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Journalism Internship in Ethiopia


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  • Placement location: Addis Ababa
  • Placement Types:Print
  • Role: To work as part of a team toward the publication of the weekly newspaper The Reporter
  • Requirements: None
  • Accommodation: Host family
  • Length of placement: From 4 weeks
  • Start dates: Flexible

Staff and volunteer have a meeting on the journalism project in Ethiopia Interning on a journalism internship with Projects Abroad is an excellent way to gain international journalism experience. Located in Addis Ababa, you’ll have the chance to work in a fascinating new country and experience life fully immersed in Ethiopian culture.

For interns on a gap year who are looking to get into a related university course, or those wanting real work experience following graduation or are on a career break, our journalism internships in Ethiopia will give access to invaluable work experience that will increase your prospects within a highly competitive job market.

Your resume will be greatly enhanced by the practical skills that you gain during your journalism internship as well as proving your adaptability and resourcefulness by working in a strikingly different environment such as Ethiopia.

Print Journalism Internships in Ethiopia

Interns interview locals for a piece on the Journalism project in Ethiopia Our journalism internships in Ethiopia offer interns the chance to work for the weekly publication, The Reporter. All journalism interns must have good computer skills, a strong interest in journalism and the media, and be willing to work hard. While no formal qualifications are required to join this project, previous journalism experience is preferred. When you apply, please give us as much information as possible about any relevant experience or skills you have.

Interns will have the opportunity to write and publish many articles. These articles may be restaurant reviews, events coverage, international news, a foreigner's view of Ethiopia, or general lifestyle pieces about a topic assigned to you by the editor, or of your own choice. You may be taught how to go out and find stories on the streets of Addis, giving you the confidence and skills to do the same at home after your return.

Interns will also play a key role in proof reading and editing work from other writers before it is printed. If you have an interest in sales and marketing, there may also be opportunities to work within the advertising department of the paper, where you can help design or write advertisements and sell advertising space to external companies wishing to gain some exposure.

For your colleagues, working alongside an English language speaker will be highly valued as it will enable them to advance their own language skills, not to mention satisfy their general fascination with other cultures. Work colleagues will have good levels of English but will always be eager to learn more!

Your Role as a Journalism Intern in Ethiopia

During your internship, interns are expected to be punctual and professional and are required to work an average of 30 hours per week - usually Monday to Friday. Interns are given a supervisor at The Reporter, who will allocate you stories and ensure that you are happy with your work. You will also spend time at the Horn of Africa Press Institute, used as a research centre by The Reporter’s staff.

All stories need to be submitted by Thursday or Friday afternoon, when the exciting dash to complete the final edition begins. During this time, interns will be expected to work alongside their co-workers in order to finalize all content, layout, and printing, giving you valuable insight into of all aspects of this fast paced and complex task.

Whatever your level of experience, your input will be greatly encouraged and appreciated. Take the opportunity to make your own recommendations, or explain practices back home. Your adaptability and willingness to learn will be appreciated by your colleagues and you will really begin to feel like a part of the team.

If you have qualifications or experience in this field then we can make use of your skills volunteering abroad as a professional in Ethiopia.

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