Non-Profit Management Internship at social non-profit

Looking for an opportunity to use your marketing skills and make an impact? And at the same time help to bring new funds in to support the projects in the areas of ‘Education and Enrichment’, ‘Health and Nutrition’ and ‘Empowering community’? This Non-Profit Management Internship with this The Happy Africa Foundation might just be what you are looking for.  This non-profit makes a meaningful impact in the communities by for example providing access to education and health services, improving nutrition or creating a safe environment where children can play and learn. You will divide your time between the office  and the local projects in either Zambia, Tanzania or South Africa. And twice a month Professional Development is offered to you. An excellent opportunity to be involved with  fundraising, communication, marketing, programme development through monitoring and evaluations and see the results of your efforts on the ground.

Quick Facts

  • Destination South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia
  • Type of organisation Social Non profit
  • Work focus Marketing, Fundraising
  • Length of internship 3-12 months
  • Accommodation Shared room
  • Fee As from USD 2,678.94 (3 months)

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The Happy Africa Foundation is a non-profit that works to implement long-term, positive change in the lives of individuals, families and communities in Africa. They currently operate in East and Southern Africa to ‘Educate, Enrich and Empower’ in three main areas of focus: Education and Enrichment, Health and Nutrition and Empowering community. They recognize the importance of identifying and fully understanding the unique needs of each community in order to effectively and sustainably address them. So they limit their reach to a smaller number of communities concentrating their efforts on building trust, nurturing lasting relationships and ensuring the sustainability of their involvement in each community.

These communities often lack access to education, health services, nutritious food or safe places to play. Without these basic necessities it is difficult for individuals and families to feel empowered or to better themselves. Making a meaningful impact in these communities can take the form of providing access to education and health services, improving nutrition or creating a safe environment where children can play and learn.

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The Happy Africa Foundation locations
The Happy Africa Foundation has their head office in Cape Town and operates their projects from several different location in Southern and Eastern Africa. Internships at all locations are possible with a minimum of three months. With internships of six months or longer it’s possible to combine a stay at the head office with a stay at one of the project offices to get the most out of your experience.

Cape Town (South Africa) – HEAD OFFICE
The Cape Town head office is based in Noordhoek, Cape Town and serves as the heart for the projects working in other parts of Eastern and Southern Africa. The office provide the logistical, strategic and financial support for the projects to flourish and develop to a point where further development could happen or the relationship seizes through capacity reached and potential fully developed. During internships at this office you will have the responsibility to help with office administration, fundraising, development through marketing and event management aspects of the Non-profit sector of development from a high level perspective.

Cape Town project (South Africa)
The Happy Africa Foundation projects in Cape Town deal with issues of gender equality, educational support in Early Childhood Development and beyond, Health and wellness through feeding schemes and gardening initiatives as well as sport development. All these through well-established relationships with community partners who determine the trajectory of our involvement and impact on the communities we engage.

Kruger (South Africa)
Kruger is the first and one of the biggest national parks in South Africa. It is surrounded by majestic natural beauty and the gap identified by the community is a lack of engagement with the community on conservation, and an even bigger lack of knowledge on conservation. The projects in Kruger focus on conservation and education, but greater yet the harmony, conflict and sustainable development of the wildlife and the humans sharing one space.. This way honing in on research that will actually impact the way humans and wildlife engages and how to sustainably develop what is available in the natural beauty of greater Kruger.

Livingstone (Zambia)
Livingstone is renowned for its natural beauty, like the famous Victoria Falls and the amazing Zambezi River it flows from! The Happy Africa Foundation has really made serious strides in the areas of employment and employable skills; education; medical assistance, community development and sports development. This impact is very evident from (Sponsor a Child) children who graduated through to complete High School, and to University; classrooms built to accommodate more learners at schools in the community; a myriad of gardens and their hospital project. Recently, gender equality was raised by the community as an interest and a matter worth investing in for the future and this led to the start of The Girl Impact project. They work very (close)ly with the communities in Livingstone and rely on their guidance to enhance the programming there, as well as on local staff, volunteers and interns.

Moshi (Tanzania)
Moshi has Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak as its backdrop. Here the life of the Masaai is simple but with pressure from the modern world through the struggles with education, gender equality, and general health and wellness, this simple live is now being challenged. The Happy Africa Foundation works directly with the Masaai but also with partners they have connected with to see greater impact in the communities they serve alongside. The projects range from the forgotten senior citizens, the girl child, as well as early childhood development. Here the sub-sections in communities who are not given a voice generally learn not only to have a voice, but how to use it.

St. Lucia (South Africa)
St. Lucia is situated in the KwaZulu-Natal province, which is on the South African east coast. The Happy Africa Foundation works on a few projects on Medical Assistance, Early Child Development and community Empowerment. These areas are important for the community since the highest incidence of HIV/Aids is found in the province, with high unemployment, low levels of education and consequently a low esteem among the people of Khula and surrounding villages.

Zanzibar (Tanzania)
Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania, after the two nations (and nation names) merged in April 1964. The Happy Africa Foundation projects are involved with Marine Conservation, Early Childhood Development, as well as Nutrition and Health. Zanzibar recently developed Vision 2020, an education development plan to ensure access to quality education for everyone- including women, children, persons with disabilities and the like-, eradicate illiteracy, upgrading teachers’ competence and also encourage NGOs and the private sector investments in the provision of education and education facilities. The Happy Africa Foundation works in Jambiani and builts a learning center where students will now get to measure the impact of the center on the local residents and beneficiaries, against this Vision 2020. This is the start of a success story where African Impact, The Happy Africa Foundation and the local government in Zanzibar work together to offer quality education to all the people residing on the archipelago.

