Student opportunities

There’s nothing like hands-on work experience, and hearing from participants in the journalistic field, to hone your skills and refine your approach.

Work experience, job opportunities and information about awards and events are posted here regularly for the information of Curtin Journalism students:

Internship: The Football Sack

Please see details below from Christian Layland, chief of staff of The Football Sack:

Internship applications are now open for one of the Hyundai A-League’s premier football websites, The Football Sack.

The Football Sack’s internship program is seven years old and has already seen 52 interns move from The Football Sack into paid work in the media, public relations and marketing industry. Some organisations who have taken on our interns include:

• A-League clubs
• NRL clubs
• Fairfax Media
• Fox Sports
• Football Federation Australia

With a track record of getting the best out of up-and-coming journalists, The Football Sack’s Internship Program provides a professional set-up which can be critical in making the step into paid work. This opportunity will also give each intern the chance to make key contacts in the working media.

The Football Sack prides itself on preparing journalists for the working world and, unlike many internship opportunities, this program places you as a working journalist on match days allowing you to get valuable experience in the field which all employers demand.

As well as access to the media scene, selection as a TFS intern means joining an established network of young industry professionals who can share experiences, guide you through tough times and keep you in the loop for job opportunities.

This season The Football Sack is looking for one intern from Western Australia for the length of the Hyundai A-League 2017/18 season (6 October 2017 to 6 May 2018).

The intern will be the designated reporter for Perth Glory A-League and W-League home games during the 2017/18 season. Expectations will be two to four articles per week.

Interns must have their own laptop or regular access to a laptop for game day and a reasonable knowledge/understanding of association football.

All interested applicants please forward a resume to with one to three examples of work by 5pm Friday 8 September 2017.


Newsspeak is the Curtin Journalist Club, for students from any discipline in the university.

NewsspeakNewsspeakers meet every Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm to discuss the news of the week, socialise and support fellow students and listen to master classes from leading industry experts.

Though Newsspeak was only formed in semester one of 2014, there has been a high turnout to listen to the guest speakers.

Highlights to date have been learning about how to impress a panel during interviews from Andrew O’Connor, listening to what is involved when applying for and becoming an ABC cadet with Steph Dalzell, and the ins and outs of freelance reporting with Curtin Journalism lecturer Bonita Mason, Tiffany Venning of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, and freelance journalist Michelle Wheeler.

Find out about all the great presenters and events we have coming up by following us on Facebook at ‘Newsspeak Curtin‘.


Women in Media is a not-for-profit networking group for journalists and communications/public relations/media specialists in Western Australia.

WIM logoEach year three networking events are held with an average of 100 women attending. Men also attend and are always welcome.

While the theme/topic, format and location changes from event to event, what doesn’t change is the opportunity to be inspired, entertained and informed by our guest speakers. Attending WiM events is also a great way to meet people in the industry, while enjoying drinks and food.

Increasing numbers of students take advantage of the special student price to attend WiM events, meet experienced industry practitioners, ask questions about getting into the industry and what it’s like once there and, sometimes, find work.

Curtin journalism lecturer Bonita Mason is on the WiM organising committee. She suggests you visit the Women in Media website and register on the mailing list to receive notification of future events.

See you there.