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Print Journalism Internships in South Africa

  • Placement location: Cape Town
  • Placement Types:Print, Online publication
  • Role: To work alongside fellow interns 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, the Cape Chameleon. 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 ideal for students and graduates wanting practical experience to help launch their journalism career, or for established journalists on a career break.

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. As a Journalism intern in South Africa, you will have the opportunity to put together a large portfolio of varied work, while the experience of living and working in a foreign country will act as proof of your adaptability, and give you some interesting points to discuss 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, as well as 11 national languages. English is one of the main languages used in the South African media.

International Print 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 community magazine featuring a variety of topics, and all articles need to be well-researched and balanced.

At the Cape Chameleon, you can 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 or make short videos if you are interested in these areas.

Interning at Cape Chameleon will give you an opportunity to get involved with practical journalism work. You could find yourself interviewing a local teacher, musician, or sportsman, or finding out local opinions on the latest South African sports debate. 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 interns and volunteers in South Africa are doing.

Voices of the World – Online Journalism

Journalism interns in South Africa who choose to work at Cape Chameleon may also contribute to Voices of the World. Voices of the World is an online magazine that allows aspiring young journalists from all over the world to express their views, engage in dialogue, and learn about one another through journalistic exploration of topics that greatly affect the world today and in the future.

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 may participate in weekly workshops held at a local high school in Cape Town. During these workshops, interns will be able to interact with the students and explore various aspects of journalism.

Your role on a Journalism Internship in South Africa with Projects Abroad

As a Projects Abroad intern, you should always be prepared to work independently but never be afraid to ask questions. An important aspect of this internship is to be willing to engage in new experiences and to seek out worthwhile stories for the magazine. We recommend that you read up about South Africa in general before and during your internship, as this means you’ll be better equipped to write great articles that will be published. Taking the initiative will pay off, and the more pro-active you are, the more you will gain from your experience.

International Journalism Experience with Projects Abroad

Interns have constant support from their supervisor for the duration of their internship. The Projects Abroad staff also run occasional writing workshops, organize press club visits, and tours of local media-related places of interest.

Journalism interns should expect to work from 9am to 4.30pm from Monday to Thursday and 9am to 1pm on Friday. Like any free-lance journalist, all interns need to show an excellent level of initiative. Our Journalism internship offers a wide array of opportunities and interns who seek their own work, ask questions, and make an impact on their supervisors will have the most fulfilling learning 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 transport.

You can join a Journalism project in South Africa for two or three weeks if you don't have time to join us for four weeks or more. If you join us for two weeks you will gain a valuable cultural insight, however please be aware that you may not be able to complete your articles or make the same impact as someone volunteering for a longer period. The magazine is published on a periodic basis, so by joining the project for a short time you may not be at the placement when the edition is printed but copies will be posted out to you.

All volunteers participating on standard projects in South Africa have the opportunity to spend one week on a Conservation & Environment project at the end of their main placement. For more information, please visit our African Bushveld Conservation & Environment Project in South Africa page. Our Combinations Page explains how you can combine not only projects, but also destinations.

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