Project Description

Journalism internships in Cape Town.

If you are searching for a journalism internship in South Africa, VACorps offers ideal opportunities for journalism students, communications students and individuals with an interest in writing. All of our Cape Town journalism and communications internships are situated in a vibrant city with a variety of media centers.

As a participant of one of our Cape Town journalism internships, you will gain experience working within a 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. During Apartheid, the government routinely censored media content if it contained any sympathies towards the anti-Apartheid movement. Today, freedom of press is alive and well in South Africa, and journalists regularly launch vocal opposition to controversial government practices.

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. Any journalism student should consider applying to our program because we have internships that will satisfy all majors. Past internship placements within the field of journalism and communications have included the following:

  • Copy writing
  • News editorial
  • Magazine
  • Radio
  • Photojournalism
  • Broadcast journalism
  • Documentary Film
  • Online media

Why you should consider one of our South Africa journalism internships:

  • 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.
  • Spend much of your time exploring the city as opposed to working behind a desk.
  • Establish international professional contacts.
  • Work within an industry that uses the same professional standards as The States or Europe.
  • Receive an internship placement that directly relates to your career objectives within the field of journalism and communications.

Interning within the South African media is an experience you are not soon to forget. Please contact us today and also visit our testimonials page to learn more about why our South Africa journalism internships provide you with invaluable professional experience.

Journalism internship highlights from VACorps Alumni:

“I will never forget my very first television feature I produced from beginning to end all on my own. It was exhilarating sitting in the control room watching it play out!” Nicolet Hartmann.


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Meet past participants:

Emily Hayhurst – California, USA (2019)

Emily is from California and joined VACorps in January 2019 to participate in a communications and human rights internship.  She is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in communications and will be graduating [...]

Matthew Rodriguez – New York, USA (2019)

Matthew participated in a Film and Media Internship as part of his GAP year.  He had this to say about his experience: "Along with my journey around the world, I knew I wanted to see [...]

Jackie Berger – Michigan, USA (2018)

Jackie participated in a journalism internship in May 2018 through VACorps. "When I told my friends I would be spending 12 weeks of my summer in Africa, they thought I was crazy. However, looking back there is [...]

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