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Journalism & Public Relations Internships in Cape Town

Journalism & Public Relations Internships in Cape Town

If you’re passionate about writing and want to motivate, empower, educate, and connect people, then this internship is for you. An internship in Journalism & Public Relations offers diverse placements that are customized to suit your interest and abilities, and includes writing articles, conducting investigations and contributing to social media campaigns.

Internship Highlights:
  • Contribute articles and stories to real publications, building your portfolio of work and developing your writing skills
  • Gain practical understanding of how newsrooms and public relations campaigns are run
  • Enjoy spare time exploring the unique and eclectic city of Cape Town, and wider South Africa
Type of host organizations:
  • Media publications
  • PR agencies
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Fully hosted experience from US$1,545
Includes shared lodging accommodation
Typical schedule: Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm
Minimum duration 2 weeks, up to 24 Weeks maximum
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Eligibility requirements and Associated career paths
Eligibility requirement

Undergraduate Degree (or currently enrolled) in a relevant field, such as Communication, Business, Management Studies, etc. Suitable for recent graduates (within 24 months of course completion). Working knowledge of relevant software, such as Microsoft Office, Adobe, video creation and editing software, web page creation and editing software.

Language requirements

This internship is conducted in English.

Associated career paths

Journalist, Technical Writer, Foreign Correspondent, Newspaper Reporter, Communications Director, Freelance Writer, Broadcast Journalist, Investigative Journalist, Photojournalist, Public Relations Consultant, Media Relations Specialist, Public Affairs Specialist, Advertising/Promotions/Marketing Manager, Film and Video Editor, Creative Services Director, Marketing and Promotions Manager

Internship details

If you’re passionate about writing and want to motivate, empower, educate, and connect people, then this internship is for you. This internship in Journalism & Public Relations offers diverse placements that are customized to suit your interest and abilities, and include writing articles, conducting investigations and contributing to social media campaigns for a range of print and online publications.

This is an in-country internship, with accommodation provided. Click here to view remote Marketing & Communications internships, which you can undertake from home.

This Journalism and Public Relations internship program in Cape Town immerses interns in a world of professional writing, advanced social media research, and current events. You’ll develop, refine, and grow your skill set while enjoying all the beauty, fun, and diversity that Cape Town has to offer.

This internship offers highly diverse and engaging placement opportunities, including roles with magazines and newspapers spanning news, sport, fashion, music and science. This is an internship that is designed to suit you. With a wide range of placements available, your specific internship will be crafted to take into consideration your own skills and interests so that you’ll gain experience most suited to your career ambitions.

Journalism interns in Cape Town can expect to:

  • Research background information for articles and stories
  • Write articles for print and/or digital publications on topics relevant to your placement organization
  • Assist with editing
  • Assist with social media campaigns and content creation
  • Assist with ongoing content updates for websites and social media accounts

During your spare time in Cape Town, you’ll be able to enjoy the vibrant attractions of the city. There are excellent historical sites to visit, including the District Six Museum, Robben Island, the Old Biscuit Mill and the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. Gaining insight into the history of the city and country can provide context and appreciation, to foster a well-rounded journalistic perspective. You can also expand your horizons - literally! - from the beautiful mountain tops surrounding the city. From atop the peaks of Table Mountain, Signal Hill, or Lion’s Head, there are fantastic vistas of the city to discover.

Career Benefits

Journalism & Public Relations interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
  • Researching stories

  • Writing articles for publications

  • Contributing to social media campaigns

Professional development opportunities:
  • Develop your skills in identifying story ideas and opportunities

  • Build your writing ability contributing stories relevant to your host placement

  • Develop your research skills for stories and articles

  • Gain understanding about how to engage audiences through your writing

  • Gain practical skills and boost your employability, with guidance from Intern Abroad HQ’s Experiential Learning Curriculum to support your learning and cultural intelligence.

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Program fees

It’s free to apply for this internship. Once we have reviewed your suitability and accepted you onto this program, you’ll need to pay a deposit of US$449 to confirm your place. The remaining balance of your Program Fee (less your initial US$449 deposit payment) will be due no less than 60 days before your internship start date.

