Program Management Internship in Cape Town, South Africa


Gain field experience educating young women and girls on sexual health and reproductive rights!

One of the best sexual health internships to springboard you into a social work or psychology career! During this internship, you’ll help run educational courses in schools in Cape Town teaching young men and women about sexual health and rights. You’ll be the right hand of the organization’s program manager, assisting with outreach, curriculum writing, researching programs, evaluating their success, developing them, and much more.

What’s more you’ll be gaining hands-on in-field experience, working directly with the children and other community members your efforts will help. You’ll see all it takes to run educational programs within an NGO, and witness first-hand the impact that work makes.

This Program Management Internship is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience in a diverse spread of fields. You’ll gain practical experience facilitating lesson plans, developing curriculums, insight into the difficulties faced by education sectors in developing countries, and, most of all, mentorship and experience in the management of social impact programs within an NGO.


You’ll work with New Heritage Foundation, an all-women-led nonprofit organization dedicated to making long-lasting change for women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. Their mission is to promote gender equality and end period poverty through sexual health and rights education for girls and boys, and supplying disadvantaged communities with affordable, sustainable sanitary products.


This internship combines Program Management and Sexual health education, so there’s great scope for a variety of work. As well as this, you’ll receive training and development on how to run programs for NGOs, you’ll be working on the ground improving sexual and reproductive health and rights for young girls and women in South Africa.


Your daily tasks may vary project-by-project or in accordance with your own strengths and interests. Your main responsibilities will include:

  • Assist the program manager when working with schools and local teachers overseeing, facilitating, and conducting lesson plans
  • Assist running workshops on skill development, sexual health, and rights
  • Curriculum writing, evaluation, and development
  • Monitoring the programs’ success by conducting impact reports
  • Assisting program manager with the logistics and strategy of each project
  • Supporting young girls and boys as they grapple with sensitive issues


  • Enjoyment working with children
  • Some experience in education or group-leading
  • Excellent for those with a background in or passion for Psychology,
  • Gender Studies, Social Work, Public Health and female empowerment
  • Good written and verbal communication skills


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
  • Transport to the project for field work (approx. 1-2 times a week)
  • 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 to Cape Town International Airport
  • Visa and medical/travel insurance costs for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
  • Meals during weekends
  • Drinks, snacks, and items of personal nature (f.e. curios, gifts, clothing)
  • 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
PROGRAM FOCUS: Health Education NGO
TASK FOCUS: Program Management, Health Education, Monitoring
LENGTH: Min. 8 weeks
COST: From USD 2,137


  • A combination of program management and Sexual Health Internships providing the best of both worlds
  • Practical experience in education and curriculum development
  • Gain field experience in the nonprofit sector
  • Gain insight into the daily operations of NGO management and running educational programs
  • Support sexual and reproductive health and rights’ education in South Africa
  • 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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