Strategic Development Internship, Johannesburg

Use your strategic development skills to help nonprofit businesses focus on the good work they do

This Strategic Development Internship is perfect for you if you are a strategic planner and have a passion to help nonprofit businesses succeed.

South African nonprofits suffer from lack of marketing and fundraising skills and tools, which is stunting the impact they could and should be making in underprivileged communities. Digital Butter is aiming to create a course to nonprofits that would equip these important organisations with the necessary skill set to run effective and well-funded programmes. As an intern, you will help give this course shape through both development and implementation

Johannesburg, South Africa
Digital Marketing Social Enterprise
Strategic development, Research, Planning 
8-26 Weeks
From USD 1,580

As a strategic development intern in South Africa, you’ll be part of Digital Butter, a digital marketing agency based in Johannesburg. Digital Butter focuses on helping businesses and nonprofits find, retain and engage clients online so they can grow. They are proud to offer free support to grassroots nonprofit organisations, who cannot afford to pay for, but greatly benefit from these services. Digital Butter’s vision is to train nonprofits so that they can acquire the skills to more effectively run their fundraising and marketing campaigns.

What you’ll do

In this Strategic Development Internship your tasks will be customised according to your skills and experience. They can include the following:

  • Doing research into the South African non-profit sector.
  • Creating an effective survey to get the right data.
  • Creating an analysis of the major difficulties nonprofits face.
  • Identify the training needed to improve nonprofits’ impact and efficiency.
  • Helping create workshops or courses.

You will also have the opportunity to get involved in the digital marketing and communications side of nonprofits.


Your required skills depend on the areas you’ll be focusing on, but all interns with Digital Butter should have the following:

  • A passion for development work
  • Strong communication skills
  • A flexible attitude
  • A keen interest to learn
  • Bring your own laptop

Johannesburg has both African and international influences, but also its own culturally rich identity. It was built around the gold rush in the 1900’s and was also known as Egoli, translated to the City of Gold. You will stay in a backpackers accommodation in the area of Braamfontein An area with a authentic vibe, where you will be surrounded by students, travelers, academics, and artists. A creative area with plenty of coffee roasters, coffee shops, restaurants, some of the trendiest fashion boutiques between modern co-working spaces, outdoor food markets, and nightlife hot spots.

Your accommodation (based on a dorm room) is included in the internship fee, and we’ll arrange it all for you! You will have free WiFi, kitchen facilities to prepare your own meals or you can use the on-site bar and restaurant. There is a large cinema room and the team leads several free activities every day.


The Strategic Development Internship opportunities are offered throughout the year, and the start dates are flexible.

2020 Rates

2 months USD 1,580
3 months USD 2,098
4 months USD 2,611
5 months USD 3,126
6 months USD 3,642

At Roots, we do everything we can to make your internship experience smooth and hassle-free. We offer an all-inclusive service, which means we will help you find the right internship (we believe we are great matchmakers!), help you with visa arrangements, book accommodation for you in Johannesburg, give you all the pre-departure information you need before arriving, pick you up from the airport and check in with you while on your work placement to ensure you feel supported.

Your exact fee depends the duration of your stay. See above for the fees for a stay at a backpackers in a shared room with self-catering facilities. If you prefer a single room, please let us know and we will check availability and prices for you.

  • Assistance with finding the perfect work placement
  • Assistance with your visa arrangement & other preparations
  • Accommodation based on shared room. You will share the bathroom with your room mates and can use the kitchen facilities in the backpackers.
  • Transfer from Johannesburg airport to your accommodation and back on arrival and departure day
  • Pre-departure information
  • Check-in and feedback
  • Supervision and support on the ground
  • Flights to Johannesburg
  • Visa, medical and travel insurance costs for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
  • Meals, drinks, snacks, and items of personal nature (f.e. curios, gifts, clothing).
  • Costs for additional excursions or activities

Optional extra:

Personal Development Sessions
To help you optimise your personal and professional development during your internship, we offer individual monthly sessions with a professional consultant. These 1,5-hour sessions offer opportunities to set goals, reflect on your experience, and ensure your internship will benefit your career as much as possible.
Monthly fee: USD 65
Johannesburg, South Africa
Digital Marketing Social Enterprise
Strategic development, Research, Planning
8-26 Weeks
From USD 1,580

This internship has exceeded my expectations. With the right placement and the right people, I have grown so much. It started off as something to kill time but it ended up being what I want to do for the rest of my life. I've met amazing people full of purpose and verve. They helped me reach out to nonprofits with amazing causes where I could help put with my strategy skills.

Smrita, IndiaRemote Business Development Internship
  • Gain practical experience in research, planning and strategic development
  • Contribute to the mission of a digital marketing agency to train nonprofits so they can acquire the skills to more effectively run their fundraising and marketing campaigns
  • Opportunity to get involved in the digital marketing and communications projects for nonprofits
  • Live and work in Johannesburg, the center of activity
  • Enjoy exploring South Africa’s many highlights during your time off
2 MONTHS USD 1,580
3 MONTHS USD 2,098
4 MONTHS USD 2,611

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How to apply?

If you’re ready to apply for this internship, here’s what to do:

  1. Fill in the application form (it will show in a new screen) and send your CV to
  2. We’ll set up a call with you to go through your application.
  3. If we feel it’s a good match, we’ll set up a call between you and the supervisor for this internship.
  4. If everyone’s happy, we’ll provisionally confirm your placement! We’ll then send you the invoice for the deposit, get started with a detailed booking form, and we’ll give you all the information you need to prepare for your upcoming adventure.
  5. 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 on the right. We’ll be happy to assist!


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