious such as weather appropriate clothes (a heavy coat and boots in the winter and hot weather items and a rain coat in the summer), here are some things to bring.

  • Adapters for your American plug in electronics (please note – hair dryers have a hard time adapting to European voltage, but you can purchase a new hair drier here for about $10)
  • Cosmetics/hygiene products you are particularly attached to as they may not be available (or affordable) here.
  • Good shoes – you’ll be doing a lot of walking on cobblestones!
  • Power bank/portable battery – for long days out reporting/exploring.
  • Camera – not only will you need this for getting article photos but the Czech Republic is also incredibly photogenic.
  • Travel gear – this is the perfect place for day trips and weekends in Budapest or Paris so bring a durable backpack to travel with, water bottle, earplugs, sleeping bag, whatever you need to get out there and explore Europe!
  • Any medications you need while you’re here. The Czech Republic may not supply the medication you need, so it’s always better to bring enough of whatever you need from home.
  • One nice outfit – if you want to enjoy some of the finer things in the city. Prague has unbelievably affordable operas, ballets, theatre productions, and fine dining.

How much spending money should I bring?

This all depends on how much you travel while you’re here. We do provide housing, transportation pass, and a cell phone during your stay. So you wont spend much money in Prague. A typical meal will cost you about US$3-5 and a beer famously costs around US$1. So theoretically you could eat out 3 times a day and spend under US$20. When you add in tourist attractions, day trips and few trips to neighboring countries, mixed with a couple shopping trips, etc. – I would budget about US$800-900 per month. It is more than possible to live modestly, travel cheaply, eat-in, and spend closer to US$500. It is totally up to you.

How much are flights to Prague?

Flight prices to Prague vary on the time of year you are choosing and how far in advance you book. Most flights are between US$700-1200 from the United States.
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What does a normal week look like?

  • Your classes will be spread out through the week but we try to keep them between Monday and Thursday incase you want to travel with a three day weekend.
  • You will have 2 hours of Czech lessons, 1 hour of journalism, and 1-3 hours of photography (sometimes class activities run long).
  • We have weekly meetings where you will talk about article ideas, do some administrative work, and prepare the current issue. These are usually 2.5 hours.
  • We also have weekly web meetings where you will learn how to help manage our website. These are also usually 2.5 hours.
  • Your article and photographs will be prepared on your own time.
  • Total, the internship takes up about 15 hours per week.
  • The rest of your time is completely up to you. You can travel, explore Prague, live the expat life!

What is the application process like?

The application process begins when you fill out an application here.

Once we’ve received your completed form, we will review your responses and set up an interview time with you. We prefer skype video calls but we can also contact you by phone.

We’ll go over your interview and application as a team, make sure there is availability and if you sound like a good fit for the Prague Pulse team, we’ll send you your acceptance by email. The whole process takes between 1-2 weeks.

If you were unable to find the information you are looking for in the FAQ or in the program description, please contact us with your questions here.