Marketing and Communication Internships in Africa

We’re excited to offer a wide range of communications internships and content writing internships with NGOs in Cape Town, South Africa. If you’re studying communications, journalism, marketing, or a related field, and would like to live in the stunning city of Cape Town for a while, this might be the perfect opportunity for you!

Our internships offer valuable experience in areas such as content writing, creative writing, social media management, web management, and PR, and are often tailor-made to your skill set and desired learning outcomes. All our communications internships are with NGOs and social enterprises, so you’ll also be making a difference on a grassroots level. You’ll also get to explore this stunning part of the world, and you’ll be part of a large community of interns from around the world.

Read about our opportunities below, or get in touch to find out how to apply! 

Our Marketing and Communications Internships

April 11, 2022

Media and Marketing Internship, Malawi

Media and Marketing Internship, Malawi

2-6 months

Nkhata Bay, Malawi or REMOTE

Communications, digital marketing, PR, writing

Help an inspiring social enterprise reach a wider audience.

NGO storytelling internship

Open for applications

NGO Storytelling Internship, South Africa

NGO Storytelling Internship, South Africa

Min 8 weeks

Coffee Bay, South Africa

Social Media, Storytelling, Content creation, Fundraising, Writing

Get experience in communications within the context of a social impact program

Wildlife Conservation Communications Internship

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Wildlife Conservation Communications Internship

Wildlife Conservation Communications Internship

8-26 weeks

Bela-Bela, South Africa

Social Media, Writing, Digital Marketing, Fundraising 

Combine your love for storytelling and wildlife conservation.

digital marketing internship with animal rescue center

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Digital Marketing Internship with Animal Rescue Center

Digital Marketing Internship with Animal Rescue Center

Min. 8 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa OR Remote

Website Management, Fundraising, Marketing, Grant Writing, Research

Find yourself rewarded by doing impactful digital marketing, and surrounded by puppies!

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Open for applications

Communications Internship with Refugee Charity

Communications Internship with Refugee Charity

8 - 26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa OR Remote

Communications, Digital Marketing, Fundraising

Communications and digital marketing within a nonprofit context

Permaculture internship Ghana

Open for applications

Communications Internship with Agroforestry Project

Communications Internship with Agroforestry Project

Min. 8 weeks

Remote

Marketing, Communications, Content creation

Help develop and manage the communications channels of an agroforestry project in Ghana.

marketing and fundraising internship Ghana

Open for applications

Marketing & Fundraising Internship, Ghana

Marketing & Fundraising Internship, Ghana

Min. 8 weeks

Ghana

Marketing, Research, Strategy

Assist with the development and sustainability of an inspiring sports charity.

food security internship

Open for applications

Communications & Fundraising Internship with Food Security Program

Communications & Fundraising Internship with Food Security Program

Min. 8 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Communications, Writing, Fundraising

Help increase food security and encourage economic development in and around Cape Town.

marketing internship zambia

Open for applications

Marketing & Fundraising Internship, Zambia

Marketing & Fundraising Internship, Zambia

Min. 8 weeks

Livingstone, Zambia OR Remote

Digital Marketing, Fundraising, Research

Raise funds through individual or corporate funding campaigns and grant applications

writing internship with dog charity

Open for applications

Writing and Communications Internship with Youth & Dog Charity

Writing and Communications Internship with Youth & Dog Charity

Min. 8 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa OR Remote

Creative writing, Communications, Content Creation

Gain experience in managing a variety of communication channels

Content Writing & Communications Internship

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Content Writing and Communications Internship

Content Writing and Communications Internship

8-26 weeks

Remote

Digital Marketing, Writing, Communications, Fundraising

Help a radio nonprofit uplift rural African communities with your writing skills.

(Remote) Radio and Community Media Internship

Open for applications

Radio and Community Media Internship

Radio and Community Media Internship

8-26 weeks

Nkhata Bay, Malawi OR remote

Marketing, Storytelling,, Communications, Radio

Help raise funds, create ideas, stories, and develop a voice for this community radio.

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Animal Charity Communications Internship

Animal Charity Communications Internship

Min. 8 weeks

Remote

Communications, Writing, Fundraising,  Research

Help a new charity improve the lives of stray dogs and cats in Southern Africa

Fundraising & Marketing Strategy Internship

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Fundraising & Marketing Strategy Internship with South African Charity

Fundraising & Marketing Strategy Internship with South African Charity

8-26 weeks

Remote

Strategy, Digital Marketing, Fundraising, Monitoring

Help develop the organization’s communications and fundraising strategies.

Remote Content Marketing Internship

Open for applications

Remote Writing Internship with South African Charity

Remote Writing Internship with South African Charity

8-26 weeks

Remote

Writing, Social Media Management, Fundraising

Bring your writing and communications skills to this dancing NPO.

