NGO Management Internship in Cape Town, South Africa

Get to grips with the inner workings of nonprofits whilst improving women’s sexual health and rights

Here’s a nonprofit management internship that offers you insight into every aspect of NGO management. With this program, you’ll follow your own intuition with what tasks you take on as you gain multi-level work experience within a small, purpose-driven organization. All with while, you’ll support vital work to protect and fortify sexual reproductive health and rights in South Africa.

This organization works in a number of capacities to help end period poverty and destigmatize menstruation. So, unique to other sexual health internships, there are a variety of roles you could fill. You could be focused on their project management, grant writing, donor outreach, marketing, campaign coordination… the list goes on! You’ll also get the chance to combine working out of the office with in-field excursions — which is quite rare among nonprofit organizations internships.

Whatever position you take, you’ll play a crucial role in devising, planning, and supporting educational programmes in schools across South Africa, distributing menstrual health products to disadvantaged communities, and all the behind the scenes action that keeps an NGO running. But, depending on where your interests lie, your work may vary.


Based In the Western Cape, New Heritage Foundation is the ideal organization for a reproductive health internship. They work to end period poverty, destigmatize menstruation, and bolster women’s sexual health rights.

They do this through educational programs in schools across South Africa teaching young women and men about puberty, menstrual health management, reproductive rights and consent. Their programs are now being instituted in schools as part of their Life Orientation curriculum. They also distribute eco-friendly reusable, sanitary pads, and teach communities how to make their own.


On this nonprofit management internship, you’ll have the chance to visit projects weekly, but you’ll be focused on the logistics of keeping New Heritage Foundation’s campaigns running. There’s a number of areas where you can help, so before starting your internship, you’ll work closely with us at Roots and your host organization to work out where you’d be best suited.

What you’ll do during the internship

Here are some of the focus areas you could get involved in:

  • Event Management — New Heritage runs a number of events across the year including annual fundraising events and activist demonstrations. You’ll assist with planning events, liaising with volunteers, sourcing entertainment, and all other logistical preparations
  • Digital Marketing / Content Creation — You’ll help to raise awareness for the cause and reach out to donors. This is include working on social media, online campaigns, event promotion, newsletters, and public relations
  • Fundraising / Grant Writing — Assist with fundraising research, application and grant writing, and monitoring and evaluating the impact of campaigns. You’ll coordinate with your business manager, identify fundraising goals, and devise plans to reach those goals
Internship Requirements
  • Have a strong idea of what your interests, strengths, and goals are for your nonprofit management internship.
  • Organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Knowledge of business management, project management, and/or campaign coordination
  • Experience in your chosen field, be that event management, marketing, fundraising, or grant-writing
  • Social media savvy
  • Confidence writing a variety of content to a variety audiences
  • A passion to aid and improve SRHR for young girls and women in Africa


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!)


Internship start and end dates are flexible and will be discussed with your during the selection process.

What you’ll pay (2023 rates)

2 MONTHS USD 2,135
3 MONTHS USD 2,862
4 MONTHS USD 3,590
5 MONTHS USD 4,317
6 MONTHS USD 5,014

Remote internship: USD 525

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 shared room (2 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
  • Transport to the project for field work (approx. 1-2 times a week)
  • Free WiFi
  • Initial interview with one of our team to gauge your skills, interests, and desired learning outcomes.
  • An orientation program with your supervisor.
  • Regular check ins during your internship with you and your supervisor.
  • Your own account on a career development platform that offers content and courses focused on exploring different career opportunities
  • Troubleshooting if needed
  • A reference letter at the end of your internship
  • 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
  • Costs for additional excursions or activities
Cape Town, South Africa OR Remote
Health Education NGO
Event  Management, Digital Marketing, Fundraising
Min. 8 Weeks
From USD 2,235
  • Enjoy a custom-made nonprofit management internship which accounts for your interests and skills
  • Gain experience in a variety of nonprofit work: Event management, Content
  • Creation, Grant writing,Fundraising, and more
  • Make a meaningful impact in the lives of African women and girls
  • Offers a unique combination of office work and practical field experience
  • Live and work in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Cape Town
2 MONTHS USD 2,135
3 MONTHS USD 2,862
4 MONTHS USD 3,590

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If you’re ready to apply for this internship, here’s what to do:


Fill in the application form (it will show in a new screen) which includes sharing your CV to us


We’ll set up a call with you to go through your application.


If we feel it’s a good match, we’ll set up a call between you and the supervisor for this internship.


If everyone’s happy, we’ll provisionally confirm your placement! We’ll then send you the invoice for the deposit, getting started with the booking process and all the info you need.


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 below. We’ll be happy to assist!


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