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Journalism Internship in Cape Town, South Africa



Observe experts in Journalism and learn how they work in South Africa. Gain valuable work experience on a large daily newspaper located in the heart of bustling Cape Town. Here you'll have the opportunity to observe, learn and gain excellent  hands-on and practical experience.

The newspaper has a small, compact News Room (10 full time news reporters) with a friendly, comradely atmosphere. An excellent entry on your CV or Résumé and an excellent experience for your future career.

"The staff were very friendly and it was a really pleasant environment to work in. I am continuing to write for them here in England, and they are continuing to publish my work in South Africa. The placement has given me experience that would have been very difficult to arrange with a similar-sized publication here in the UK ... it has given me a foot in the door of an industry that would have been relatively inaccessible to me previously."
Adam Edwards

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Start Dates All year round - you choose your start and finish dates.
Duration From 4 weeks to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements
Requirements You should preferably have a Journalism degree, but if you're in your last year of study or you have some journalism experience, we'll submit your application and you may be accepted. An international drivers licence would be useful. 
Price Full Price List
What's included Arranging your program,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance

Meeting you at the nearest airport
Transfer to your accommodation
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support.
Certificate of Completion
What's not included Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Local transport to and from your project, Return transfer to airport.
Who can do this Project? This project is open to all nationalities and all ages over 17.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in gaining overseas work experience or an internship for university credit or requirement.
Also suitable for anyone just wanting to study abroad and learn about the practice of Journalism and Newspaper overseas.
Please see "Requirements" above.


  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Africa and the many diverse cultures in South Africa

  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.

  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market.

  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

Boulders in South Africa

The newspaper has a small, compact News Room (10 full time news reporters) with a friendly, comradely atmosphere. The more seasoned journalists and photographers are always willing to share contacts and background information with visiting students, interns and journalists. At various times of the year, they host visiting journalists from Germany and the Netherlands, journalism masters' students from the University of Southern California, graduate students from North Western University (Medill) and undergraduates from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

The first edition goes off screen at about 9pm, and the second edition off screen at midnight (or later if a big story is breaking.) The night shift reporter(s) work from 3.30pm through until the paper goes to bed.

You'll usually work the hours to suit you within the placement, but your typical working day could look like this:

  • 09:00 – 10:00 - Morning coffee, read morning newspapers and wires and set up interviews
  • 10:00 – 11:00 - Attend the news room planning conference where you have to sell your own story ideas to the news editor and all other ideas will be discussed.
  • 11.00 – 18:00 - Early page deadlines from 3:30pm. Then you’ll spend the rest of the day working on your stories for the next day.
  • You may have to work till about 18:30 or later if an exceptional case/story occurs.

There could be variations of this schedule as the Times may want you to start earlier to finish later. As an approximate outline you will generally be working Sunday to Thursday so your weekend will be Friday and Saturday.

An international driver’s license would be a big advantage as The Times has pool cars that are used by interns to go out on assignments and to get stories. They will not have people to drive you around. If you go on the placement with out a license it will mean that most of your work will be deskbound, unless you go out with someone else on a story.  Taxis may be used but this will be at your own expense, as public transport in Cape Town and South Africa generally does not cover all areas.

Cape Town is the third biggest tourist destination in the world today and has a daily newspaper to match - The Cape Times. It is the oldest, continuously published, newspaper in South Africa (founded in 1876) and is a sister newspaper of the oldest title, the Cape Argus (founded in 1857). The offices are situated at the heart of the bustling city, only a short walk away from the magical Gardens, where you can enjoy your lunch hour under the whispering trees and hand-feed squirrels scampering past… truly idyllic.

Readership is mostly drawn from the middle to upper income brackets, and the bulk of readers are in the Cape Town metropolitan area, which has a population of around 4million. The demographics of readership closely mirror the demographics of the Western Cape.

The Times does not do ‘infotainment’, celebrity news (unless they are really naughty), tabloid journalism or other cheap shots like vox pops surveys on trivial issues. They take readers, and the news, seriously, and the "Opinion and Letters" pages are highly contested terrain, where intense public debates on issues like affirmative action, globalisation, racism, HIV/Aids, the Middle East conflict, the war in Iraq, Zimbabwe and other topical issues are fought out, with some of South Africa and the world's heavy hitters writing for the paper.

The Cape Times has a long and proud liberal-left tradition of journalism and was a vocal and much-hated enemy of the apartheid regime. It continues this tradition today and maintains an editorial stance that is fiercely independent of government, political parties, big business and other pressure groups. With a strong tradition of environmental campaigning, it has also become a leading voice in debates around issues like climate change.

Journalism Internship in Cape Town, South Africa

A ten minute walk from the center of the bustling Cape Town CBD is the quieter, more chilled out area of Green Point. Here we use St Johns Waterfront Lodge, one of the better known backpackers’ lodges for your accommodation. It is not only close to the city, but also to the famous V&A Waterfront (5 min walk) and literally a hop, skip and jump away from the ocean.

Among a host of other activities, from here you can visit the world-famous Robben Island by boat, where Nelson Mandela was held prisoner for 27 years!

