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Journalism Internship on a newspaper in Australia



Gain worthwhile experience working in the fast-pace, professional environment of a privately-owned suburban newspaper in the Perth Metropolitan area in Western Australia. If you're seeking further experience in this area or you've just finished your journalism degree, this internship could be just the thing you're looking for.

The exposure you gain will give you an extraordinary insight into Australian journalism. This placement is an excellent addition to your CV and will give you good experience of Law Down Under!

If you do any placement in Perth, an Indigenous (Aborigine) Heritage tour in Kings Park, Perth's No. 1 tourist attraction, is included in your itinerary, free of charge!

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Start Dates Programmes start every Thursday, all year round – you choose your start and finish dates.
Duration From 4 weeks to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements
Requirements You should have some journalism experience or have a Degree.  Minimum age 18.
Price Full Price List
What's included Arranging your program,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance

Meeting you at the nearest airport
Transfer to your accommodation
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support.
Certificate of Completion
What's not included Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Food, Transport to and from your project, Return transfer to airport.
Who can do this Project? This project is open to all nationalities and all ages over 18.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in gaining overseas work experience or an internship for university credit or requirement.
Also suitable for anyone just wanting to study abroad and learn about Newspaper Journalism overseas.
Please see "Requirements" above.


  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Australia and you'll learn about the Aborigine culture that makes this country so fascinating!

  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.

  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market.

  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

Journalism Internship on a newspaper in Australia

You’ll work in areas such as investigating, planning, possibly photography and writing. You will be given deadlines and be expected to meet them, so you will need to be the type of person who can think on your feet in this fast-pace working environment. If this is you then you will truly relish this experience!

You’ll undertake a number of tasks and generally be asked to help out in a number of areas, thus giving your placement wide variety. The roles you'll be given will depend on your ability as a journalist.

The newspaper covers a broad range of subjects, from business, sport, news and local stories to many of the other features that can be found in most newspapers. It is unlikely that you will focus in just one specific area but a bit of everything.

Roles that you may be assigned include:

  • planning

  • preparing

  • investigating

  • writing,

  • plus anything else that may be required at the time that you’re there. For example, at times you may be expected to take your own photos (if you’re good enough with a camera) or plan your own arrangements to do a story, including arranging your own transport to get to the story.

The Newspaper is a privately owned and operated suburban newspaper in the Perth metropolitan area of Western Australia. The papers are free weeklies delivered to all homes and businesses in their respective areas. They have a higher penetration of household letter box deliveries than the opposition in the same area.

Perth Suburban Newspapers are independent of any national or multi-national media organisations; their editorial content is not influenced by any vested interests. The newspapers are owned and operated by West Australians who live and work in their circulation areas. They have their fingers on the pulse of local issues as they happen. They pride themselves on this independent approach rather than promoting a generic "look" based on style rather than content.

Because of this difference, they have very high, loyal readership within the distribution boundaries. This high loyal readership is delivered directly to advertisers in a credible environment.

You should have some experience and/or a degree in Journalism. You must be driven and able to work with/ and on anything that comes along. Because of the size of the newspaper this is a great opportunity for people who are serious about journalism, because you’ll learn a lot!! 

Journalism Internship on a newspaper in Australia

The Interactive version of the newspaper


Your accommodation is located in the CBD (Central Business District) of Perth, Western Australia. Therefore you are very central, close to the main train station and shopping district.

You'll live in a centrally located lodge that is friendly and relaxing, making it ideal for long term stays. You'll most likely your own room, but will share a bathroom with others on your floor. There is an excellent kitchen and storage area for cooking meals and plenty of space to relax.

Click here to visit the Lodges' website for more information.

Entertainment at the Lodge currently includes a pool table, cheap internet access, arcade machines and cable TV (Foxtel), to name a few, but with all the sunshine Perth has, you’ll be out and about enjoying the many outdoor activities! You are literally a stroll from the Swan River and free CBD transport. Trains and buses are also only a few minutes away to take you to Fremantle, King’s Park or to the many other things to do in the region!

The city center boasts great shopping, restaurants and pubs or you can head over to Northbridge for more pubs, nightclubs and multicultural cuisine. You'll get to work via bus, which stops outside your accommodation.


Food is not included in this project so you should budget for meals. We feel that a good guide would be a weekly budget of around AUD$70


Got any questions? Please email us: info@travelersworldwide.org

The community newspaper is based about 30 minutes from Perth Central Business District in an area called Fremantle. Fremantle is Western Australia's major commercial port and handles the majority of the State's imports and exports. It is a major tourist attraction for travellers from all parts of the world and attracts large numbers of residents and visitors on a daily basis. The city offers a unique blend of a lively multicultural yet relaxed lifestyle and is a 7 day city.

