Journalism and Media Internship in Ghana

From $1,559, 4 weeks, Ghana Trip code: GHIJ

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Overview

Our Journalism and Media internship placement is designed and tailored for students and graduates who are seeking or already have experience in the media and journalism industry. Both aspiring media students and professionals are warmly welcomed and the placements will be tailored to suit your level of expertise and experience.


During the placement, you will have the chance to work in a number of newspapers, radio stations, and TV networks, or you can focus on just one of these areas for the duration of your placement. Positions range from researchers at a local paper to being a half-time analyst for football matches on TV. Our extensive links will allow you to experiment in a number of different spheres according to the areas of media and journalism you would like to focus on.

 

  • Gain work experience in the Journalism and Media field
  • Live and work in one of the friendliest countries in the world
  • Tailor your internship to get the best possible experience for your future career
  • Work alongside Ghana's best journalists, videographers and TV personalities

Placement Requirements

Experience/ Qualifications required: Undergraduate or Graduate in Journalism with a keen interest in TV, Radio and Newspaper Journalism.
Nationalities: This programme is open to all nationalities (subject to visa requirements.)
Typical Hours: Monday-Friday; 6-8 hours per day; Occasional work at weekends but usually free for personal time and travel.
Remuneration: Unpaid position

 


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What will I be doing?

  • Your internship placement

  • About Accra

  • Application Process

  • It's not all work!

Your internship placement:

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This is a fantastic opportunity for students, graduates and post graduates to gain work experience in the field of Journalism and Media. Whether you are looking for  Editing, copywriting, reporting, interviewing researching are all possible roles that you might adopt. You will also be working alongside some of Ghana's leading journalists and reporters who are there to offer you guidance throughout your placement.


We also encourage you to get involved with schools and sports academies to teach classes in media, creative writing and the rudiments of journalism. You may also have the chance to oversee the production of a newspaper created by the children. This will be an excellent chance for you to give something back to the community and to mix with Ghana's ambitious youngsters.

 

University Electives and Dissertations

If you are a student studying journalism, or any other media-based course, and able to use part of your studies to gain hands-on experience, we can make an elective programme ideal for you. We have had a number of students working in Ghana towards their degree, either filling course electives or researching and working towards their dissertation. If you are already qualified, it is a perfect opportunity to gain the sought-after experience all professional employers look for.

 

Placements for experienced Journalists
Alternatively, you may want to use your placement as an opportunity to collect information for your own journalistic projects. If you are an aspiring or professional photojournalist or travel writer, our extensive connections and in-country staff will provide a wealth of material for your work.

 

About Accra:

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  • Location: Accra and the surrounding area (view on map)

Whilst you will be working during the week, weekends are free to explore Ghana in more depth. If you are on a long-term placement, for three months or more, travelling trips can be arranged during your stay to give you a break from your placement.

Ghana has a vibrant and diverse culture with an exciting social scene to explore. Whilst we are aware that the placement is the foremost motivation for travelling to Ghana, we have also made provision for participants to relax and explore the fun and excitement Ghana has got to offer when it comes to enjoying their free time. In-country staff will organize regular social activities/events – these usually include weekends away to bring interns and volunteers together giving them an opportunity to get to know each other, share ideas, participate in sporting activities and enjoy night outs to bars/pubs in Accra. Volunteers can also join in the weekly social events such as the ever popular beach party in Accra or salsa dancing sessions, now including the new addition of learning the AZONTO dance - a communication dance craze that is currently sweeping the nation!

Here are some of the places activities Interns typically do during their time in Ghana

Accra
The capital city Accra is one of West Africa's most desirable destinations. The friendliness of the citizens is unparalleled making this city a perfect introduction to Africa. There are two main market places, each with a different speciality. The Kaneshie market on the west of the city sells mainly foods and spices and is a fantastic place to sample the local cuisine. On the other hand the central Makola Market is the place to head for souvenirs particularly beads, carvings or batik.

 

Also worth seeing is the Arts Centre, which is the home of the best craft market in the country and is also packed with street performers and other entertainers. Accra is also famous for its nightlife, it hosts numerous bars and drinking spots but its real highlight is the dance clubs which fuse western dance music with traditional African dancing and music. Accra also has several good beaches within easy reach; the most convenient is Coco beach, which is only a few miles from the city.

