Not sure if the Deutsche Welle internship is for you? Read what our former interns have to say!

Katrina Hughes, 6th September 2019

Former 2SER volunteers and current interns give us their insight on what it's like interning at Deutsche Welle in Bonn, Germany.

Nicole Ng and Tom Allinson give us their insight on what its like interning at Deutsche Welle, while Deutsche Welle journalists, Ineke Mules and Charli Shield, talk about how their experience in community radio helped build on a number of different skills during their internship back in 2017 and 2018.

What was your first impression of working in the Deutsche Welle newsroom?

Nicole – “Honestly, I was a little intimidated at first! It’s a fast-paced newsroom and you’re dealing with information in both English and German, which is a big change. Everyone was very friendly though and, despite being busy, took the time to explain how things worked and help me settle in. There are many seasoned journalists there with experience in radio and television as well as digital so it’s a great place to learn”

Tom – “Quiet intensity, which was actually an ideal environment for focusing on writing in a structured, coherent way while remaining conscious of getting the story up. Speed and accuracy/veracity were the rules.”

What journalistic/newsroom experience have you had up to this point?

Charli – “Before my internship, I had done a Bachelor degree in political science, a postgrad qualification in journalism, and had volunteered at a couple of community radio stations, done an internship at the Sydney Morning Herald and spent six months working at a small regional newspaper in NSW.”

Ineke – “Before starting at DW I had spent a little over two years as a volunteer producer and journalist at Radio Adelaide, including on Breakfast and on the national current affairs program, The Wire. I'd studied a double degree in Media and International Studies alongside a Diploma in German at the University of Adelaide and was wrapping up my honours thesis when I found out I'd been awarded the internship.”


What were you most looking forward to learning during the internship?

Nicole – “I was excited to be part of the newsroom and to get more experience writing and publishing quickly. I was also really looking forward to my time at the Chinese Department/Asia Desk, where I pitched, researched and wrote up longer pieces on the Asia region. Deutsche Welle also let me work with their social media team for a few weeks and it was very insightful.”


How has your experience in community radio helped you prepare for this experience?

Ineke – “I was able to put my radio experience to good use on a number of DW's English radio programmes and my background studying German also meant that I could also adapt scripts and articles into English — a very common practice at DW, given that many of the journalists here are native German-speakers.”

Charli – “Community radio helped me build basic skills in newsgathering, news writing, voicing and presenting, interviewing, connecting with local audiences and generally in building confidence as a journalist - community radio is such an important place for people at the start of their careers who want to learn these things in a safe and easy-going environment.”


What has been the best part about the internship?

Tom – “Meeting people with so many different interests working for the many different departments. DW produces content in a lot of different forms and in 30 languages. When I got over my awe, I started realising what kind of opportunities there are here.”

Ineke – “One of the best things about the internship was being given the opportunity to work with a number of other mediums, like web-videos, TV and writing articles for online.”


What do you love most about community radio?

Nicole – “I like that it offers an alternative, whether that be in the form of music or ideas. I also love being surrounded by passionate people - it’s what community radio runs on and it’s great!”

Tom – “It’s one of the only forms of media that has the right mix of local and national reach, is accessible for both listeners and producers and has pretty much the best claim to authenticity in a moment in journalism where trolls, commercial outlets and social media platforms can fracture the debate and understanding that creates community.”


What piece of advice would you give to someone interested in doing the internship?

Ineke – “For anyone looking to do this internship, I would recommend you go in with a good idea of what you want to accomplish, whether it's getting more radio experience or wanting to learn more about what goes into making a TV report. The DW internship is a great experience, but it's up to you to get the most out of it.”


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Almost 30 Australian community broadcasters have benefited from a paid internship opportunity to travel to Germany and join the team in the Deutsche Welle newsroom. Read Ineke's story.


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