International Journalism Internships
- Role: Working alongside professionals to produce articles, interviews, films, and more at newspapers, radio stations, and TV stations.
- Requirements: None in most cases. Varies by project and destination.
If you are planning a gap year or career break and contemplating a job in journalism or the media, a Projects Abroad international internship can set you on the right track! Our journalism internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume, gain valuable skills, and make you stand out from the crowd. Whether you are currently studying journalism or are considering it in university, Projects Abroad will give you unique first hand international journalism experience.
If you are already a practicing journalist, then interning abroad will broaden your horizons and show you a different way of working in journalism against the backdrop of a new and exciting country. You will learn the ins and outs of print or broadcast journalism overseas and may even be able to teach your new colleagues something about how you work at home.
Options for Interning on a Journalism Project
On a "General Journalism Project" you can choose to work on a Print Journalism internship, where you will work with an international newspaper or magazine, or on a Broadcast Journalism internship, where you will work with a radio or TV station abroad. If you have any placement preferences for General Journalism Projects please let us know when you apply. Journalism interns can alternatively choose to apply for a Film Production placement.
Our journalism internships run year round and have totally flexible dates and durations; whether you want a short-term experience, a unique summer internship opportunity, or a longer term abroad, we can accommodate your needs.
Whichever international journalism internship you choose, you will gain great insight into the workings of the international media in a new cultural and political setting. For most of our journalism internships you don't need any foreign language skills since the publications and stations generally write in or speak English. Please check the specific country pages to confirm exact language requirements.
Print Journalism Internships Abroad
Your precise role will vary depending on the publication and your experience and interests. However, whether you are working for a small independent publication or a larger government owned newspaper, your work will be varied, and each day will be a new learning experience. You might be interviewing diverse members of the community (with the assistance of a translator where required), researching articles, writing news items and features, reviewing restaurants, attending political press conferences, visiting social events such as fashion shows and parties, sitting in on meetings, or simply learning about the general running of the publication.
Some publications will give you the opportunity to get involved in the design and layout of the magazine, while others will give you the chance to do some proof reading and editing.
Print available in: Argentina, Bolivia, China, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mongolia, Romania, Samoa, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and Togo.
Television and Radio Internships Abroad
The radio and TV stations we work with cover a wide range of different topics: from the arts and politics to sports and local events. Many of these topics focus on news items and deal with issues facing the community.
You will have the opportunity to gain a wide range of journalistic experience and knowledge of all areas of the radio or TV station you are working on. You can expect to contribute in areas like research, production, presenting, and more. Let us know which role you are most interested in – behind the scenes or in front of the camera! You will most likely spend some of your time in the studio, while the rest will be spent out in the field, attending interviews and press conferences.
Radio available in: Argentina, Ghana, Jamaica, Mexico, Mongolia, Philippines, Samoa, Togo and Vietnam.
Television available in: Ghana, Jamaica, Mongolia, and Togo.
Voices of the World
Journalism volunteers in Romania and South Africa will also contribute to Voices of the World, an online weekly newspaper and magazine that allows aspiring young journalists to express their views, engage in dialogue, and learn about one another through journalistic exploration of topics that greatly affect our world today and their world tomorrow.
Interns who are 25 years old or younger can participate in weekly workshops, undertake assignments for Voices of the World, conduct interviews and write articles. Older interns can work as trainers and coordinators for the local young people involved or the interns who are also participants. In this capacity, they can hold workshops, proofread or edit articles, and discuss ideas for articles
Group Journalism Projects for High School Students
For teenage volunteers, Journalism projects are available as Journalism High School Special programs. High School Specials are designed for volunteers aged 16-19 to join a group of their peers working together under the guidance of our local staff.
Volunteering Abroad as a Professional on a Journalism Project
If you are a professional and want to put your skills to use on a Journalism project, Projects Abroad has a number of placements abroad where qualified volunteers can make an impact. Our main focus is to match your skills with our partner organizations' needs. Please visit the Journalism Projects for Professionals section for more information.