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Samantha used a Graphic Design Internship to help transform the Greenpop Nursery

Samantha (Sam to those who know her) has just finished a graphic design internship for Greenpop in Cape Town. In her role, Sam helped with the designs for Greenpop campaigns and designed materials for events. One of those events was the Green Village at Rocking the Daisies, a music festival that takes place every October. Furthermore, Sam updated old designs and worked on the revamp of the Greenpop nursery.

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Sam has a passion for film and photography. “I love doing fine art and documentary photography, and being able to capture beautiful moments, emotions and atmospheres throughout an event.”

Her interest in art and design is palpable. “I did a similar graphic design internship in Uganda last year, which I loved. I decided I wanted to do something like that again but in a different place. Greenpop sounded exactly what I was looking for. I’d never visited South Africa before so thought it was a perfect travel opportunity too!”

When asked about her experience, Sam had much to say. “It’s great to get the chance to see all of the aspects of Greenpop by going on nursery days and plant days and seeing the difference they actually make. I didn’t really have any expectations as I had no idea what kind of work I’d get to do. Therefore, it’s been great to work on some big projects and be involved with a lot more than what I thought.”

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Pimping the Greenpop nursery

Of those projects, Sam’s favorite has been creating the design for huge storage containers in the Greenpop nursery. “The design is a way to say thank you to everyone who has contributed towards the nursery and a way to create a more colorful, exciting and educational space. It’s been really exciting to be involved in this whole process. Seeing it come to life after creating the design on-screen and then physically drawing and painting it onto the containers is amazing. I’m proud to have been a part of Greenpop by helping them transform their nursery into a much better space that will continue to keep getting better.”

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Actually getting to know the whole organization

Overall, Sam gained a lot from her time working as a graphic design intern for Greenpop, both personally and professionally. “You really get the chance to see all of the aspects of Greenpop and what they do. For example, by attending the Zambia Festival of Action, going on plant days, monitoring days, and spending time at the nursery. You get to actually learn about the organization as well as just learning new skills in your particular internship. I’ve also learned to be more confident with the work that I’m doing and how to take criticism constructively. Work is never perfect to start with and it’s always good to get other people’s opinions to help you improve and to make sure that the client is always getting what they are happy with.”


Greenpop is a social enterprise based in Cape Town, South Africa. Contact us for placement opportunities at this enterprise.