Communications Internship, Cape Town

Gain practical work experience in communications, creative writing, and digital marketing

Join us as a Communications Intern in Cape Town! We’re excited to offer this varied work experience opportunity with our small but dynamic team. You’ll get involved with managing our social media, helping us develop our various communications channels, and writing online content.

While you’ll mainly be office based, you’ll have the opportunity to spend time with some of the nonprofit organisations we work with around Cape Town to help tell their stories – and the stories of the international interns that are working with them. It’s a great opportunity to gain practical work experience in the many aspects of communications, to experience some grassroots humanitarian and environmental work, and to make your mark on a growing company with a do-good mission.

You can expect to get involved in some of the following areas;

  • Social media managements
  • Online content management
  • Blog writing
  • Writing newsletters

During this Communications Internship in Cape Town you’ll have weekends off, which allows you to experience some of the many highlights this stunning place has to offer.

NB. This internship can now also be done as a remote internship!

Cape Town, South Africa OR Remote
Roots Interns
Communications, Social Media, Digital Marketing, Writing
8-26 Weeks
Remote: USD 475 – In-person: Varies with accommodation type

At Roots Interns, we are on a mission to support grassroots nonprofits across Africa and offer unique work experiences for international interns. We place skilled interns with the right cause, and ensure that their internship is a hugely valuable experience for everyone involved. All our interns become a large part of a small organisation with an important cause; this allows for great professional and personal growth, and it also contributes to the important work that is happening at a grass-roots level in Africa; a beautiful offshoot of mutual growth. We offer over 45 different internship program – with a wide range of academic focus areas – across seven different African countries. We take great pride in the impact we make on both our interns and our partner organisations.


Roots is a young organisation, and as an intern, you can be a vital part of many aspects of our development. While a majority of the tasks are related to communications, but you can be involved marketing and strategy of Roots as well. In addition, it will be an opportunity for you to interact with and learn about other grassroots charities and the interns volunteering with them. We can adjust tasks to your skills, interests and experience.

What you’ll do
  • Managing our social media channels
  • Writing blogs, both on our website and for external sites
  • Assisting with formulation our communication strategy
  • Writing newsletters
  • Doing SEO analysis & helping design SEO strategy
  • Learning and writing about the work our non-profit partners are doing
  • Interact with interns placed with our partners to collect content about their experiences, work of the organizations and impact they are making
  • Strong English writing skills
  • Good storytelling skills
  • Interest/passion for creating content (on social media and blog)
  • Some experience with social media and/or marketing is beneficial
  • An ability to work quite independently
  • Your own laptop

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. Check this page for possible accommodation options in Cape Town.


The start date of your internship is flexible; please get in touch to find out when we have openings.


Remote: USD 475

In-person: Check accommodation options

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.

  • Accommodation based on a dorm room in shared apartment – other accommodation options are available and fees will vary
  • Free WiFi
  • 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
  • Supervision during your internship
  • Check-in and feedback as well as a reference letter after your internship
  • On the ground support during your stay
  • A discount on weekend activities, exclusive to Roots interns
  • 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:

Personal Development Sessions
To help you optimise your personal and professional development during your internship, we offer individual monthly sessions with a professional consultant. These 1,5-hour sessions offer opportunities to set goals, reflect on your experience, and ensure your internship will benefit your career as much as possible.
Monthly fee: USD 65
Workshop: Exploring the Nonprofit Landscape
To give you a full understanding of the nonprofit sector in Africa, we offer one-off individual online workshops by a South African digital marketing and fundraising specialist. You’ll learn about the needs of the nonprofit sector, best practices in nonprofit management, and sustainability of fundraising initiatives. You’ll also be given a large amount of useful resources.
Workshop fee: USD 65
Cape Town, South Africa OR Remote
Roots Interns
Communications, Social Media, Digital Marketing, Writing
8-26 Weeks
Remote: USD 475 – In-person: Varies with accommodation type

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
  • 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
Remote: USD 475
In-person: Varies with accommodation type

See Detailed Rates

How to apply?

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

  1. Fill in the application form (it will show in a new screen) and send your CV to
  2. We’ll set up a call with you to go through your application.
  3. If we feel it’s a good match, we’ll set up a call between you and the supervisor for this internship.
  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 fill in the contact form on the right. We’ll be happy to assist!


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