Intern with UrbanAfrica.Net: 4-month internship

Deadline: 17 July 2015 - 12:00pm

Urbanafrica.Net is hiring interns. We are looking for two editorial interns and one book reviews intern, who will assist with coordinating our book reviews section. We seek creative, committed applicants who are passionate about African cities.

Our interns play a valuable role as part of the Urbanafrica.Net team. The editorial interns will gain real-world experience in blog writing (from pitching ideas through to publishing the final articles), sourcing web content about urbanism in Africa, and using WordPress. There is space for those with multimedia skills to produce video and photographic content.

The internship offers a great opportunity for young urbanists to network with scholars and urbanists through attending events and seminars, and interviewing key thoughtleaders working in the urban Africa arena.

The book reviews intern will gain valuable experience in sourcing new publications focused on urbanism in African cities, communicating with publishers, and general workflow management.

Who should apply?

The ideal candidates should be honours or postgraduate students with a background in journalism, political science, urban geography, architecture, planning, media studies or urban studies. Importantly, applicants should have an interest in urbanism in Africa. We are looking for strong communicators, with an eye for detail, who are responsive to editorial feedback, meet deadlines and are well organised. For the editorial internships, photographic and video skills are a bonus.

What does the job involve?

Editorial interns will learn how to operate Urbanafrica.Net’s content management system (WordPress) and be involved in sourcing and uploading content, including policy documents, reports, journal articles, photos, and videos relevant to urban development in Africa. They will take an active role in managing aggregated content on the platform.

Writing is an important part of the job. Interns are expected to generate ideas for original blog articles and write and publish blog posts on a bi-weekly basis. These posts can include short videos and photography.

The book review intern will work closely with UrbanAfrica.Net’s project manager and be responsible for identifying and sourcing new publications relevant to urbanism in African cities. They will be responsible for coordinating the book reviewers and scheduling deadlines, along with communicating with publishing houses.


These positions are unpaid and run from July 27 to December 15, 2015. The jobs require a commitment of  15 hours per week.

Urbanafrica.Net is a project of the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town. Our editorial team is based in Cape Town but interns can work out of any African city provided they have internet access and are comfortable working remotely.

How to apply?

To apply for one of the intern positions please send a cover letter of no more than one page, which explains why you want to work at Urbanafrica.Net and why you’ll be a good fit for our team, along with a CV to project manager Ntombini Marrengane:

Those applying for the editorial internship should also send a short writing sample that showcases their writing skills.

The deadline for applications is July 17, 2015.




















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