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Interning Abroad in Journalism in Samoa

  • Placement location: Apia
  • Placement Types: Print, Radio
  • Role: To work as a reporter for a daily newspaper, or to work at a multi-media company.
  • Requirements: Interns should have an advanced level of written and spoken English.
  • Accommodation: Host family
  • Length of placement: From 4 weeks
  • Start dates: Flexible

Interning abroad on a Projects Abroad Journalism internship in Samoa gives you the opportunity to gain practical experience in the field while living in a vibrant country. As an intern based in Apia, you have the option to either intern at Samoa’s biggest daily newspaper, the Samoa Observer, or work at a multi-media company, Talamua Media and Publication Ltd.

Whether you are a working journalist on a career break or a student considering journalism as a study option, the skills and global experience you acquire during this internship will greatly enhance your resume. You do not need any previous experience to join this project.However, interns should have an advanced level of written and spoken English.

During your time in Samoa, you will live with a local host family, giving you the chance to immerse yourself fully in Samoan culture and their way of life. This is also a great way to pick up some of the local language.

Print Journalism Internships in Samoa

Interns on the Journalism project in Samoa type a report

Located in Apia, the Print Journalism placement provides the perfect opportunity for those wanting to break into the competitive world of print journalism. It is also ideal for journalism students who are eager to gain practical experience and build a portfolio.

By choosing this option, your main role would be that of a reporter and on a daily basis you will have the chance to research and write on a variety of topics of your own interest. Depending on your interests, you will also have the option to practice your photography, website design, or social media management skills. Interns have constant support from local journalists while on their internship and will be able to shadow local reporters to learn more about journalism in Samoa.

Interns can expect to work from 8.30am to 5.30pm from Monday to Friday. You may be asked to work on certain weekends. It is recommended that you bring your own laptop and camera. There will be shared equipment available.

Radio Journalism Internships in Samoa

Radio Journalism intern records a radio show in Samoa

If you would like to experience working in multiple areas within the field of journalism, we offer placements at Talamua Media and Publication Ltd. Talamua is a multi-media company offering media consultancy services.

Here, you can expect to get involved in many different aspects of the field, such as print, online journalism, and radio journalism. For print, you will assist with developing a national directory, and if you choose the radio journalism option, you will intern at the company’s radio station.

Volunteer Profile Lorraine Bowan
Lorraine Bowan
"I found the staff at the Observer to be very welcoming and supportive. I tried not to ask questions of the reporters when they were typing rapidly to meet deadlines but I did ask them questions in the mornings on the way to jobs. They were great at answering my questions and filling me in with the Samoan way. Other office staff including the receptionist, IT support, layout and drivers were all fantastic and friendly and supportive." Read more...

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