Communications-Research Internship at Social NGO

Get communications experience while assisting homeless people

Gain NGO experience, help improve the lives of homeless people, and live in one of the greatest cities in the world! Are you keen to get work experience in the fields of communications, research, and fundraising, while contributing to a great cause? We have an exciting internship with Street Sleeper, a non-profit organisation based in Cape Town that makes sleeping bags for the homeless out of upcycled billboards. During this Communications-Research internship, you’ll be part of a small team of passionate and innovative people, and assist in a variety of areas, including communications, social media, qualitative research, and fundraising. It’s an opportunity to learn, give back, and challenge yourself in the best possible way.

Research Internship


“I have learnt to step out of my comfort zone and embrace what comes at me, whether it is positive or negative. I feel so fulfilled from this internship as I know that I have helped many people on the streets, even if its just with a genuine conversation.”

Kelsey, South Africa


Quick Facts

  • Destination Cape Town, South Africa
  • Type of Organisation Social NGO
  • Work Focus Social Media, Storytelling, Writing, Research
  • Length of Internship Minimum of 2 months
  • Accommodation Choice of several types
  • Fee As from USD 1,390 for 8 weeks

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Street Sleeper is a Cape Town based initiative that uses innovation to tackle the social and environmental challenges facing the homeless community. We upcycle advertising billboards destined for landfill into survival sleeping bags, transforming the negative impact of waste into immediate relief for those living on the street while promoting social upliftment through dialogue and storytelling.

Check out this feature on CNN about Street Sleeper to learn more.


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Street Sleeper is looking for intern to assist them with communications, sales/fundraising and qualitative research. As an intern, you will be involved in a variety of tasks that can include:

  • Social media: assisting in defining social media strategy, sourcing interesting information and facts, writing and scheduling posts on our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) Newsletter: writing and sending the monthly newsletters
  • Website: keeping the website up to date
  • Sales/Fundraising: assisting with individual Street Sleeper sales & fundraising
  • Research: Conduct qualitative research among Cape Town’s homeless. There are numerous homeless stats out there but we are more interested in the “softer”, less tangible aspects of living on the street. You will play a central role in drafting research questions that help to unpack homelessness, as experienced by the homeless, so that we as an organisation can better tackle the most salient issues they face.  South Africa, which could provide input for solutions (which could be used for starting partnerships again).

Please keep the following in mind:

  • You will work in both the production workshop and Sarah’s home office (director and visual storyteller). Both are in the city bowl.
  • You need your own laptop
  • Street Sleeper is a small organisation, so your time and expertise will be split across every area of operation. The team comprises of two directors, a sewer, cutter and production manager. Small but passionate, and eager to grow.


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Where You’ll Stay 

We’re excited to be able to offer you a shared apartment.

  • This chic, new shared apartment has a majestic view of Table Mountain and is perfectly positioned in a bustling area during the day but quiet at night so you can sleep easy! The Cape Town Company Gardens, busy Long Street and Kloof Street with world class restaurants are an easy 10 min walk from the Loft
  • Cape Town Loft has 1 private room and 2 shared dorm rooms and guests have access to 2 bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, a comfortable lounge, balcony and free WiFi.
  • You will share a dorm room with 3-5 other people. Bed linen is provided, towels are NOT included.
  • It’s a self catering accommodation with a fully equipped kitchen. Meals are NOT included.

If you are interested in a single room or other kind of accommodation, please let us know as we have several other options available as well.

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  • Good understanding of the English (both spoken and written)
  • Open minded and flexible attitude: Street Sleeper tries to stimulate people to include homeless people in everyday life and engage with them, so you will also spend time with homeless people (which would provide valuable insights for communications as well).
  • Experience in communications, research, and/or fundraising are a plus.

The Application Process

If you’re keen for this work placement and feel that you could make a good contribution to 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?
This internship is available as from April 2017. You can start your internship with Street Sleeper every week, so your final starting date is based on what suits you and Street Sleeper the best.

At Roots we do everything we can to make your work placement 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 match makers!), 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. These fees are based on a shared dorm room in a beautiful central Cape Town apartment. If you are interested in another kind of accommodation or a single room, please let us know. You can come for any length of time (min 8 weeks) – the prices below are a guide but we can send you an exact quote depending on the duration of your internship.
8 weeks   – USD 1,390 (2017) / USD 1,446 (2018)
12 weeks – USD 1,810 (2017) / USD 1,894 (2018)
16 weeks – USD 2,230 (2017) / USD 2,342 (2018)

What is included in the fee?

  • Full accommodation rental fees based on a shared dorm room.
  • Transfer from Cape Town International airport to your accommodation and back on arrival and departure day.
  • Placement fee (USD 550) for finding you the right internship, assistance with your visa,  organizing accommodation and transport, preparations and support to you and host organisation before, during and after your placement. *Each year several internship spaces are reserved for South African citizens where placement fee will be waived.

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


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