Apart from other Travellers volunteers, this hostel mainly attracts international travellers to Cape Town. It is uniquely built on two plots so literally has two of everything, including two pools! They are very friendly and will always help you where needed. They can answer any questions or can even help when you need some TLC because you feel a bit homesick!

The Main Lodge is the center of all the lodges and is a meeting point for everyone. You can discuss your day in the living room, have a nice chat out on the terrace, go for a swim, watch a movie, etc. Included in the placement cost is a bed in one of the large 8-bed dormitories, so you will be sharing. However, there is an option of choosing a single or double room if you are happy to pay the difference, but we do find that volunteers staying in the larger dormitories tend to make friends easier and be a bit more social.

This lodge has a living room, lots of bathrooms and a two well-equipped kitchens. It also has a lovely big (recently renovated) living area with satellite TV, a cosy bar and very comfy couches.

In the main outdoor area, there are two pools, the braai (South African for BBQ) area and lots of tables and benches in the beautiful garden. There is a payphone inside the main lounge and a FREE internet service. St John’s has also recently fitted a CCTV security system, so you can live with peace of mind, knowing that you are safe and sound.

You will be given a food allowance to buy your own food from the big supermarket up the road. The lodge is equipped with a kitchen with a fridge, stove, oven and microwave, and all the necessities to cook a good meal

Got any questions? Please email us: info@travelersworldwide.org


Andrew McGlashen did a journalism Work Experience placement in the Sports Department of the Cape Argus. The result was ... "Thought I would let you know at Travellers that I have got the job in London that you heard about on the grapevine. It's working for a major cricket website called Cricinfo [
http://www.cricinfo.com/] based in Shepherd's Bush. They were very impressed with what I had done in Cape Town, so I owe many thanks to you all for organising my placement."

Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular program (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind.    Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity! 

On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of our South African staff who will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.

You will have weekends free and this will also allow some time for travelling and sight seeing.


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While on your placements, you can also book some Optional Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience. The most popular choices are the safari trips from Cape Town and many volunteers use these as their means of travel to arrive at their project in Knysna..

Wildlife Safaris & Adventure Tour Combos
4-Day Surf Safari and Wildlife Adventure
1-Day Adventure Activities in Cape Town
1-Week Wildlife Rehabilitation

1-Week Whales Sharks Dolphins
Cage Dive with Sharks

This project can also be combined with any of our other projects in South Africa, or you could even do a second project in a different region of the country, thus doubling your adventure and enjoyment!

Cage diving with sharks in Cape Town
Cage diving with sharks in Cape Town


Cape Town is a lovely city with friendly people, and you'll make friends very quickly. The newspaper is in the center of town, very conveniently located close to the Cape Town Museum, the CBD, shops, restaurants and the renowned Botanical Gardens – a lovely place to meander during lunchtimes.

The best advice you'll get from us is to try to see some of the country while you're in South Africa. It's big (huge!) and each different region is exciting and very, very beautiful. Cape Town is probably the most beautiful city in the world (I can say that, I grew up there :-)  KwaZulu-Natal comes a very close second, albeit very different. Knysna is where South Africans go on vacation, which gives you some idea of how lovely the region is.

Adrenaline Activities -
Enjoy exciting and “real” adventures with an adrenaline twist!

  • Abseiling

  • Sandboarding

  • Deep-sea Angling

  • ‘Kloofing’ (insanely jumping off very high cliffs into pools of water!)

  • Paragliding

  • Helicopter flips

  • Bungee jumping (just up the coast)

  •  …..and a LOT, LOT more!!!!

      Township Tours - A visit to one of the many townships surrounding the city is an experience that will open your eyes to the way in which the biggest portion of Cape Town's population are living. Take a township tour of Langa, the oldest township in South Africa or Khayelitsha, the second largest township in South Africa. Township tours will usually be co-led by a resident in the area, showcase local industry and community projects and include a visit to a township bar or 'shebeen'.

       Two Oceans Aquarium - Located in the V&A Waterfront, the Two Oceans Aquarium has lots of display tanks, interactive experiences, a touch pool and the highly popular predators tank.

      Cape Winelands - Wine lover or not, a visit to the Cape Winelands is an absolute must as the region is one of breathtaking beauty and majestic mountain backdrops. Rolling vineyards and quaint Cape Dutch homesteads ... as well as some of the country's best wines.

     Relaxing drives: Drives are a very popular leisure activity in South Africa, because the roads are generally wide, in good condition, relatively empty and a pleasure to drive on. People often go for drives on a Sunday afternoon to a favourite hotel or restaurant for afternoon tea and scones, or to the top of a pass just to look at the view, or to a national park to watch the baboons - there's always a good reason to go for a drive!

Cape Town has lots of cafes and restaurants with outdoors seating areas overlooking the street or on the pavements, with colourful sun umbrellas - a perfect place to sit with the sun on your face, watching passers-by ambling along, sipping a steamy cappucino or staving off the heat with a cold drink.

Read more about Cape Town and its attractions

To read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country, please click here.

Support & Backup: To read about the excellent Support & Backup we provide before you leave and during your program, please click here.

Work at a fast-paced community newspaper in Auckland. You'll gain lots of valuable experience across a wide spectrum of journalism work, participating in roles such as editing, reporting, production and proof reading.