Travel and Lifestyle Writing Internship, Southern India

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India: Chennai (Madras)


Southern India is the perfect destination for journalism students and aspiring travel writers to get their feet wet! Print journalism has existed in South India for over 200 years since the Madras Courier, a weekly newspaper, began publishing in 1785. Today, Chennai has eight major daily newspapers and an ever increasing array of weekly and monthly publications.

ELI works with several publications based in Chennai to create internships designed to give participants practical training while providing a unique, in-depth learning experience and insight into the fast paced world of English print media in Chennai.

Be ready to dive in! Interns pitch ideas, report on cultural and artistic events, and help with editing. By interning abroad, participants gain exposure to diverse journalism practices, learn about the international issues facing the industry and get some great writing samples.


1. All ELI Programs are set up on a completely individual basis according to the interests and skills of each participant and the current needs of local organizations, so applicants are assured a unique, customized experience

2. The programs in India have completely flexible start dates most months of the year

3. Interns will be introduced to Chennai and given a cell phone during orientation

4. Participants experience the rich cultural heritage of South India that is evident in the colorful festivals, elaborate temples, and daily rituals

5. On time off, interns will be able to visit multiple cultural and historical sites in Chennai such as Basilica of the National Shrine of St.Thomas, Kapaleeshwarar Temple, or watch a cricket game at M. A. Chidambaram Stadium


Throughout the year


Throughout the year


Participants must have a demonstrated interest in journalism such as university level coursework and past writing experience.

Intern Types

  • Communications
  • Creative Writing
  • Journalism


  • English

Cost in US$:

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Program Fees Include:

* Pre-departure Support: ELI's expert staff will be happy to assist you with planning your trip

* Airport Pickup: Participants are met when they arrive at the airport in Chennai and brought to the program accommodation

* In-Country Orientation: Each program starts with a 2-3 day orientation to help participants get their feet on the ground and able to navigate South India

* In-country Staff Support: ELI's India coordinator has years of experience working with Volunteers, Interns, and Study Abroad Students. He is very resourceful and on call 24/7 in case of emergency.

* Accommodations: Participants stay in housing associated with the project and are provided with three basic vegetarian meals a day.

Experience Required


This Program is open to

Worldwide Participants.

Participants Travel


Typically Participants Work


Application Process Involves

  • Online Application
  • Other
  • Phone/Video Interview
  • Resume
  • Written Application