At a glance
- Add practical, real-world experience in online, magazine, and journalism to your resume.
- Grow your portfolio as you work with and learn from professional journalists.
- Get real insight into the day-to-day life of a working journalist.
- Test and develop your ability to detect and combat the fake news phenomenon through ethical journalistic practices.
- Live in Brasov with a local host family, and have an authentic experience of life in Eastern Europe.
16 or over
Is a Journalism internship in Romania right for me?
Are you passionate about telling stories? Do you want to follow a career in journalism? Then our Journalism Internship in Romania is perfect for you!
You will be working for an online magazine that focuses on the ancient Romanian traditions still going strong today, despite globalization. It will give you the opportunity to interview a wide variety of people and build a diverse portfolio. This is a chance to build your resume, hone your skills, and learn more about how the media works in an Eastern European country. This internship will also provide you with plenty of experience to talk about in interviews or applications.
You don’t need any previous experience to join, as you’ll work under the guidance of experienced journalists. Projects Abroad staff are also there to help if you need it. Worried about your Romanian writing skills? Good news! You will only need to have an intermediate level of English, and be comfortable with reading and writing.
Our Journalism Project runs all year round and you can join at any time. You need to spend at least one week on the project. We recommend staying longer to learn more and gain more journalism work experience while in Romania.
What will I do on this project?
You will work for an online cultural magazine in Brasov. As a journalism intern, you will work on tasks that include:
- Head up the English section of the magazine with your fellow interns
- Visit Romanian villages and interview locals for stories
- Help set up a strategy for the magazine’s social media presence and start implementing it
- Attend customized workshops and fulfill practical tasks to gain or develop your journalism skills
- Run a journalism club with your fellow volunteers for disadvantaged youth at a local educational center
At your Journalism placement in Romania, your work will focus mainly on the following:
Head up the English section of a local magazine
During your journalism internship in Romania, your main focus will be producing the English section of an online magazine called Satul (The Village).
You will work closely with your fellow interns and local journalists to create content that is in line with the publication’s communication strategy. You will go out on interviews, write articles, and edit them.
Visit Romanian villages to gather stories
As a Journalism intern, you will have the opportunity to visit one or more Romanian villages during your placement. This will help you get to know rural Romania and report on it.
The couple who started the magazine has traveled across the country. During their various journeys, they were touched by the richness of ancient Romanian traditions that still manage to survive, despite increasing globalization
You will interview mayors, teachers, craftsmen, priests, and farmers. You will research their way of life and struggles dealing with the modern world and determine how these ancient traditions have survived in urban life.
Help with the magazine’s social media presence
As an online magazine, Satul needs to be very active on social media channels. However, due to a lack of resources, the owners have not been yet able to focus on this.
You will have the unique chance to help define a strategic plan for the magazine’s social media presence. You will then begin implementing it. If there are other, more inexperienced interns on the project, you may be responsible to coordinate and manage their contribution to the action plan.
Attend customized workshops to develop your journalism skills
Once a week, you will participate in a practical workshop to help you develop your journalistic skills. You will practice and increase your competencies in interviewing, writing, editing, basic design, or photography.
Not only this, but you will also test your ability to detect and combat fake news, all while reflecting on the power of citizen journalism.
Run a journalism club with your fellow interns
In order for you to use your skills to the benefit of the local community, we have started a weekly journalism club at a local educational center for disadvantaged youth.
Under the supervision of our Journalism Coordinator, you will work with small groups of children once a week. You will help them create a small monthly online magazine.
The children are selected based on their English level and writing skills, photography, drawing, or computer skills. They then take on all the roles that are involved in the creation of a publication. Under your guidance, they become reporters, editors, proofreaders, photographers, and designers.
Who are our partners for Journalism in Romania?
One main placement is the print magazine Satul (The Village).
