This is a fantastic opportunity for those who are driven to help combat gender inequality and empower women to live positive lives, worthy of dignity and respect.

During this unique NGO Management internship, you’ll build a wealth of experience and expertise in how a nonprofit is run. Taking on a variety of tasks and responsibilities, including managing the organization’s website and social media channels, crafting impactful online campaigns, finding creative ways to engage with audiences and expand the donor base, as well as assisting with fundraising strategies, you’ll develop a strong and diverse portfolio of work. Not only will you develop a deep understanding of the nonprofit sector, but you’ll also play an integral part in changing the social landscape for young women in South Africa who are, and have been, subjected to gender inequality.

Learning objectives:

  • Gain practical experience in how to manage an NGO to spread key messages and engage audiences
  • Build a wealth of expertise in planning and delivering impactful digital campaigns to drive donor action
  • Work independently as well as part of a team for a cause you’re passionate about
  • Understand the unique experiences of the organization’s target groups to help share their stories in the most meaningful way
  • Help to change the social landscape of gender inequality in South Africa


The Organization for Young Women’s Dignity (TOFYWD) is a nonprofit based in South Africa committed to empowering and supporting young women aged between 15 and 35 years. They recognize the detrimental impact that issues such as gender-based violence, HIV/AIDS are having on many of the country’s young females, so they are committed to building a society where these young women are valued and treated with respect.

Their main goal is to provide in and out-of-school adolescent girls and young women with community services targeted toward reducing the impact of these key issues. Their initiatives focus on combating gender-based violence (GBV), promoting Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), and addressing the issue of menstrual poverty. They deliver for example HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention sessions, providing 24-hour counseling and crisis intervention, facilitating peer-to-peer support groups and youth empowerment programs, as well as running sanitary wear drives. The organization works to destigmatize these topics, raise awareness, as well as to support young women to stay in school.


As an intern, you’ll work relatively independently, with guidance and support from the organization’s volunteer managers and Head of Department. You’ll take on an interesting variety of tasks. This opportunity will allow you to think creatively, using your communication skills to share inspirational stories of the young women the organization supports and to drive positive action from audiences.


The key tasks for the intern will be:

  • Website management
  • Social media management
  • Creating online campaigns
  • Finding creative ways to expand audience
  • General digital communications tasks
  • Assisting with fundraising strategies
  • Creating individual giving campaigns
  • Helping create a corporate fundraising program
  • Opportunity to devise and lead your own projects


  • A passion for the organization’s cause
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Fluency in the English language
  • An ability to work relatively independently
  • An openness to taking on a variety of tasks
  • Ideally some experience in managing digital channels
  • Experience in the nonprofit sector is a bonus


Fee Breakdown

What you’ll pay (2024 rates)

Placement fee USD 525


  • 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.
  • An orientation program with your supervisor
  • Supervision and support during your internship
  • Regular check-ins during your internship with your supervisor
  • Troubleshooting if needed
  • A reference letter at the end of your internship


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!


PROJECT FOCUS: Gender Equality NGO
TASK FOCUS: Digital Marketing. Communications, Fundraising
DURATION: Min. 8 weeks


  • Work on projects that will help bring about positive change for vulnerable young women in South Africa
  • Gain a wealth of transferable skills and experience in how to manage an NGO
  • Help spread the organization’s key messages and share inspirational stories to engage audiences
  • Gain international work experience, connecting with a range of professionals in the nonprofit sector
  • Work from the comfort of your own home – or anywhere in the world!


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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