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Journalism Internships in South Africa

  • Placement location: Cape Town
  • Placement Types: Online publication
  • Role: To gain experience in digital journalism by producing stories and content about local communities for the Cape Chameleon online magazine
  • Requirements: None. Anyone aged 16 and older can join
  • Accommodation: Host family
  • Length of placement: From 1 week
  • Start dates: Flexible

As a Journalism intern in South Africa you will be working for a local online magazine produced by Projects Abroad, the Cape Chameleon. Based in a suburb of Cape Town, our Journalism internships are ideal for students and graduates wanting practical experience to help launch their journalism career or for established journalists on a career break.

Projects Abroad Journalism interns in Cape Town conduct research for articles at their placement.

For interns who are on a gap year looking to get into a related university program or those seeking employment following graduation, a Projects Abroad international journalism internship will set your resume apart from the crowd. In Cape Town, you will have the opportunity to put together a large portfolio of varied work, while the experience of living and working in a foreign country will act as proof of your adaptability, and give you some interesting points to discuss in future interviews.

The South African media is one of the most progressive and best developed of any African country, despite the difficulties it faces by having such a broad demographic, as well as 11 national languages. English is one of the main languages used in the South African media.

International Online Journalism Internships in Cape Town

You will write for the Projects Abroad online magazine, Cape Chameleon. The Cape Chameleon is a community magazine featuring a variety of topics, and all articles need to be well-researched and balanced.

At the Cape Chameleon, you can work on a variety of topics and have the chance to research, interview, write, and edit articles for the magazine. The magazine is published online using WordPress, so you will learn a great deal about this platform. You will also have the option to take photos for your stories and for social media pages or make short videos if you are interested in these areas.

Interning at Cape Chameleon will give you an opportunity to get involved with practical journalism work. You could find yourself interviewing a local teacher, musician, or sportsman, or finding out local opinions on the latest South African sports debate. You may travel to meet a local small business owner who is upset by a government decision, or you may be managing the magazine’s social media updates and reporting on what the other interns and volunteers in South Africa are doing.

Video Journalism in South Africa

A South African man is interviewed by a Projects Abroad Journalism intern for the Cape Chameleon.

At the Cape Chameleon, you also have the option of producing your own videos. You will create, direct and edit your own videos, which may then be published on the Cape Chameleon website. A camera will be available for your use, but it is recommended that you bring your own equipment if possible.

As an intern, you may work on:

  • Documentaries on local issues
  • News reporting
  • Event reporting
  • Personal profiles
  • Reviews

Your role on a Journalism Internship in South Africa with Projects Abroad

Volunteer Profile Volunteer Michael Alhadeff shares his story from the Journalism project in South Africa
Michael Alhadeff
As an aspiring journalist, it has been really good to get some real life experience. It has given me the opportunity to challenge myself, to think independently. I’m given freedom at work, but also support when I need advice. I work on a variety of things, from the death of Amy Winehouse to the problems of overfishing. It stretches you and keeps you fresh. It has been a real learning experience. I can’t wait to see my words in print! Read more...

As a Projects Abroad intern, you should always be prepared to work independently but never be afraid to ask questions. An important aspect of this internship is to be willing to engage in new experiences and to seek out worthwhile stories for the magazine. We recommend that you read up about South Africa in general before and during your internship, as this means you’ll be better equipped to write great articles that will be published. Taking the initiative will pay off, and the more pro-active you are, the more you will gain from your experience.

Projects Abroad Journalism interns get ready for a workshop in Cape Town, South Africa.

For the duration of your internship, you will have constant support from your supervisor. The Projects Abroad staff also run occasional writing workshops, organize press club visits, and tours of local media-related places of interest.

You should expect to work from 9am to 4.30pm from Monday to Thursday and 9am to 1pm on Friday. Like any free-lance journalist, you need to show an excellent level of initiative. Our Journalism internship offers a wide array of opportunities and interns who seek their own work, ask questions, and make an impact on their supervisors will have the most fulfilling learning experience.

All Journalism interns live with host families around Cape Town. This is a great way to be completely immersed in the local culture and learn more about daily life directly.

You can join a Journalism project in South Africa for two or three weeks if you don't have time to join us for four weeks or more. If you join us for two weeks you will gain a valuable cultural insight, however please be aware that you may not be able to complete your articles or make the same impact as someone volunteering for a longer period.

While you’re in South Africa, you might also consider joining a 1 week Conservation & Environment Project. For more information, please visit our African Bushveld Conservation & Environment Project in South Africa page. Our Combinations Page explains how you can combine not only projects, but also destinations.

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