Communications and Liaison Intern with the Association for the Progress of Communications - South Africa

Internship Opportunity

Location of the internship: Johannesburg, South Africa

Host Organization: Association for the Progress of Communications (APC)

APC is both a network and an organization. APC members are groups working in their own countries to advance APC's mission of "empowering and supporting organizations, social movements and individuals through the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to build communities and strategic initiatives and thus make a valuable contribution to equitable human development, social justice, participatory political processes and environmental sustainability". By 2017, APC had 58 active members in 74 countries, the majority of whom were in developing countries. Alternatives has been a member since 2002.

Required skills:

The candidate must have a technical or university degree in a field related to journalism, media, communication, ICT or any other relevant training. He or she must speak English and have good writing skills.

Mandate :

The intern will meet with local members, partners and beneficiaries, conduct interviews for APC on current issues and create content for APC websites and blogs, ideally in the form of a periodic column (frequency and formats to be agreed). Content will focus on ICT-related issues such as Internet access (with an emphasis on community networks and local access issues), Internet governance, freedom of expression, online security, ICT policies and violence against women. Highlighting the work of APC network members in these areas will be a priority. The trainee must also assist in the production of APC newsletters and other internal operational tasks, such as writing event reports.

Main activities :

  • Contribute to the implementation of the APC's communication strategy:
  • Produce articles, blog articles and podcasts on current APC campaigns and issues relevant to APC websites, focusing on the results of the Community Networks project.
  • Support the development of communication tools such as newsletters and publications, in particular the monthly newsletter of community networks (including source verification).
  • Assistance in improving the navigability of APC online spaces, mainly websites.
  • Liaise with members on knowledge sharing resulting from events and initiatives supported by the CPA.
  • Assist in the organization of webinars for members on issues related to APC's areas of work.
  • Assist in the execution of specific internal knowledge-sharing tasks and initiatives.
  • Conduct interviews with members, partners and beneficiaries to gather their views on ICTs and governance issues, access to information, freedom of expression, cyber security and cyber violence against women, as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.
  • Collect stories of "positive changes" from members who have received APC grants.
  • Coverage of specific events taking place in Africa identified as essential for APC's advocacy work, such as the African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG), the African Internet Governance Forum.
  • Engage APC members and partners through face-to-face and online meetings.
  • Participate in the review process of the APC communication strategy.
  • Assist in coordinating meetings and notes of the communications team.


Other Prerequisites:

All trainees must complete a training program in Montreal before their stay abroad. Alternatives will cover the travel and accommodation costs of trainees living outside the Montreal area.

Duration of stay abroad: 6 months

Pre-departure training: July 2019

Expected departure date: August 2019



To be eligible for the International Youth Internship Program (IYIP), the applicant must:

Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada;


Have a post-secondary diploma and have graduated from a university, college, post-secondary school of technology, post-secondary institute or CEGEP (collège d'enseignement général et professionnel au Québec);
Be between 19 and 30 years of age at the time of final selection (when contracts are signed)

Not having previously participated in the PSIJ program.

To apply, please fill in the form here

More information: psij@alternatives.ca