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As a journalism and media intern in Cape Town, you will gain experience working within a foreign media set-up while producing work that will help you develop your professional portfolio. South Africa is home to a very active and outspoken media that takes its role as the “fourth estate” quite seriously.

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  • This internship will give you the opportunity to get your work published and build your professional portfolio, work with South African journalists and communications professionals, and establish international professional contacts.
  • You will receive an internship placement that directly relates to your career objectives within the field of journalism and communications and work within an industry that uses the same professional standards as The States or Europe.
  • Each internship program is individually tailored, based on your internship questionnaire, your background and experience, and what you are looking to gain from the placement to ensure you get the best experience to further your career and acquire skills and knowledge in your area of interest.
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 6 Weeks
Impacts Photography/ Marketing/ Journalism
Destination Destination
South Africa
Priced From Priced From
US$ 2350|
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Dates & rates

Priced From
US$ 2350|

Detailed Project Pricing
6 Weeks - 12 Weeks (2017) USD 2350

Project Start Dates

This project starts on the 1st and the 16th of every month. Please note that the internship cost is the same for 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks and 12 weeks. Accommodation and meals are optional and charged separately. Please see the project brochure for a breakdown of costs.

Our Prices Include:

  • All airport collection and returns. An African Impact team member will be waiting to meet you
  • 24 hour support on every project and at the volunteer accommodation by onsite staff
  • Tea, coffee and filtered water

Our Prices Exclude:

  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights to your chosen destination
  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities
  • Alcohol. Please note this is not allowed during day time activities
  • Laundry

How your Volunteer Fee is Used:

Volunteer tourism, or ‘voluntourism’ as it is popularly known, is loosely defined as a holiday in which you give back to the land you are visiting; contributing to either community development or conservation. But it’s so much more than that. Voluntourism encompasses a new trend of responsible tourism, where travelers are making informed and responsible choices and planning trips which don’t negatively affect the country or communities they are visiting. When volunteering, it is critical that travelers choose a volunteer organisation or charity with a proven ethos and philosophy around sustainable and responsible tourism practices. This applies both to their work with local communities, wildlife and our volunteers themselves.

African Impact is proud to have a 10 year track record of facilitating responsible volunteer programs in Africa, providing 24 hour support and guidance for volunteers and offering on-going support to communities in need. Understandably, these operations cost money to run and this is where the volunteer fee comes in.

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Work & Impacts

Placement — The Big Issue

The Big Issue is a general interest publication, sold throughout the city by vendors who were previously homeless or economically disadvantaged. The magazine is published twice monthly and has a circulation of approximately 15,000. The Big Issue receives tickets to most arts/cultural events in Cape Town and through your internship you will gain direct access to the cultural scene.

Interns working at the Big Issue will work directly with an editorial team, generating stories based on your exploration of the local culture. Most importantly, you will have the opportunity to get your pieces published under your own name, which is a unique opportunity for an intern. You will gain a feel for editorial meetings that you would experience as a writer at any publication with regular circulation.

Publication of your stories will ultimately depend upon the quality of your writing, so the rewards of this internship will correspond with how much work you put in. You may also have the opportunity to help out with The Big Issue’s website and thereby develop your skills in new media journalism.

This is an incredible opportunity to gain hands-on journalism experience with an internationally renowned publication that pursues a humanitarian cause, which will make this internship an invaluable addition to your resume.

Placement Spotlight – SkyMED!A

SkyMED!A is a leading multimedia company with vast experience in business-to-business online and print publications, web design, interactive services and publishing. SkyMED!A produces a variety of different publications, ranging from corporate guides to soccer magazines and travel guides.  

The editorial content of the various publications is interesting and accessible, so journalists who work for SkyMED!A must have a talent for writing stories that are engaging and speak to large audiences.  

SkyMED!A receives press access to major events happening throughout South Africa and also give interns the opportunity to publish their work should writing quality meet the approval of the editors.

Placement – Supernews

Supernews is a Citizen-Generated News & Idea Network. Supernews aims to create a paradigm shift in the perception of South Africa and Africa by offering a more uplifting, innovative and solution-driven news perspective. Supernews reports news from a different, positive perspective with content to increase awareness, change systems and influence new ways of thinking.

Supernews positions itself as a ‘Citizen-Generated’ and ‘Citizen-Funded’ News Network so that it remains an independent and impartial news platform, truly representing the public voice and inspiring South Africans to solve social challenges impacting the country.

