Media and Communications Intern Opportunity at MSF SA

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6 Jun, 2017

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MSF South Africa is looking for a confident and media-savvy Media and Communications Intern with a passion for humanitarian work to assist the Media Liaison Officer and Press Officer in the Communications Unit with various media-related administrative tasks, including archiving media footage, researching and updating media contacts, recording media requests, media monitoring, compiling MSF media mentions, updating the MSF information boards with media content as well as assisting with information sharing within the office.

1. Media monitoring:

  • Conduct regular media monitoring of print, online and broadcast outlets through online content monitoring service (News clip), newspaper subscriptions and online media alerts (e.g. Google Alerts).
  • Compile and circulate regular media monitoring reports for internal circulation
  • Update the MSF SA website ‘MSF in the Media’ page with MSF media mentions
  • Maintain and update the media clippings archive
  • Manage MSF Press Twitter page (create Tweets, monitor and promote engagement with new and existing followers, compile monthly activity reports).

2. Reporting

  • Support the Media and Press Officers with compiling data for monthly media reports & coverage analysis (including MSF Press Twitter engagement & website Press page analytics)

3. Information sharing:

  • Compile and circulate weekly organization/operational updates.
  • Update the information board with media content.

4. Media support

  • Research and update media contact and lists on the online media database.
  • Provide support on specific media and communication related initiatives when required.


  • Minimum matric qualification, preferably university student or graduate.
  • Preferably studying media/communications-related subject, or with demonstrable interest in working in the media/communications field.
  • Knowledge of South African media landscape, including community media.
  • Interest in local/international current affairs and humanitarian work.
  • Knowledge of Word, Excel essential; knowledge of online media databases desirable.
  • Professional telephone manner; able to deal confidently with media on the phone.
  • Creative and flexible approach to work, and ability to work within a team.


  • To gain experience of working within a Communications Unit within an international humanitarian organisation.
  • To understand the roles of Media and Press Officers and through hands-on supervision, to get an introduction to the skills required of these roles.
  • To gain direct experience of working within South and southern African media, in particular those related to health and humanitarian issues.


  • Resources needed such as working space, internet, stationery and other resources will be made available
  • The intern will be contracted as an intern and will receive an hourly stipend.


    • Length of commitment: 6 months (July – December 2017), with possibility of extending for another 6 months.
    • Estimated total hours:  24 hours/week (three days/week)


The application deadline is 18 June 2017.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications without motivation letters will not be considered.

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