Market Research & Communications Internship in Cape Town

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Gain real-world experience in communications working with the growing marketing team at Roots Interns

Take part in a hands-on exploration of work experience in communications, creative writing, and digital marketing through our exciting program. Enroll as a communication intern in Cape Town (or remotely) and dive into a diverse work opportunity within our small yet dynamic team. Participate in tasks such as creating social media content and contributing to the development of various communications channels. 

You’ll play a crucial role in narrating the stories of our nonprofit partners and highlighting the experiences of international interns working alongside them. This unique opportunity provides practical work experience across various communication aspects, exposure to grassroots humanitarian and environmental initiatives, and the chance to make a meaningful impact on a growing company with a mission to do good. Expect active involvement in tasks such as social media management, online content management, marketing research, report writing, blog writing, and newsletter creation during your communication internship in Cape Town. Additionally, relish weekends off, creating an ideal opportunity to immerse yourself in the captivating highlights of this picturesque location. Or, join us remotely for a flexible and convenient option to work around your current schedule.

ORGANIZATION

At Roots Interns, we aim to champion grassroots nonprofits worldwide, offering distinctive work experiences for interns. We are dedicated to aligning skilled interns with causes that match their expertise, ensuring a deeply enriching experience for all parties involved. As integral members of our small organization, each intern becomes a crucial member working towards our shared mission. This not only nurtures substantial professional and personal growth, but also actively contributes to impactful grassroots initiatives globally, fostering a symbiotic relationship of mutual development. With a diverse portfolio of over 100 internship programs spanning various academic focus areas, we operate in multiple countries around the world. We take immense pride in the positive impact we facilitate, benefiting both our interns and our esteemed partner organizations.

TASKS & REQUIreMENTS

Responsibilities

  • Creating Instagram Reels and Story content
  • Writing blogs, both on our website and for external sites
  • Assisting with our communication strategy
  • Creating marketing research reports
  • Writing newsletters
  • Doing SEO analysis & helping implement SEO strategy
  • Learning and writing about the work our nonprofit partners are doing
  • Interact with interns placed with our partners to collect content about their experiences and the impact they are making

Requirements

  • Strong English writing skills
  • Good storytelling skills
  • Interest/passion for creating content (social media and blogs)
  • Some experience with social media and/or marketing is beneficial
  • An ability to work independently
  • Your own laptop

WHERE YOU’LL STAY

You’ll be staying at The Lenox, a comfortable guesthouse in the heart of Cape Town. Built in the old Cape Dutch style, The Lenox is characterful and historic. It has multiple balconies, a large dining room, and many other communal spaces. Shared bedrooms include 2 twin beds, and there are plenty of single rooms available as well (at an extra fee). You’ll be walking distance from many shops, cafes, restaurants, and some of the touristy highlights Cape Town has to offer as well.

Safety & Support

Safety & Support

Be sure to prioritize hydration in the summer to avoid heatstroke. South Africa does have high crime rates, so it’s important to be aware and use common sense to stay safe. Some safety guidelines are to always walk in groups, take a taxi/Uber in the evenings, know safe/dangerous areas, secure your belongings, don’t walk around with large sums of cash (you can pay everything with a card), minimize wearing flashy accessories, and be cautious of overly friendly strangers.

Communication

Communication

The accommodation offers free Wi-Fi to keep family and friends up to date via WhatsApp, Zoom, etc. Cafes/restaurants also offer free Wi-Fi. You can also consider getting a local SIM card if your phone is unlocked, or setting your phone’s status to roaming, depending on your provider’s rates.

Meals

Meals

A simple breakfast, lunch and a delicious cooked dinner (vegetarian & vegan options available) from Monday to Friday are included in your fee. Indulge in local dishes, like bobotie and South African Braai! For desserts, don’t miss out on milk tarts and malva pudding. There is a diverse food scene in Cape Town, so no matter your cuisine preference or dietary restrictions you’ll have plenty of options. Let us know in advance if you have any allergies/dietary needs.