Program Fee (USD)
2 weeks $1,545Equivalent to $110/day
3 weeks $1,697Equivalent to $80/day
4 weeks $1,899Equivalent to $67/day
5 weeks $2,051Equivalent to $58/day
6 weeks $2,228Equivalent to $53/day
8 weeks $2,531Equivalent to $45/day
10 weeks $3,117Equivalent to $44/day
12 weeks $3,421Equivalent to $40/day
16 weeks $4,138Equivalent to $36/day
20 weeks $4,745Equivalent to $33/day
24 weeks $5,353Equivalent to $31/day
  • Accommodation
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Airport pick-up
  • Program orientation
  • Dedicated support before, during, and after your internship
  • In-country guidance for social and tourist activities
  • Sourcing and securing your internship placement
  • Personalization of your internship plan
  • Coaching from your supervisor
  • Documented portfolio of your experiential learnings
  • Academic credit facilitation
  • International reference letter
  • Certificate of Internship Completion
  • Meals
  • Visa (if required), flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check
  • Transfer back to the airport at the end of your internship program
  • Optional extras, such as language lessons
  • Souvenirs and leisure activities during your free time
  • Personal spending money to cover basic expenses such as drinks, snacks, laundry, public transportation, and any meals not included in your Program Fee
  • A deposit of $449 USD is required to secure your internship
  • Balance of your Program Fee is due 60 days before your internship start date.
  • All payments attract a 5% transaction fee to cover international banking fees and currency charges.
  • Terms and Conditions apply.

Arrival and Orientation

Internships in Cape Town begin every Monday and interns may choose to spend a minimum of 2 weeks, up to a maximum of 24 weeks. (Exceptions to start date availability may occur when start dates are closed due to public holiday disruptions or if the program has already reached capacity). Fewer internship positions are available during late December and early January, due to the Christmas and New Year holiday period.

Airport pick up and accommodation are included in the Program Fee. The accommodation is covered from the Saturday night before the Monday start date. Interns are asked to arrive on the Saturday before their Monday start date, to allow sufficient time over the weekend to rest and become oriented before beginning on the Monday. The last night of accommodation that is covered by the Program Fee is the Friday night of the final week, leaving interns to depart on the Saturday morning. Extra nights of accommodation can be pre-arranged upon request and paid for separately.

All participants fly into the Cape Town International Airport (CPT), in order to receive their airport pick up and be transported to the accommodation by a pre-arranged driver. Upon arrival to the accommodation, interns are met by a local team member, who will greet them and assist with settling in. Note that all participants are advised not to book flights until they have first registered to confirm their internship placement.

Orientation typically takes place on the Sunday before the Monday start date. It covers important details for the internship, including introductions, information about culture, customs, rules, expectations, safety, language lessons, cultural excursions, and more. Interns join their placement on the following day.

If you are planning to spend time in Cape Town prior to your internship and will not require an airport pick up, we can arrange an alternative pick up from another location within the central city.

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Accommodation and WiFi

Internship placements are spread throughout Cape Town’s main city center and surrounding suburbs. Accommodation arrangements will be confirmed, once your internship placement has also been assigned. In most cases, you can expect accommodation to be situated in either the upmarket residential area of Fresnaye, situated between Signal Hill and Sea Point’s Main Road and popular promenade, or within the Observatory district (best known as a student neighbourhood, near to the University of Cape Town).

Interns are accommodated within shared lodging, making it easy to connect with fellow program participants. Interns can expect to share a room with another intern (of the same gender). Bathrooms are also shared with a hot water shower and western toilets. WiFi is available and is also accessible at nearby cafes and restaurants. All accommodation provides cooking facilities. For participants seeking a private bedroom, accommodation upgrades can be requested (for an additional cost) and are subject to availability.

Transportation is not provided for in-country commutes between the accommodation and internship placements, so all interns must budget for this independently. The maximum travel time is typically no more than 60 minutes each way (depending on traffic congestion in the city). In all cases, internship placements will be assigned in consideration of commute logistics and opportunities to ride-share with other interns, where possible.

