Non Profit Internship At Social Organization, 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 local artists bead by bead to become breadwinners and community leaders? We offer an exciting 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.

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

Jamie, North Eastern University, United States

Quick Facts

  • Destination Cape Town, South Africa
  • Type of Organisation Non Profit Organization
  • Work Focus Communications, Marketing, Sales, Operations, Fundraising
  • Length of Internship Minimum 8 weeks
  • Accommodation Choice of several types
  • Fee As from USD 1,390 for 8 weeks

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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 started simply with a beaded doll. Back in 1999, Barbara Jackson and Shirley Fintz, both South African ceramicists and African art collectors, had a “light bulb” moment. Showing a small beaded doll to a part-time student, Mathapelo Ngaka, who then took it to her mother, Makatiso, a skilled bead artist with the brief “can you do a doll that looks unique?” and Monkeybiz was born. Word of mouth spread of this wonderful supportive and empowering project and the register grew to over 450 beaders that the non-profit works with today.

International acclaim has followed; Monkeybiz pieces were snatched up by Sotherbys Contemporary Decorative arts for a sell-out exhibition in 2002, and the vibrant dolls, animals and beaded pictures have enthralled shoppers and collectors in New York, London, Paris and Tokyo – and Donna Karan has sold Monkeybiz craft art in her New York store DKNY. You’ll also find these iconic pieces at ABC carpet and Home, a department store that sets trends not only as a New York institution but worldwide.

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

  • Communications: e.g. social media, website content, newsletter
  • Marketing and sales: guide and present to groups coming to Monkeybiz, assist with sales and order process (intake, dispatch, pulling stories, etc.)
  • Store: helping out in the store, telling the Monkeybiz story to customers, taking cash and credit card sales and recording sales
  • Merchandising: selection and display of retails goods in the shop and for the webshop (this might include taking and editing pictures of new art pieces)
  • Stock take & sorting colours
  • 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 suggestions for improvements on systems used for daily operation
  • Assist with fundraising activities and/or do market research

Skills or abilities you will learn while doing an internship with Monkeybiz

You will gain experience in the following main areas

  • Social media and creative writing
  • Customer relationship management
  • Operations of a non profit business

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

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Where You’ll Stay 

We’re excited to be able to offer you a shared apartment.

  • This chic, new shared apartment has a majestic view of Table Mountain and is perfectly positioned in a bustling area during the day but quiet at night so you can sleep easy! The Cape Town Company Gardens, busy Long Street and Kloof Street with world class restaurants are an easy 10 min walk from the Loft
  • Cape Town Loft has 1 private room and 2 shared dorm rooms and guests have access to 2 bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, a comfortable lounge, balcony and free WiFi.
  • You will share a dorm room with 3-5 other people. Bed linen is provided, towels are NOT included.
  • It’s a self catering accommodation with a fully equipped kitchen. Meals are NOT included.

If you are interested in a single room or other kind of accommodation, please let us know as we have several other options available as well.

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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

The Application Process

If you’re keen for this work placement and feel that you could make a good contribution to Monkeybiz, we’d love to hear from you! Here’s what to do:

  1. Fill in the (it will show in a slider pop-up!) and send us your CV.
  2. If we might have a placement available for you, we’ll chat to you on the phone or Skype to go through your application and make sure it’s a good match.
  3. We’ll set up a call between you and the person who would be your supervisor during the work placement.
  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 shoot us an email, or fill in the enquiry form. We’ll be happy to assist!

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When can you start making an impact?
You can start your internship with Monkeybiz every week, so your final starting date is based on what suits you and Monkeybiz the best.


At Roots we do everything we can to make your work placement 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. These fees are based on a shared dorm room in a beautiful central Cape Town apartment. If you are interested in another kind of accommodation or a single room, please let us know. You can come for any length of time (minimum 8 weeks) – the prices below are a guide but we can send you an exact quote depending on the duration of your internship.
8 weeks   – USD 1,446 (2018)
12 weeks – USD 1,894 (2018)
16 weeks – USD 2,342 (2018)

What is included in the fee?

  • Full accommodation rental fees based on a shared dorm room.
  • Transfer from Cape Town International airport to your accommodation and back on arrival and departure day.
  • Placement fee for finding you the right internship, assistance with your visa,  organizing accommodation and transport, preparations and support to you and host organization before, during and after your placement.

What is not included in the fee?

  • 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

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