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The best Journalism internships in Cape Town?
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 Key Skills:
- Understanding analytics
- Story telling
- Time management
- 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.
- 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 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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Key Skills Developed Through Our Journalism Internship
Through training and guidance intern’s validation skills will be developed so that they are able to verify the content of information to be as close to the truth as possible. Through research and the study of a variety of sources, interns will gain an understanding of the role journalists play in uncovering facts and reporting the truth.
Interns will learn how to conduct thorough and valuable research before writing stories. They will receive guidance on producing knowledgeable articles that include timely and accurate information to serve the public interest.
When using digital platforms, interns will learn how to read and understand analytics data.
Interns will hone their ability to engage readers and provide them with intriguing and exciting articles regardless of the topic they are reporting on.
Interns will receive training in using word processing programmes, social media platforms, file sharing services and website templates. They will also have the chance to take pictures and videos whilst conducting interviews and research for articles.
Interns will learn how to check articles for spelling, punctuation and grammar. They will also be required to verify article facts.
Interns will be given the chance to conduct their own interviews and they will learn how to prepare effectively, establish a relationship with the source in question, ask appropriate questions, induce the source to provide information and record their findings.
Intern’s writing skills will be improved through the regular production of stories which will be published if a certain standard is met.
Interns will be required to meet tight deadlines whilst working on multiple projects at one time. They will learn how to write concise but informative stories which engage the target audience.
Interns will gain an understanding of media law in South Africa and the impact it has on publications.
Typical 8 Week Journalism Internship
Internship Week 1
Arrival & orientation. Introduction to Cape Town, your accommodation and your internship host organisation and colleagues.
Internship Week 2
Get stuck into your journalism internship placement and establish yourself with your organisation. Come to our free social events.
Internship Week 3
Enjoy a great work-life balance, getting out and about to see the sites alongside working hard on your internship.
Internship Week 4
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!
Internship Week 5
Now you’re flying (metaphorically) at work, you’ll be more and more autonomous. Expect to pick up even more challenges!
Internship Week 6
Internship is going swimmingly, now go and do something crazy like swimming with some great white sharks or abseiling off of a mountain.
Internship Week 7
Regularly enjoy the benefits of Cape Town and at work, gather materials needed for portfolio (e.g. references from us and provider).
Internship Week 8
Putting the finishing touches to your internship and gathering feedback from us and your internship provider for use in your academic / career portfolio. Finalise paperwork for university (if needed) and debrief.
Leave a Changed Person
Leave with the satisfaction of having helped a Cape Town journalism company, with building experience and lifelong friendships.
Now share it with the world!
* We will endeavor to deliver experiences similar to this to each one of our interns but please note that the work experience you gain will largely depend on your personal proactiveness and the internship organisation that you select.
Journalism Internships Frequently Asked Questions
Can I work at more than one organisation or school during my time in Cape Town?
Usually we limit our placement search to one organisation for you because it is more beneficial to yourself and the organisation if you only commit to one place. We find that the longer our participants stay at their placement, the more they learn and gain from the experience. However, if you are planning on staying in Cape Town for over 6 months, then we can explore more than one option for you. Also, we can facilitate weekend volunteering opportunities for anyone who is interested.
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.
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.
How long will my internship last?
All the internships we offer are completely flexible in duration so it is up to you how long you stay in Cape Town for! Some of the companies we collaborate with like to have an intern commit to at least 4 – 6 weeks so the longer you can stay for the better your chances of being offered an internship will be.
What will I get at the end of my internship?
We will provide you with a certificate of participation and you will also receive a reference letter from your internship supervisor at your host organisation which you can use for future job interviews.
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