Content Writing Internship at Photography Organisation, Cape Town

Get valuable work experience with an exciting photography project

Are you an aspiring writer, journalist, or communications professional? And are keen to get some good practical experience? We have an exciting opportunity for you at Penda Photo Tours, a photography workshop company and aligned NGO, the Penda Trust. A young but fast-growing organisation, Penda believes that photography has the power to change lives; both through incredible experiences, and through non-profit projects. During this Content Writing Internship with Penda, you’ll be a vital part of communicating this message. The main focus is on blog writing, social media, and online content creation. However this internship offers a variety of tasks and an opportunity to become a large part of a small team. An interest in photography would be great, but isn’t a must.

Cape Town NGO Intern“I see the world of NGOs as a kind of Pandora’s box: once open, you can’t stay the same, to get involved in the amazing stories it enshrines is inevitable. I’m learning about the world, I’m learning about myself, what makes me happy and how I want to be in my future. I feel again as one of these little girls with big dreams.”

Irene, Bocconi University, Italy

Quick Facts

  • Destination Cape Town, South Africa
  • Type of Organisation Photography Workshop Company & Aligned Non-Profit
  • Work Focus Creative Writing, SEO, Social Media, Strategy, Blogging
  • Length of Internship Minimum of 8 weeks
  • Accommodation Choice of several types
  • Fee From USD1390 for 8 weeks

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Penda is a young social enterprise that uses photography to both create amazing experiences and to generate positive change. Penda Photo Tours offers photography workshop around the world; exciting trips that are completely focused on taking amazing pictures. People can, for instance, join Penda to photograph the Big Five in South Africa, to encounter Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda, to learn about street photography in Cuba, or to photograph Brown Bears in Alaska. All workshop are guided by professional photographers, who help participants improve their skills throughout the experience. Penda also believes in the power of photography to do good. Through the Penda Trust, the organisation uses photography as a tool to support important conservation and community projects in developing countries. This is done through the following methods:

  • Providing grass-roots charities with professional photographs that they can use to raise awareness about their issues and fundraise for their causes. Visual marketing is essential for any charity to get their word across, and good photography is a vital part of this. We identify non-profit organisations in developing countries that will benefit from having professional photographs, and document their work.
  • Hosting photography workshops for talented young individuals in underprivileged communities. Photography can give people a voice. We identify young individuals with an interest in and talent for photography, and provide workshops where we encourage them to tell their stories, and the stories of their communities, through photography. We teach them creative self-expression, and the power visual images can have. Participants are encouraged to raise awareness about issues that matter most to them, which stimulates positive activism.
  • Highlighting important issues by creating and exposing great photography. We fund and organise expositions to present photography that would otherwise not be seen; photography that tells important stories, highlights the work of important organisations, and gives a communications platform to these causes.

Find more information about Penda here:
Penda Photo Tours 
Penda Trust

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Penda is a young but fast-growing organisation, and as an intern, you can be a vital part of many aspects of Penda’s development. While a majority of the tasks are related to communications, we can tailor-made someone’s portfolio according someone’s skills and experience.

Your tasks can involve the following:
– Writing blogs
– Writing articles for other publications
– Helping develop Content Marketing and SEO strategies
– Helping develop social media strategies
– Posting on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn)
– Writing newsletters
– Assisting with running digital marketing campaigns

We also offer a Marketing Internship at Penda, which focuses more on marketing research, digital marketing campaigns, and some fundraising. You might want to check that out too!

And check out this blog post to read about the experience of a recent Penda intern!

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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.

Cape Town Loft 2 Cape Town Loft

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Requirements
Penda is looking for people who will be excited by being a large part of a small organisation; one that is growing fast. We are ideally looking for interns with the following skills and experience:

  • Strong English writing skills
  • Some experience with social media is beneficial
  • An interest in investigative journalism would be ideal
  • An interest in blogs and content marketing
  • An ability to work quite independently
  • An interest in photography would be beneficial
  • Please note that you’ll need to have your own laptop

The Application Process
If you’re keen for this work placement and feel that you could make a good contribution to Penda, 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?
Penda has internship opportunities throughout the year, and the start dates are flexible.

Fees
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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