Women’s Platform Internship with NGO

Help Migrant women with their Business and Personal Development

Are looking for an opportunity to support refugee and immigrant women from across Africa to become self-sufficient, engaged members of South African society? We have an exciting opportunity for a Women’s Platform Internship with an NGO in Cape Town. This NGO sees migration as an opportunity. Their Women’s Platform consists of a network of refugee and immigrant women’s community groups. They provide its participants with ten different nationalities with mutual support, training, and in some cases opportunities for small business development. An opportunity for these women to develop their personal as well as their business and entrepreneurial skills. As an intern, you will assist the Platform Manager with project coordination, business development, and communication.  An excellent opportunity to make an impact and help female immigrants and refugees in their pursuit towards self-reliance in South Africa.


Quick Facts

  • Destination Cape Town
  • Type of Organization Nonprofit
  • Work focus Female empowerment, business development, communication, coordination
  • Length of internship 5-6 months
  • Accommodation Choice of several types
  • Fee on demand

This organization started in Cape Town in 1994 as religious assistance to different communities of migrants but soon expanded to offering more tangible assistance as they were confronted with the problems experienced by refugees from Angola, the Congos, Rwanda, Burundi and other African communities. In 2003 a secular non-government organization was started to run these projects, the Scalabrini Center of Cape Town (SCCT).

Migration is perceived as an opportunity by this organization, so they are on a mission to alleviate poverty and promoting development in the Western Cape while fostering cultural, social and economic integration between migrants, refugees, and South Africans. In providing their assistance they advocate respect for human rights and use a holistic approach that considers all basic needs.

Every month around 2000 people visit the center, which offers service through six main programme areas:

  • Advocacy: Protecting, promoting and advancing the rights and freedoms of migrants and refugees by providing paralegal advice and practical assistance to individuals on a walk-in basis. In addition, this team works on driving deeper systemic change in the South African society and immigration and asylum systems.
  • English School: Providing a specialized English language school for refugees and migrants.
  • Employment Access: Providing a gateway to employment by providing support to foreign nationals who are legally entitled to look for work in South Africa. The organization provides a combination of skills training, professional development, and resources needed for success in the job market.
  • Unite: A unique extra-curricular curriculum for grade 8-11, which provokes a deep exploration of the themes of identity, integration, and diversity to promote activism and critical thought in youth living in South Africa.
  • Welfare: Accessing services for migrants and refugees in need. Through a process of consultation, they assist individuals to access basic services such as medical care, schooling, shelter, South African Social Grants (SASSA grants) and assistance with advice/application for voluntary repatriation.
  • Women’s Platform: A multi-national network of women that strengthens individuals to enhance economic independence and integration into the broader South African community.

Scalabrini  Womens Platform

Your project

The Women’s Platform aims to support migrant women from across Africa to become self-sufficient, engaged members of South African society by creating a platform to fight isolation and discrimination and promote socio-economic integration by sharing opportunities and experience, developing key job skills, supporting small business development, and fostering personal growth.

Isolated from their extended families and social supports, refugee and migrant women often find it especially difficult to balance their responsibilities as mothers and wives with those of their personal, social, and economic development. As international migrants in South Africa, they face particular challenges due to the environment of generalized xenophobia, legal protections not realized in practice, and lack of access to work opportunities, financial structures, and social capital.

The Women’s Platform aims to fight the isolation often caused by migration and/or poverty and support women from across Africa to become self-sufficient, engaged members of South African society. The Platform consists of a network of refugee and immigrant women’s community group, joining together monthly in order to provide its participants with mutual support, training, and in some cases opportunities for small business development. Ten nationalities are currently represented in the platform, and are assisted in the following areas:

  • Personal Development – The Women’s Platform provides a series of training, workshops, and discussions that are aimed at equipping the candidates with the tools and resources needed for them to meet their goals. As Women’s Platform members become trained in areas such as Health Education, Human rights, Leadership, and Communication as well as the skills of facilitation, they will increasingly take on the leadership of the Platform.
  • Business Development – Supporting the development of entrepreneurship skills and providing resources for small business growth through individual business assessment and business planning for new and existing businesses, as well as training in business administration, bookkeeping, marketing, income generation, human resource management, and financing.

Your Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Project Coordination
    • Prepare for all workshops and meetings (including icebreakers, materials, set up etc.)
    • Identify and coordinate opportunities for inter-platform skills sharing
  • Communication
    • Update and manage the network database
    • Book rooms for meeting and update the booking calendar regularly
    • Request and distribute transportation stipends
    • Send BulkSMS reminders
    • Manage various administrative systems
    • Capture records for monitoring and evaluating
  • Business Development
    • Oversee the systems and operations of one or more businesses within the Platform
    • Identify areas of growth or improvement, and opportunities for upskilling
    • Generate financial and weekly reports for the Platform Manager
    • Attend site visits and partner meetings alongside the Women’s Platform Manager
    • Plan and coordinate Business Management Workshops
    • Assist with the assessment of business plans.

This organization also offers internships in Communications, English School, Human Rights and Advocacy, Employment Access and Skills Development or a 3-month all-round position.

NB. Please note that the internship is based on a volunteer work placement, so you are not receiving any payment or stipend.


Where you’ll stay

Your accommodation is included in the internship fee, and we’ll arrange it all for you! We’re excited to offer a variety of options, ranging from dorm rooms to twin and single rooms. The options available depend on your internship period, but we’ll always make sure you’re in a comfortable, central, and safe place. Please get in touch to find out what options are available during your preferred period.

Guesthouse  Guesthouse


  • Highly organized, responsible, and able to work independently
  • Self-motivated, creative, and able to facilitate workshop material
  • Client orientated and passionate about serving female clients in their pursuit towards self-reliance in South Africa
  • Good computer skills: typing, formatting documents (MS Word and Excel), internet research
  • Enjoy working with people of different cultures and learning from them
  • French an advantage
  • Minimum age 20 preferred
  • Minimum availability of 5-6 months

The Application Process

If you’re keen on this work placement and feel that you could make a good contribution, we’d love to hear from you! Here’s what to do:

  1. Fill in the  (it will show in a slider pop-up!) and send us your CV.
  2. If we might have a placement available for you, we’ll chat with you on the phone or Skype to go through your application and make sure it’s a good match.
  3. We’ll set up a call between you and the person who would be your supervisor during the work placement.
  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 shoot us an email, or fill in the contact form. We’ll be happy to assist!

When can you start making an impact?
You can start your internship every week, so your final starting date is based on what suits you and the organization the best.


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 Cape Town, 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 on the accommodation you choose, but start at the following level:

20 weeks   – USD 3,014
24 weeks – USD 3,507

What is included in the fee?

  • Full accommodation rental fees
  • Transfer from Cape Town International airport to your accommodation and back on arrival and departure day
  • Assistance with finding the perfect work placement
  • Assistance with your visa arrangement & other preparations
  • On the ground support during your stay
  • A discount on weekend activities, exclusive to Roots interns

What is not included in the fee?

  • Flights to Cape Town
  • 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

Academic Guidance Apart from the logistical support we offer, and regular check-ins, we also offer additional academic guidance during your internship. At an additional fee of USD 75 a month, you’ll receive monthly sessions with a local lecturer, who will support you in placing your work experience in the context of your academic course, and assist you with any report writing and/or research you’re required to do.

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