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This organization has offices and projects in different locations: Zanzibar or Kilimajaro (Tanzania), Livingstone (Zambia), Cape Town (project office or head office), Kruger Park or St. Lucia (South Africa). And you are sure to form a large part of the support for the communities, alongside local staff as well as be involved with different aspects such as fundraising, communication, marketing and programme development through monitoring and evaluations. You will be exposed to cultural work ethics and practices in the sites which are supported by local staff in relation to the countries they are in. This Non-Profit Management internship therefore allows for cultural immersion, skill building and experiential learning.

Your tasks
When you are based at the head office in Cape Town the impact of your internship here will be felt in all 24 projects, depending on your particular focus. The impact it may have on you, is that you will get a sense for regulation of Non-Profit organizations, financial obligations of the organizations in South Africa, the UK and Zambia; financial goal setting, core costs, and the like. Your experience will be tangible and the monies raised will match the needs and requests from our projects in terms of urgency.

When you are based at one of the project offices you will experience grass root impact and engagement with communities. This allows for practical application of knowledge and the ability to stretch skills you already have and to discover newer ones altogether. Great effort will lead to even greater results in personal and community development. Your internship will be what you make of it, but it will also lead to a stretched skill set, experiential learning and greater ability to work in international and contextual development.

At every location you will have an expectations workshop which will allow you to express your expectations for the internship, which is then met with the organisations’ expectations which also matches that of the communities we work alongside. Some of the tasks you will complete may look the same whilst others may include some specific requests from community partners, which you may add to develop a skill or draw on your existing skill set. Here are some examples of tasks you may be requested to do over the time you are interning.

  • Fundraising goals to be set and events or campaigns designed to meet the goals set.
  • Assisting in organizing and running fundraising events or online campaigns, if and when they happen
  • Creating awareness around projects and updating marketing material
  • Capture and analysing data to ensuring quality reporting on project development to the Board as well as potential and current donors.
  • Researching grant and award opportunities
  • Researching creative funding opportunities, including CSI, crowd funding campaigns
  • Assisting with writing grant applications and/or sponsorship proposals
  • Mapping the donor journey process and process improvements
  • Facilitating community projects with volunteers, where specialized skill can be applied
  • All interns may be called on to help with weekly/monthly office tasks which including taking and making calls, participating in meetings, preparing for events and the like.
  • Additional tasks when based at one of the project offices:
    • Managing and taking responsibility for merchandise
    • Managing the tracking of financial and other donations to the organization
  • Additional tasks when based at the head office:
    • Meeting with local businesses to support the organization  in kind or in financial donation
    • Assist with gathering information for monthly reports, board meetings and annual meetings
    • Designing marketing campaigns for social media and also writing media reports to show development of social media engagement

Your week
When you are based at the head office in Cape Town you work five days a week, from 8am-4pm. On the weekends you are free. You are required to have once a month meeting with the development coach and once a week meet with the internship manager.
At the project offices you will be on duty from Monday till Fridays, unless you are managing a fundraiser over the weekend, in which case you may request for some time off in the week following. You will spend about forty percent of your time on project and the rest of the time in the office fulfilling the designated tasks assigned in the expectations workshop. Weekends will also allow you to explore more beyond your living arrangement.

NB. Internships at all locations are possible with a minimum of three months. With internships of six months or longer it’s possible to combine a stay at the head office with a stay at one of the project offices to get the most out of your experience. See ‘Organization’ tab for more information about the projects they work on at the different locations.

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At every location you will be living and sharing a house with volunteers.

  • Typically the rooms are shared and so too are the bathrooms and communal areas.
  • You have to provide your own toiletries and towels, but bedding is provided and a laundry service is offered at a cost.
  • You also have access to WiFi at the house at a rate that will be communicated upon online orientation.
  • Your food is also provided and you need to take responsibility for cleaning the plates and utensils you use in the house.
  • You also have to manage medications that you take, and also need to be responsible to share the use of these to alert the site manager in the event of an emergency. 
  • You will be collected from and taken to the airport and during your internship transport to the projects is provided (either car or bicycle).

NB. If you do the internship at the Cape Town head office food and daily transport to the Head Office and back are NOT included.

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St. Lucia accommodation

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  • Strong writing and communications skills
  • Experience with fundraising initiatives
  • Strong research skills
  • Resourcefulness and flexibility
  • Nice to have: experience with Excel or database analysis
  • Nice to have: Experience with grant or sponsorship proposal writing as well as online campaigns

How to apply?
If you’re keen for this work placement and feel that you could make an impact, 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. In the application please notify us of your preferred location(s).
  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, you’ll receive all information you need to prepare for your upcoming adventure.

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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Programme fees 2017

Country Office 3 months 6 months 12 months
South Africa Cape Town USD 3,216.96 USD 4,696.31 USD 8,030.40
Cape Town project USD 2,678.94 USD 3,913.09 USD 6,586.18
St Lucia USD 2,678.94 USD 3,775.77 USD 6,320.81
Kruger USD 3,050.50 USD 4,326.67 USD 7,323.30
Tanzania Moshi aka Kilimanjaro USD 2,678.94 USD 3,953.31 USD 6,663.89
Zanzibar USD 3,216.96 USD 4,787.23 USD 8,204.32
Zambia Livingstone USD 3,216.96 USD 4,848.37 USD 8,321.28

What is included?

  • Meals
  • Accommodation
  • Transfer to projects
  • Access to WiFi
  • 3-tier support by local staff
  • NB. If you do the internship at the Cape Town head office the above mentioned fees exclude food and transport costs to the Head Office and back.

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