International Journalism Internships
Discover a land loaded with thought-provoking stories & remarkable photographic opportunities as you work for a daily newspaper, television station or radio station based in Ghana, West Africa.
Kumasi, based just outside the capital of Ghana is the perfect place for budding journalists to gain experience in print & broadcast journalism. A key democratic state of West Africa, Ghana has established itself as a powerhouse of politics & has proven that there is always something worth writing about in this lively city.
Our Journalism internships provide an insider’s view on how print publications are run and provide you with the opportunity to create an impressive portfolio to take back home. Furthermore, our Radio & Television journalism placements offer you the chance to gain invaluable broadcasting or production experience designed to enhance your CV and increase your prospects within the highly competitive journalism industry.
All interns will be representing a professional organization under the supervision of experienced journalists. Just as in any journalism environment workloads can be very demanding but also highly rewarding.
The journalism internship program will improve your skills in editing, copywriting, reporting, interviewing, researching, communication and more! Work alongside some of Ghana’s leading journalists and reporters who are there to offer you guidance throughout your placement.
As an intern on one of our Print Journalism placements, you will get an insider’s view of how publications are run, and you will also have the chance to put together an impressive portfolio. Alternatively, a Radio or Television Journalism placement offers you the chance to gain useful broadcasting or production experience.
You also have the opportunity to get involved with schools and sports academies to teach classes in media, creative writing and the rudiments of journalism. Give something back to the community and inspire Ghana’s children!
If you are already a working journalist or a student, this is a chance to broaden your horizon and enhance your resume with work experience in a different culture and society, or maybe a different medium.
- Writing news stories and featured articles
• Editing colleagues’ work for publication
• Researching story leads and conducting interviews in the field
• Reading news on the air
• Producing important segments and writing copy for broadcast
• Attending press conferences
• Covering news conferences and human interest stories
• Proofreading stories and attending events
- Journalism internship or volunteer work placements in Ghana
- Learn from interesting reporters and mentors in a competitive field
- Enhance your own understanding of media
- Add to your portfolio
No formal qualifications or previous journalism experience is needed, we just require our volunteers/interns to be adaptable, open-minded, and hardworking since internships can be demanding. We do ask that you send us your resume in order to confirm a placement in the program.
Location of OGVO Volunteer/Intern Programs
We have volunteer and intern work placements in both urban and rural areas in Ghana including Accra, Koforidua, Kumasi, Cape Coast, Kwamoso, Salt Pond,Swedru,Tepa, Boaben-Fiema, Bibiani, Boako, Wassa Akropong, Wale Wale, Mampong, Asafo, Buduburam, and many more.
Start Dates and Durations
We pride ourselves for our flexibility. Volunteers or interns can arrive any day of the year with advanced notice. You can volunteer or intern for periods of 1 week to 6 months. Extension can be arranged with advanced notice as well.
OGVO Program Prices
Our fees are extremely affordable as compare to other organisations. Our program fee starts as small as US $250. Program fees mainly help us cover the variable costs, such as food, accommodation, airport pick-up, placement, program orientation, etc. Program fees vary according to the length of your program. To see program fees and what it covers, please click here.
ACCOMMODATION & MEALS ARE INCLUDED
Volunteers on this program will be accommodated with a local host family, and will gain the opportunity to become immersed in the local culture and custom, improving their knowledge of the people, culture and language. Ghanaian families are renowned for their kindness and hospitality and they love to learn about different cultures. Living with a local family truly is the best way to throw oneself into the local culture and to meet people who will often become lifelong friends!
All families have been fully vetted by our team and have extensive experience hosting international volunteers. Bedrooms are private but generally shared with volunteers of the same gender. Volunteers will be provided access to a shared bathroom. Generally, your host brother, sister or mother assist you with your laundry but it is not an obligation, learn to wash your clothing’s with your hands in several buckets, enjoy the sun drying your clothes and odor the African fragrance in your clothes.
Host families will provide volunteers with breakfast, lunch and dinner during the working week.
Breakfast is usually ready by around 7am; however you can eat later if you prefer to get up late. Lunch is usually packed by your host family in a lunch box so that you can eat at your project if you wish. Dinner is usually served around 6pm.
If you have special eating needs, you can indicate that while applying. Even though special eating needs are not something we can guarantee, we will do our best to meet your needs.
It is important to remember that the living conditions in Ghana are different from home. Most families have running water, but hot water is still uncommon in some areas. Although the accommodation is basic, this is part of the challenge and experience of volunteering in a developing country. With a little patience, and a flexible attitude, you will quickly get used to your new surroundings.
Working days and hours
You will work 5 days a week, leaving you two free days (Saturday & Sunday) to explore the area. You’ll work around 8 – 11 hours per day.
During weekends Volunteers/Interns have the opportunity to visit all that Ghana has to offer. Weekend trips available include visits to Mole National Park in the Northern Region of Ghana. This National Park offers a great Safari-like experience and is one of the biggest Elephant Sanctuaries in Africa with the chance to spot Lions, Leopards & Antelopes in their natural habitat. Volunteers can also take a trip to Cape Coast in the Central Region of Ghana to relax in the beautiful beaches and see the famous Cape Coast castle, the Kakum Canopy walkway and Elmina castle, where slave trade begun.