We facilitate a variety of stimulating journalism internships in print Journalism, TV and Radio. Journalism interns will gain an insight into the underlying values of the media in Cape Town and will be able to use their research, analytical, storytelling and writing skills to contribute to demanding and exciting projects. Grab this chance to have your work published and broaden your horizons today!
The best journalism internships in Cape Town? We think so. We pride ourselves on delivering customised internship placements and on the ground support that offer life-changing, valuable professional experiences.
Cape Town’s publications reflect the diversity of its population and as a result, journalism is an incredibly exciting, dynamic industry to experience working in.
Our journalism internships provide you with the opportunity to work alongside passionate, informed people on stimulating and demanding projects and we have no doubt you will learn something new every day!
We provide opportunities in print Journalism, TV or Radio and in all of these categories you will gain a wonderful insight into the mechanisms, components and underlying values of the media in Cape Town, a completely different social and economic setting than what you are used to.
Read on for a full overview of the best journalism internships in Africa.
Here's what you can expect from the programme in a nutshell!
Of course, the list is much longer - but these are the skills our intern alumni reported back that they grew in the most!
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We managed to grab some detailed interviews from previous interns on this programme, you can click on them below.
As my mentors you guys have gone above and beyond time and time again! You have been so helpful throughout my time in Cape Town. When I go back to the UK if anyone is thinking of doing an internship abroad I will certainly say go with Bridging Gaps!
What might your programme in this career field look like? Here's how it has typically shaped up for our alumni!
Arrival & orientation. Introduction to Cape Town, your accommodation and your internship host organisation and colleagues.
Get stuck into your journalism internship placement and establish yourself with your organisation. Come to our free social events.
Enjoy a great work-life balance, getting out and about to see the sites alongside working hard on your internship.
Pick up more responsibility in your internship as you prove your capability. Enjoy regular activities in Cape Town outside of work. Come to another social!
Now you’re flying (metaphorically) at work, you’ll be more and more autonomous. Expect to pick up even more challenges!
Internship is going swimmingly, now go and do something crazy like swimming with some great white sharks or abseiling off of a mountain.
Regularly enjoy the benefits of Cape Town and at work, gather materials needed for portfolio (e.g. references from us and provider).
Putting the finishing touches to your internship and gathering feedback from us and your internship provider for use in your academic / career portfolio. Finalise any required paperwork.
Here's what others said when they applied. Some of these people came just for this career area, some mixed it with other career fields too...
I hope to gain an insight into the field of journalism in a professional setting, and explore the ways in which media operates in Cape Town. Throughout this programme, I would like to receive guidance from South African journalists and have the opportunity to expand my network in the sphere of journalism. I hope to also publish my works along the way and create a portfolio of my pieces.
I hope to develop real life skills in an ever-changing and exciting work environment. I'm incredibly passionate about multiple different forms of media, having had a little experience in both journalism and radio, and I'm really hoping to further my knowledge of how this works in a career setting. Furthermore, I love the world of marketing and want to explore whether it is something that both appeals to me on an enjoyment level and a success level! I really want to make a change in the world (as cliche as it sounds) and Bridging the Gap really appeals to me in that way.
What makes our internship programmes a worthwhile investment? Here's a swift overview of what you can expect!
We have two primary programmes to suit your needs. In some instances we also offer virtual placements.
You can come for as long as you need without paying any extra fees.You'll receive the same level of support.
We are 100% on your side. We guarantee every aspect of your trip with unrivalled promises.
Need to focus on a precise niche or two? No problem! Your programme can focus on your specialist areas.
We'll help you engage with the culture and personal benefits of being in a foreign country.
Save on travel and accommodation costs, pay a far lower fee. All while building your professional network.
We will handle all aspects of academic accreditation, including direct liaison with your tutors and academic staff.
We will write full reference letters for your placement(s) to optimise future employers' first impression of you.
Here are some current or recent internship job opportunities in this career area. We do not publish all openings - so please contact us to hear about others.
Excellent writing skills and confidence in research and editing Creative thinker detail-oriented Able to work independently and within deadlines Passionate about the world of journalism and media Be able to present writing samples which show a clear point of view and voice Working towards or completed degree in journalism, copy writing, communications, or related
Completed or currently studying a course in journalism, media, communications, english language, english literature or any related essay-based subject. Excellent writing skills. Some examples of written work in the form of blogs, articles or essays.
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We have worked very hard to streamline our process to make your experience easy, fun and highly rewarding personally and professionally. Flick through the steps below, or read about our process in more detail.
Getting your dream internship all starts with you saying hello! Just pop your details into our enquiry form and we'll reach out to schedule a conversation with you that we call a 'discovery call'.
In your discovery call, you can ask us any questions you still have. We'll talk about your options in the career fields you've told us you're interested in to help you imagine your placement and decide if our service is right for you.
If everything sounds good to you, complete your application to put into words your dream programme. This forms the basis of the 'design' of your customised placement and will be the primary framework against which we validate potentially suitable opportunities.
We maintain a large and varied network of the best organisations in Cape Town. We will identify the best potential fits for your programme goals and preferences and reach out on your behalf to assess those organisations for suitability (learn about their current projects and initiatives).
Once you've confirmed which placement offer you prefer, we'll start helping you plan the rest of your trip. We'll book your accommodation, help with your travel arrangements and provide extensive advice and information on how to get ready for your time in Cape Town. Your Bridging Gaps mentor will be on hand to make sure you're fully prepared for your placement.
Finally, every member of our team will move mountains to make sure you get what you came for and MORE! It's essential to us that you're safe, you're learning and growing in confidence and developing the most important skills for your future career.
Our programme fees are shown below, for a full description of our service offering please click to view the programme or a side-to-side comparison.
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We've answered some specific questions about this internship programme below.
After your bachelor’s degree in journalism you may consider various forms of traditional journalism, from print to broadcast, or other jobs such as a story researcher, political commentator, editor, publisher, content manager, public relations, copywriter and many others. Completing an internship is a fantastic way to get your foot in the door in any of the above options.
A news intern can get involved with all areas of production from research, to scriptwriting, staging, filming, editing and post-production. They may have the opportunity to develop their own stories and pieces as well.
Journalism is a fantastic career option for those who are interested in working with passionate people on exciting projects, people who want to continue to learn as they go and those who love to travel and have tangible articles published that they can be proud of.
Obtaining a degree in journalism or a related discipline is a good place to start. To get a job you will likely need a portfolio of work which you can start to build by publishing your own content through participating in some kind of internship or entry-level job.
Yes definitely! In the past many of our interns have had their articles published but it is important to note that this is dependent on the quality of your writing and stories.
No definitely not. Some writing samples or experience writing for a school or university paper would be beneficial, but it is not necessary. English students stand in very good stead to be offered a fantastic journalism internship position too.
All our programmes are customized so we base our search for the best suitable placement for you completely on your individual skills and interests as well as your personal and professional goals. We also work with over 400 local organisations across a number of different fields so in order to give you examples of where you could be placed, it is necessary for us to chat to you further to find out where your interests lie. After you submit an enquiry we will get back to you to arrange a skype chat as soon as possible.
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Hi, we're really sorry but we are no longer offering internship opportunities in this career field. However, we wish you the best with your search.