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2024 Deutsche Welle/CBAA Internship Open for Applications

Joshua Cole, 15th November 2023

Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany’s international broadcaster, is excited to advertise this year’s paid DW/CBAA Mike Thompson/Clare Atkinson internships for multimedia journalists.

The successful applicant will work in our multimedia newsroom in Bonn, Germany. They will begin with a six-month paid internship, which may lead to a longer contract or freelance work at DW.

DW will pay one return airfare from Australia to Germany and will help with the paperwork and finding accommodation if needed. The monthly payment of 2010 Euros will allow a student lifestyle in Bonn, right in the center of Europe.

Interns will start in our English language online newsroom. If everything works out well for both sides, DW may organize further experiences at different DW departments.

The internship will begin in June 2024.

Interns’ tasks in the newsroom include:

  • identifying relevant world news developments for coverage on
  • speed writing of news articles for the internet based on news agency material and social media content
  • producing news content and headlines in accordance with Search Engine Optimization requirements
  • understanding of criteria for distribution of content via social media
  • production of videos for distribution across multiple social media platforms
  • posting content to relevant social media platforms and community management
  • copy editing English language news articles for publication
  • providing input for in-depth reporting and field reporter stories
  • production of multimedia content: audio and video production and editing, developing infographics


  • native level of English
  • good German language skills
  • university degree
  • commitment to community broadcasting
  • experience working in a newsroom with a high content turnover and time pressure
  • work experience in print/online newswriting
  • Solid understanding of digital media, particularly in the field of social media and video production
  • sound knowledge of international politics, especially European issues
  • solid understanding of international media and how to cover stories for a global audience
  • good technical foundation for learning to deal with browser-based journalism tools and content management systems
  • ability and willingness to work night shifts
  • creativity and initiative
  • ability to work in a team

DW offers the interns a multinational work environment in Bonn

  • exposure to international stories
  • on the job training on latest journalistic software
  • references from a highly respected international broadcaster
  • chance to get a longer contract or freelance work at DW

Please send applications, including CV, copies of university degrees, references and between 3-5 work samples to the CBAA.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview with DW and CBAA representatives in Australia. They will have to pass a German language test and an online journalism test.

If you have any questions about the internship or the application process, please call Esther Blank: 02 – 9665 9202

Deadline for application: March 1, 2024

Please address applications to:

[email protected]


DW Internships


PO Box 564, Alexandria NSW 1435

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Deutsche Welle, Germany's international broadcaster, is offering the Mike Thompson/Clare Atkinson internship for aspiring multimedia journalists. This paid internship is a unique opportunity for applicants to gain on-the-job training in DW's multimedia newsroom in Bonn, Germany, with the possibility of extension or freelance work.


Deutsche Welle is very happy to announce that their internship program for young community radio journalists is set to continue in 2021/22 after the COVID crisis.


In 2016, Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international broadcaster, is once again partnering with the CBAA to award paid internships to radio and online journalists.