NGO Event Management Internship, Cape Town

Get hands-on event management experience at a grass-roots organization

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!

QUICK FACTS
Cape Town, South Africa
Nonprofit, community projects
Event Management, Coordination, Planning
8-26 Weeks
From  USD 1,950
ORGANISATION

Ubuntu Project is a social development organization that works in Masiphumelele, a township on the outskirts of Cape Town that deals 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, and the center offers a safe and educative space on a daily basis. They also offer the children 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.

TASKS & REQUIREMENTS
What you’ll do
  • 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.
Requirements
  • 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.

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 Youth Social Work, Marketing and Communications, and Psychology.

WHERE YOU’LL STAY

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.

DATES & RATES

You can start your internship with this organization every Monday.  Please keep in mind this organization is closed for one month of summer holiday at the end of the year.

2020 Rates

8 weeks USD 1,950
12 weeks USD 2,650
16 weeks USD 2,902

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.

Includes:
  • 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
Excludes:
  • 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

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
QUICK FACTS
Cape Town, South Africa
Nonprofit, community projects
Event Management, Coordination, Planning
8-26 Weeks
From USD 1,950
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

I worked on a lot of problem solving approaches when it comes to project management and planning. Besides that, I worked on intercultural relations and created events like the woman’s day at Ubuntu Center. The fundraising campaign was an online campaign that got spread online and via E-Mail. We managed to raise 1200 Euros and it was my responsibility to direct the money. The money was used for various purposes. Several events were financed, but also important groceries to cook food for the children could be provided with the raised money.

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INTERNSHIP HIGHLIGHTS
  • Gain experience in project management, event coordination, and planning
  • Contribute to a charity on a mission to spread the message of Ubuntu and achieve happiness for the children
  • Gain a full insight in the day to day running of a community project
  • Plenty of opportunity to help out with fun and stimulating activities for the children at the community center
  • Live and work in Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world
  • Enjoy exploring South Africa’s many highlights during your time off
8 WEEKS USD 1,950
12 WEEKS USD 2,650
16 WEEKS USD 2,902

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APPLYING
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 info@rootsinterns.com.
  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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