Female Empowerment and Gender Equality Internship

Support Women and Teenage Girls and work to close prevailing Gender Gaps

Join a grass-roots nonprofit that runs female empowerment projects in Southern and East Africa. It’s an opportunity to learn about gender equality issues in an African context, to get an in-depth understanding of the nonprofit sector, and to contribute to a worthwhile cause. The projects are based in South Africa, Zambia and Tanzania, and while each program addresses slightly different issues, they are all supporting teenage girls and working to close prevailing gender gaps. As an intern, you’ll both be able to help facilitate projects on the ground, and work behind the scenes on fundraising, reporting, communications, and related areas. The Female Empowerment and Gender Equality internship will give you a broad understanding of nonprofit management in general, and female empowerment projects in particular.

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Quick Facts

  • Destination South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia
  • Type or Organization Social Non-profit
  • Work Focus Gender Equality, Female Empowerment
  • Length of Internship 4-12 weeks
  • Accommodation Shared room (incl meals)
  • Fees As from USD 2,495 (4 weeks)

Addressing a number of disadvantages females face in the African countries they work in, this nonprofit provides teenage girls with developmental support. They do this through a number of different focus areas; education, health, safety, income generation, early pregnancy and self-confidence. The projects have slightly different focus areas in the different countries, depending on the local issues that needs to be addressed most urgently. The overall goal of these projects is to see better educated young women (and men) head towards adulthood with a smaller gender gap and more opportunities for women.

The Gender Equality and Female Empowerment projects run at the following locations:

  • Cape Town, South Africa: focus on safety and violence
  • Livingstone, Zambia: working with younger boys and girl (primary school age)
  • Moshi, Tanzania: working with secondary aged students with special focus on female mutilation and child marriage
  • St. Lucia, South Africa: is more a research based internship where they work with partners. The focus is more on healthcare (e.g. HIV, health education, early pregnancies)

Gender equality Internship Zambia

Your Tasks

As an intern on this gender equality program, you’ll be able to get involved in a wide range of areas, including;

  • Development and facilitation of educational projects on the ground. If you have any special interests and skills, it’s always possible to share these the girls we work with. Think about confidence-building activities, self-defense, or even dance as a form of self-expression!
  • Facilitation of support groups for girls and women: to help uplift them (and their family) discussions, workshops and sometimes also income-generating activities.
  • Family assistance: ranging from assistance at home to working with the children to provide them a better foundation for future education and work.
  • Fundraising activities
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Donor relationship managements
  • Communications & social media

During this female empowerment internship, you’ll be supported by staff members on the ground, as well as a qualified personal development coach, who will help you make the most of the experience, and place it in the context of your academic course and your future career.

Gender equality Internship Zambia   Female Empowerment Internship Africa

At every location you will be living and sharing a house with volunteers.

  • Typically the rooms are shared and so too are the bathrooms and communal areas.
  • You have to provide your own toiletries and towels, but bedding is provided and a laundry service is offered at a cost.
  • You also have access to WiFi at the house at a rate that will be communicated upon online orientation.
  • Your food is also provided and you need to take responsibility for cleaning the plates and utensils you use in the house.
  • You also have to manage medications that you take, and also need to be responsible to share the use of these to alert the site manager in the event of an emergency.
  • You will be collected from and taken to the airport and during your internship transport to the projects is provided (either car or bicycle).

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  • Passion for creating change on global issues such as human rights, gender equality and female empowerment. Plus you should be able to adapt to living in an African country.
  • We work predominantly with vulnerable children addressing sensitive topics, so it’s important you are emotionally strong, open-minded and posses a certain level of maturity.
  • Positive attitude and willingness to step out of your comfort zone.
  • Have an attention to detail, be a self-starter and pro-active (even though you will be working with a supportive team).
  • Choose a preferred location and internship period
  • NB. For an internship in Livingstone (Zambia) a minimum age of 21 years applies (due to visa regulations).

How to apply?
If you’re keen for this work placement and feel that you could make an impact, we’d love to hear from you! Here’s what to do:

  1. Send your CV and motivational letter to info@rootsinterns.com. In the application please notify us of your preferred location(s) and internship dates.
  2. We’ll chat with you on the phone or Skype to go through your application and make sure it’s a good match.
  3. We’ll connect you with the intern specialist from the host organization who will also send you the internship questionnaire.
  4. The intern specialist will have a 30-45 Minute Placement Session with you to review your CV, motivational letter, and questionnaire. In that session, you will also hear how the internship can be customized to fit what you are looking for. You will also hear more about the Bolt-on options to enhance your internship.
  5. Finally, the intern specialist will talk you through the next steps, placement opportunities, and booking process

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!

Programme fees and starting dates

Starting dates differ per location but generally twice a month but in some months (January, July, August, December)  there is more flexibility. Let us know and we will give you the exact options for your preferred location. Longer stays than 12 weeks are also possible, contact us for more information.

Location 4 weeks 8 weeks 12 weeks
Cape Town, South Africa N/A USD 4,045 USD 5,685
St. Lucia, South Africa USD 2,495 USD 4,135 USD 5,775
Livingstone, Zambia USD 2,495 USD 4,135 USD 5,775
Moshi, Tanzania N/A USD 3,985 USD 5,625

What is included?

  • Return airport transfers
  • Orientation program, including a security briefing and introduction to the country
  • All daily transfers to and from your projects
  • Full board and lodging, which includes 3 meals a day from Monday to Friday
  • Assistance at your projects by local staff and intern coordinators
  • Full training and mentoring

What is not included in the cost?

  • All items of personal nature such as curious, gifts, snacks, drinks and clothing
  • Round-trip international airfare
  • Personal insurance – to include cover for repatriation and air evacuation
  • Passport and Visa fees

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