Business Analytics Internship at Environmental NGO, South Africa

Using business analytics for successful fundraising and donor partnerships

Are you a strong writer with great analytical skills? And someone with a strong interest in trees, reforestation, and sustainability keen to help out a young, but fast growing ngo? We are excited to offer a Business Analytics Internship with a non-profit organization in Cape Town. Greenpop is a dynamic environmental organisation that runs tree planting and eco-education projects in Southern Africa, and activates large groups people to get involved in their green mission. Their funding comes in through a range of different channels and they can always do with extra help. During this internship you will support the fundraising manager to form long lasting donor relationships supporting Greenpop’s programs and projects through solid system and process implementation. Developing your skills while being part of a high-energy team reconnecting people to the planet.

Quick Facts

  • Destination Cape Town, South Africa
  • Type of Organisation Environmental NGO
  • Work Focus Market research, Analytics, Reporting, Systems, Fundraising
  • Length of Internship Minimum 8 weeks
  • Accommodation Choice of several types
  • Fee As from USD 1,390 for 8 weeks

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A Little Bit About Greenpop 

Greenpop is a Cape Town based environmental NGO that runs urban greening, reforestation, and eco-education projects in Southern and East Africa. And they do it with a difference; they make it fun, accessible, and valuable for everyone involved. While planting trees is an important and very beneficial activity, Greenpop believes that unless communities are actively involved in and incentivised by the process, no lasting environmental change is possible. To date, Greenpop has planted over 66,000 trees – and activated thousands of people in the process.

Greenpop also represents a way of life. The energy and passion cultivated through Greenpop spreads far and wide with each new treevolutionary that joins the team. While the team works hard and focus on tasks at hand, they also know how to have fun, and create a quirky working environment. Greenpop’s aim is to create an ethical and green standard that resonates with all involved and helps create a fun and enjoyable working environment.

The Greenpop teams loves having a team of interns contribute their different skill sets. It’s partly because of interns and volunteers that the organisation has managed to grow as quickly as it has, and the team is appreciative for everyone’s time and input. Greenpop generally has between five and ten interns in our office, adding a multinational and multicultural element to its team.

During a fundraising internship at Greenpop, you’ll be sure to get your hands dirty. Regardless of your area of focus, you’ll take part in occasional planting projects and days at our nursery and eco-education hub, so that you’ll get a full experience of what Greenpop all about.

A few things to know about interning with Greenpop:

  • You do not receive a salary or stipend for these work placements.
  • There’s a minimum length of two months.
  • Internships are full-time, mainly during office hours. Greenpop regularly organizes and/or attends events that will take place in the weekend or evenings. As a member of the Greenpop team you are expected to be willing to assist on these events as well.

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What You’ll Be Doing 

Greenpop is a self-funded organization. Their funding comes in through a range of different channels; corporate sponsorship, individual tree sponsorship, participants at our reforestation festivals, the facilitation of plant days as team building exercises, fundraising events, online fundraising campaigns, and grants. During this Business Analytics Internship you will be supporting the fundraising manager to form long lasting donor relationships ensuring an exciting journey for the donors supporting Greenpop Foundation’s programmes and projects through solid system and process implementation.

Your tasks and responsibilities

  • Analysis and Reporting: Studying system capabilities, prepare technical reports (by collecting, analysing, and summarising information and trends) and summarize data trends and systems interface issues for presentation.
  • Process Improvement Design: New system improvements by analysing requirements, construct workflow charts and diagrams, recommend controls by identifying problems and write improved procedures
  • Database integrity and management: create system for input data as well as maintain and update data set
  • System initiation and implementation: write specifications for systems and programmes, define project requirements by identifying project milestones, phases, and elements and monitor project progress by tracking activity, resolving problems, publishing progress reports and recommending actions. You will also analyse the interfaces between various software systems
  • Communications: contribute to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed

Secondary tasks (things that all Greenpop interns occasionally get involved in):