Placement – Cape Town TV

Cape Town TV - known as CTV - is a non-profit, community-based television station aimed at the greater Cape Town metropolitan area. Founded by over 200 non-profit organizations in 2006, CTV is committed to promote human rights, social justice and community cultural development. CTV is committed to engaging a wide range of community perspectives, especially those of groups that have historically been marginalized; to build a sense of community and common purpose, to promote healing and tolerance and encourage communication across barriers of race, culture, physical ability, language, class, gender, age, and sexual orientation.

The channel provides opportunities for interns who have video production skills to hone and develop their abilities in the exciting field of television production.

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Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Intern activities

Intern Activities

During your South African internship you will be able to partake in regular pre-arranged Friday afternoon excursions to different locations in Cape Town.  With your fellow interns you will have the opportunity to enjoy hikes and a climb up Table Mountain, a barbeque in Nyanga township and a Wine Cellar tour at Groot Constantia.  

Cape town sightseeing

Cape Town Sightseeing

Cape Town’s colourful and vibrant atmosphere promises to make your work and travel in Africa an unforgettable experience. Explore the tasty and diverse cuisine, rich culture and unbeatable scenery.

You can visit cultural and heritage sites such as Robben Island and the Castle of Good Hope and ride on the Hop-on, Hop-off Cape Town City Sightseeing Bus. Go on a Cape Point Peninsula Tour including a swim with the penguins at Boulders Beach, view the peninsula from the sky in a helicopter ride or soak up the sun at one of Cape Town’s many beautiful beaches.

Shopping

The V&A Waterfront is a popular place for shopping, where you can also enjoy some entertainment, great food and take a harbour cruise.  There are also many local markets where you can spend sunny weekends walking around.

Wildlife

Wildlife

Don’t miss out on an African wildlife experience at Aquila Safari - a “Big 5” private game reserve while you are here.  You can spot springbok, lion, cape porcupine, olive baboon, leopard, and African elephant.  

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About Cape Town

About cape town

About the Destination

During your internship in South Africa you will be located in the town of Observatory, 7km from the city centre. Although you will share common areas such as the lounge and shower facilities with fellow interns, you will have a private lockable bedroom to yourself. The program housing is furnished and has a friendly and social atmosphere, guaranteeing that you will make a new bunch of friends in no time.

Observatory has a unique bohemian atmosphere and local culture offering an interesting collection of cafes, boutique stores, book shops and art galleries. In the evenings you can enjoy trendy restaurants, lively bars and live music performances. The house is centrally located to the shops, restaurants and public transport.

Cape Town hosts some great sporting events such as the 2 Oceans Marathon, Cape Argus Cycle Tour and Red Bull Big Wave Africa surfing competition. It is also host to a magnificent world cup stadium and plenty of adventurous opportunities for paragliding, abseiling, rock climbing, hiking and kite-surfing.

Not only will you find adventure and new friends on this internship journey, but you will learn about yourself and be inspired in your area of work and life as you allow this to be a launch pad for your future in journalism and communications.

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Feedback from our volunteers

Brian Allen

My time in Cape Town has impacted me. I can feel it. The change may not be so noticeable to me or anyone else now, but I know it will affect my decisions and who I am in the future. I never thought I could go through so much in three months. The people I met and the experiences I had will be cherished for the rest of my life. To be honest, I miss it.

I had the best summer of my life in South Africa. Grateful does not begin to describe how happy I am that I got the opportunity to go on this amazing trip. If anything, visiting South Africa made me want to explore and discover every corner of the world. It’s been whirlwind of non-stop activities and experiences that I will never forget.  

To interns in Cape Town now: Take it all in, seize every opportunity you can, don’t blink, and write it all down.

Justine Jones

Making the decision to sign up for this internship meant deciding to change my life forever. Not only was I able to gain hands-on experience in one of the city’s most creative and innovative environments, I used skills I never knew I possessed until given the right opportunity. Every time I stepped out of my front door, I would look up at Lion’s Head and Table Mountain and be filled with awe at the beauty of the land.

There are so many things to do in Cape Town that it can be difficult to know where to start! The main reason I wanted to travel to Cape Town is because, as a Communications major, I felt it would be a learning experience. And I was right! Interacting with the several cultures of South Africa has taught me more about life, people, culture, and myself than I ever learned in college.

Especially by collaborating with others in a professional environment, I was able to gain insight into different ways people think, act, and feel on a regular basis. This made every day exciting for me, and in a city as beautiful as Cape Town, the adventure is always just around the corner.

