Communications & Fundraising Internship in Cape Town


Are you interested in an internship with impact in Africa? We’re excited to offer a work placement at Sunshine Cinema, a mobile, solar-powered cinema that screens short films, of uplifting and useful content with youth and rural communities.

Join them in taking media where it matters building active engaging audiences. Their screenings focus on media content that celebrates educational and informative social stories about active citizens. They believe in harnessing the power of media to create social change – turning passive viewers into active voices! Join their head office in Cape Town, and help them organize future screenings, source content and fund raise for their roadshows. During this Communications and Fundraising internship, you’ll have a chance to gain experience in different areas, including communications (f.e. social media, newsletters), marketing, and fundraising. You’ll also be part of organizing and facilitating screenings, allowing for an interesting mix of desk and field work.

Cape Town, South Africa
Film-focused NGO
Social Media, Writing, Fundraising, Events Coordination
8-12 Weeks
From USD 2,432 (on-site) / USD 525 (remote)


Founded in 2013, Sunshine Cinema is a South African solar powered cinema network that converts solar power to social impact. They train youth in South Africa, Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe to be impact producers hosting solar powered screenings with a mobile cinema unit (the Sunbox). They use documentary and feature films that address social and environmental challenges and practical ways to overcome them. And also use these screenings to spark dialogue and inspire social change in their communities. 

They work in four countries with 17 Sunbox Ambassadors, who have screened to over 20,000 audience members during more than 200 screenings. They also developed a free podcast series, The SunCloud, to amplify their reach outside public gatherings. In addition, relevant topics and record interviews with community leaders, civil society groups, journalists, and filmmakers are shared on community Whatsapp groups, and social media platforms and through Webinars with low data usage. This work feeds into their existing community engagement strategies as it connects their Ambassadors to stakeholders, and further builds their audience network.


What you’ll do

As an intern, you will support Sunshine Cinema with marketing, social media, fundraising and the facilitation of the film screenings. You could be involved in the following tasks:

  • Social media: posting on social media, assisting with social media strategy
  • Marketing: assist in marketing strategy and running digital marketing campaigns
  • Newsletter: producing content and sending the email newsletter
  • Assisting with fundraising activities
  • Preparing, coordinating and facilitating the movie screenings
  • Just-do-mentality and keen to take on different kind of tasks
  • Good written and spoken English skills
  • Be able to work independently
  • Nice to have: some project management experience
  • Nice to have: Basic knowledge of Photoshop
  • Please bring your own laptop


You’ll be staying at a volunteer house called Yoga Shala, a house in Capri, on Cape Town’s Southern Peninsula, where people from around the world stay while volunteering in the surrounding communities. Everyone at the house plays a role and assists in the general day to day operation of yoga shala, from the kitchen to gardening and cleaning, creating a great community in the house. There is free WiFi and the nearest shopping center is a 10-minute drive away.

If you do your internship remotely, you will of course be working from the comfort of your home.


Internship start and end dates are flexible and will be discussed with you during the selection process.

What you’ll pay (2023 rates)

8 weeks USD 2,432
12 weeks USD 3,295
16 weeks USD 4,158
20 weeks USD 5,021
26 weeks USD 6,316

Remote internship Fixed fee USD 525

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.
What you are paying for:
  • Full accommodation rental fees including breakfast and dinner
  • 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
  • Regular check ins during your internship with you and your supervisor.
  • Your own account on a career development platform that offers content and courses focused on exploring different career opportunities
  • Troubleshooting if needed
  • A reference letter at the end of your internship
  • Flights to Cape Town
  • Daily transport to the office
  • Visa, medical and travel insurance
  • Lunch, Snacks, drinks, etc.
  • Costs for additional excursions or activities
Cape Town, South Africa OR Remote
Film-focused NGO
Social Media, Writing, Fundraising, Events Coordination
Min. 8 weeks
From USD 2,432 (on-site) / USD 525 (remote)

My time here has been an eye-opener and my perspective on a lot of things changed The internship made me independent and changed me in a good way. It's not easy to be so far away from home but I never really felt homesick. That's because everyone here in Cape Town is so friendly and kind. The city really stole my heart. I know for sure I will come back to South Africa.

Hélène, BelgiumCommunications and Fundraising intern in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Gain practical experience in fundraising and project management
  • Gain a full insight in the day to day running of a nonprofit organization
  • Contribute to a charity raising awareness of important issues in African communities
  • Live and work in Cape Town, arguably one of the most stunning cities in the world. Or enjoy the comfort of your own home if you prefer a remote internschip
  • Enjoy exploring South Africa’s many highlights during your time off
8 weeks USD 2,432
12 weeks USD 3,295
16 weeks USD 4,158
Remote internship: USD 525

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If you’re ready to apply for this internship, here’s what to do:


Fill in the application form (it will show in a new screen) which includes sharing your CV to us


We’ll set up a call with you to go through your application.


If we feel it’s a good match, we’ll set up a call between you and the supervisor for this internship.


If everyone’s happy, we’ll provisionally confirm your placement! We’ll then send you the invoice for the deposit, getting started with the booking process and all the info you need.


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 fill in the contact form below. We’ll be happy to assist!


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