Australian Catholics magazine launches national internship program

3 March 2021
Image: Mimi Thian/Unsplash.


Australian Catholics has launched its media internship program for 2021, giving year 10 and 11 students across the country an exciting introduction to a career in the media.

The week-long program, from 10 to 15 May, offers secondary school students a valuable opportunity to engage with industry leaders, deepen their understanding of the media, build skills, and produce an edition of the largest circulation Catholic print publication in the country.

Successful applicants form the guest editorial team for the Spring edition of Australian Catholics and work with staff to plan, workshop and write articles for that edition.

The internship program will again be delivered predominantly online this year.

Industry leaders who have in recent times participated in the internship program to share their insights and expertise with students include Gold Walkley award-winning journalist, Adele Ferguson, and Associate Editor at The Australian, John Ferguson.

The internship program also connects participants with young journalists and editors who share insights about navigating the early stages of a career in the media and offers perspectives from visual media professionals who demonstrate to interns how to tell compelling stories using a range of technologies.

“The internship program gives students a valuable opportunity to learn, in a hands-on way, how a magazine is put together – from inception, the creative thinking and planning that begins the process – all the way through to printing and distribution” says editor of Australian Catholics, Michael McVeigh.

“It helps them understand all the elements that bring together a publication, as well as giving them specific focus as they produce their own articles for publication in print and online. Students are given the chance to collaborate, both via a daily ‘newsroom’ briefing on their individual stories, and by working directly with others on the development of content” Mr McVeigh said.

The Australian Catholics internship program, now in its tenth year, has given dozens of students the chance to spend a week learning from professionals in media and publishing while gaining hands-on experience writing and editing articles for the magazine.

Testimonials from prior participants, their teachers and parents attest to the value of the program to students – from both a career and personal development perspective.

“I felt like we all had a responsibility for the planning of the magazine. I originally thought you guys would tell us what to write about, but it was really nice to be given some ‘freedom’ with writing our own articles!,” said Ava, a 2020 participant from NSW.

“I found the input sessions (from journalists and media professionals) very helpful because it gave me more of an understanding about the jobs from their point of view, rather than from a Google search or someone who’s not in that career path,” said Will, a fellow participant from NSW.

“The techniques and tricks you gave us has really helped propel my writing forward. I really enjoyed the community atmosphere that I felt I could belong and relate to, and our Zoom meetings felt warm and welcoming. Thank you so much for this wonderful experience you gave me and the other participants. It’s a week I will not forget.”

Applications for this year’s program close at 5pm on Monday, 15 March 2021.

Students in Years 10 and 11, with interests in journalism, communications, media and publishing are encouraged to apply.

Apply for the Australian Catholics internship program here.

With thanks to Jesuit Communications Australia and Australian Catholics.


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