Location details

Location details

Discover Cape Town’s attractions: Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Gardens, city tours, historical sites, and the Cape Point Peninsula. There are also opportunities to surf, kayak, paraglide, cage dive with sharks, and more! Cape Town has a mediterranean climate with cool winters and hot summers so be sure to check what the temperature will be like during your stay.

DATES & RATES

Fee Breakdown

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

What you’ll pay (2024 rates)

10 WEEKS USD 2,083

12 WEEKS USD 2,321

16 WEEKS USD 2,797

20 WEEKS USD 3,273

Inclusions

  • Careful matchmaking. It takes time to find the right internship for each person, and we take this process very seriously.
  • Initial interview with one of our team to gauge your skills, interests, and desired learning outcomes.
  • An academic internship eligible for university credit. Check with your university to confirm if this internship qualifies for credit or alternatively we can assist you with purchasing transfer credits.
  • Accommodation in a shared room (2 pax). If you prefer a single room, please contact us for availability and prices.
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Meals from Monday to Friday
  • Wifi access
  • Housekeeping service
  • Assistance with your visa arrangement and other preparations
  • An orientation program with your supervisor
  • Supervision and support during your stay
  • Regular check-ins during your internship with your supervisor
  • Troubleshooting if needed
  • A reference letter at the end of your internship
  • A discount on weekend activities, exclusive to Roots Interns

Exclusions

  • Flights to Cape Town International Airport
  • Visa and medical/travel insurance costs for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
  • Transport to the office
  • Meals during weekends
  • Drinks, snacks, and items of personal nature (f.e. curios, gifts, clothing)
  • Costs for additional excursions or activities
SCHOLARSHIP & FUNDING

FAQs

Some of our most commonly asked questions for programs in South Africa.

What can I expect from a NGO internship in South Africa?

During your internship in South Africa you can expect to meet people from around the world, as well as indulging yourself into the culture of this beautiful country! If you want to know more about what to expect, make sure to check out our top 7 reasons for an internship in Cape Town.

Will I have time to explore South Africa during my internship?

Yes! We partner with various activity organizers that can offer discounts exclusive to Roots Interns, for example, a road trip through the Garden Route and bungee jumping off the world’s largest natural bungee. You may also explore the country on your own and we are happy to give recommendations.

Am I able to do an internship while on a study program in Cape Town?

Yes! You are able to do a part-time internship with certain organizations so that you can continue your studies, while also gaining valuable work experience.

Will I receive a stipend of any kind during my internship with Roots?

Unfortunately, no. When working with a nonprofit organization, your internship will be unpaid, but there are many ways to fund your internship. Your experience will bring a wealth of knowledge and opportunities for both professional and personal growth that are invaluable!

QUICK FACTS

LOCATION: Cape Town, South Africa or Remote
PROGRAM FOCUS: Social Enterprise
TASK FOCUS: Writing, Digital Marketing, Social Media
LENGTH: Min. 10 weeks
COST: From USD 2,083 (in-person)

REVIEWS

“My internship provided me with new insights into the non- profit world and knowledge about social media marketing I didn’t even know existed. I never would have thought that there is actually so much research and concept behind one single Instagram post. On top, I learned a whole lot about SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and how small businesses can use it efficiently. It has been a great and valuable internship experience. Thank you for everything!”

Marie, GermanyCommunications Internship, Cape Town
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gain practical work experience in communications, creative writing, and digital marketing
  • Contribute to an organization on a mission to support grassroots nonprofits across Africa and offer unique work experiences for international interns
  • Spend time with nonprofit organisations around Cape Town to help tell their stories (and of the interns working with them)
  • Live and work in Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world
  • Enjoy exploring South Africa’s many highlights during your time off
ENQUIREAPPLY NOW

HOW TO APPLY

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

APPLY

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

GET STARTED

SPEAK WITH AN ADVISOR

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

INTERNSHIP MATCHING

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

PAYMENT

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.

CONFIRMATION

Only once we receive payment of the deposit your placement will be confirmed.

NEED TO MAKE AN ENQUIRY FIRST?

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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