Gender Equality Internship, Cape Town

Help shape and develop programs, systems, and network of this start-up nonprofit

Here’s an opportunity to join a start-up organisation that’s addressing an important issue; gender based violence in Cape Town, South Africa. Gender based violence is a widespread issue in Cape Town, and victims are often left without the necessary support.
As an intern on this gender equality internship, you’ll be part of a nonprofit organisation that is working to develop structures to support victims, do much-needed research into the nature and size of the issue, and influence local policy to protect women legally.
This internship suits someone who thrives in a start-up environment, is happy to tackle a variety of tasks, and is passionate about women’s empowerment. It’s a unique opportunity to play a large part in shaping this organisation and helping it get off the ground in a successful way. You’ll gain a wealth of experience in the nonprofit sector, and you’ll see tangible results of your work.
You can do this internship remotely, or, if the situation allows, on the ground in Cape Town. If you’re interested in discussing the different options, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Cape Town, South Africa OR Remote
Gender equality Nonprofit
Research, Communications, Fundraising, Program Development
Min. 8 Weeks
From USD 1,950 (on-site) / USD 375 (remote)

You’ll be part of Kwanele South Africa, a start-up nonprofit organization that works to support women who are the victim of gender-based violence, an issue that is prevalent throughout many of Cape Town’s communities. Kwanele South Africa is currently developing a pilot program to assess how to best address GBV addresses. Potential programs may include;

  • Providing trauma support to girls and women who are abuse victims or networking with organizations that specialize in this.
  • Developing training for outreach workers in a spectrum of skills, so that they can provide support and guidance throughout different communities of Cape Town.
  • Providing legal support to abuse victims, which can include court preparations, legal advice, and logistical support to ensure women can get to court houses.
  • Running educational workshops at schools.
  • Doing research into trends around gender based violence, and using data and strategic partnerships to influence policy and legislation to protect victims.

As an intern on this gender equality internship in Cape Town, you’ll play a vital role in the developments of this important initiative. Alexis is in its early stages and provides an exciting opportunity for interns to help shape and develop its programs, systems, and network. You’ll be a large part of a small team, and you can expect to have wide-ranging and varied tasks.

What you’ll do
Depending on your skills and experience, they will include the following;
  • Doing research into gender based violence issues in Cape Town and its surroundings
  • Helping create an overall communications strategy
  • Assisting with website development
  • Managing social media channels
  • Assisting with programs on the ground
  • Doing fundraising research
  • Applying for grants and writing corporate funding proposals
  • Some experience with digital marketing / communications
  • A passion for gender equality issues
  • An ability to work independently and take initiative
  • A willingness to take on a variety of tasks
  • Experience with fundraising or working in the nonprofit sector would be beneficial

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.

If you do your internship remotely, you will of course be working from the comfort of your home. It’s also possible to do part of your internship remotely and part of it in Cape Town.


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

2021 Rates

8 weeks USD 1,950
12 weeks USD 2,650
16 weeks USD 2,902
20 weeks USD 3,490
26 weeks USD 4,372

Remote internship Fixed fee USD 375

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.

  • 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 when you’re working at the Ubuntu Center
  • Training and assessment sessions with a local qualified therapist (an initial session at the start of your internship, a session every two weeks, and session at the end of your stay)
  • 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
  • Flights to Cape Town
  • Visa, medical and travel insurance
  • Lunch, Snacks, drinks, etc.
  • 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 or Remote
Gender equality nonprofit
Research, Communications, Fundraising, Program Development
Min. 8 Weeks
From USD 1,950 (on-site) / USD 375 (remote)
  • Contribute to a program that supports victims of gender based violence, a prevalent issue in South Africa
  • Be part of a start-up project, which will allow you to take on a large role and really make your mark
  • Gain a thorough understanding of the nonprofit sector in South Africa
  • Either live and work in Cape Town – or work remotely, from the comfort of your own home
8 WEEKS USD 1,950
12 WEEKS USD 2,650
16 WEEKS USD 2,902

See Detailed Rates

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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