Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Editorial Internship Programme at Sematsatsa Library 2016

Sematsatsa Library welcomes applications for our Editorial Internship Programme from Sept 2016 - October 2017.


The SL Journal - Women’s Stories and Voices in the Visual Arts is a project of Sematsatsa Library, a social entrepreneurial initiative that operates in two different cities, Cape Town and as of September 2016, in Bloemfontein. We primarily work within the Arts and Culture on a variety of project - based as well as site - specific , artist - run events. On 18 August 2016, 

we launched a crowdfunding campaign to create, design, and produce a publication that supports the visual arts sector in documenting the work of women of colour within the visual arts. We also think that it is important to create a space where we all can sit at the same table and learn from each other.

With the core idea, already outlined, we are currently offering writing opportunities to 5 young women of colour to take part in our internship/ mentorship programme as aspiring writers, editors, critics, and social commentators. We are seeking current university students or recent graduates of journalism or writing programmes who hope to make a career in art journalism, art writing as well as online publishing.

Are you looking for experience in writing? Do you like the Visual Arts? Are you a keen reader of all things about artistic projects? Are you passionate about stories writtten by women of colour? Do you want to improve the skills you've learned in University in a real-world, start -up environment and gain experience in understanding the Visual Arts and/or the creative arts? Or maybe you are not sure what you want, but need an outlet to write about things you find interesting to look at or have piqued your interest?

Applicants should have excellent English-language writing and communication skills. English fluency is required; Any other African language is stronly encouraged. Professional media experience is not required, but applicants with a strong inclination to being a co - collaborator in the SL Journal project will be given a priority.

We offer two types of editorial internships:
  • Long-term internships: Internships are based in Bloemfontein, during which the intern can work on a project with us, 3 times a week for 1 year.
  • Short-term internships: The internship is based in Cape Town and works with us for two working days a week for 3months.
All internships are unpaid however you will be able to access the network we have built over the past couple of years and receive mentorship from various streams of organisations. Times and dates are flexible,depending on your other obligations. These can be arranged with the editor once you’ve been selected.

INTERESTED? Applicants must email intern@sematsatsalibrary.co.za (Subject: Internship Programme) and send the following documents :
  • A one-page resume indicating previous work experience/education
  • 3-5 samples of your creative writing (Poetry, Prose, articles etc) in English and/or any African language
  • A cover letter stating your reasons for applying for the internship, your expectations for the programme as well as your goals that you would like to reach after the internship. (Please do not hold back, we want to hear from you)
Deadline: 16 September 2016

Shortlisted candidates will be notified in 5 days after the deadline.
Check us out on the following platforms :
Website: www.sematsatsalibrary.co.za
FB: /SematsatsaSA
Twitter: @SematsatsaSA
IG: Sematsatsa Library or Sematsatsa Library Journal

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