For convenience and safety, local coordinators can arrange a dedicated shuttle service for ongoing placement commutes (Monday through Friday). The cost for this service ranges from approx. US$150 - US$250 a month, per person, depending on the location of your placement. (On a daily basis, this could be equated to approx. US$6-9 per day). If you want to organize this service, please communicate with coordinators when your placement details are being arranged in advance.

Alternatively, for the use of Uber, it is possible to spend US$10-US$20 per day on rides, depending on where you’re going. Please budget for this, especially if you intend to use this transportation method a lot during weekends and free time.


It is important to note that internships in Cape Town do not include meals. The accommodation is located within short walking distance to an affordable supermarket, as well as great cafes and restaurants. All accommodation also provides cooking facilities.

You can readily drink the tap water throughout the city. However, it is advised to bring your own water supply when traveling to and interning in the townships.

You should aim to budget approximately US$100 per week for food. If you like to go out frequently (rather than going to the grocery store to prepare some of your own meals) then you need to budget up to US$150 per week, at least (this budget can vary depending on personal spending habits). Note that, when you go to a restaurants, there is a cultural expectation to tip at least 10%.

Activities and tourism

On the weekend, interns have spare time to relax and explore. There’s something for everyone, with nightlife, café culture, music, festivals, food markets, wine tours, hiking, and some of the most beautiful landscapes in the continent! Here are some of our top picks for activities around Cape Town:

  • Hiking around Table Mountain National Park, just ten minutes from central Cape Town, is a great option to keep fit and healthy and there are lots of trails to explore for any level of adventurer. Reach the top of Table mountain by foot, or take a return cable-car. Don’t forget to challenge yourself to summit Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head!

  • Shark cage diving is an exhilarating experience - if you’re feeling brave enough! Get eye-to-eye with a great white from the safety of a cage or observe from the comfort of the boat. Most dives cost around $130USD, but shop around and speak to others to ensure you get a fair price (based on the season).

  • The Neighbourgoods Market, located at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock (close to the Observatory district) features over 100 specialty traders every Saturday, creating a weekly platform for local farmers, fine-food purveyors, organic merchants, bakers and distributors, grocers, mongers, butchers, artisan producers, celebrated local chefs, and micro enterprises. Don’t miss it!

  • Kick back and relax over the weekend, with a slow-paced wine tour through some of Cape Town’s loveliest estates. Learn about the history of how wine was introduced to the area and sample a delicious selection.

  • General tours to Robben Island usually depart every day. With a rich 500 year, multi-layered history, the island is visited every year by thousands of people, who learn about important aspects of South Africa’s history.

  • The Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), is located in a converted grain silo, overlooking the Atlantic on the Victoria and Alfred waterfront. The institution has 100 galleries spread over nine floors and the exhibitions focus exclusively on 21st-century work from Africa and the diaspora.

  • For history-buffs, take a wander through South Africa’s oldest building, the Castle of Good Hope. The magnificent building contains displays of historical and military paraphernalia, an art collection, a restaurant as well as a history of the castle itself.

Essential country information

Capital Pretoria (Executive), Bloemfontein (Judicial), Cape Town (Legislative)
Population 55.91 million
Languages Afrikaans, English, Zulu, Xhosa, Swati, Tswana
Currency South African Rand (ZAR)
Time zone UTC+02:00
Weather and climate:

South Africa is generally temperate, however due to varied topography and oceanic influence, a great variety of climatic zones exist. This ranges from the extreme desert of the Namib (northwest South Africa), to the subtropical climate along the Mozambique border and the Indian Ocean (eastern South Africa). Winters in South Africa occur between June and August.

In Cape Town, the summers are warm, dry, and mostly clear; the winters are long, cool, wet, and partly cloudy. It is windy year round and common to see windsurfers enjoying the surf. Over the course of the year, the temperature in Cape Town typically varies from 48°F (9°C) to 76°F (24°C). The warm season in Cape Town usually ranges from December through March and the coldest months are June through September.