Kumasi: Ashanti and Central Region
The other key destination in Ghana is Kumasi. This city was once the capital of the Ashanti kingdom and is a definite cultural centre. The main draw is the National Cultural Centre which is an enormous complex chronicling every aspect of Ashanti civilisation. As well as the exhibits there is a library and an exhibition hall, which offer visitors the opportunity to take workshops in traditional Ashanti dance or drumming. In the Ashanti region there is Lake Bosomtwe, many centres for traditional cloths and weaving, the Manhyia Palace and many other historical and cultural areas of interest

Northern, Upper and Eastern Regions
Mole National Park is the largest of Ghana’s National Parks and situated in the heart of the Guinea savannah woodland ecosystem, it is home to 100 mammalian species, reptiles and amphibians and an estimated 300 birds species. The mammals include elephants, roam antelopes, hartebeests, waterbucks, buffalo and some warthogs. Uncounted lions, leopards, hyenas and various primates can also be seen in Mole. A total of 600km of game protection and viewing roads have been developed within the park.

A basic 33-bed, no frills hotel facility, which overlooks an elephant bath, offers overnight accommodation and restaurant facilities. Additionally, composite facilities are available for visitors. A landing strip for small aircraft provides the option of air access to Mole. The main town/city in the North is Tamale, and from here you can visit the oldest Mosque in West Africa and the Paga Crocodile pond, where Crocodiles are free to roam free within the local village.

Lake Volta: Western Region
Lake Volta is the largest reservoir in the world (being larger than Lake Nasser), lying in Ghana and covering almost 8,502 km² (3,275 square miles). Its northernmost point is at the town of Yapei, and southernmost at the Akosombo Dam, 520 kilometres downstream.

The lake was formed in 1965 when the Akosombo Dam was built. The dam produces electricity for much of the nation. It is also important for transportation, plied by both ferries and by cargo boats. In this region, there are many things to see such as Mount Afadjato – the highest mountain in West Africa, the tallest Waterfalls in West Africa, and the beautiful scenery around the lake, which you can explore by foot or even better, by local boat from Akosombo.

Gold Coast: Southern Region
The long stretch of coast west from Accra is known as the Gold Coast, made famous by its historical importance, having once been the dominant region in Africa for the exportation of Slaves. Dotted along the coastline are many forts to bear witness to this past, and many charming fishing villages, which are well worth a visit. Cape Coast is the major tourist destination to visit, with its impressive castle, which once housed thousands of slaves at any one time, where many died before even making it onto the boats.
From Cape Coast, it is also possible to take a day trip to Kakum National Park, made famous by its 30m Canopy walkway, high above the rainforest, allowing you a bird’s eye view over this beautiful reserve, if not rather a scary experience, suspended so high up on a rope bridge!!!

Application Process:

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Step 1: Application
To apply for this internship we ask you to either call us or apply online using the link below. When you apply we will request information on your emergency contact details, passport number and your health background and other important information. At this stage a deposit payment of £199 is requested, this deposit is non-refundable, unless your application is declined by our team in Ghana.

Once your application has been recieved we will request the following details from you.

• A current CV /resume detailing your work and study history
• A cover letter outlining your key objectives you plan to achieve during your Internship

Please note: If your internship is part of your university course, and requires accreditation we also request a letter from your tutor supporting your application for an internship.

Step 2: Acceptance of your placement
Once our team in Ghana have reviewed your application, and accepted you onto the programme for your preferred dates we will contact you to confirm your application has been successful. We recommend you purchase insurance as soon as you secure your placement.

Step 3: Online account details
Once your placement has been secured, we will set up and send you details of your online account login which will take you to your personal Real Gap secure website. Here you can view details of your internship, along with info specific to your time in Ghana. This includes; what to expect during your time in Ghana, what to take with you, country and visa information and details such as insurance and where to get necessary vaccinations. Once you have your login details you can go ahead and book flights, to do this please contact your travel advisor who will give you a quote.

In the run up to your placement, our expert team will be here to answer any questions you may have and to fully prepare you for your time in Ghana.

It's not all work!:

When you first arrive into Ghana on a Saturday, our team will be there to welcome you at the airport, just watch out for a Real Gap sign when you first arrive. Many international flights arrive into Ghana in the evening, this is no problem and our team are happy to meet you at anytime of the day or night.

From the airport you will drive across the capital city Accra to our accommodation at Teshie-Accra which is about half an hour drive from the airport. Here you will have a chance to settle in and meet other Interns and volunteers living in the house. The house is great fun, lively and very sociable; it is not uncommon for interns to arrive in the evening, only to be whisked off for a night out by others in the house, with a few sore heads the next day!

Orientation and induction
On your first day our staff will take you for a welcome orientation and tour of the city to help get your bearings.

We are based in the capital of Ghana- Accra, possibly the safest Capital city in Africa. The compound is at Teshie- east of Accra which is an area well known for its arts, bars and cafes, great beaches and bizarre coffin shops!