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Journalism & Media Internship Cape Town, South Africa

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Full Name*
Email*
Phone Number
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As a journalism and media intern in Cape Town, you will gain experience working within a foreign media set-up while producing work that will help you develop your professional portfolio. South Africa is home to a very active and outspoken media that takes its role as the “fourth estate” quite seriously.

Have an adventure 01
  • This internship will give you the opportunity to get your work published and build your professional portfolio, work with South African journalists and communications professionals, and establish international professional contacts.
  • You will receive an internship placement that directly relates to your career objectives within the field of journalism and communications and work within an industry that uses the same professional standards as The States or Europe.
  • Each internship program is individually tailored, based on your internship questionnaire, your background and experience, and what you are looking to gain from the placement to ensure you get the best experience to further your career and acquire skills and knowledge in your area of interest.
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 6 Weeks
Impacts Photography/ Marketing/ Journalism
Destination Destination
South Africa
Priced From Priced From
US$ 2350|
Back to Top

Dates & rates

Priced From
US$ 2350|

Detailed Project Pricing
6 Weeks - 12 Weeks (2017) USD 2350

Project Start Dates

This project starts on the 1st and the 16th of every month. Please note that the internship cost is the same for 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks and 12 weeks. Accommodation and meals are optional and charged separately. Please see the project brochure for a breakdown of costs.

Our Prices Include:

  • All airport collection and returns. An African Impact team member will be waiting to meet you
  • 24 hour support on every project and at the volunteer accommodation by onsite staff
  • Tea, coffee and filtered water

Our Prices Exclude:

  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights to your chosen destination
  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities
  • Alcohol. Please note this is not allowed during day time activities
  • Laundry

How your Volunteer Fee is Used:

Volunteer tourism, or ‘voluntourism’ as it is popularly known, is loosely defined as a holiday in which you give back to the land you are visiting; contributing to either community development or conservation. But it’s so much more than that. Voluntourism encompasses a new trend of responsible tourism, where travelers are making informed and responsible choices and planning trips which don’t negatively affect the country or communities they are visiting. When volunteering, it is critical that travelers choose a volunteer organisation or charity with a proven ethos and philosophy around sustainable and responsible tourism practices. This applies both to their work with local communities, wildlife and our volunteers themselves.

African Impact is proud to have a 10 year track record of facilitating responsible volunteer programs in Africa, providing 24 hour support and guidance for volunteers and offering on-going support to communities in need. Understandably, these operations cost money to run and this is where the volunteer fee comes in.

Back to Top

Work & Impacts

Placement — The Big Issue

The Big Issue is a general interest publication, sold throughout the city by vendors who were previously homeless or economically disadvantaged. The magazine is published twice monthly and has a circulation of approximately 15,000. The Big Issue receives tickets to most arts/cultural events in Cape Town and through your internship you will gain direct access to the cultural scene.

Interns working at the Big Issue will work directly with an editorial team, generating stories based on your exploration of the local culture. Most importantly, you will have the opportunity to get your pieces published under your own name, which is a unique opportunity for an intern. You will gain a feel for editorial meetings that you would experience as a writer at any publication with regular circulation.

Publication of your stories will ultimately depend upon the quality of your writing, so the rewards of this internship will correspond with how much work you put in. You may also have the opportunity to help out with The Big Issue’s website and thereby develop your skills in new media journalism.

This is an incredible opportunity to gain hands-on journalism experience with an internationally renowned publication that pursues a humanitarian cause, which will make this internship an invaluable addition to your resume.

Placement Spotlight – SkyMED!A

SkyMED!A is a leading multimedia company with vast experience in business-to-business online and print publications, web design, interactive services and publishing. SkyMED!A produces a variety of different publications, ranging from corporate guides to soccer magazines and travel guides.  

The editorial content of the various publications is interesting and accessible, so journalists who work for SkyMED!A must have a talent for writing stories that are engaging and speak to large audiences.  

SkyMED!A receives press access to major events happening throughout South Africa and also give interns the opportunity to publish their work should writing quality meet the approval of the editors.

Placement – Supernews

Supernews is a Citizen-Generated News & Idea Network. Supernews aims to create a paradigm shift in the perception of South Africa and Africa by offering a more uplifting, innovative and solution-driven news perspective. Supernews reports news from a different, positive perspective with content to increase awareness, change systems and influence new ways of thinking.

Supernews positions itself as a ‘Citizen-Generated’ and ‘Citizen-Funded’ News Network so that it remains an independent and impartial news platform, truly representing the public voice and inspiring South Africans to solve social challenges impacting the country.

