Journalism Internship with Non-profit in Malawi


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


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.



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.


Fee Breakdown

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)


  • 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 academic internship eligible for university credit. Check with your university to confirm if this internship qualifies for credit or alternatively we can assist you with purchasing transfer credits.
  • An orientation program with your supervisor
  • Supervision and support during your internship
  • Regular check-ins during your internship with your supervisor
  • Troubleshooting if needed
  • A reference letter at the end of your internship


PROGRAM FOCUS: Radio Nonprofit
TASK FOCUS: Mentoring, Broadcasting, Storytelling, Reporting
LENGTH: 8-26 Weeks
COST: USD 475 (2022) / USD 525 (2024 )


“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.”

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  • 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


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


Fill in the application form (it will show in a new screen) which includes sharing your CV to us.



We’ll set up a call with you to go through your application.


If we feel it’s a good match, we’ll set up a call between you and the supervisor for this internship.


If everyone’s happy, we’ll provisionally confirm your placement! We’ll then send you the invoice for the deposit, getting started with the booking process and all the info you need.


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 below. We’ll be happy to assist!


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