Journalism Internship Programmes

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!

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The best Journalism Internship Programmes in Africa?

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.

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Journalism Internship Programme Overview

Here's what you can expect from the programme in a nutshell!

Journalism Internship Key Skills:

  • Validation
  • Understanding analytics
  • Research
  • Technical
  • Story telling
  • Writing
  • Time management
  • Interviewing
  • Editing
  • Media Law

Academic & Career Benefits

  • Build up your CV with impressive practical and international work experience.
  • Develop new skills to kick start your career in journalism.
  • Gain a valuable insight into South African journalism and how government, history and culture can impact the media.
  • Increase your marketability and stand out from the crowd for future employers.
  • Have the chance to have your stories published and add to your portfolio of work.

Ideal Internship Applicant

  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Proficient in English.
  • Good knowledge of world affairs and current events.
  • Basic understanding of South Africa’s history.
  • Some writing samples would be beneficial.

Programme highlights:

  • Gain professional work experience in print journalism, TV or radio.
  • Develop key skills and gain experience in research, interviewing, editing and reporting.
  • Have the chance to have your stories published and build an impressive portfolio of work.
  • Work alongside and learn from experienced professionals in one of Africa’s largest media centres.
  • Build up your skills and creativity in a dynamic and challenging work environment.

Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Completed (or will have completed) A2-Levels or equivalent
  • Minimum of 3 weeks duration, no maximum
  • Not a resident of South Africa
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Skills you'll hone through your Journalism internship

Of course, the list is much longer - but these are the skills our intern alumni reported back that they grew in the most!

Validation
Research
Understanding analytics
Story telling
Editing
Interviewing
Media Law
Written and verbal communication

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Journalism internship programme reviews & ratings

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!
Ruth Ilott
Undergraduate
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A hypothetical Journalism Internship Programme

What might your programme in this career field look like? Here's how it has typically shaped up for our alumni!

Week One

Arrival & orientation. Introduction to Cape Town, your accommodation and your internship host organisation and colleagues.

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Week Two

Get stuck into your journalism internship placement and establish yourself with your organisation. Come to our free social events.

Week Three

Enjoy a great work-life balance, getting out and about to see the sites alongside working hard on your internship.

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Week Four

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!

Week Five

Now you’re flying (metaphorically) at work, you’ll be more and more autonomous. Expect to pick up even more challenges!

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Week Six

Internship is going swimmingly, now go and do something crazy like swimming with some great white sharks or abseiling off of a mountain.

Week Seven

Regularly enjoy the benefits of Cape Town and at work, gather materials needed for portfolio (e.g. references from us and provider).

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Week Eight

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.

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Why others apply for Journalism internship programmes

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...

Johanna
Germany
I hope to gain work experience and get to know a relevant field of work
Alice
United Kingdom
I've recently finished my undergraduate degree in History at the University of Edinburgh. During my degree I became interested in studying international development and social history. I'm very passionate about a career in this sort of area that allows me to work within communities. Gaining experience abroad would be incredibly insightful and interesting as I am keen to develop my skills in writing, communication, team-building as well as gaining exposure to a different environment and cultures.
Isabella
United States
I hope to further develop my news gathering, reporting and story telling abilities as a journalist as well as work to support the area I work with the most accurate, up-to-date news.
Michael
United States
I hope to work with wildlife park conservation teams., video my experiences and write my experiences in the form of a Wildlife documentary, meet some amazing people along the journey and stay in contact with them.
Mateo
United States
I hope to gain a better understanding of South African culture while also gaining skills that will help me make a difference and empower working people after law school.
Jennifer
United Kingdom
I hope to gain valuable tools to help me pursue a professional career, develop my writing skills and have a better knowledge and understanding of work outside of Britain and Europe.
Phumelele
United Kingdom
If given the opportunity I believe the internship will aid in me further developing professional skills, outside of academia. I also hope that it will fulfil my purpose to pursue a career within the creative sector.
Emily
United States
I hope to gain a meaningful cultural experience, enlightening insight on what work environments I enjoy the most, and the chance to prove myself as a writer and explorer.
Sabrina
United Kingdom
This internship programme would not only enable me to explore beyond my normal horizons geographically, but it’d also fill me with the confidence I need to embark upon my (yet to be chosen) career path. I hope to gain experience academically, in a world of work culturally different from that of the UK. I also endeavour to perfect my own skills, and follow subjects which I am truly passionate about.
Isabel
United Kingdom
I hope to gain insight into what its like in a different part of the world, to expose myself to different ways of life so that I have more of an understanding of the world instead of just my bubble within it. I hope to gain work experience to increase my skills and confidence, to give myself the best prospects for after I graduate.
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Journalism internship programme features

What makes our internship programmes a worthwhile investment? Here's a swift overview of what you can expect!

Choice of two programmes

We have two primary programmes to suit your needs. In some instances we also offer virtual placements.

Unlimited duration as standard

You can come for as long as you need without paying any extra fees.You'll receive the same level of support.

Backed by concrete promises

We are 100% on your side. We guarantee every aspect of your trip with unrivalled promises.

Career
Focus

Need to focus on a precise niche or two? No problem! Your programme can focus on your specialist areas.

Immersive cultural experience

We'll help you engage with the culture and personal benefits of being in a foreign country.

Virtual placements

Save on travel and accommodation costs, pay a far lower fee. All while building your professional network.

Academia friendly

We will handle all aspects of academic accreditation, including direct liaison with your tutors and academic staff.

Future career friendly

We will write full reference letters for your placement(s) to optimise future employers' first impression of you.

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Current Journalism Job Openings

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.

Journalist and Research Assistant

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

The Organisation: A printing, publishing, and distribution company which produces cutting edge and enjoyable journalism pieces across a number of diverse platforms including newspapers, digital media and more.
Keywords: Journalism, Print, Research, Publishing, Internship
Daily newspaper journalist trainee

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.

The Organisation: Cape Town's oldest daily newspaper which has both a print and online addition. The issue driven newspaper has a strong community identity which aims to connect people and capture everyday life in the city.
Keywords: Journalism, Newspaper, Print media, Publishing, Internship

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A straightforward process

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.

Introduce yourself to our friendly team

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'.

Ask questions & learn how we can help

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.

Complete your programme application

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'll source you the best 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).

Prepare and plan for your experience

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.

Maximise your experience & learning

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.

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Journalism internship programme cost

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.

Bootstrap

£
995
one-off, fixed

Bespoke programme

Backed by 4
concrete promises

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Concierge

£
1495
one-off, fixed

Comprehensive support

Visa & travel assist

Accommodation assistance

Social events & excursions

... and lots more

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Virtual

£
395
one-off, fixed

Tailored Search

Ongoing support
& mentoring

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FAQ
Journalism Internship Programmes FAQs

We've answered some specific questions about this internship programme below.

What can I do after a BA in journalism?

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. 


What does a news intern do?

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. 


Is journalism a good career?

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. 


How can I become a journalist?

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.


Will I have the chance to have my stories published during my internship?

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.

Do I have to have previous journalism experience to take part in this internship?

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.

Where will I complete my journalism placement?

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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