COMMUNICATIONS INTERNSHIP FOR thOSE interested in human rights, migration, refugees, AND integration
Are you passionate about topics such as migration, refugees, inclusion, and integration? Do you have experience or an interest in public relations, communications, digital communication, intercultural communication, and marketing for NGOs?
This organization provides services to migrants and refugees that came to Cape Town from all over Africa. They also run several projects to contribute to the cultural, social and economic integration between migrants, refugees, and South Africans. This Communications Internship gives you the opportunity to assist with develop and update content for their website and social media, report on events and areas of interest such as human rights, migration, refugees, integration and much more. The communications department is a young department, so this internship is an excellent opportunity to use your creativity and ideas to make an impact.
|Cape Town, South Africa|
|Communications, social media, digital marketing, writing|
|Varies with accommodation|
This organization started in Cape Town in 1994 as religious assistance to different communities of migrants but soon expanded to offering more tangible assistance as they were confronted with the problems experienced by refugees from Angola, the Congos, Rwanda, Burundi and other African communities. In 2003 a secular non-government organization was started to run these projects, the Scalabrini Center of Cape Town (SCCT).
Migration is perceived as an opportunity by this organization, so they are on a mission to alleviate poverty and promoting development in the Western Cape while fostering cultural, social and economic integration between migrants, refugees, and South Africans. In providing their assistance they advocate respect for human rights and use a holistic approach that considers all basic needs.
Every month around 2000 people visit the center, which offers service through six main programme areas:
- Advocacy: Protecting, promoting and advancing the rights and freedoms of migrants and refugees by providing paralegal advice and practical assistance to individuals on a walk-in basis. In addition, this team works on driving deeper systemic change in the South African society and immigration and asylum systems.
- English School: Providing a specialized English language school for refugees and migrants.
- Employment Access: Providing a gateway to employment by providing support to foreign nationals who are legally entitled to look for work in South Africa. The organization provides a combination of skills training, professional development, and resources needed for success in the job market.
- Unite: A unique extra-curricular curriculum for grade 8-11, which provokes a deep exploration of the themes of identity, integration, and diversity to promote activism and critical thought in youth living in South Africa.
- Welfare: Accessing services for migrants and refugees in need. Through a process of consultation, they assist individuals to access basic services such as medical care, schooling, shelter, South African Social Grants (SASSA grants) and assistance with advice/application for voluntary repatriation.
- Women’s Platform: A multi-national network of women that strengthens individuals to enhance economic independence and integration into the broader South African community.
TASKS & REQUIREMENTS
The Communications Team is a recently established team within this NGO. An internship in this field promises to be exciting and fresh and will require you to report on several different events and on different issues pertaining to migration. You are supported by the Communications Manager but are also the kind of person who likes taking initiative and working independently. Ideally, you have experience and an interest in public relations, communications, digital communication, intercultural communication, and marketing for NGOs.
What you’ll do
- Social media management and content creation
- Reporting on events, or items of interest – such events may take place or when the organization is part of an outreach event
- Writing success stories of clients who have benefited from the organization’s services
- Researching and writing interesting or topical articles related to our work
- Assist other departments with internal communications material
- Assist with development and implementation of communications strategies or campaigns (when needed)
This organization also offers internships in English School, Human Rights and Advocacy, Female empowerment, Refugee Empowerment, or an all-round position.
- Passionate about topics such as migration, refugees, inclusion, and integration
- Good written and verbal communication, strong editing skills in English
- Self-motivated, detail-oriented
- Excellent computer skills with experience in social media
- The ability to work independently and with others
- The ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines
- Openness to learning and growing within the volunteer experience
- Skills in CANVA and photography is a plus – but not required
- Ability to communicate with a variety of people.
- Ability to prioritise and multitask multiple projects
- Experience and interest in public relations, communications, digital communication, intercultural communication and marketing for NGOs
- Minimum availability for three months
WHERE YOU’LL STAY
You’ll stay at Scalabrini’s own accommodation; a comfortable self-catering guest house within the same building. The accommodation is centrally located in Cape Town’s city bowl, at a walking distance from plenty of cafes and restaurants, and with a spectacular view of Table Mountain. You’ll have a shared or private en-suite room, and access to a shared lounge and kitchen. You’ll also have use of wifi.
DATES & RATES
You can start your internship every week, so your final starting date is based on what suits you and the organization the best. Please keep in mind this organization is closed for four weeks of summer holiday in December and January.
What you’ll pay (2022 rates)
12 weeks USD 2,380
16 weeks USD 2,973
20 weeks USD 3,565
24 weeks USD 4,157
What you are paying for:
- Accommodation based on a shared room. A single room is available upon request at an additional fee and pending availability
- 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
- 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
- On the ground support and troubleshooting if needed
- A reference letter at the end of your internship
- A discount on weekend activities, exclusive to Roots interns
- Contribution to the organization’s Local Intern Development Fund, which supports a small working stipend for a local intern
- 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
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|Cape Town, South Africa|
|Communications, social media, digital marketing, writing|
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WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
”I gained valuable experience in both research as well as working with an NGO. My tasks included working on the Atlas of Migration, which is an online platform and I wrote an article about the differences between refugee camps and refugee formal settlements. Moreover, I worked a lot on social media platforms and helped out with general communications.Lola, the NetherlandsMigrants and Refugee Charity Internship, Cape Town
- Gain practical experience in communications, social media, digital marketing, writing
- Make information accessible and raise awareness of the issues affecting migrants and refugees in the work that this organization does
- Expand your knowledge in the field of human rights, migration, and refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants
- 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
How to apply?
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) and send your CV to email@example.com.
- 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 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.
- 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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