Women’s Support NGO Internship, South Africa


We invite you to a female empowerment nonprofit organization in Cape Town, South Africa, for all-round work experience. The organization supports victims of gender-based violence; something that is often described as a pandemic in South Africa. They do this through counseling, legal support, advocacy and policy development and awareness programs.

Your role as an intern will be multidisciplinary, and can be tailored to your individual skills and academic background. You’ll support the team on all levels, including with project coordination, impact assessment, research and communications. Either way, you’ll get a thorough understanding of the day to day running of a nonprofit organization.

This internship is a great opportunity if you’re studying Women’s or Gender Studies – or if you’re simply passionate about the issues – and are looking for practical work experience in an international organization. However, since the work around Gender Based Violence is intersectional, all students can apply their skill to the advancement of gender equality in South Africa through MOSAIC.

Learning outcomes of this Women’s Support NGO Internship internship;

  • Insights into gender and its relationship to violence issues in a South African context, and an understanding of effective ways of addressing these
  • An understanding of the management and development needs of a nonprofit organization at scale
  • Multifaceted experience in communications, development, impact assessment, innovation and coordination in the nonprofit sector
  • International work experience
Cape Town, South Africa
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You’ll be part of MOSAIC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting gender based violence and providing support services to victims. Gender-based violence (GBV) is a profound and widespread problem in South Africa, affecting a vast number of girls and women. This organization was founded in 1993 in response to the amount of violence and abuse, and the lack of social support services and legal support available to most victims who form part of the majority of South Africa. Their programs include trauma counseling, emergency support, educational workshops, public awareness campaigns, and legal support. They aim to guide female GBV survivors through a healing process, and to empower them to become active drivers of change in their lives. The nonprofit also strives to break the cycle of violence in society by changing attitudes about gender norms, and encouraging a culture of respect.


What you’ll do during this internship
  • As an intern on this program, your tasks will vary depending on your skills, experience, and interests, but they are likely to include;
  • Assist with monitoring & evaluation activities and impact reporting
  • Help with designing and running awareness campaigns
  • Assist with coordination of daily programs
  • Help manage communications channels
  • Should you have the relevant experience, you might assist with running empowerment sessions
Internship Requirements
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • An interest in learning about and helping with the overall management of nonprofit projects
  • A flexible approach to work
  • A willingness to adapt to a foreign work environment
  • A passion for the work MOSAIC


You’ll be staying at the Lenox, a comfortable guest house in the heart of Cape Town. Built in the old Cape Dutch style, the Lenox is characterful and spacious. It has a garden with a barbeque area, a large dining room, and several other communal spaces. Shared bedrooms take four to eight people, and there are plenty of single rooms available as well (at an extra fee). You’ll be walking distance from a wide range of shops, cafes and restaurants, and at a great spot for some of the touristy highlights Cape Town has to offer as well. (As well as for views of Table Mountain!)


Internship start and end dates are flexible and will be discussed with your during the selection process.

What you’ll pay (2023 rates)

3 MONTHS USD 2,862
4 MONTHS USD 3,590
5 MONTHS USD 4,317
6 MONTHS USD 5,014

What you are paying for:
  • Transfer from Cape Town International airport to your accommodation and back on arrival and departure day
  • Accommodation based on a shared room (2-3 pax). If you prefer a single room, please contact us for availability and prices
  • Two meals (breakfast and dinner) a day from Monday to Friday
  • Assistance with your visa arrangement & other preparations
  • On the ground support during your stay
  • Free WiFi
  • Assistance with finding the perfect work placement
  • Supervision during your internship
  • Check-in and feedback as well as a reference letter after your internship
  • Your own account on a career development platform that offers content and courses focused on exploring different career opportunities
  • Reference letter at the end of your internship
  • A discount on weekend activities, exclusive to Roots interns
  • Flights
  • Visa, medical and 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)
  • Meals during the weekend
  • Transport to the office
  • 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
Workshop: Exploring the Nonprofit Landscape
To give you a full understanding of the nonprofit sector in Africa, we offer one-off individual online workshops by a South African digital marketing and fundraising specialist. You’ll learn about the needs of the nonprofit sector, best practices in nonprofit management, and sustainability of fundraising initiatives. You’ll also be given a large amount of useful resources.
Workshop fee: USD 65
Cape Town, South Africa
Gender based violence NGO
Gender studies, advocacy, management, communications
Min. 3 months
From USD 2,862
  • Gain a wealth of practical experience in management, development, and communications within a nonprofit organization
  • Contribute to important women’s empowerment work
  • Get insights into the day to day running of a social impact initiative
  • Boost your resume with international work experience
3 MONTHS USD 2,862
4 MONTHS USD 3,590
5 MONTHS USD 4,317

See Detailed Rates


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 with 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  all the information you need.

We’ll then send you the invoice for the deposit. 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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