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In 2021, the ACICIS Journalism Professional Practicum (JPP) will be offered virtually, with the support of the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan.

This program is suitable for students of journalism, media and communication studies, cadet journalists, and early career professionals.

The JPP is a six-week program that consists of intensive Indonesian language study at Atma Jaya University, industry-led English language seminars, and a supervised practicum placement with a local or international media or communications organisation operating within Indonesia. The program runs from early January to mid-February each year.

The JPP provides an opportunity for students of journalism, media and communication, to gain valuable experience working in the field of media in Indonesia.  Host organisations cover a wide range of media sector interests and include international news wire services, national news bureaus, national dailies, and major domestic broadcasters and radio stations.

As an assessed program, the JPP is designed to meet requirements for work-integrated learning modules and other practicum-based course components.

The JPP is designed for students who have no existing Indonesian language skills. Candidates with existing language skills are also welcome. All industry placements provide an English-language working environment.

The JPP is a once in a lifetime experience that should not be missed by those serious about improving their future employment prospects as a journalist. ACICIS Past Participant


The aims of the JPP are to:

  1. Provide students with a practical learning experience with a Host Organisation in an Indonesian journalism, media, or communications workplace environment;
  2. To develop students’ knowledge of international and Indonesian journalism, media, and communications practices, and the application of these practices within Indonesia’s media and communications industry; and
  3. To enhance bilateral understanding through the creation of new partnerships between Australian and Indonesian counterparts, and to serve as a medium for the exchange of ideas in the field of journalism, media and communications.


The structure of the six-week program is as follows:

  • 40 hours of intensive Indonesian language classes at Atma Jaya Catholic University, designed to give participants basic Indonesian language capacity:
  • 30 hours of seminars, tutorials and virtual fieldtrips led by experts and practitioners from Indonesian and international journalism and media organisations operating within Indonesia; and
  • A 160 hour supervised practicum placement designed to give participants an English-speaking professional experience within an Indonesian or international media or communications organisation operating within Indonesia.


An Academic Program Officer (APO) is assigned for the duration of the JPP to oversee all aspects of the program, including the supervision of its academic content. The APO also acts as the primary source of guidance and advice for students. The APO is available for student consultations on a regular schedule or by appointment. Since the inception of the JPP in 2002, the position of Academic Program Officer has been held by a number of distinguished industry specialists. Angela Romano (UQ) pioneered the original program, followed by Louise Williams (SMH), Prof. Phillip Kitley (UoW), Sunanda Creagh (ThomsonReuters), Stephen Fitzpatrick (The Australian), Rebecca Henschke (Asia Calling), Helen Brown (ABC), Dr Nasya Bahfen (La Trobe University) and Jewel Topsfield (Fairfax Media). To see who the current Academic Program Officer is, see their profile on the ACICIS Staff Members page.

Participating students are also allocated a workplace mentor at their practicum host organisation who will supervise a student’s work within the organisation for the duration of the student’s practicum placement. Participants must endeavour to regularly meet with their workplace mentor (as a guide, approximately three times a week) throughout the placement. Over the course of the program, the APO should be invited to attend at least two meetings between the student and their host organisation mentor.

All ACICIS programs operate under the direction of the ACICIS Resident Director, Dr Adrian Budiman, assisted by administrative staff in both Australia and Indonesia, assisted by administrative staff in both Australia and Indonesia. ACICIS’ administrative staff will check in with participants throughout the program and are available during business hours to assist with any concerns.

Virtual Internship Notes

  • Applicants should be aware that they are applying for the program, not a specific placement. Participants must therefore accept that they may not be placed in their desired choice. In addition, all ACICIS placements with journalism organisations depend entirely on the good will and preparedness of such organisations to host participants. Such organisations retain the right to withdraw from the program or vary the number of participants they host at any stage. Therefore, while acting in good faith in preparing students for placements, ACICIS cannot guarantee any specific internship site and participants must accept this need for flexibility as a condition of participation in the Journalism Professional Practicum.
  • Program participants are required to have access to a personal laptop or computer, and a reliable internet connection throughout the duration of the program.
  • Participants are encouraged to have a work-space set up with their homes, so that they are able to attend all components of the program without distraction. A comfortable space with suitable lighting is recommended.
  • Participants will be conducting meetings via Zoom and other online learning platforms and are required to dress and groom themselves as they ordinarily would for university or an in-person professional placement. More information on expected dress codes will be provided in pre-program correspondence.
  • Orientation is compulsory for all JPP participants. If you cannot attend orientation then you will, unfortunately, not be able to participate in the program.

What you need to know

  • Duration: 6 weeks
  • Dates: 4 Jan – 12 Feb 2021
  • Application Deadline: 1 October 2020
  • Program Fee: AUD $3,000
Financial Help: AUD $3,000 NCP grants*
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