The orientation starts the day after you arrive and the next couple of days are spent visiting some of the tourist highlights in central Accra to settle in and acclimatize to the Ghanaian climate. These places include but not limited to the following;

• A visit to some of Ghana's most popular markets to try your hand at African drumming with the locals.
• Visit some of the bizarre coffin (yes, coffin) shops around Teshie, an eye opening experience!
• Stop in at some Ghanaian bars/pubs to meet and chat with the locals.
• Visit to Ghanaian beaches to relax, sunbathe, swim in the sea or the swimming pool

After the tour we hold a full induction talk which outlines details about your placements, a chance to meet the team, Ghana do's and don'ts, safety measures, locals, travel itinerary and much more. You will receive an induction pack and a folder to keep valuables in our safe during your stay.

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What's included?

  • Journalism & Media Internship Placement
  • Airport transfer on arrival
  • All accommodation and meals
  • Detailed orientation
  • Full support throughout your placement
  • Social activities

What's not included?

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance (we can help with this)
  • Transport to your workplace
  • Visas
  • Vaccinations

Additional Information

Minimum age

The minimum age for this programme is 18.

 

Accommodation

Throughout your placement in Ghana you will be accommodated in a shared house in Teshie, near the capital city of Accra. Centrally located, you are in easy reach of local shops, banks, bars and even the beach!

You’ll be sharing a room with other participants on the programme, normally there are between 4 and 8 people sharing a room. There are also shared bathroom facilities including toilets and showers.

The house is basic but comfortable and has some lovely communal areas where you can chill out during your free time and socialise with fellow participants.

Transport from your accommodation to your project each day is not included in the programme, so you will need to make your own way to and fro. During the first few days of your programme, a member of our in-country team will accompany you to show you how to use the local transport system and ensure that you are happy and comfortable doing so before you start making the journey on your own.

 

Meals

Three meals per day will be provided for you, the food will be basic but nutritious.

 

Transport from your accommodation to your project each day is not included in the programme, so you will need to make your own way to and fro. During the first few days of your programme, a member of our in-country team will accompany you to show you how to use the local transport system and ensure that you are happy and comfortable doing so before you start making the journey on your own.

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

You will be assigned a personal travel advisor who will co-ordinate your programme with you. Feel free to contact them at any time before you go, or when you are on your travels.

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our UK staff at any time should you need to.

 

DBS

This trip requires a Police Check to be carried out - please contact us for further information on how to do this. 

What will I see in Ghana?

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FAQs

1. ARE THESE INTERNSHIPS PAID?

Our internship opportunities in Ghana are unpaid due to immigration laws & local norms. Interns will receive academic credit if desired.

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2. WHY SHOULD I DO THIS PROGRAMME?

This program is an investment in your future and will give you a substantial advantage. International work experience will significantly aid you when searching for long term employment. You will have demonstrated the ability to think outside the box and handle another culture and language while working for a highly respected company. The above doesn’t even touch on your personal development and the fun you will have!

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3. WHEN IS THE DEADLINE TO APPLY?

We accept applications on a rolling admissions basis throughout the whole year. New interns start every month. Internships with our partner organisations open and fill on an ad-hoc basis. You should book early to secure a place.

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4. WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON'T GET THE INTERNSHIP I WANT?

All students who are accepted into our program are provided guaranteed placement. This means we promise to place you in an internship, in the industry of your choice, with a company you approve of, by the start of the program or you will receive a full refund. Therefore, you have nothing to lose.

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5. HOW MANY HOURS WILL I BE EXPECTED TO WORK?

Typically, participants work an average work week of no more than 40 hours. The organisation at which you are interning will set your work hours but the majority of internships will take place between 9 am and 5 pm, but this may vary from day to day.

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6. WILL I RECEIVE ACADEMIC CREDIT?

All participants will receive academic credit if desired

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7. WHEN SHOULD I APPLY?

You should apply at least four weeks before you wish to begin your internship in Ghana.

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8. DO I NEED TO TAKE A SLEEPING BAG?

No, you won’t need to take a sleeping bag with you, however it might be a good idea to just take a sleeping bag liner or a thin sheet for night as it can be very hot.

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9. DO I NEED TO TAKE A MOSQUITO NET?

All of the house windows and doors are netted and the rooms are frequently sprayed for mosquitoes. Even when you travel around, mosquito nets will always be provided if necessary, so there is no need to bring a mosquito net.

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10. WILL THERE BE A SAFE/SAFETY DEPOSIT BOX AVAILABLE?

There is a locked filing cabinet (in the lockable on site office) where you can keep your valuables, you will also have frequent access to your items when needed.

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