The magazine has been created and is edited by Adrian and Ana Andrei, a young couple with great vision. During their travels through the Romanian rural areas, Adrian and Ana were touched by the richness of ancient Romanian traditions that still manage to survive, having adapted to the increasing globalization. They decided to create ‘Satul’ in order to help keep alive the immemorial spirit of the rural identity with its many different manifestations in modern Romanian life.
Prejmer Day Care Center Journalism Club
You will also be working with an educational center for disadvantaged youth in Prejmer, around 30 minutes away from BrasovVoices of the World. The provides educational opportunities for disadvantaged youth up to 18 years of age from the local community. Many of them are of Rroma ethnicity, and so quite discriminated against in the country.
Where interns work
You will be based in the ancient city of Brasov. With its terracotta-colored roofs, gothic spires, medieval gateways, baroque buildings, and pedestrian-friendly streets, it’s almost like a fairy tale come to life. Although it may seem quaint and almost old-fashioned at first sight, the city is bursting with modern hustle and bustle.
As a Journalism Intern in Romania, you will write for a magazine called Satul. You’ll be responsible for producing the magazine’s English section.
You will work remotely, from your host family or little quaint cafes in town, and do lots of fieldwork.
A typical day as a Journalism Intern in Romania
Your day will normally start with a hearty breakfast enjoyed around the table of your Romanian host family. After this, you will either walk, cycle, or take public transport to the center of town, to the center for disadvantaged children, or to do the fieldwork assigned.
Each day of the week will be dedicated mainly to one activity. One day, it will be primarily attending workshops and fulfilling practical assignments. Another day, you might set out on excursions to local villages to interview people and gather stories.
Some days, however, you might stay in, at the host or in a local cafe. This is a great time to work on the pieces you’ve been researching.
Similarly, at least one day per week will be dedicated to implementing the magazine’s social media presence strategy and another day to preparing and running the journalism club.
Between 12 pm and 1:30 pm, you will get an hour and a half’s lunch break. If your host family lives close by, you’re welcome to go home for a bite to eat and some rest. Alternatively, you can enjoy a packed lunch at the office or out in the field.
In the afternoons, you may still be out researching your articles or working on previous tasks.
Evenings and weekends are your free time to explore. Make the most of your time in this magnificent country by going on weekend excursions with fellow volunteers. Also, enjoy plenty of meals with your local host family and spend time conversing with them. It’s the very best way to learn more about their life and culture.
What are the aims and impact of this project?
The aim of this project is to give you the opportunity to expand your knowledge about journalism and gain practical work experience. However, we also expect you to use these newly gained skills to help local disadvantaged young people.
You will work mainly for Satul, an online magazine in Brasov. The magazine focuses on ancient Romanian traditions that manage to survive despite Romania’s increasing globalization. The articles you do for Satul will also teach you a great deal about the culture of the country during your internship.
The magazine has quite a following, including several different embassies and the Romanian Royal House.
Join our Journalism Internship in Romania today and gain invaluable journalism experience.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Food and accommodation
You'll stay with a host family in Brasov. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Romania and have a truly unique experience.
We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.
Your programme fee includes three meals a day.
Find out more about our accommodation.
Leisure activities and free time
Volunteering in Romania will give you a unique taste of life in Eastern Europe. With a diverse range of activities, you’ll find plenty to do during your free time.
This is the ideal destination for architecture lovers, with stunning, old buildings lining the streets. The Biserica Neagră is one example of haunting gothic architecture, with its stone walls blackened by a fire that raged through the area in the 17th century.
It’s not just the buildings that are worth checking out, but the streets as well. More specifically, you can squeeze your way through one of the narrowest streets in Europe!
It’s worth taking a weekend trip to Transylvania to visit Bran Castle, the home of legendary Count Dracula. While you’re there, you can tour ASTRA Museum and delve into the magical world of Romanian folklore.
You’ll likely be amongst many other volunteers during your trip. This gives you the option to explore either on your own or in a group.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
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