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.


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


  • 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 guesthouse in the heart of Cape Town. Built in the old Cape Dutch style, The Lenox is characterful and historic. It has multiple balconies, a large dining room, and many other communal spaces. Shared bedrooms include 2 twin beds, and there are plenty of single rooms available as well (at an extra fee). You’ll be walking distance from many shops, cafes, restaurants, and some of the touristy highlights Cape Town has to offer as well.

Safety & Support

Safety & Support

Be sure to prioritize hydration in the summer to avoid heatstroke. South Africa does have high crime rates, so it’s important to be aware and use common sense to stay safe. Some safety guidelines are to always walk in groups, take a taxi/Uber in the evenings, know safe/dangerous areas, secure your belongings, don’t walk around with large sums of cash (you can pay everything with a card), minimize wearing flashy accessories, and be cautious of overly friendly strangers.



The accommodation offers free Wi-Fi to keep family and friends up to date via WhatsApp, Zoom, etc. Cafes/restaurants also offer free Wi-Fi. You can also consider getting a local SIM card if your phone is unlocked, or setting your phone’s status to roaming, depending on your provider’s rates.



A simple breakfast, lunch and a delicious cooked dinner (vegetarian & vegan options available) from Monday to Friday are included in your fee. Indulge in local dishes, like bobotie and South African Braai! For desserts, don’t miss out on milk tarts and malva pudding. There is a diverse food scene in Cape Town, so no matter your cuisine preference or dietary restrictions you’ll have plenty of options. Let us know in advance if you have any allergies/dietary needs.

Location details

Location details

Discover Cape Town’s attractions: Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Gardens, city tours, historical sites, and the Cape Point Peninsula. There are also opportunities to surf, kayak, paraglide, cage dive with sharks, and more! Cape Town has a mediterranean climate with cool winters and hot summers so be sure to check what the temperature will be like during your stay.


Fee Breakdown

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

What you’ll pay (2024 rates)

8 WEEKS USD 2,137

12 WEEKS USD 2,801

16 WEEKS USD 3,437

20 WEEKS USD 4,073

24 WEEKS USD 4,709


  • Careful matchmaking. It takes time to find the right internship for each person, and we take this process very seriously
  • Initial interview with one of our team to gauge your skills, interests, and desired learning outcomes
  • An academic internship eligible for university credit. Check with your university to confirm if this internship qualifies for credit or alternatively we can assist you with purchasing transfer credits
  • Accommodation in a shared room (2 pax). If you prefer a single room, please contact us for availability and prices
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Meals from Monday to Friday
  • Wifi access
  • Housekeeping service
  • Assistance with your visa arrangement and other preparations
  • An orientation program with your supervisor
  • Supervision and support during your stay
  • Regular check-ins during your internship with your supervisor
  • Troubleshooting if needed
  • A 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
  • Costs for additional excursions or activities


Some of our most commonly asked questions for programs in South Africa.

What can I expect from a NGO internship in South Africa?

During your internship in South Africa you can expect to meet people from around the world, as well as indulging yourself into the culture of this beautiful country! If you want to know more about what to expect, make sure to check out our top 7 reasons for an internship in Cape Town.

Will I have time to explore South Africa during my internship?

Yes! We partner with various activity organizers that can offer discounts exclusive to Roots Interns, for example, a road trip through the Garden Route and bungee jumping off the world’s largest natural bungee. You may also explore the country on your own and we are happy to give recommendations.

Am I able to do an internship while on a study program in Cape Town?

Yes! You are able to do a part-time internship with certain organizations so that you can continue your studies, while also gaining valuable work experience.

Will I receive a stipend of any kind during my internship with Roots?

Unfortunately, no. When working with a nonprofit organization, your internship will be unpaid, but there are many ways to fund your internship. Your experience will bring a wealth of knowledge and opportunities for both professional and personal growth that are invaluable!


LOCATION: Cape Town, South Africa OR Remote
PROJECT FOCUS: Gender Equality, Health
TASK FOCUS: Event Management, Fundraising, Digital Marketing
LENGTH: Min. 8 weeks
COST: From USD 2,135


  • 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


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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