  • Providing office support, such as running errands, answering the phone, opening the door and preparing for events
  • Assisting on tree planting projects at beneficiary locations (mainly schools in underprivileged areas of Cape Town)
  • Assisting at our nursery; a space in Cape Town where we grow trees, showcase urban greening, and occasionally host eco-education workshops

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Where You’ll Stay 

Your accommodation is included in the internship fee, and we’ll arrange it all for you! We’re excited to offer a variety of options, ranging from dorm rooms to twin and single rooms. The options available depend on your internship period, but we’ll always make sure you’re in a comfortable, central, and safe place. Please get in touch to find out what options are available during your preferred period.

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For this Business Analytics Internship, Greenpop is looking for people with the following  attributes and skills.

  • Leadership ability
  • Good communication skills (all levels)
  • Problem solver
  • Goal and target orientated
  • Strong presentation and networking skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • A creative mind and flexible attitude
  • Some knowledge of the social enterprise space
  • Strong interest in trees, reforestation, and sustainability
  • Preferably with experience in some of the tasks and responsibilities
  • Preferably with (near) completion of Undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering, Business Science, or similar discipline.

Technical skills

  • Strong systems skills (i.e. ERP, CRM, FMS)
  • Excellent Excel or Google sheet skills
  • Strong analytics and database management skills
  • Well-developed writing (particularly proposal writing)
  • Proficient in English
  • Ideally bring your own laptop

How to apply?
If you’re keen for this work placement and feel that you could make an impact with Greenpop, we’d love to hear from you! Here’s what to do:

  1. Fill in the  (it will show in a slider pop-up!) and send us your CV.
  2. If we might have a placement available for you, we’ll chat to you on the phone or Skype to go through your application and make sure it’s a good match.
  3. We’ll set up a call between you and the person who would be your supervisor during the work placement.
  4. If everyone’s happy, we’ll provisionally confirm your placement! We’ll then send you the invoice for the deposit, get started with a detailed booking form, and we’ll give you all the information you need to prepare for your upcoming adventure.
  5. Only once we receive payment of the deposit your placement will be confirmed.

Or if you’d just like to ask us some questions about this internship first, just shoot us an email, or fill in the enquiry form. We’ll be happy to assist!

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When can you start making an impact?
You can start your Business Analytics Internship with Greenpop every first and third Tuesday of the month. Please keep in mind Greenpop is closed for two weeks of summer holiday at the end of the year.


At Roots, we do everything we can to make your internship experience smooth and hassle-free. We offer an all-inclusive service, which means we will help you find the right internship (we believe we are great matchmakers!), help you with visa arrangements, book accommodation for you in Cape Town, give you all the pre-departure information you need before arriving, pick you up from the airport and check in with you while on your work placement to ensure you feel supported.

Your exact fee depends on the accommodation you choose, but start at the following level:

  • 8 weeks – USD 1,502 (2018)
  • 12 weeks – USD 1,978 (2018)
  • 16 weeks – USD 2,454 (2018)

What is included in the fee?

  • Full accommodation rental fees
  • Transfer from Cape Town International airport to your accommodation and back on arrival and departure day
  • Assistance with finding the perfect work placement
  • Assistance with your visa arrangement & other preparations
  • On the ground support during your stay
  • A discount on weekend activities, exclusive to Roots interns

What is not included in the fee?

  • Flights to Cape Town
  • Visa, medical and travel insurance costs for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
  • Meals, drinks, snacks, and items of personal nature (f.e. curios, gifts, clothing).
  • Costs for additional excursions or activities

Optional extra

Academic Guidance Apart from the logistical support we offer, and regular check-ins, we also offer additional academic guidance during your internship. At an additional fee of USD 75 a month, you’ll receive monthly sessions with a local lecturer, who will support you in placing your work experience in the context of your academic course, and assist you with any report writing and/or research you’re required to do.


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