Journalism Internship with nonprofit

Gain practical broadcasting experience and support budding journalists in Malawi

Here’s an exciting opportunity for journalism students or graduates to gain practical broadcasting experience in Malawi, and support budding Malawian journalists at the same time. You’ll be part of Developing Radio Partners, a nonprofit organization that works with African radio stations to effectively bring important messages to rural communities.

As an intern on this program, you’ll provide mentorship to young radio broadcasters who have not had much formal training. By working alongside them, and sharing your knowledge, you’ll help improve the quality of broadcasting at their local radio station. You’ll also gain some practical broadcasting experience by, together with the reporters you’re working with, finding and producing interesting stories.

This journalism internship will provide you with unique insights into the power radio has to improve lives of people in rural African settings.

Learning outcomes:

  • Practical experience in story development, interviewing, and production for radio broadcasting
  • A comprehensive understanding of the role of radio in a rural African context
  • Experience in providing journalism mentorship to young reporters
  • Insight into the nonprofit sector
Cape Town, South Africa
Environmental NGO
Facilitation, Research, Reporting, Monitoring, Education, Tree planting
8 Weeks

Developing Radio Partners believes radio can change minds and lives. Driven by this premis, this nonprofit organisation uses the medium of radio to bring reliable and important information to rural communities in Africa. In partnership with local broadcasters in Zambia, Malawi, and Burkina Faso, Developing Radio Partners help disseminate information on issues such as environment, agriculture, health, and governance. The broadcasts offer ideas and facts that can bring easy-to-implement solutions to everyday challenges, and improve people’s lives in significant ways.

Working in a solution-focused way, the DRP team thoroughly researches the need of communities and its local radio stations, before developing skill-development programs in partnership with local journalists. Through weekly bulletins on relevant and practical topics, and by encouraging engagement through radio listening clubs, the right information reaches people who most need it.

Started in 2004 by one of the founders of National Public Radio in the United States, Developing Radio Partners is a well-established organization that has created tangible impact in many African communities.

What you’ll do

Your tasks during this internship will be somewhat tailored to your skills and experience, but they are likely to include the following;

  • Provide mentoring to young reporters in Malawi and help them develop basic journalism skills
  • Alongside young reporters, research stories and assist with production
  • Assist with interviewing and writing copy for broadcasts
  • Assist with digital audio editing
  • Write monthly progress reports

The ideal candidate for this internship is a senior undergraduate or graduate student or recent graduate with a degree in journalism – preferably broadcast journalism.

  • Strong communications and writing skills
  • Some experience in broadcasting is ideal
  • An openness to working in a culturally different environment
  • Great research skills and an eye for good stories
  • An ability to manage your time well and meet deadlines
  • A passion for DRP’s mission
  • A self-starter attitude
  • Proficiency in Adobe Audition

This is a remote internship, so you can work from the comfort of your home.


Start and end dates of the internship are flexible and will be discussed during the application process.

What you’ll pay

Fixed fee USD 475 (2022) / USD 525 (2023)

What you are paying for:
  • Careful matchmaking. It takes time to find the right internship for each person, and we take this process very seriously.
  • Initial interview with one of our team to gauge your skills, interests, and desired learning outcomes.
  • An orientation program with your supervisor.
  • Regular check ins during your internship with you and your supervisor.
  • Your own account on a career development platform that offers content and courses focused on exploring different career opportunities
  • Troubleshooting if needed
  • A reference letter at the end of your internship

Optional extra:

Personal Development Sessions
To help you optimize your personal and professional development during your internship, we offer individual monthly sessions with a professional consultant. These 1,5-hour sessions offer opportunities to set goals, reflect on your experience, and ensure your internship will benefit your career as much as possible.
Monthly fee: USD 65
Radio Nonprofit
Mentoring, Broadcasting, Storytelling, Reporting
8-26 Weeks
USD 475 (2022) / USD 525 (2023)

I’ve always seen myself in a job with people of different cultures. It is actually a dream to have to work in English and talk to people from different parts of the world. With DRP it was an international team plus my task of reaching Latin American people. Communication between different cultures it’s actually a topic I have read about before and it’s useful for what I plan to do in the future. In the internships I really applied that and learned from it.

Fernanda, Chili, Business Development Internship
  • Use your knowledge of broadcasting to assist local radio stations in rural African communities
  • Gain practical work experience in developing story ideas, production, and interviewing
  • Be part of a nonprofit organization that uses the power of radio to spread important messages
  • Collaborate with and provide mentorship to young budding journalists in Malawi
  • Gain insights into the role of broadcasting in the context of a developing country
Placement Fee USD 475 (2022) / USD 525 (2023)

See Detailed Rates

How to apply?

If you’re ready to apply for this internship, here’s what to do:

  1. Fill in the application form (it will show in a new screen) and send your CV to
  2. We’ll set up a call with you to go through your application.
  3. If we feel it’s a good match, we’ll set up a call between you and the supervisor for this internship.
  4. If everyone’s happy, we’ll provisionally confirm your placement! We’ll then send you the invoice for the deposit, get started with a detailed booking form, and we’ll give you all the information you need to prepare for your upcoming adventure.
  5. Only once we receive payment of the deposit your placement will be confirmed.

Or if you’d just like to ask us some questions about this internship first, just fill in the contact form on the right. We’ll be happy to assist!

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