Elevate your journalism skills

Journalism internships in Cape Town

Hone your journalism skills by covering Cape Town’s dynamic political and cultural scenes. Our journalism internships immerse you alongside top professionals. Master your craft while discovering the pulse of South Africa’s “Mother City.”

As a participant in one of our journalism internships abroad, you will gain experience working within foreign media 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.

Journalism internships through VACorps

Print journalism

Report on local issues and write stories for newspapers/magazines to engage readers through compelling writing, relevant topics and strong narrative development.

Broadcast media

Develop on-camera skills, field production techniques for TV news packages, and longer segment development on topics chosen in collaboration with producers.


Capture visual stories happening in local communities through impactful photographs conveying deeper insights, powerful aesthetics and striking compositions.

Digital media

Build multimedia storytelling abilities by publishing written articles integrated with photos, graphics, videos and podcasts across various online news platforms.

Documentary film

Assist all stages of documentary production, giving voice to marginalized communities and shining light on overlooked issues for greater justice and understanding.

Build multimedia skills with leading publications

The South African Parliament is located in Cape Town, and you will enjoy the opportunity to cover South Africa’s complex political landscape if you have an interest in political journalism.

Several of South Africa’s leading magazines have editorial offices in the city, and journalism internship opportunities exist with local publications such as outdoor magazines and travel guides.

Custom journalism internships with VAC

Any journalism student should consider applying to our program because we have internships that will satisfy most majors.

Benefits of a journalism internship in Cape Town

Work with South African journalists and communications professionals.
Get your work published and build your professional portfolio.
Live and work in Cape Town, a city with a wealth of subject matter.
Work within an industry that uses the same professional standards as The U.S or Europe.

The time is now to explore, connect, and invest in yourself in Cape Town. Let us match you with an experience that counts.

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Business and Finance

Gain emerging market finance experience at funds and startups leading Africa’s investment frontier.

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Clean Energy

Champion climate justice contributing skills to expand clean energy access for underserved communities.

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Safeguard Cape Town’s treasured yet threatened ecosystems, working alongside frontline conservationists.

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Counseling & Psychology

Address mental health needs with trauma specialists bringing care to overlooked communities.

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Teach and inspire students gaining classroom skills at under-resourced schools, uplifting disadvantaged youth.

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Innovate solutions by collaborating with firms tackling urgent infrastructure and development challenges.

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Gap Year

Preview future careers interning in your field of choice while enjoying life-expanding adventures.

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Human Rights

Advocate for the vulnerable assisting organizations protecting rights and services for marginalized groups.

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Champion justice by researching landmark cases and conducting outreach alongside leading human rights firms.

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Shape brands for good by managing campaigns empowering social enterprises and community programs.

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Media, Film & Photography

Launch your creative career on sets and in studios alongside Cape Town’s top film, TV and photography talent.

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Boost your clinical skills by shadowing doctors on the frontlines of South Africa’s pressing healthcare battles.

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Occupational Therapy

Master your occupational therapy craft with specialized mentors guiding pediatric, mental health and elder care.

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Physical Therapy

Gain hands-on experience working alongside leading physical therapy practitioners.

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Political Science

Inform policy researching legislation within parliamentary offices and progressive think tanks.

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Public Health

Protect the vulnerable by collecting data, assisting workshops and expanding community health access.

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Refugee Work

Empower asylum seekers to help refugees access housing, employment, healthcare, and legal aid.

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Social Work

Uplift the overlooked co-facilitating therapy and evaluating interventions for at-risk youth and families.

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Speech Pathology & Audiology

Help people find their voice by practising techniques guided by specialized clinical mentors.

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Sports Management

Gain industry expertise assisting in operations, marketing and events for national federations and clubs.

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Catalyze solutions directly supporting projects increasing environmental protections and food security.

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Build skills collaborating with pioneering startups leveraging innovations to drive financial inclusion.

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