An opportunity is available for a young journalist from one of 19 designated African countries to undertake a six-month paid attachment with the Communications and Public Affairs Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat in London. The internship will be from February to July 2013.
Prospective applicant must be a citizen of one of the following countries: Nigeria, Botswana, Cameroon, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, and Namibia. The other eligible countries are Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.
The attachment is to provide an opportunity for the successful candidate to gain work experience and training in the production and dissemination of news articles for the Commonwealth Secretariat’s websites and publications, social media platforms, general publicity materials and its e-mail news bulletin, Commonwealth News.
Applicants should not be more than 35 years of age as at December 31, 2012; They must be fluent in English with between three and five years work experience with an English-language newspaper, news agency or national information agency. Recent graduates in journalism or a related discipline with less than three years experience but who show promise and ability as news or features writers, will also be considered.
Additionally, an eligible candidate should also have experience of using social media platforms professionally, including Facebook and Twitter; be computer literate, including experience using Microsoft Office suite; should have some experience in photography; have a knowledge of the Commonwealth and of development issues; and should preferably have lived in or visited a developing Commonwealth country.
While working at the Secretariat, the intern will have the opportunity to report on Commonwealth events for his/her news organisation, after fulfilling his or her daily duties as required by the internship.
To apply, interested applicants should send a résumé, covering letter, including full address, country of citizenship and contact details, as well as a copy of his/her passport page featuring his or her photo by e-mail to the Online Editor at email@example.com no later than Monday, 31 December 2012 (1700GMT).