Placement – Cape Town TV

Cape Town TV - known as CTV - is a non-profit, community-based television station aimed at the greater Cape Town metropolitan area. Founded by over 200 non-profit organizations in 2006, CTV is committed to promote human rights, social justice and community cultural development. CTV is committed to engaging a wide range of community perspectives, especially those of groups that have historically been marginalized; to build a sense of community and common purpose, to promote healing and tolerance and encourage communication across barriers of race, culture, physical ability, language, class, gender, age, and sexual orientation.

The channel provides opportunities for interns who have video production skills to hone and develop their abilities in the exciting field of television production.

Back to Top

Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Intern activities

Intern Activities

During your South African internship you will be able to partake in regular pre-arranged Friday afternoon excursions to different locations in Cape Town.  With your fellow interns you will have the opportunity to enjoy hikes and a climb up Table Mountain, a barbeque in Nyanga township and a Wine Cellar tour at Groot Constantia.  

Cape town sightseeing

Cape Town Sightseeing

Cape Town’s colourful and vibrant atmosphere promises to make your work and travel in Africa an unforgettable experience. Explore the tasty and diverse cuisine, rich culture and unbeatable scenery.

You can visit cultural and heritage sites such as Robben Island and the Castle of Good Hope and ride on the Hop-on, Hop-off Cape Town City Sightseeing Bus. Go on a Cape Point Peninsula Tour including a swim with the penguins at Boulders Beach, view the peninsula from the sky in a helicopter ride or soak up the sun at one of Cape Town’s many beautiful beaches.

Shopping

The V&A Waterfront is a popular place for shopping, where you can also enjoy some entertainment, great food and take a harbour cruise.  There are also many local markets where you can spend sunny weekends walking around.

Wildlife

Wildlife

Don’t miss out on an African wildlife experience at Aquila Safari - a “Big 5” private game reserve while you are here.  You can spot springbok, lion, cape porcupine, olive baboon, leopard, and African elephant.  

Back to Top

About Cape Town

About cape town

About the Destination

During your internship in South Africa you will be located in the town of Observatory, 7km from the city centre. Although you will share common areas such as the lounge and shower facilities with fellow interns, you will have a private lockable bedroom to yourself. The program housing is furnished and has a friendly and social atmosphere, guaranteeing that you will make a new bunch of friends in no time.

Observatory has a unique bohemian atmosphere and local culture offering an interesting collection of cafes, boutique stores, book shops and art galleries. In the evenings you can enjoy trendy restaurants, lively bars and live music performances. The house is centrally located to the shops, restaurants and public transport.

Cape Town hosts some great sporting events such as the 2 Oceans Marathon, Cape Argus Cycle Tour and Red Bull Big Wave Africa surfing competition. It is also host to a magnificent world cup stadium and plenty of adventurous opportunities for paragliding, abseiling, rock climbing, hiking and kite-surfing.

Not only will you find adventure and new friends on this internship journey, but you will learn about yourself and be inspired in your area of work and life as you allow this to be a launch pad for your future in journalism and communications.

Back to Top

Feedback from our volunteers

Brian Allen

My time in Cape Town has impacted me. I can feel it. The change may not be so noticeable to me or anyone else now, but I know it will affect my decisions and who I am in the future. I never thought I could go through so much in three months. The people I met and the experiences I had will be cherished for the rest of my life. To be honest, I miss it.

I had the best summer of my life in South Africa. Grateful does not begin to describe how happy I am that I got the opportunity to go on this amazing trip. If anything, visiting South Africa made me want to explore and discover every corner of the world. It’s been whirlwind of non-stop activities and experiences that I will never forget.  

To interns in Cape Town now: Take it all in, seize every opportunity you can, don’t blink, and write it all down.

Justine Jones

Making the decision to sign up for this internship meant deciding to change my life forever. Not only was I able to gain hands-on experience in one of the city’s most creative and innovative environments, I used skills I never knew I possessed until given the right opportunity. Every time I stepped out of my front door, I would look up at Lion’s Head and Table Mountain and be filled with awe at the beauty of the land.

There are so many things to do in Cape Town that it can be difficult to know where to start! The main reason I wanted to travel to Cape Town is because, as a Communications major, I felt it would be a learning experience. And I was right! Interacting with the several cultures of South Africa has taught me more about life, people, culture, and myself than I ever learned in college.

Especially by collaborating with others in a professional environment, I was able to gain insight into different ways people think, act, and feel on a regular basis. This made every day exciting for me, and in a city as beautiful as Cape Town, the adventure is always just around the corner.

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