Event Management Internship in South Africa, Cape Town

Help coordinate events, big and small, for a library non profit in Cape Town

If you have a keen eye for detail, a love for organization and want to do an Event Management Internship abroad, this organisation is perfect for you!

In this internship you will help organize events, small and large, for a nonprofit in Cape Town. This nonprofit specializes in implementing libraries in public schools around South Africa. As an event management intern, you’ll work from the head office in Cape Town. You’ll be organizing events in the area. Get ready to be exposed to a wide range of tasks to help a small organization grow, one school library at a time! You will also get to experience life abroad, in the bustling city of Cape Town.

Cape Town, South Africa
Library nonprofit
Event management, Coordination
8-26 Weeks
From USD 1,536

The Bookery was established in 2010 with a mission to provide libraries and library support to public schools in South Africa.

Libraries are important for any school. They are safe places where children can improve their literacy, expand their understanding of the world and find joy in reading. Yet at least 85% of public schools in South Africa do not have functional libraries. This shortage is not currently prioritized by the government. It is worst in poor communities, where there are few quiet places to learn, and where many homes don’t own books.

To address this problem, The Bookery provides a library and a trained young librarian to under-resourced public schools in South Africa. First, they build a collection of 4000 books that are of good quality and relevance to the school. Then they provide support to the library. They empower the young librarian – or ‘library assistant’ – with the skills to manage the library.

Their work helps to bring the school library to life, as a place where literacy initiatives can thrive and school learners can read for study and for fun. To date, they have set up 82 school libraries in South Africa.

This organisation also offers a Fundraising Internship and a Communications and Marketing Internship!


The Bookery hosts annual events for brand awareness, fundraising and to keep the libraries functional.

What you’ll do
  • Plan and coordinate events and manage the logistics
  • Communicate with vendors and partners
  • Create awareness surrounding the events
  • Work with the fundraising team to set and meet specific donation goals
  • Ensure budgets are adhered to

This internship also offers a chance to visit the school libraries that the organization has set up.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • An individual that is not shy and able to take on tasks head-on
  • To be able to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Computer skills and knowledge of office software packages
  • Strong organizational and planning skills
  • Your own laptop
  • A passion for reading and literacy is an asset!

Your accommodation is included in the internship fee, and we’ll arrange it all for you! We’re excited to offer a variety of options, ranging from dorm rooms to twin and single rooms. The options available depend on your internship period, but we’ll always make sure you’re in a comfortable, central, and safe place. Please get in touch to find out what options are available during your preferred period.


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

2020 Rates

8 weeks USD 1,536
12 weeks USD 2,028
16 weeks USD 2,521

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.

  • Accommodation based on a dorm room in shared apartment within walking distance of the office
  • Free WiFi
  • Transfer from Cape Town International airport to your accommodation and back on arrival and departure day
  • Assistance with finding the perfect work placement
  • Assistance with your visa arrangement & other preparations
  • Supervision during your internship
  • Check-in and feedback as well as a reference letter after your internship
  • On the ground support during your stay
  • A discount on weekend activities, exclusive to Roots interns
  • 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

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
Cape Town, South Africa
Library nonprofit
Event management, coordination
8-26 Weeks
From USD 1,536

I don't think I would ever done this without the help of an organisation like Roots. It is handy that they help you find the right internship, good accommodation and keep in touch with you during the time here to see if everything is fine. My parents where very glad as well that I did it with an organisation. I think I wouldn't have made the effort to find out everything by myself. So if I didn't find out about Roots, I wouldn't be here at all.

Helene, BelgiumCommunications and Fundraising internship, Cape Town
  • Gain practical experience in project management, event coordination, and planning
  • Contribute to a charity on a mission to create dynamic school libraries that inspire a love of reading, break barriers and change lives
  • Help host annual events for brand awareness, fundraising and to keep the libraries functional
  • Gain a full insight in the day to day running of a nonprofit organisation
  • 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 1,536
12 WEEKS USD 2,028
16 WEEKS USD 2,521

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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 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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