Journalism Internships in Mongolia
- Placement location: Ulaanbaatar
- Placement Types: Print, Radio, Television
- Role: To experience the art of journalism in one of many different yet exciting placements
- Requirements: None
- Accommodation: Host family
- Length of placement: From 3 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
As an intern on a journalism internship in Mongolia, you could work for a newspaper, radio station or national TV station. Living and working in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar, you will find you have no shortage of interesting and unusual experiences that will provide plenty of inspiration for your reports.
There are a variety of different journalism internships available in Mongolia and wherever you work you will be given responsibilities according to your abilities and interests. Let us know what kind of reporting you'd like to pursue when you apply and we will find you an internship to match.
For interns on a gap-year looking to get into a related university course or those looking for employment following graduation, a Projects Abroad internship will set you on the right path. Your resume will be greatly enhanced by the practical skills you gain during your journalism internship and you will have a large portfolio of work from your time abroad. In addition to this, the experience of living and working in a foreign country will act as proof of your adaptability, while giving you an interesting subject of discussion in future interviews.
These journalism internships are also suitable for working journalists and experienced professionals who wish to take a career-break or broaden their horizons. In the past we have had journalists from major broadsheet publications trying their hand at working as a journalist in Mongolia.
Print Journalism Internships in Mongolia with Projects Abroad
Our Print Journalism interns work on weekly English language newspapers - the UB Post or the Mongol Messenger. You will initially work alongside local journalists, observing the work they do and assisting them in their tasks. Once you have learned the ropes, you will be given the freedom you might expect as an established journalist in your own country.
Newspapers have flourished since the democratic revolution in 1990; you will be working in a country where the idea of a free press is relished. Being one of the only English-speaking journalists in the city has its advantages. One intern recently interviewed the American Ambassador and, to the envy of other newspapers, he secured an interview with a famous English speaking Mongolian pop star!
We also have a number of internships with Mongolian newspapers where your work will be translated into Mongolian and used in the main body of the paper; an exciting addition to any journalist's portfolio. You may even be asked to write your own regular column for the English language section!
Radio Journalism Internships in Mongolia with Projects Abroad
We also arrange journalism internships in radio stations. Interns work as both presenters and behind the scenes. At one radio station we had an intern fronting a chat show which went out live to residents of Ulaanbaatar and the surrounding region.
I was able to shadow a journalist while she was on location and was able to ask lots of burning questions about cultural differences, something that was facilitated by her fantastic English. Read more...
Interns get involved with production as well as broadcasting during their internship. You could be producing a radio show or searching out stories in the town, giving you lots of opportunities to meet local people. If you can demonstrate enthusiasm and creativity, you will be offered plenty of opportunities to get involved with different stories and projects.
Previous interns have co-presented live current affairs programs, conducted interviews and reported on news and sports.
TV Journalism Internships in Mongolia with Projects Abroad
On the TV Journalism Internship you will be working in a highly competitive industry, as there are over 90 local TV channels in Mongolia. You will gain great insight into how TV broadcasting works. We work with privately owned television stations like NTV and C1 Television, where interns can get involved in many areas both in front and behind the camera. You will spend time observing live TV shows, and can also bring new and exciting skills to the job; a previous intern began work as a cameraman but soon found himself working as a director!
With cuttings and tapes to bring home, a journalism internship in Mongolia is an interesting way to add something extra to your portfolio.
The Journalism internship in Mongolia is also available for three weeks if you don't have time to join us for four weeks or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for shorter durations for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone participating for a longer period.
"Being on a journalism placement, we were able to film in the press pit and exchange stories with other foreign journalists. It was great to see how other TV stations worked in a third world country and surprisingly, how technologically advanced they are. I worked at one of the biggest stations in Mongolia and the crews are there at most major events."
Journalism intern in Mongolia
While you’re in Mongolia, you might also consider joining a 1 week Conservation & Environment Project. For more information, please visit our Nomad Project in Mongolia page. Our Combinations Page explains how you can combine not only projects, but also destinations.
Although it is not required for you to speak Mongolian to volunteer in Mongolia, learning a few basics is always helpful. You can also choose to do the Mongolian Language Course before or during your placement.