Communications Internship

Communications Internship

Salzburg Global Seminar seeks a recent journalism school graduate who is passionate about telling stories to capture our programs’ impact and to be part of a small but busy Communications Team.


The Communications Interns primary task is to tell compelling stories about the impact of Salzburg Global Seminar’s programs through written and multimedia content for the Salzburg Global Seminar website, print publications, social media platforms and external media partners.

The Communications Team works on every Salzburg Global program, so our interns gain exposure to a wide array of topics and experts, which will help expand their knowledge and networks. 

As part of a small and busy team, the Communications Intern will also assist in other internal and external communications, giving them experience beyond journalistic writing and across all the communications output typical of a nonprofit. 

Typical responsibilities include:

  • Writing both short, quick-turn-around and long, in-depth interviews and features for, daily program newsletters, program reports, and external media partners’ publications;
  • Researching Salzburg Global Fellows after they have participated in a Salzburg Global program and tracking their work;
  • Conducting in-person (during programs) and Skype (post-program) interviews with Fellows and donors;
  • Working with local freelancers to produce video content for Salzburg Global’s YouTube and channel and website;
  • Producing content for Salzburg Global’s social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube);
  • Pitching feature articles to external media partners; 
  • Drafting press releases; 
  • Maintaining the publications library and assisting with worldwide mailing distribution; and
  • Assisting the Fellowship office with network engagement and administration.


  • Enthusiasm for the mission of Salzburg Global Seminar;
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism or significant work experience outside of their degree studies, e.g. with a college newspaper; preference is given to candidates who have completed postgraduate studies in journalism coupled with undergraduate studies in a field relating to Salzburg Global Seminar’s programs;
  • Experience of working in the media, particularly in online and/or features writing;
  • Native or equivalent proficiency in written and spoken English; excellent written communication skills and attention to detail;
  • Knowledge of international affairs and/or other topics covered by Salzburg Global Seminar’s programs during the internship;
  • Excellent IT skills: Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) skills are required; experience with Google Drive, Adobe Creative Suite (particularly InDesign and Photoshop), and web CMS, and multimedia editing is also highly desirable;
  • A can-do attitude, ability to multi-task and a willingness to work flexible hours, according to program needs; and
  • Comfortable working with people from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds.

German language skills are not required.


The internship is full-time for three months. The position is unpaid, but the successful candidate will be provided with free on-site accommodation at Schloss Leopoldskron, all meals and a return ticket for their country of origin, as well as excellent networking opportunities with the international participants of our programs. 


Each internship lasts for three months with exact dates to be announced. Not all internships are available throughout the year. Due to program scheduling and accommodation reasons, we regret that we cannot accommodate requests for internships outside of these fixed periods. 

Internship start dates for the Communications Internship are available in January, April, July and October. You must state your preference in the online application form.


To apply, please complete this online form: 

The online form requires:

  • A one-page cover letter explaining why you want to work for Salzburg Global Seminar and why you would be a good fit for this specific internship;
  • A CV/résumé;
  • Three examples of your journalistic writing (as .doc, .docx or .pdf), one of which should be a long-form feature; and
  • The names and contact details of two references.

The deadline for applications is October 31, 2019. Only applications completed via the online form will be considered. 

Your articles can have been published or written for a school assignment. They should be your own work and not heavily edited by a superior or written in collaboration with another journalist/student. Please do not submit academic papers.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to complete a short assignment (a.k.a. edit test) and take part in a Skype interview. We will be reviewing all applications after the application period has closed on October 31. We will inform you of the status of your application by November 30. All candidates, successful or otherwise, will be informed of the outcome of their application. 

No phone calls please. 


For questions about internships in Salzburg, check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

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For a behind the scenes look at the Salzburg Global Internship Program, watch this video. You can also keep up to date with our interns on Instagram