During your placement, you will be supporting a local news agency with a global outreach to the Moroccan international community. The online publication appeals to high level individuals with links to Morocco and has a mission to report Moroccan and MENA news in English without bias or a political agenda. The newspaper is read by 15,000 to 20,000 individuals daily with the objective to address the international community on political, economical and societal issues. Freedom of speech, democracy, transparency and integrity are at the core of what they do. The publication is the only one of its kind in Morocco and is keeping afloat through private individuals’ funding and interns’ time who believe in the value of being impartial and speaking the truth about issues affecting the region while experiencing first hand contemporary Morocco of today’s world. Interns are a great way for the agency to get the resources and hands-on they need. Especially as they lack resources in the area of editing, photojournalism, research, social media amongst others. The agency is looking to secure its leadership role as news agent in Morocco and enhance its visibility, so your help will be much needed.
Why choose this project?
Whether you are studying or recently graduated, anyone with an interest in either journalism, photography, video creation and editing, marketing, or social media would be a great fit for the need of the project. You may also have a background in political science or international business or even environmental issues. If that’s the case this internship will give you the opportunity to research topics and write about them. During this placement, you will gain if you don’t already have it, a knowledge of Morocco and the Arab/Amazigh culture. You may also be interested in editing or gaining experience in that area. Regardless of where your interest lay, it will be a very gratifying experience that will enrich you personally and your resume / c.v.
This project also gives you the opportunity to add on Arabic or French classes at an additional cost to improve your language skills. Please speak to your advisor if interested so this can be arranged in advance of your placement.
Role of the Intern
Depending on your interest, the internship offers a variety of placements. If you are interested in journalism, you will be investigating and reporting on events and news as they happen. If your interest lay in social media, you all have the opportunity to assist with social media pages and groups including Facebook, Linked, Twitter and Instagram including the development and maintenance of their social media strategy. The news agency could also use someone interested in video/picture editing. You may be asked to help deepen their digital media planning and online marketing as well as research the current digital trends.
No matter what you choose, you will gain first-hand experience working with an international news agency and get acquainted with the mechanism of operating a news agency appealing to the international community. You may also gain some editing experience depending on the needs of the agency at the time of your internship.
Students are required to have a good grasp of English. Some knowledge of French would be advantageous but it is not a requirement. You will need to be Students are required to have a good grasp of English. Some knowledge of French would be advantageous but it is not a requirement. You will need to be committed as you are required to work 10 am to 6 pm Mondays to Fridays.
A flexible attitude in what you will be writing about is also required for a successful placement. You will be guided by your supervisor and your own interests. Also, you will be required to bring your own laptop for this project to allow you to do the research and the writing needed.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
Gain real-life experience in a Northern Africa country
Learn about about News agency operating in the MENA region
Build your network and resume abroad
About the Location
You will be located in the colourful and lively town of Rabat. Rabat is the administrative capital of Morocco and blend an interesting mix of the modern world and the old French colonial influence with a traditional typical old Moroccan world, rich in architecture and Arabo-Muslim influences.
You will be based in the middle of the medina in a traditional Riad sharing a room with fellow interns and volunteers. The Riad has recently been renovated and therefore you will have the opportunity to enjoy some western style accommodation in Morocco.
If you desire to be immersed a little more in Moroccan culture and wish to stay with a local host family, please speak to your placement advisor as this could be an option as well.
What to do in your spare time
Rabat offers many hidden gems as you may get lost in the many maze-like streets of the Medina. During your spare time, you may want to try some amazing homemade street food. You definitely need to check out the Kasbah des Oudaias palace, Hassan Tower, the street of the Consul where you will find many local handmade artifacts, and just take then the beauty of the old architecture and the craftsmanship that has gone into it. Rabat is also a great location to plan weekend trips to the Sahara Desert, Casablanca, Fes, Marrakech and many other local spots.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 4 weeks minimum
- Cost: £1681/$2942 for 4 weeks
£270/$473 for each additional weeks
- Requirements: Fluent in English and Commitment
- Location: Rabat, Morocco
- Project activities: research, writing, editing, photography, etc.
- Working hours: 10 am – 6 pm
- Project availability: All year round
- Arrival day: Saturdays
What is included
- Accommodation: Shared bedroom in a volunteer house. Option for a host family if you speak to your placement advisor.
- Food: 2 meals per day
- Scheduled airport pick up and drop off from Rabat-Salé airport
- Training: Pre-departure information pack, learning reflection guide, on-site orientation, cultural tour and project induction provided
- Support: 24-hour support from on-site coordinator
- Assistance with planning your weekend excursions from local staff
What is not included
- Daily transfers to and from the project – walkable or taxi (~ 5 Moroccan dirhams each way)
- lunch during the week and weekend meals
- Police/Government Background Check; US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies) all other nationalities must provide local police check.
Easy 3-step application process
APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
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