Features Internship (Salzburg)

Features Internship (Salzburg)

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


Q2 (April to July), Q3 (July to September), or Q4 (September to December). Please state in your application which are your preferred periods. 
Exact dates to be confirmed. We regret that we cannot accommodate requests for internships outside of these fixed periods.


The Features Intern’s primary task is to uncover and tell compelling stories about the impact of Salzburg Global Seminar’s programs through moving and informative features to be published on, in our print publications and with 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 Features 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 non-profit. 

Responsibilities will include:

  • 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;
  • Writing both short, quick-turn-around and long, in-depth interviews and features for, daily program newsletters, program reports, and external media partners’ publications;
  • Pitching feature articles to external media partners; and
  • Drafting press releases.


  • 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 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 Docs Suite, Adobe Creative Suite (particularly InDesign and Photoshop), and web CMS is also highly desirable;
  • A can-do attitude, ability to multi-task and a willingness to work flexible hours, according to program needs;
  • Comfortable working with people from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds; and
  • Enthusiasm for the mission of Salzburg Global Seminar.

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. 


To apply, please send the following to Louise Hallman, Strategic Communications Manager, Salzburg Global Seminar

  • 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;
  • Your CV;
  • Three examples of your features writing (as links or attachments);
  • A brief explanation of how you heard about this internship opportunity (e.g. signed up for the recruitment email, saw an advertisement on social media, received a personal recommendation from a Fellow, former intern, etc. Please include names where appropriate.); and
  • The names and contact details of two references.

The deadline for applications is October 19, 2018.

Your features 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/produced 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. All candidates, successful or otherwise, will be informed of the outcome of their application. 

No phone calls please.


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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