At a glance
- You’ll work at Voice of Vietnam Radio (VOV), a foreign language public broadcaster with a large international audience, or at a digital television channel.
- Work with a large team of experienced journalists and help them with the research for stories, radio broadcasts and the creation of video items.
- You’ll also have the chance to conduct interviews, take photographs for articles or edit raw audio and video material.
Completely flexible datesSee Dates
Anyone aged 16 or over can join
You need to speak intermediate English and have completed at least one year of journalism related studies or training.
Is this Journalism internship in Vietnam right for me?
If you’re a budding journalist looking to gain some practical experience, this is the internship for you. You’ll get direct insight into how journalism is practiced in a developing country, and you’ll add international work experience to your CV.
To join this project, you need to be currently studying or qualified in:
- Media Studies
- Communication or Public Relations Management
You can also join if you have one year of practical work experience in radio, television or online media. In addition, you need to be prepared to be proactive. You’ll be doing a lot of independent work. However, friendly Projects Abroad staff will be available if you need extra guidance or support.
This project runs throughout the year, so you’re welcome to sign up at any time. The placement is available for a minimum of two weeks, and has no maximum duration, so you can stay longer.
What will I do on this Journalism placement in Vietnam?
You’ll work with professional journalists in either the online newspaper or the radio division of Voice of Vietnam (VOV), a foreign language public broadcaster in Hanoi with a large international audience, and also caters to Vietnamese who are living and working abroad. You can also expand your skills at our television placement, VTC Digital television. Your days will be exciting and fast-paced, placing you in the world of journalism first hand. These are some of the things you can expect to do:
- Conduct in-depth research for news stories, and write your own articles
- Conduct interviews and take photographs for articles
- Prepare for a radio broadcast, or work on your television reportage
Below are some of the activities you’ll take part in on this project:
Conduct in-depth research for news stories, and write your own articles
Voice of Vietnam Radio (VOV) focuses on delivering accurate, informative news on topics like business, music, tourism, customs, traditions and local affairs. You will spend a portion of each day conducting in-depth research for news stories. Research is expected to be extensive and from reliable sources only. You will then have the opportunity to compile your research into stories for the online site.
You’ll receive helpful and constructive feedback on your work from team members before it goes up online, which will help you to hone your writing skills. Every article you write is a valuable addition to your portfolio and CV, so try and get involved in as much as possible.
Conduct interviews and take photographs for articles
Besides conducting research and writing up articles, you will have the opportunity to spend time out in the field. Here, you’ll interview various experts and local citizens on a range of relevant topics such as business, tourism, and customs and traditions. You will also be able to take photographs to go with your stories.
Prepare for a radio broadcast, or work on your television reporting
If you are passionate about radio or television journalism, you will also be able to learn from experienced journalists. In the radio department of Voice of Vietnam, you will first observe how the professional team prepares for their live shows and how they execute the recordings. Once you are familiar with the processes, you will assist with research and writing content. You will also learn how to edit audio, which is a must-have skill when you want to pursue a career in radio journalism.
As a television journalism intern, you will work in the vibrant newsroom of the VTC Digital Television department. You will learn how to compose and edit scripts for upcoming shows and join the camera team with filming in the field. It is also a great opportunity to learn from experienced journalists how to edit raw footage and improve your editing skills.
Where in Vietnam will I be working?
Depending on your interests, you have the option of working at a radio, television, or print placement. All placements are based in Hanoi, Vietnam’s bustling capital. Here you will live with a local host family. You will be placed close to your newsroom, and will be able to travel there using a motorbike taxi, vehicle taxi, or bus. Hanoi is a chaotic yet charming city, boasting ancient temples and a fascinating mix of Chinese, French, and Southeast Asian architecture. All of this is surrounded by beautiful mountains, forests, and beaches.
You will have plenty of time to explore the city and its surrounds in the evenings and on weekends. Visit markets to sample tasty traditional dishes, like pho and hot crisp spring rolls. You can also visit museums, temples and world heritage sites to take in the local history. Or plan day trips out of the city to experience the picturesque countryside.
A typical day on a Journalism placement in Vietnam
A typical day on this internship will begin with a home-cooked breakfast with your host family. After breakfast, you will take public transport to the newsroom. On your first day, you will be shown the quickest route to your placement by Projects Abroad staff, and will be introduced to the staff and shown around.
Your work day will begin around 9am and will end at 5pm. Each day will begin with a discussion of the day’s duties and tasks, so you will know what is expected of you.
A typical morning on the job could include activities such as doing research for stories and pitching ideas to the editor. Later on in the day, you will likely spend some time out in the field conducting interviews for stories, taking photographs, or recording video footage. You will have plenty of guidance from members of your team. Projects Abroad staff will also be available to help with story ideas and review your work if you need assistance or advice.
You will have your evenings and weekends free to explore the city of Hanoi and spend time with your host family. We also organise regular socials for all of our interns and volunteers to take part it.
Aims and impacts of our Journalism internship in Vietnam
The main aim of this internship is to help you to gain practical journalistic experience while exploring a new country. Most importantly, you will learn how to adapt to a new cultural setting as a journalist. This is an important skill to have under your belt for your career.
By taking part in interviews, conducting research, writing content and editing raw footage, you will gain valuable practical experience which will look great on your CV. You’ll also gain an in-depth understanding of how a radio station, online newspaper or television station is run in Vietnam, as well as the daily tasks and challenges involved.
Join us on this Journalism Internship in Vietnam and gain valuable international experience while spreading reliable and accurate news and information to the public.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
Vietnam offers a mix of bustling cities and picturesque countrysides. With so many different activities and tourist sites, you’re bound to find plenty of ways to spend your free time.
For a glimpse into the country’s history, you can spend an afternoon exploring the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology or the National Museum of Vietnamese History. The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is also a major historic site, located in Hanoi.
If you’re looking to buy some souvenirs, there are many markets with locally made products on sale. Evenings in Hanoi are filled with excitement and bright, colourful lights. You can watch street performers and then head to a nearby restaurant for a taste of local cuisine.
The countryside, with its emerald rice paddies stretching to the horizon, provides the perfect escape from the busy capital.
We run many different projects in Vietnam, so there will likely be other volunteers in-country with you. This makes travelling as a group easy to arrange. However, you’re welcome to explore independently if you prefer.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
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