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Digital Marketing Internship

Digital Marketing Internship

Min. 8 weeks

Nkhata Bay, Malawi

Digital Marketing, Fundraising, Social Media

Raise awareness and funding to help provide high quality education.

Sustainable tourism marketing internship

Open for applications

Sustainable Tourism Marketing Internship

Sustainable Tourism Marketing Internship

Min. 8 weeks

Remote

Marketing strategy, Digital marketing, Content creation

Gain a wealth of experience in strategic marketing while helping develop a Malawi-based eco-lodge

Charity Development Internship Uganda

Open for applications

Charity Development Internship, Uganda

Charity Development Internship, Uganda

Min. 8 weeks

Mbarara, Uganda

Communication, Fundraising, Music

Help with fundraising, communications strategy, monitoring and evaluation.

Virtual content writing Internship

Open for applications

Remote Content Writing Internship with Social Enterprise

Remote Content Writing Internship with Social Enterprise

Min. 4 weeks

Remote

Writing, SEO, Social media, Blogs

Learn all about digital content writing and gain a wealth of online writing experience.

Marketing Internship

Open for applications

Marketing Internship at Photography Organization, Cape Town

Marketing Internship at Photography Organization, Cape Town

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Digital Marketing, SEO, Marketing Research

Bring your analytical and research skills to this varied internship with a social enterprise.

Teaching in Tanzania

Open for applications

Remote Communications Internship with Volunteer Organisation

Remote Communications Internship with Volunteer Organisation

Min. 4 weeks

Remote

Social media, writing, SEO, websites

Be part of an organisation that runs community development and conservation programs.

Remote Marketing Internship

Open for applications

Remote Marketing Internship with Volunteer Organisation

Remote Marketing Internship with Volunteer Organisation

Min. 4 weeks

Remote

Marketing, SEO, Product research

Gain a wealth of marketing experience as part of a South African based volunteer organisation.

Media and Communications Internship

Open for applications

Media and Communications Internship in Malawi

Media and Communications Internship in Malawi

8-26 weeks

Nkhata Bay, Malawi

Fundraising, Marketing, Social media, Writing

Help manage the communication channels of a small but fast-growing permaculture charity.

Animal Welfare Fundraising Internship

Open for applications

Animal Welfare Fundraising Internship in Livingstone, Zambia

Animal Welfare Fundraising Internship in Livingstone, Zambia

8-16 weeks

Livingstone, Zambia

Fundraising, Animal Welfare, Communications

Help drive a variety of fundraising initiatives that will support street dogs and cats in Zambia.

Content Writing Internship

Open for applications

Content Writing Internship at Photography Organisation, Cape Town

Content Writing Internship at Photography Organisation, Cape Town

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Creative Writing, SEO, Social Media, Strategy, Blogging

Improve your creative writing skills, learn about SEO, and build a varied writing portfolio.

Tourism Marketing and Business Development Internship

Open for applications

Tourism Marketing and Business Development Internship

Tourism Marketing and Business Development Internship

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa OR Remote

Strategy, Market research, Marketing campaigns

Gain a thorough insight into the tourism industry and gain strategic development experience.

Communications Internship

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Communications Internship in Cape Town

Communications Internship in Cape Town

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Communications, Social Media, Digital Marketing, Writing

Join our team at Roots and assist with managing and developing our communications channels.

Digital Marketing Internship

Open for applications

Digital Marketing Internship at NGO in Cape Town

Digital Marketing Internship at NGO in Cape Town

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Communications, marketing

Gain a wealth of marketing experience while contributing to environmental programs.

creative writing internship

Open for applications

(Remote) Creative Writing Internship at environmental NGO

(Remote) Creative Writing Internship at environmental NGO

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Digital marketing, creative writing

Sharpen your writing skills and build a portfolio while being part of a green cause.

Communications Internship

Open for applications

Communications Internship with NGO

Communications Internship with NGO

12-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Communications, social media, digital marketing, writing

Manage and develop communication channels for a refugee-focused nonprofit.

MB_Digital Marketing and Sales Internship

Applications open for 2021

Non profit Internship in Cape Town: Digital Marketing and Sales

Non profit Internship in Cape Town: Digital Marketing and Sales

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Communications, Marketing, Sales, Operations, Fundraising

Be part of a creative charity that offers skill development to women in townships.

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Open for applications

Communications and Fundraising Internship at Film Making NGO, Cape Town

Communications and Fundraising Internship at Film Making NGO, Cape Town

8-12 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Social Media, Writing, Fundraising, Events

Bring your communications skills to this varied internship with a film-focused charity.

