NGO Event Management Internship, Cape Town
Get hands-on event management experience at a grass-roots charity
Are you a problem solver, who likes multitasking and seeing it all come together? Then check out this Event Management Internship in Cape Town! Join a grass-roots social development charity to support their valuable work. Based in a township on the outskirts of Cape Town, you’ll be working with Projekt Ubuntu, a nonprofit community center. They hosts up to a hundred children each day to ensure they have a safe and stimulating space to go.
Many of the team members at Projekt Ubuntu come from events backgrounds. They have experience organising both national and international workshops for the South African government as well as different NGOs. They now use their experience to coordinate logistics around an international volunteer programme, channelling much needed funds and resources to grassroots community initiatives.
If you study Event Management or Event Coordination, or if you’ve just always been interested in planning and hosting events then this internship is for you!
- Destination Cape Town, South Africa
- Type of Organisation Nonprofit, community projects
- Work Focus Event Management, Coordination, Planning
- Length of Internship 2-12 months
- Accommodation Dorm room
- Fee Starting at USD 1950
Ubuntu Project is a social development organization that works in Masiphumelele, a township on the outskirts of Cape Town. They deal with a high level of social issues such as poverty, crime, drug and alcohol abuse, and HIV/AIDS. Ubuntu’s main focus is the Ubuntu Centre, a community center that directs resources to the community and cares for between 60 and 100 children every day. The children are from families that lack the resources to provide them with daycare. The center offers the children a safe and educative space on a daily basis, as well as healthy meals. Many of the children have experienced traumas and receive as much emotional support as possible at the center. The organization also supports a number of daycare centers in the township that are run by the grandmothers and mothers of the community.
What You’ll Be Doing
Your tasks for the Event Management Internship will include but not be limited to:
- Coordinating educational workshops at community level to raise awareness around health, hygiene and human values. For example, HIV and AIDS workshops, peer education workshops, etc.
- Creating and assisting with fundraising events for Projekt Ubuntu Community projects.
- Assisting with planning for seasonal events, depending on the time of year of your internship. For example, in July a Mandela event will take place, in August there will be events for Women’s Month, in November organise for the annual Christmas party for the children, etc.
- Assisting with weekly or monthly events at Yoga Shala (the volunteer house)
- Coordinating volunteer activities – city tours, evening and leisure programmes, etc.
Projekt Ubuntu will introduce you to local partners including NGO’s, schools, event planners and multi-media production partners, etc. to broaden your experience in event management.
This organization also offers internships in Social Work and Psychology.
You’ll be staying at a volunteer house called Yoga Shala, a house in Capri, on Cape Town’s Southern Peninsula, where people from around the world stay while volunteering in the surrounding communities. Everyone at the house plays a role and assists in the general day to day operation of yoga shala, from the kitchen to gardening and cleaning, creating a great community in the house. There is free WiFi and the nearest shopping center is a 10-minute drive away.
For this Event Management Internship, we are looking for people with he following skills and experience:
- Multitasking, time management, hands on mentality and being on top of things since you are dealing with lots of different people (suppliers, artists, partners, etc.). Take responsibility!
- Must be able to anticipate project needs, problem solving under pressure, focus on work priorities and meet deadlines with little supervision.
- Willing to work occasional evenings and weekends.
- Preferably have a driver’s license and willing to drive around in Cape Town.
- Preferably have experience in events or fundraising activities.
- Ideally bring your own laptop.
How can you apply for this experience?
If you’re keen on this work placement and feel that you could make a good contribution, we’d love to hear from you! Here’s what to do:
- Fill in the Application form (it will show in a slider pop-up!) and send us your CV.
- If we might have a placement available for you, we’ll chat with you on the phone or Skype to go through your application and make sure it’s a good match.
- We’ll set up a call between you and the person who would be your supervisor during the work placement.
- 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.
- 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 contact form. We’ll be happy to assist!
When can you start making an impact?
You can start your Event Management Internship every week, so your final starting date is based on what suits you and the organization the best.
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. Your exact fee depends on the duration of your stay, so if you tell us how long you would like to stay, we can give you an exact quote.
8 weeks – USD 1,950
12 weeks – USD 2,650
16 weeks – USD 2,790
What is included in the fee?
- Full accommodation rental fees including breakfast and dinner
- Transfer from Cape Town International airport to your accommodation and back on arrival and departure day
- Transport to and from the project
- Assistance with finding the perfect work placement
- Assistance with your visa arrangement & other preparations
- On the ground support during your stay
- A discount on weekend activities, exclusive to Roots interns
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
- Lunch, drinks, snacks, and items of personal nature (f.e. curios, gifts, clothing).
- Costs for additional excursions or activities
Academic Guidance Apart from the logistical support we offer, and regular check-ins, we also offer additional academic guidance during your internship. At an additional fee of USD 75 a month, you’ll receive monthly sessions with a local lecturer, who will support you in placing your work experience in the context of your academic course, and assist you with any report writing and/or research you’re required to do.