Non profit Internship: Digital Marketing and Sales, Cape Town

Get work experience in social media, marketing and sales at this social Non Profit

Are you in for a challenge and a huge variety of tasks? Keen to work with an enthusiastic team that empowers these local artists bead by bead to become breadwinners and community leaders?

We offer an exciting Digital Marketing and Sales non profit Internship with Monkeybiz, an organization that achieved tremendous impact. They provide a basic income to many families who otherwise are left destitute. Monkeybiz looks for an intern who assists with running their business and likes variety in his or her tasks. One day you will help out selling the art and telling the Monkeybiz story in the shop (and online). And the next day you assist with the market days or work on communications and fundraising activities.

Cape Town, South Africa
Female Empowerment NGO
Communications, Marketing, Sales, Operations, Fundraising
8 Weeks
From USD 1,814

Monkeybiz is a non profit beading project supporting women in Khayelitsha, one of Cape Town’s largest townships. Monkeybiz is dedicated to reviving the tradition of African beadwork by taking the love and knowledge that is passed down, over the centuries, from mother to child and turning this into contemporary artworks. These are then sold online and through various shops, and the artists are empowered bead by bead to become breadwinners and community leaders. As a result, women are financially empowered, crafters become artists, and the art of beadwork is revived.


Monkeybiz art is sold in shops all over the world as well as via the Monkeybiz website. As an intern with Monkeybiz you will be based in their colourful office in Bo-Kaap, Cape Town. It will be a great opportunity for you to get involved in multiple aspects of the daily operation of running a non profit organization.

What you’ll do

Depending on your interests, skills and needs at that moment from Monkeybiz you will be involved in a variety of tasks, such as:

  • Communications:  Creating and posting content to our social media (Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest), e.g. writing, taking pictures and/or creating short videos. Creating content and sending newsletter to our mailing list. Updating the website and webshop, a.o. taking and editing pictures of new art pieces for webshop. Drafting press releases and articles. Research possible media contacts and maintain a media database
  • Marketing and sales: Guide and present to groups coming to Monkeybiz, assist with sales and order process (intake, dispatch, pulling stories, etc.) Helping out in the store, telling the Monkeybiz story to customers, taking cash and credit card sales and recording sales. Selection and display of retails goods in the shop.
  • Assisting on market days, e.g. intake of art pieces, sorting, assisting with quality checks and payments, etc.
  • Database entry & management for both sales opportunities (orders) and artists (purchases and orders from market days)
  • Assist with fundraising activities and/or do market research

Main skills that can be developed during this Non Profit internship in Cape Town

  • Sales and communication skills
  • Database management skills
  • Operational management skills
  • Social media communication skills

If you are ready to make an impact, please keep in mind Monkeybiz is looking for someone with the following skills and experience for this Non Profit Internship:

  • Work well in a team
  • Have a just-do-mentality, be flexible and keen to take on different kind of tasks
  • Have good written and spoken English skills
  • Be precise, accurate and moving fast
  • Bring your own laptop

You’ll be staying at the Lenox, a comfortable guest house in the heart of Cape Town. Built in the old Cape Dutch style, the Lenox is characterful and spacious. It has a garden with a barbeque area, a large dining room, and several other communal spaces. Shared bedrooms take four to eight people, and there are plenty of single rooms available as well (at an extra fee). You’ll be walking distance from a wide range of shops, cafes and restaurants, and at a great spot for some of the touristy highlights Cape Town has to offer as well. (As well as for views of Table Mountain!)


You can start your internship with this organization every week, so start and end dates are based on what you and the host organization suits best. Please keep in mind this organization is closed for  few weeks of summer holiday at the end of the year.

What you’ll pay (2023 rates)

2 MONTHS USD 1,814
3 MONTHS USD 2,382
4 MONTHS USD 2,949
5 MONTHS USD 3,517
6 MONTHS USD 4,084

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.
What you are paying for:
  • Transfer from Cape Town International airport to your accommodation and back on arrival and departure day
  • Accommodation based on a dorm room (4-8 pax). If you prefer a single room, please contact us for availability and prices
  • Two meals (breakfast and dinner) a day from Monday to Friday
  • Assistance with your visa arrangement & other preparations
  • On the ground support during your stay
  • Free WiFi
  • Assistance with finding the perfect work placement
  • Supervision during your internship
  • Check-in and feedback as well as a reference letter after your internship
  • Your own account on a career development platform that offers content and courses focused on exploring different career opportunities
  • Reference letter at the end of your internship
  • A discount on weekend activities, exclusive to Roots interns
  • Flights
  • 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)
  • Meals during the weekend
  • Transport to the office
  • 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
Female  Empowerment NGO
Communications, Marketing, Sales, Operations, Fundraising
8-26 Weeks
From USD 1,814

It's great to have all these different roles. I do things in this Nonprofit Internship in Cape Town many other interns don’t get the chance to. Monkeybiz really involved me in making certain business decisions.

Jamie, United StatesDigital Marketing and Sales Internship
  • Dynamic internship with a variety of tasks in marketing, communications, fundraising, and operations
  • Gain a full insight in the day to day running of a nonprofit organisation
  • Help economically empowering (mainly female) artists
  • Live and work in Cape Town, arguably one of the most stunning cities in the world.
  • Enjoy exploring South Africa’s many highlights during your time off
2 MONTHS USD 1,814
3 MONTHS USD 2,382
4 MONTHS USD 2,949

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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
  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.

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