REASONS FOR DOING A MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS INTERNSHIP IN AFRICA

If you’re seeking the opportunity to test your creative skills and get involved in a noble cause, here is your chance! As a marketing and communications intern you’ll be constantly challenged by exciting marketing projects; you might be creating promotional material, publishing content on diverse media, and networking with both peers and clients. Whatever your exact role, you’ll be the voice of the organization you choose to get involved with. Whether you join remotely or in-person, the internship will provide you with an incredibly rich and well-rounded experience to further your career. 

An internship abroad allows you to put your knowledge to the test while being in a new and captivating environment. You’ll have the chance to explore distinctive locations within Cape Town, Ghana, Zambia, Malawi or Uganda. Africa is not only an ideal location for all nature enthusiasts, but also an incredibly diverse and growing market in which your actions will make a substantial difference. Even if you join remotely, you still get that ever so desired international work experience. As a remote intern you are part of a team based in Africa and you’ll learn about the ins and outs of the nonprofit sector in an African context. Both an in-person and remote internship will provide you with a distinctive experience for your resume, as well as being an opportunity for personal growth.

Through a marketing and communications internship, you can be a key player in helping African non-profits and social enterprises expand their reach. Work with inspiring team mates and learn about the challenges they face on a daily basis. By engaging and collaborating in non-profit work at a grassroots level you too can stimulate social change.

FAQS ABOUT MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS INTERNSHIPS

WHO ARE MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS INTERNSHIPS FOR?

Anyone who is passionate about writing, managing content and media, overseeing public relations and creating promotional strategies is a perfect candidate for a marketing and communications internship. What matters most is your ambition and drive to help out in a do-good organization, not your level of expertise in any of these areas. Having enough confidence in your abilities and being willing to learn new skills makes you a great intern. 

If you’re looking to boost your resume, gain relevant work experience, or develop life-long skills, this is the means to do all three. Finding internships that allow you to learn new abilities while still being entertaining and invigorating is a difficult task. That’s why we’ve made sure to offer an experience which does exactly that. All we ask in return is for you to stay motivated, that way you will be able to achieve great things for both yourself and the non-profit you work with.

Another key component is being creative and communicative; during team meetings your insight matters, so don’t be afraid to propose original ideas which you strongly believe will be a success. Since teams are kept small and intimate, your voice won’t only be heard but also encouraged!

HOW EXPERIENCED DO I NEED TO BE TO JOIN A MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS INTERNSHIP?

This depends entirely on the internship you are applying for; different internships require different skill sets, meaning you could need a sufficient amount of previous experience or none at all. This allows you the flexibility and comfort you need to develop new abilities in a stimulating work space. Overall, having a go-getter attitude and being enthusiastic about marketing and communication is enough to get you started on this worthwhile journey. For more information, be sure to check out the specific requirements in each individual internship page!

WHAT CAN I EXPECT TO LEARN AS A MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS INTERN?

There are different responsibilities you can take on as a marketing and communications intern. The amount of skills and knowledge you can possibly acquire depends on how willing you are to get out of your comfort zone. If you’re curious enough, you can learn about search engine optimization (SEO), creating and publishing content on websites, managing multiple social media platforms, hosting interviews or other networking events, and so much more!

HOW WILL A MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS INTERNSHIP IN AFRICA FURTHER MY CAREER?

Unlike other locations, Africa is a progressively growing market; instead of acting on a given playing field, you’ll have the opportunity to build and expand your expertise in a dynamic setting. Within this context, your role will be vital for the pursuit of social and economic development, where your knowledge can literally change lives for the better. This experience will provide you with enough confidence and a strong skill set to tackle future challenges that will arise in your career. 

International work experience, especially internships in the non-profit sector, look incredible on a resume. Employers worldwide seek to find individuals who have diverse and original experiences, which makes your internship in Africa the advantage you need to stand out. On top of that, assisting a do-good organization is extremely enriching for your personal development. You deserve to feel confident and self-sufficient; what better way to improve your self-esteem then by helping others do the same.

Every marketing and communications specialist must be proactive in the face of adversity, knowing when and how to respond to our ever changing environment. Take the chance and let your internship be the stepping stone that will boost your career to success!

SHOULD I JOIN MY INTERNSHIP IN-PERSON OR REMOTELY?

There are a few things you must consider before deciding on joining in-person or remotely. In some cases, internships can be strictly online or require going on-site. As for programs which are flexible about the modality, what must be considered is your own personal preference. 

Being on-site allows you to experience Africa in its full bloom; befriending the locals, visiting attractions, and broadening your knowledge on the continent’s multiculturalism and unique history. However, being able to work from the comfort of your own home and on your own schedule is also worth bearing in mind. As long as you are able to give your absolute best, the modality you choose for your internship isn’t an issue.