Urbanafrica.Net is hiring editorial interns. We are looking for creative, committed applicants who are passionate about African cities.

Our interns play a valuable role as part of the Urbanafrica.Net team. They 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.

Who should apply?

The ideal candidate should be an honours or postgraduate student 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. Photographic and video skills are a bonus.

What does the job involve?

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.


This position is unpaid and runs from April 13 to July 15, 2015. Based on performance there is the opportunity to extend the initial three-month contract by a further three months. The job requires a commitment of 10 to 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 this position 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: ntombini.marrengane@uct.ac.za

The deadline for applications is April 30, 2015.