A multidisciplinary internship dedicated to fighting gender based violence and supporting victims
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
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.
TASKS & REQUIreMENTS
- 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
- 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
WHERE YOU’LL STAY
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
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.
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.
DATES & RATES
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
- 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
- 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
Some of our most commonly asked questions for programs 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.
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.
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.
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!
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