About Journalism Internships Abroad
World Endeavors international journalism interns get right into the heart of the news production process. Interns work for magazines, newspapers, or media agencies, often assisting with English-language publications in countries where English is not the primary language. Many interns have opportunities to write articles, report on local events, and liaise with the public. Other possible responsibilities include planning and coordinating meetings, writing publicity and marketing materials, developing web pages, and creating and distributing monthly newsletters. Some administrative support work may also be included in the internship.
With any internship, specific daily responsibilities may vary based on the requirements of the host company or organization, as well as on the location or timeframe of the internship. The qualifications, skills, and experience of the intern may also influence the type and complexity of work assigned.
The Value of Interning Abroad
Many students spend hours in the classroom, only to graduate with no practical experience. Completing an international internship can give you the experience and confidence you need to pursue your chosen career after college. An international internship stands out on your resume, gives you an edge in a tough job market, and affords you a valuable global perspective. Interning abroad can also introduce you to different ways of working, giving you more flexibility and greater comfort with diverse points of view as you enter the workforce. Plus, interning in a non-English speaking country gives you the opportunity to greatly improve your foreign language proficiency, another skill that is highly valued by employers.
In the Spotlight: Journalism Abroad
The field of journalism is changing fast, as technology changes the way we obtain and process information. Interns have the chance to get direct experience with the news creation process, learning the ropes of reporting and of working within a news organization. And by working abroad, interns become better informed about the world and ready to report on international issues.
Eligibility for Internships Abroad
Successful international interns have a strong desire to learn more about their chosen field, as well as to immerse themselves in a new culture and environment. World Endeavors looks for applicants who are hard working, adaptable, and able to work both independently and as part of a team. Previous professional work experience, academic coursework in the chosen field, or international experience is helpful but is not a requirement to participate in a World Endeavors international internship. In addition, foreign language proficiency is not a requirement for participation; even in non-English speaking countries, many English-language internships are available.
World Endeavors’ minimum age for participation is 18. There is no maximum age for participation. Due to the customized nature of our internship placements, interns at all stages of their careers are welcome on the program. If you have further questions about program eligibility, please contact a World Endeavors advisor.
Other Considerations for Journalism Internships
Strong communication skills—written and spoken—are crucial in this field. International journalism interns must be prepared to live and work in unfamiliar surroundings and to work unconventional hours as needed. Interns should be organized and self-motivated, prepared to work individually and in teams, and should have a strong interest in the field.
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