Within easy walking and cycling distance, visitors can experience contemporary circus, fine crafts, original music and theatre, exciting galleries, museums, bookshops and buskers. Along with maritime history and extensive architectural conservation, the Arts have become a central part of Fremantle life where visitors can discover the past and present.

Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular program (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind.    Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity! 

On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of our team who will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.


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While on your placements, you can also book some Optional Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience.

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Surfing Lessons

This project can also be combined with any of our other projects in Australia, or you could even do a second project in a different region of the country - or perhaps New Zealand - thus doubling your adventure and enjoyment!


If you're studying for a career in Journalism, a work experience placement such as this could be just the thing you're looking for. This type of work experience is a great way of enhancing your CV or résumé and making you stand out from the crowd in this increasingly competitive world. You'll most likely also have opportunity to expand your portfolio of published work.

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The best advice you'll get from us is to try to see some of the country while you're there. It's big (huge!) and each different region is exciting and very, very beautiful.

A little about Perth: Perth was built on the banks of the magnificent Swan River over 150 years ago and is now a city rich in culture and filled with theatres, art galleries and museums. The city is modern and vibrant - a fun, friendly and 'laid back' place, with clear skies and a sunny climate. Western Australia is locally known as the 'state of excitement!'

Some of its more famous attractions include Kings Park, Scarborough Beach, Fremantle and the Swan River. Fremantle (or as the local’s call it, ‘Freo’) is the city’s port and is rich in history. At weekends you will find markets, entertainment and plenty of alfresco style cafes to laze in.

Perth has restaurants to suit all tastes - the most popular cuisine is of course the great Australian BBQ. Barbeque facilities are abundant in local parks - take your own food and cook up a feast, Australian style! For meals in local restaurants, a trip to Perth's inner city center is well worth the effort - it bustles with activity and offers a range of choices of restaurants.

Courtesy of Western Australia Tourism - www.westernaustralia.com

  • Fremantle - Spend a few days in Fremantle is an absolute must. Just a 30 minute drive from Perth's city center. Freo, as it's known by locals is a vibrant port city you can't miss.

  • Rottnest Island - Just offshore from Perth, Rottnest Island is where the locals go to swim at white-sand beaches, snorkel in turquoise water over shipwrecks, or kick back and go fishing. Rotto, as it's called locally, is a car-free zone, which adds to its relaxed feel.

  • Margaret River - No trip to Western Australia is complete without a pit stop at Margaret River. Originally a chilled out surfie town, Margaret River has evolved into the ultimate smorgasbord of good food, fine wine and spectacular scenery - just a three-and-a-half hour drive south of Perth.

  • Albany - Prepare to be blown away by Albany's dramatic convict history, set against a backdrop of rugged granite coastline, green seas and a wild beauty that tugs at the heartstrings. Step back in time and explore convict jails, old taverns, whaling ships and settlers' cottages and grand National Trust homes in beautifully landscaped grounds.

  • Denmark - You'll fall in love with Denmark - where towering tall trees meet the ocean. The town has a relaxed village atmosphere, romantic timber milling history and incredible coastal scenery.

  • Ningaloo Reef - Take a dive with hundreds of tropical fish, amazing coral formations and the world's biggest fish, the whale shark, at unspoilt Ningaloo Reef.

  • Monkey Mia - Monkey Mia is one of Western Australia's most famous dolphin watching destinations.

  • Shark Bay - The Shark Bay World Heritage Area was Western Australia's first World Heritage Listed site and one of only 16 Australia wide that fit all four selection criteria. Shark Bay's wilderness and natural wonders make for a unique vacation.

  • The Pinnacles - The extraordinary ancient rock formations that make up the Pinnacles are located about a three-hour drive north of Perth near the coastal town of Cervantes.

  • Kalgoorlie - Get ready for a heady trip to Kalgoorlie, Western Australia's largest goldfields town famed for its fascinating gold rush history, fabulous old buildings and old gold miners' ghost towns.

  • Esperance - For squeaky-white beaches, getting off the beaten track and bunking down under the stars, head south to Esperance. This place is so relaxed even the kangaroos sun bake on the beach.

  • Bunbury - The cosmopolitan city of Bunbury, just two hours drive south of Perth, is located on a spectacular peninsular surrounded by blue waters of the Indian Ocean, Koombana Bay and the Leschenault Inlet.

To read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country, please click here.

Support & Backup: To read about the excellent Support & Backup we provide before you leave and during your program, please click here.

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