HELP WITH THE DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF AN INSPIRING SOCIAL BUSINESS
If you’re a budding social entrepreneur, this internship in Malawi is a wonderful springboard for you. It’s an opportunity to get multifaceted work experience with a social business with both a successful and an impactful model. It’s also a chance to work and live in a stunning location, on the banks of Lake Malawi.
During this social entrepreneurship internship, you’ll join Supreme, a company – and aligned nonprofit organization – that has an innovative approach to ensuring that girls and women have safe and hygienic menstrual cycles, and that taboos are broken that stop women from participating in society during their periods. It’s an inspiring initiative that creates great social impact in Northern Malawian communities.
As an intern, you’ll take on a great variety of tasks that, depending on your skills and experience, can include business strategy and development, daily operations, marketing and fundraising campaigns, impact assessment, and product development. This internship will give you a wonderful insight into all elements of the day to day running of a successful social business.
Learning outcomes of this social entrepreneurship internship:
- A wealth of practical experience in social business development, marketing and fundraising strategies, operations, and research
- A thorough understanding of the day to day running of a social enterprise
- Field-based experience in social impact work
- International work experience
Based in Malawi, Supreme is a social enterprise that creates reusable sanitary pads and spreads education around menstrual hygiene in local communities. Their aim is to allow girls and women to have safe and hygienic periods, and to be able to fully participate in society throughout their menstrual cycle. Through their social business, Supreme tackles two issues; the lack of access to menstrual products for many women in Malawi, and the persisting traditional beliefs around menstrual cycles that stop girls and women from going to school or their jobs.
Supreme reinvests 100% of their profit into their business, and supports the local economy through job training and employment. In addition, the team runs a nonprofit organization through which they provide necessary educational programs throughout rural communities in northern Malawi.
TASKS & REQUIreMENTS
As a social entrepreneurship intern, your tasks will be quite varied, and will likely include the following:
- Assisting with overall business development and operations
- Doing market research
- Designing and running marketing campaigns
- Doing data collection on the ground focused on impact
- Assisting with monitoring and evaluation and impact reporting
- Helping with fundraising and stakeholder management
- Assisting with human resources (streamlining systems, assisting with recruitment)
- Helping develop skill development schemes for employees
- Potentially assisting with product development
- A strong interest in social businesses
- An entrepreneurial attitude and the ability to work at a strategic level
- A willingness to take on a variety of tasks
- An ability to work quite independently and take initiative
- A passion for the work Supreme is doing
WHERE YOU’LL STAY
You’ll stay at a popular backpackers in the northern town of Nkhata Bay. Located on Lake Malawi, with views of palm trees and green-blue water, this lodge has an idyllic location and a relaxed vibe. You’ll enjoy a private beach, beautiful gardens, a lakeside bar, and communal spaces. The rooms are comfortable 6 bed dormitories, although there are options of upgrading to single chalets (at an extra fee). The lodge is a hub for people who are volunteering their time at different communities and environmental projects in the area, so you can expect to share this space with like-minded people.
Safety & Support
Malawi is considered to be safe for tourists, however, being a developing country with poverty, there is petty crime. Keep your belongings securely stored and close to you, don’t walk alone in the dark, and report any suspicious behavior that you may see to the accommodation/host organization.
You’ll be able to use your phone in Malawi with roaming data turned on or a local SIM card if your phone is unlocked. Visit Airtel or TNM stands for a SIM and purchase 1000MK ‘Airtime’ (for calls), and a data bundle. Wi-Fi is not an amenity offered in Malawi, so you will need to buy data bundles from a provider for work and personal use.
A meal package is included for the first month that suffices for two meals per day (breakfast and lunch/dinner). For the next months you can either book a meal package or eat locally. There is also a small kitchen available for basic cooking. Meals are prepared through Mkana Cafe, the restaurant on-site. The menu includes many international dishes and is also vegetarian-friendly. Make sure to notify us in advance of any allergies/dietary needs.
Nkhata Bay is a lively ferry port on the shores of Lake Malawi with a bustling market which is one of the biggest cultural influences on the area. It offers many activities, such as snorkeling, boat/kayak trips, energetic football matches, and beach ventures. Explore Malawi via coach buses and boats, especially the iconic Ilala Ferry, which has been active since 1951.
DATES & RATES
Internship start and end dates are flexible and will be discussed during the selection process.
What you’ll pay (2024 rates)
12 weeks USD 1,768
16 weeks USD 2,069
20 weeks USD 2,370
26 weeks USD 2,822
Remote internship – 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.
- Accommodation in a dorm room. If you prefer a single room, please contact us for availability and prices
- Breakfast and dinner daily for the first month
- Laundry service
- Housekeeping service
- Assistance with your visa arrangement & other preparations
- An orientation program with your supervisor
- Supervision & 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
- Flights to Lilongwe
- Transport to Nkhata Bay (approximately 400 km) – we can help you arrange this in advance
- Data package for internet connection (for work and personal use)
- Transport to the office
- Meals after your first month: 2 meals (breakfast & dinner) are included for the initial month. For the remaining duration, you can prepare your own meals or opt to extend the meal package
- Visa and medical/travel insurance costs for the duration of your placement must include cover for repatriation
- Lunch, 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 Malawi.
You can expect to foster a unique connection with the local community, as well as having many opportunities to explore various projects during your internship. If you wish to know more about what to expect, make sure to read our blog from a previous intern who traveled to Malawi!
The minimum length of our internships in Malawi is two months, but the ideal length is closer to four months, if possible. This ensures you have an adequate amount of time to make a tangible impact. Luckily, the length of our programs is customizable so you can apply for a summer, remote, hybrid, or gap-year internship!
Personally, you can prepare by learning about the history and culture of Malawi and reflecting on your internship goals, and we’ll be here to help you with the rest! Ask us any questions you may have about placement logistics, matchmaking, check-ins, advice on visa/insurance, or anything else you may think of. If you wish to know more about preparing for your internship, you can check out our ultimate guide to NGO internships in Africa!
Unfortunately, it is not possible to receive any kind of stipend while interning for a nonprofit organization. Your internship will be unpaid so we’ve put together a few tips on how to fund your internship. There will be opportunities for professional and personal growth and you’ll leave with a wealth of knowledge that is invaluable!
“Thanks to Roots Interns for giving me the opportunity to have a meaningful and inspiring experience in Malawi. They helped find the right internship fit for me in terms of location, working environment, my existing skills and those that I wanted to develop. The team was truly invested in my well-being and followed up along my journey. I would recommend Roots Interns to anyone looking into a NGO internship abroad.”Lea, France Social Entrepreneurship internship, Nkhata Bay
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- Get insights into the day to day running of nonprofit community programs
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