(Remote) SEO Internship, Cape Town


Engage in hands-on SEO experience within social businesses based in Cape Town

Unlock exciting opportunities by joining us as an SEO intern. In this role, you’ll integrate into our expanding team, collaborating closely with our experienced SEO Manager to develop and implement a diverse range of SEO strategies. Immerse yourself in the dynamic atmosphere of two impactful social businesses – Penda, a vibrant photography organization, and our own dedicated Roots team. 

As an SEO intern, your journey will involve hands-on engagement in vital aspects, including keyword research, topic development, metric gathering, report creation, and crafting SEO-focused content. Delve into the realm of content optimization, where your responsibilities extend to enhancing the SEO friendliness of content, actively contributing to the analysis and monitoring of SEO performance, and creating fresh editorial content to drive organic traffic. 

This Cape Town-based SEO internship is not merely an opportunity; it’s an invitation to be part of a dynamic learning environment. Immerse yourself in the heart of content optimization and analysis while collaborating with passionate and dedicated teams committed to the growth of their social businesses. For those unable to join us in Cape Town, we extend a warm welcome to remote interns, offering a flexible and inclusive experience. Elevate your skills, make meaningful contributions, and embark on a rewarding journey with us. It’s more than an internship – it’s an opportunity to thrive and succeed together.


Embark on a purposeful journey with Penda and Roots, two impactful organizations driven by unique missions. 

Penda, a dynamic social business, leverages the power of photography to create extraordinary experiences and instigate positive change. Through Penda Photo Tours, the organization conducts photography workshops globally, immersing participants in thrilling trips centered on capturing exceptional moments. Guided by professional photographers, these workshops elevate participants’ skills throughout the experience. Through Penda Trust, the organization harnesses photography as a tool to support crucial conservation and community projects in developing countries worldwide, thereby utilizing the transformative potential of photography for positive impact. 

At Roots Interns, we aim to champion grassroots nonprofits worldwide, offering distinctive work experiences for interns. We are dedicated to aligning skilled interns with causes that match their expertise, ensuring a deeply enriching experience for all parties involved. As integral members of our small organization, each intern becomes a crucial member working towards our shared mission. This not only nurtures substantial professional and personal growth, but also actively contributes to impactful grassroots initiatives globally, fostering a symbiotic relationship of mutual development. With a diverse portfolio of over 100 internship programs spanning various academic focus areas, we operate in multiple countries around the world. We take immense pride in the positive impact we facilitate, benefiting both our interns and our esteemed partner organizations. Join us on this impactful journey of growth and contribution with Penda and Roots.



  • Assist with regular website audit processes
  • Conduct keyword research to support content development
  • Support creation of new content and updates to existing content
  • Gather SEO metrics and data for internal reporting purposes
  • Build SEO knowledge


  • Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in any field (i.e. tourism, communications, marketing, etc.)
  • Native English speaker with excellent grammar
  • Experience using Google Suite
  • Interested in learning about how search engines, browsers, and websites work
  • Desire to build content writing skills and digital marketing knowledge
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Nice to haves:

  • Knowledge of SEO basics
  • Experience using Google Analytics or any other SEO tool
  • Experience editing / managing a WordPress website


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 during the selection process.

What you’ll pay (2024 rates)

8 WEEKS USD 1,817

12 WEEKS USD 2,279

16 WEEKS USD 2,741

20 WEEKS USD 3,203

Remote internship: 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.
  • 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 to Cape Town
  • Visa and medical/travel insurance costs for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
  • Transport to the office
  • 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 or Remote
PROGRAM FOCUS: Social Enterprise
TASK FOCUS: SEO, Website Management, Writing
LENGTH: Min. 8 weeks
COST: From USD 1,817 (in-person) / USD 525 (remote)


  • Get experience with various elements of SEO, including site auditing, keyword research, and content optimization
  • Learn from an SEO expert
  • Contribute to the work of small but fast-growing social businesses
  • Live and work in the stunning and vibrant city of Cape Town (or work remotely, if you prefer)


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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