Communications and Fundraising Internship at Film Making NGO, Cape Town

BE PART OF A SOLAR-POWERED CINEMA PROJECT IN AFRICA

Are you interested in an internship with impact in Africa? We’re excited to offer a work placement at Sunshine Cinema, a mobile, solar-powered cinema that screens short films, of uplifting and useful content with youth and rural communities.

Join them in taking media where it matters building active engaging audiences. Their screenings focus on media content that celebrates educational and informative social stories about active citizens. They believe in harnessing the power of media to create social change – turning passive viewers into active voices! Join their head office in Cape Town, and help them organize future screenings, source content and fund raise for their roadshows. During this Communications and Fundraising internship, you’ll have a chance to gain experience in different areas, including communications (f.e. social media, newsletters), marketing, and fundraising. You’ll also be part of organizing and facilitating screenings, allowing for an interesting mix of desk and field work.

QUICK FACTS
Cape Town, South Africa
Film-focused NGO
Social Media, Writing, Fundraising, Events Coordination
8-12 Weeks
Varies with accommodation
ORGANISATION

Founded in 2013, Sunshine Cinema is a South African solar powered cinema network that converts solar power to social impact. They train youth in South Africa, Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe to be impact producers hosting solar powered screenings with a mobile cinema unit (the Sunbox). They use documentary and feature films that address social and environmental challenges and practical ways to overcome them. And also use these screenings to spark dialogue and inspire social change in their communities. 

They work in four countries with 17 Sunbox Ambassadors, who have screened to over 20,000 audience members during more than 200 screenings. They also developed a free podcast series, The SunCloud, to amplify their reach outside public gatherings. In addition, relevant topics and record interviews with community leaders, civil society groups, journalists, and filmmakers are shared on community Whatsapp groups, and social media platforms and through Webinars with low data usage. This work feeds into their existing community engagement strategies as it connects their Ambassadors to stakeholders, and further builds their audience network.

TASKS & REQUIREMENTS
What you’ll do

As an intern, you will support Sunshine Cinema with marketing, social media, fundraising and the facilitation of the film screenings. You could be involved in the following tasks:

  • Social media: posting on social media, assisting with social media strategy
  • Marketing: assist in marketing strategy and running digital marketing campaigns
  • Newsletter: producing content and sending the email newsletter
  • Assisting with fundraising activities
  • Preparing, coordinating and facilitating the movie screenings
Requirements
  • Just-do-mentality and keen to take on different kind of tasks
  • Good written and spoken English skills
  • Be able to work independently
  • Nice to have: some project management experience
  • Nice to have: Basic knowledge of Photoshop
  • Please bring your own laptop
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. Check this page for possible accommodation options in Cape Town.

DATES & RATES

If you want to come to South Africa for this internship, it’s only possible from Jan-April or Nov-Dec 2021. If you prefer a remote internship, it’s possible throughout the whole year. You can start your internship every week, so your final starting date is based on what suits you and the organization the best. 

What you will pay (2022 rates)

Fees vary depending on the accommodation type. Check accommodation options

Remote internship: placement fee USD 475

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.
What you are paying for:
  • Accommodation based on a dorm room in shared apartment within walking distance of the office
  • Free WiFi
  • 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
  • Supervision during your internship
  • Regular check ins during your internship with you and your supervisor.
  • Your own account on a career development platform that offers content and courses focused on exploring different career opportunities
  • Troubleshooting if needed
  • A reference letter at the end of your internship
  • On the ground support during your stay
  • A discount on weekend activities, exclusive to Roots interns
Excludes:
  • 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:
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
QUICK FACTS
Cape Town, South Africa
Film-focused NGO
Social Media, Writing, Fundraising, Events Coordination
8-12 Weeks
Varies with accommodation
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

My time here has been an eye-opener and my perspective on a lot of things changed The internship made me independent and changed me in a good way. It's not easy to be so far away from home but I never really felt homesick. That's because everyone here in Cape Town is so friendly and kind. The city really stole my heart. I know for sure I will come back to South Africa.

Hélène, BelgiumCommunications and Fundraising intern in Cape Town, South Africa
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INTERNSHIP HIGHLIGHTS
  • Gain practical experience in fundraising and project management
  • Gain a full insight in the day to day running of a nonprofit organisation
  • Contribute to a charity raising awareness of important issues in African communities
  • Live and work in Cape Town, arguably one of the most stunning cities in the world.
  • Enjoy exploring South Africa’s many highlights during your time off
Fee varies with accommodation type

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APPLYING
How to apply?

If you’re ready to apply for this internship, here’s what to do:

  1. Fill in the application form (it will show in a new screen) and send your CV to info@rootsinterns.com.
  2. We’ll set up a call with you to go through your application.
  3. If we feel it’s a good match, we’ll set up a call between you and the supervisor for this internship.
  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 fill in the contact form on the right. We’ll be happy to assist!

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