Digital Marketing Internship, Johannesburg

Join a social enterprise on a mission to help develop the online presence of valuable non profits

This is an exciting opportunity to gain experience in digital marketing in a nonprofit context. During this internship you’ll be part of Digital Butter, a digital marketing agency based in Johannesburg, South Africa, that offers free services to a number of nonprofit organisations.

These NGOs, who all run social impact programs on a grassroots level, deal with a lack of resources and often don’t have the capacity to run effective communication campaigns. Digital Butter offers support in areas such as social media, fundraising, web design and branding. As a digital marketing intern, you’ll join their small team to run these pro bono campaigns. It’s a great opportunity to get hands-on experience in communications, marketing and fundraising. It is also a chance to offer much needed support to grassroots charities in South Africa.

Johannesburg, South Africa
Digital Marketing Social Enterprise
Digital Media, Fundraising, Marketing
8-26 Weeks
From USD 1,580

As a digital marketing intern in South Africa, you’ll be part of Digital Butter, a digital marketing agency based in Johannesburg. Digital Butter focuses on helping businesses and nonprofits find, retain and engage clients online so they can grow. They are proud to offer free support to grassroots nonprofit organisations, who cannot afford to pay for, but greatly benefit from these services. Digital Butter’s vision is to train nonprofits so that they can acquire the skills to more effectively run their fundraising and marketing campaigns.

What you’ll do

Your tasks during this internship in Johannesburg depends on your skills, experience, and desired learning outcomes, but it can involve the following:

  • Help design social media strategies for nonprofits
  • Manage social media channels
  • Assist with designing and running online funding campaigns
  • Assist with web design or development
  • Help run email marketing campaigns
  • Assist with brand development

Your required skills depend on the areas you’ll be focusing on. For instance, if you’ll be working on web design, some experience would be advantageous. But all interns with Digital Butter should have the following:

  • A passion for development work
  • Strong communication skills
  • A flexible attitude
  • A keen interest to learn
  • Bring your own laptop

Johannesburg has both African and international influences, but also its own culturally rich identity. It was built around the gold rush in the 1900’s and was also known as Egoli, translated to the City of Gold. You will stay in a backpackers accommodation in the area of Braamfontein An area with a authentic vibe, where you will be surrounded by students, travelers, academics, and artists. A creative area with plenty of coffee roasters, coffee shops, restaurants, some of the trendiest fashion boutiques between modern co-working spaces, outdoor food markets, and nightlife hot spots.

Your accommodation (based on a dorm room) is included in the internship fee, and we’ll arrange it all for you! You will have free WiFi, kitchen facilities to prepare your own meals or you can use the on-site bar and restaurant. There is a large cinema room and the team leads several free activities every day.


The Digital Marketing internship opportunities are offered throughout the year, and the start dates are flexible.

2020 Rates

2 months USD 1,580
3 months USD 2,098
4 months USD 2,611
5 months USD 3,126
6 months USD 3,642

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 Johannesburg, 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.

Your exact fee depends the duration of your stay. See above for the fees for a stay at a backpackers in a shared room with self-catering facilities. If you prefer a single room, please let us know and we will check availability and prices for you.

  • Assistance with finding the perfect work placement
  • Assistance with your visa arrangement & other preparations
  • Accommodation based on shared room. You will share the bathroom with your room mates and can use the kitchen facilities in the backpackers.
  • Transfer from Johannesburg airport to your accommodation and back on arrival and departure day
  • Pre-departure information
  • Check-in and feedback
  • Supervision and support on the ground
  • Flights to Johannesburg
  • 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
Johannesburg, South Africa
Digital Marketing Social Enterprise
Digital Media, Fundraising, Marketing
8-26 Weeks
From USD 1,580

I felt really well prepared before I came here and I'm super thankful for all the great support (and helpful tips & advice in EVERY situation) Roots gave me before and during my time in South Africa.

Julia, GermanyCommunications Internship. Cape Town
  • Gain practical experience in fundraising, marketing, social media management
  • Contribute to the mission of a digital marketing agency to train nonprofits so they can acquire the skills to more effectively run their fundraising and marketing campaigns
  • Opportunity to get involved in the digital marketing and communications projects for nonprofits
  • Live and work in Johannesburg, the center of activity
  • Enjoy exploring South Africa’s many highlights during your time off
2 MONTHS USD 1,580
3 MONTHS USD 2,098
4 MONTHS USD 2,611

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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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