Journalism internship in Cape Town: King’s College London Postgrad shares experience abroad

By Kate Rau

Giulia Monteleone completed her journalism internship in Cape Town, South Africa with Connect-123 and King’s College London last summer. We catch up with her and find out how her experience abroad impacted her study and career choices.

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Giulia Monteleone enjoyed visiting Cape Point with her King’s colleagues and the Connect-123 Cape Town coordinators.
Tell us about your journalism internship in Cape Town. What was the best part of your experience abroad?

I worked as a journalism intern at a community radio station in Cape Town. Each day I assisted in the production of the station’s flagship show. I gained experience in live broadcasting, content editing and programming. My journalism internship in Cape Town granted me an unequalled platform from where to observe and discover the fast-changing dynamics and phenomena underpinning  South African society. I was able to develop first-hand knowledge of community media and interacted with a multitude of organizations in the field operating in the areas of the Cape Flats.

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Giulia at her journalism internship, working at a local community radio station.

The best part of my experience was getting to work closely with great work colleagues. They enabled me to see South Africa through their eyes. Cape Town has so much to offer! I climbed Table Mountain, hiked up Lion’s Head, went paragliding, spent a day in Khayelitsha, spent time by the ocean, went on safari, and visited local markets and art galleries!

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Giulia and two King’s College London interns working at an event in Cape Town to raise awareness of the plight of refugees.
How did Connect-123 enhance your internship experience?

The time I spent living and working in Cape Town has proved to be the most powerful and intense experience abroad of my life up-to-date. The support provided by the Connect-123 staff is invaluable. Our program coordinators in Cape Town guided us through life in the city, making sure that each of us got the most out of our experience while staying safe and keeping an eye on budget!

What are you doing now?

I’m pursuing my Master’s in Conflict, Security & Development at King’s College London. After completing my studies, I hope to secure a career in public policy, working in developmental assistance.

What would you say to anyone considering an internship abroad?

My piece of advice is to spend as much time as possible with locals and embrace the lifestyle of your host country. Make the most out of your time abroad. Time will fly past you before you know it!

Connect-123 offers internship opportunities in Cape Town in a wide variety of industries. If you are interested in an internship in Cape Town, click here to get in touch!

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Kate Rau

Kate is no stranger to international internships and studying abroad. After submitting her Honours thesis in French socio-linguistics and literature in 2003, she completed a program abroad in Reunion, where she learnt a lot about litchis, island-style living and French. She returned home with two degrees – one in journalism and one in French – and decided on a career in media. Fast-forward some 15 years later and Kate has enjoyed a few career highlights: She’s edited a number of consumer and trade magazine titles, she’s worked with some of the most influential international brands looking to save the planet, and she’s managed a full-house digital marketing agency in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Today Kate works as Marketing Manager for Connect-123 in Cape Town, which means she gets to share great stories about the excellent work we do every day.

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