Communications Internship in South Africa

Use your communication skills to support marginalized refugees and asylum seekers

Venture to Cape Town (or, work remotely) to join an organization that provides support to marginalised refugees and asylum seekers. If you’re looking to gain practical work experience in communications and digital marketing within a nonprofit context, this is a wonderful opportunity.

You’ll be part of the Adonis Musati Project, a nonprofit organisation that’s on a mission to equip refugees in Cape Town with the skills and tools to become healthy and financially stable members of society. They do this by providing mental health support, offering skill development programs, and creating sustainable support systems. It’s important work, as refugees and migrants are some of the most vulnerable people in South African society.

As an intern, you’ll enjoy a varied work environment. Most of your tasks will be focused on communications (social media and website management, report writing, and digital campaigns), but you can also expect to learn about impact assessment, partnership development, and fundraising. This internship is a wonderful opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of the nonprofit sector, to get a wealth of practical work experience, and to make a difference in the lives of people through your work.

The right candidate for this internship has excellent writing and communications skills, some digital media experience, and a drive to be part of a social impact program. Ideally, you’ll join the team in Cape Town, but remote internships will also be considered.

Cape Town, South Africa OR remote
Refugee Charity
Writing, Digital Marketing, Social Media
Min. 12 weeks


The Adonis Musati Project is on a mission to support marginalized refugees and migrants in Cape Town. These groups are amongst the most vulnerable populations in South Africa, due to an unfortunate combination of ineffective government systems, a lack of organized support, and prevailing xenophobic attitudes. The organization is named after Adonis Musati, a young Zimbabwean asylum seeker who symbolizes the problem; he died of starvation on the streets of Cape Town in 2007. Soon after, the Adonis Musati Project was founded with the aim of offering refugees and migrants psychological support with traumas they’re dealing with, short-term food and shelter if needed, and skill development programs. The nonprofit also provides specialized support to women who have been the victim of violence or abuse, and they run education-focused youth programs.


What you’ll do

As an intern with this refugee charity, your role will be mostly focused around digital marketing and communications tasks. There might also be an overlap into fundraising. Depending on your skills, academic background, and interests, your tasks can include the following;

  • Managing social media channels and assisting with developing a social media strategy
  • Writing newsletters
  • Assisting with website management
  • Writing impact reports
  • Assisting with developing an overall communications strategy
  • Creating and running online fundraising campaigns
  • Writing grant applications
  • Creating funding proposals
  • Doing research
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Good time management skills
  • Experience in social media management and/or website management would be an advantage
  • A willingness to take on a variety of tasks
  • Photography and/or videography skills would be bonus
  • A passion for the work the Adonis Musati Project does


You’ll be staying at the Lenox, a comfortable guest house in the heart of Cape Town. Built in the old Cape Dutch style, the Lenox is characterful and spacious. It has a garden with a barbeque area, a large dining room, and several other communal spaces. Shared bedrooms take four to eight people, and there are plenty of single rooms available as well (at an extra fee). You’ll be walking distance from a wide range of shops, cafes and restaurants, and at a great spot for some of the touristy highlights Cape Town has to offer as well. (As well as for views of Table Mountain!)


Start and end dates are flexible and will be discussed during the application process. Please keep in mind this organization is closed for several weeks of summer holiday at the end of the year.

What you’ll pay (fees 2023)

2 MONTHS USD 1,814
3 MONTHS USD 2,382
4 MONTHS USD 2,949
5 MONTHS USD 3,517
6 MONTHS USD 4,084

Remote internship: 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:
  • Transfer from Cape Town International airport to your accommodation and back on arrival and departure day
  • Accommodation based on a dorm room (4-8 pax). If you prefer a single room, please contact us for availability and prices
  • Two meals (breakfast and dinner) a day from Monday to Friday
  • Assistance with your visa arrangement & other preparations
  • On the ground support during your stay
  • Free WiFi
  • Assistance with finding the perfect work placement
  • Supervision during your internship
  • Check-in and feedback as well as a reference letter after your internship
  • Your own account on a career development platform that offers content and courses focused on exploring different career opportunities
  • Reference letter at the end of your internship
  • A discount on weekend activities, exclusive to Roots interns
  • Flights
  • Visa, medical and travel insurance costs for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
  • Lunch, drinks, snacks, and items of personal nature (f.e. curios, gifts, clothing)
  • Meals during the weekend
  • Transport to the office
  • 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 
Refugee charity
Writing, Digital Marketing, Social Media
Min. 8 Weeks
From USD 1,848 (in-person) / USD 525 (remote)
  • Boost your resume with practical experience in a range of communications focused tasks
  • Get a full understanding of the day to day running of a nonprofit organization
  • Contribute to an important cause
  • Be a big part of a small team and really see the results of your work
  • Live and work in Cape Town (one of the coolest cities in the world!) or enjoy the flexibility of working remotely
2 MONTHS USD 1,814
3 MONTHS USD 2,382
4 MONTHS USD 2,949
Remote internship: USD 525

See Detailed Rates


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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