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Journalism Internships Abroad in South Africa

  • Placement location: Cape Town
  • Placement Types:Print, Online publication
  • Role: To work alongside fellow volunteers on the publication of the Projects Abroad magazine, Cape Chameleon
  • Accommodation: Host family
  • Length of placement: From 2 weeks
  • Start dates: Flexible

As a Journalism intern in South Africa, you will be working for a local magazine produced by Projects Abroad. You can also contribute to Voices of the World, an online global journal encouraging 16-25 year olds to express ideas and exchange stories. Based in a suburb of Cape Town, our Journalism internships are perfect for anyone wanting some extra experience to get their career off the ground, or for established journalists looking for a change of scenery and to promote journalism among youth.

Projects Abroad Journalism Internships in South Africa

For interns who are on a gap year looking to get into a related university program or those seeking employment following graduation, a Projects Abroad international journalism internship will set your resume apart from the crowd. You will come back with a large portfolio to show all the work you have done while in South Africa. In addition to this, having 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.

The South African media is one of the most progressive and best developed of any African country, despite the difficulties it faces by having such a broad demographic – 11 national languages! English is one of the main languages used in the South African media and all volunteers are expected have strong English skills.

International Journalism Internships in South Africa

Volunteer Journalism Work in South Africa with Projects Abroad

Journalism interns can write for the Projects Abroad magazine, Cape Chameleon, and the Cape Chameleon website. The Cape Chameleon is a free community magazine with well researched, feature-length articles that focus on important local and global issues.

At the Cape Chameleon, you will work on a variety of topics and have the chance to research, interview, write, and edit articles for the magazine and the website. You will also have the option to take photos for your stories and for social media pages plus make short videos if you are interested in these areas.

Interning at the Cape Chameleon will give you a real opportunity to get involved, whether it be interviewing a local teacher, musician, or athlete or finding out local opinions on the latest hot topic in South African society. You may travel to meet a local small business owner who is upset by a government decision, or you may be managing the magazine’s social media updates and reporting on what the other reporters are doing.

Voices of the World – Online Journalism

Journalism interns in South Africa also contribute to Voices of the World, an online weekly newspaper and magazine that allows aspiring young journalists to express their views, engage in dialogue, and learn about one another through journalistic exploration of topics that greatly affect our world today and their world tomorrow.

Volunteer ProfileMichael Alhadeff
Michael Alhadeff
As an aspiring journalist, it has been really good to get some real life experience. It has given me the opportunity to challenge myself, to think independently. I’m given freedom at work, but also support when I need advice. I work on a variety of things, from the death of Amy Winehouse to the problems of overfishing. It stretches you and keeps you fresh. It has been a real learning experience. I can’t wait to see my words in print! Read more...

Interns who are 25 years old or younger can participate in weekly workshops, undertake assignments for Voices of the World, conduct interviews and write articles. Older interns can work as trainers and coordinators for the local young people involved or the interns who are also participants. In this capacity, they can hold workshops, proofread or edit articles, and discuss ideas for articles.

Your role on a Journalism Internship Abroad in South Africa

In whichever position you work, you should always be prepared to work independently but never be afraid to ask questions; your colleagues will be busy people but are always willing to help enthusiastic interns. We recommend that you write as much as possible during your internship as you never know how many of your articles will be published. Taking initiative will pay off, and the more proactive you are, the more you will gain from the experience.

International Journalism Experience with Projects Abroad

Journalism interns have constant support while on their internship from an English-speaking supervisor. Of course, the Projects Abroad staff are always on-hand to provide you with necessary support, as well as run occasional writing workshops, press club visits, and tours of local media-related places of interst.

Interns on a Journalism internship should expect to work from 9am to 4pm from Monday to Friday. Like any freelance journalist, all interns need to show commitment to their work and a high level of initiative. This project offers a wide array of opportunities and interns who seek their own work, ask questions, and make an impression on their supervisors will have the most fulfilling experience.

All Journalism interns live with host families around Cape Town. You will normally be living in a host with one other volunteer or intern, traveling to work on public transportation.

This project is available for less than a month if you don't have time to join us for longer. If you join us for a shorter period you will gain valuable cultural insight working on written articles and helping with the Voices of the World program. However, please be aware that you may not be able to complete your articles or make the same impact as someone joining for a longer period. The magazine is published every three months, so by joining the project for a short period you may not be at the placement when the edition is printed.

All volunteers taking part in any of the Cape Town based projects in South Africa have the opportunity to add a 7-Day Conservation Project to the end of their main placement. For more information visit our Conservation in South Africa project page.

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