We know how hard it is to get a start in our increasingly competitive media industry, so we’re here to help.
The Walkley Foundation offers practical industry experience in a professional environment – both in-house and at our rolling series of events and awards.
Internship opportunities are open to final-year student in a journalism, media and communications, public relations, digital media or photojournalism degree.
If you have a can-do attitude and want to boost your skills, come and join us – it could get you noticed by some of the biggest names in the industry!
Applications for 2014 internships are now open
Depending on the time of year, interns assist with the marketing, communications, social media and event operations for a range of projects in our key program areas.
How long is an internship?
A standard internship is three weeks, full time, in our Sydney office. However, there are opportunities for longer placements of one to two days a week over several months if you are based in Sydney.
University course accreditation and living away from home allowance
The Walkley Foundation gives preference to internship applications from our partnering universities (currently University of NSW, University of Queensland, Macquarie University, Curtin University, QUT and University of Newcastle) and students must receive accreditation for the course they are studying.
If we need to fill gaps in the internship program then we consider other universities but students must receive accreditation for the time they spend with The Walkley Foundation.
A living away from home allowance of $200 a week is paid to students interning from areas where the student will be required to either travel long distances by public transport or who need to pay for accommodation and food whilst away from home.
We are currently offering internships for the following events:
Press Freedom Australia Dinner Sydney – March to April
Join us on these dates and you’ll assist with the biggest annual media fundraising campaign in Australia – 30 Day of Press Freedom – which culminates in the Press Freedom Australia Dinner in Sydney on May 2. Duties will include working with the communications team on our month-long social media campaign to raise awareness of press freedom issues in Australia and the Asia-Pacific, including sourcing contributions from foreign correspondents and high-level journalists in Australia.
You’ll also assist with sourcing donations of items for the live and silent auction at the dinner, which raise funds for the Media Safety and Solidarity Fund to support the families of journalists killed in in the Asia-Pacific. You gain experience in strategic marketing, digital campaigning, networking and media liaison – all great skills for any young media professional.
Press Freedom Australia Dinner Sydney – April 3 to May 2
This is when the 30 Days of Press Freedom campaign really kicks off! Duties will include helping to make sure our campaign reaches as wide an audience as possible, as well as practical preparations for the dinner on May 2. You’ll provide essential administrative support before the event and stuff “freedom favour” bags as well as help to set up the dinner and pack it down.
The best part? You’ll get to attend and assist at the dinner, which attracts hundreds of the who’s who of the media industry each year.
Public Affairs Conference – March to August
Are you interested in entering a communications role in the government or corporate Australia? This is the event for you. Each year, our public affairs conference attracts the cream of the industry – from spin doctors to media consultants, advisors and experts in branding. You’ll assist with researching, developing and scheduling the conference program, as well as marketing, conference material production and speaker liaison at the conference in Sydney.
Get out that little black book of contacts, as you’ll be adding to it at this event.
Photography Internships – April to end of May
Budding snappers should leap at the opportunity to work on the Walkley Foundation’s extensive photography program, which includes the Nikon-Walkley Press Photography Exhibition and Storyology Slide Nights.
We’ll welcome you to the Sydney office to help curate the Sydney Storyology Slide Night, working alongside one of Australia’s leading photojournalists and assisting our events manager with the logistical aspects of the event. This popular event on the Walkleys calendar is also an official part of the Head On Festival held in Sydney in late May 2014.
You will also be asked to assist on the night of the Press Freedom Australia Dinner in Sydney on Friday, May 2 (see above for more details) and play an essential role in capturing the colour and spirit of the event. All interns have the opportunity to attend production meetings and produce short pieces for The Walkley Magazine – Australia’s industry magazine written by and for top journalists and mailed to more than 8000 media professionals!
Digital Media Internships
Students with a passion for digital media and a strong knowledge of social media will relish the opportunity to help expand the Walkley Foundation’s online presence and help us engage with a wide audience. Digital media interns will get practical experience in clever content promotion and event marketing.
From tweaking the website to scheduling tweets, videoing, recording, photographing and podcasting and writing copy – no two days will be the same. Applicants for this internship must be PC proficient and have good copywriting skills, as well as excellent attention to detail in a fast-paced environment.