Nonprofit Management Internship at social nonprofit
An opportunity to work on community projects and experience what it's like to run a nonprofit
Are you someone with a passion for helping others? With an interest in NGO Management or International Development? Would you for example like to contribute to sustainable solutions in the areas of ‘Education and Enrichment’, ‘Health and Nutrition’ and ‘Empowering community’? This Nonprofit Management Internship might just be what you are looking for. This organization 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 in for example fundraising, communication, marketing, programme development through monitoring and evaluations and see the results of your efforts on the ground.
“I came to Zanzibar for an internship as part of my study. My objectives were to get to know communications work in an NGO. I’ve chosen to make my impact and to do something meaningful. What I’ve learnt is much more than communications analysis or capturing stories, and making big from small, it is also a way of thinking, of living and of being! It wasn’t only a work experience but a true human experience. I am so thankful for the people I met and I will always remember their dedication to learning, their smiles and their happiness.” – Justine, France
- Destination South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia
- Type of organisation Social Non profit
- Work focus Marketing, Fundraising, Facilitation, Monitoring, NGO Management
- Length of internship 3-12 months
- Accommodation Shared room including meals
- Fee As from USD 3,645 (3 months)
This foundation was established in 2008 and 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 several focus areas: Education and Enrichment, Health and Nutrition, Empowering Families, The Girl Impact and Conservation. 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.
The foundation has their head office in Cape Town and operates their projects from different locations in Southern and Eastern Africa:
- Cape Town – South Africa: Education Support, Sports Development, Health and Nutrition, Gender Equality-The Girl Impact Program
- Kruger – South Africa: Education and Conservation
- Kilimanjaro – Tanzania: Community Empowerment, Gender Equality – The Girl Impact program
- Livingstone – Zambia: Medical, Educational Assistance, Sponsor a Child Program, Community Empowerment, Gender Equality- The Girl Impact program.
- St. Lucia – South Africa: Medical, Education Support, Health and Nutrition, Community Empowerment, Early Childhood Development-Rural Teacher Development.
- Zanzibar – Tanzania: Education, Health and Nutrition, Marine Conservation.
This organization has offices and projects in different locations: Zanzibar or Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), Livingstone (Zambia), Cape Town (project office or head office), Kruger Park or St. Lucia (South Africa). Before the placement you will work closely with an intern placement specialist to discuss your goals, location options, identify your strengths and discuss the variety of projects and tasks. This will result in a custom-made internship which accounts for your interest and skills to serve their communities accordingly. Roughly there are five focus areas possible:
- NGO Management Experience: Dive into understanding the day to day running of a working NGO. Develop a combination of skills including community relationships, operational management, governance, admin and, reporting. For a holistic experience, you are encouraged to note your learnings via a weekly journal entry to the intern supervisor, as well as reports such as financial trackers and project progress report.
- Fundraising and Marketing: After identifying the fundraising priorities with your Business Manager, you will create a fundraising plan to meet goals accordingly. You will learn how to combine social media and marketing to reach more people to get involved in your fundraising campaigns. This activity develops your communication skills and your ability to present information in a succinct manner, attractive to donors.
- Facilitate Projects: You can expect to run workshops in the communities we partner with to leave your impact and receive a better, in-depth understanding of our projects. Your working week will be split between 50% office time and 50% community engagement. Use this time to also explore and extend your customized skill or interest in our projects.
- Measuring Impact: Measuring the impact our projects have on the communities and conservation is essential to ensure we are making a difference. We take our work seriously and are constantly looking for innovative ways in which we can deliver programs that will educate, empower and enrich our community partners and conservation programs.
- African Experience: Experience all that Africa has to offer. Immerse yourself in your location’s culture and language and attend the many different activities to add to your adventure. From safaris to bungee jumping, water activities and village tours, there are amazing experiences in all our locations!
Bolt-on options for further professional development
If you like you can opt for a professional development mentor during this internship. This mentor will focus on your needs and areas for development to gear you towards future endeavour.
- Personal Development Coach: Additional support to expand your knowledge about NGO management. You will have one-on-one sessions with your coach revolved around your personal goals and opportunities to explore what comes after your internship. Additional group sessions are held to connect to other interns and talk about fundraising, monitoring and evaluation, building capacity and conflict resolutions.
- Monitoring & Evaluation Support: You will develop social research methods skills through practical application of research tools included ethics, data analysis model, and frameworks. You will be supported by an M&E specialist looking at project-specific data collection and analysis, creating marketing material, as well as grant proposal details.
- Research Support: Expand your experience by conducting research and using our projects as a case study. Your Research Manager will support you through drafting a proposal with literature review, collecting and collating data, draft reviews which will lead to your final research paper or Capstone project.
- Research Supervisor: An expert in your specific field of research like an academic professor, CEO, Conservationist, NGO director, activist, and more. Their very role is to act in support of your project by guiding you through the latest developments in your specific topic.
Internships at all locations are possible with a minimum of three months.
This organization also offers a Conservation and Photography Internship in the Greater Kruger Area in South Africa.
NB. Please note that the internship is based on a volunteer work placement, so you are not receiving any payment or stipend.
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.
St. Lucia accommodation
- Know your interest, skills, and goals for this internship. And think about how this internship can be customized to fit what you are looking for.
- Choose a preferred location and internship dates
- NB. For an internship in Zambia a minimum age of 21 years applies (due to visa regulations).
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:
- Send your CV and motivational letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the application please notify us of your preferred location(s) and internship dates.
- We’ll chat with you on the phone or Skype to go through your application and make sure it’s a good match.
- We’ll connect you with the intern specialist from the host organization who will also send you the internship questionnaire.
- The intern specialist will have a 30-45 Minute Placement Session with you to review your CV, motivational letter, and questionnaire. In that session, you will also hear how the internship can be customized to fit what you are looking for. You will also hear more about the Bolt-on options to enhance your internship.
- Finally, the intern specialist will talk you through the next steps, placement opportunities, and booking process
Or if you’d just like to ask us some questions about this internship first, just shoot us an email, or fill in the contact form. We’ll be happy to assist!
Programme fees and starting dates 2019
Starting dates differ per location but generally twice a month but in some months (January, July, August, December) there is more flexibility. Let us know and we will give you the exact options for your preferred location.
3 months – USD 3,645
4 months – USD 4,625
5 months – USD 5,549
6 months – USD 6,549
Fees Bold-on options
- Monitoring & Evaluation – USD 95 per month
- Research Support – USD 95 per month
- Research Supervisor – USD 245 per month
What is included?
- Customized Internship Placement
- Internship Mentor
- Pre-Departure Pack
- 24/7 On-Site Support
- Airport Pick Up
- On Ground Transportation
- Personal Development Coach
- Visa Support
- Weekday Meals
- Cultural Activities
- Academic Supervision (additional fees apply, see above)
- Optional Weekend Excursions (additional fees apply)
What is not included in the cost?
- All items of personal nature such as curious, gifts, snacks, drinks and clothing
- Round-trip international airfare
- Personal insurance
- Passport and Visa fees