Content Writing Internship in Cape Town

Get valuable work experience with an exciting photography project

Are you an aspiring writer, journalist, or communications professional? And are keen to get some good practical experience? We have an exciting opportunity for you at Penda Photo Tours, a photography workshop company and aligned NGO, the Penda Trust.

A young but fast-growing organisation, Penda believes that photography has the power to change lives; both through incredible experiences, and through non-profit projects. During this Content Writing Internship with Penda, you’ll be a vital part of communicating this message. The main focus is on blog writing, social media, and online content creation. However this internship offers a variety of tasks and an opportunity to become a large part of a small team. An interest in photography would be great, but isn’t a must.

QUICK FACTS
Cape Town, South Africa
Photography Social Enterprise
Creative Writing, SEO, Social Media, Strategy, Blogging
8-26 Weeks
Varies with accommodation
ORGANISATION

Penda is a young social enterprise that uses photography to both create amazing experiences and to generate positive change. Penda Photo Tours offers photography workshop around the world; exciting trips that are completely focused on taking amazing pictures. People can, for instance, join Penda to photograph the Big Five in South Africa, to encounter Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda, to learn about street photography in Cuba, or to photograph Brown Bears in Alaska. All workshop are guided by professional photographers, who help participants improve their skills throughout the experience. Penda also believes in the power of photography to do good. Through the Penda Trust, the organisation uses photography as a tool to support important conservation and community projects in developing countries. This is done through the following methods:

  • Providing grass-roots charities with professional photographs that they can use to raise awareness about their issues and fundraise for their causes. Visual marketing is essential for any charity to get their word across, and good photography is a vital part of this. We identify non-profit organisations in developing countries that will benefit from having professional photographs, and document their work.
  • Hosting photography workshops for talented young individuals in underprivileged communities. Photography can give people a voice. We identify young individuals with an interest in and talent for photography, and provide workshops where we encourage them to tell their stories, and the stories of their communities, through photography. We teach them creative self-expression, and the power visual images can have. Participants are encouraged to raise awareness about issues that matter most to them, which stimulates positive activism.
  • Highlighting important issues by creating and exposing great photography. We fund and organise expositions to present photography that would otherwise not be seen; photography that tells important stories, highlights the work of important organisations, and gives a communications platform to these causes.

Check out this video about one of the Penda Trust projects.

TASKS & REQUIREMENTS

Penda is a young but fast-growing organization, and as an intern, you can be a vital part of many aspects of Penda’s development. While a majority of the tasks are related to communications, we can tailor-make someone’s portfolio according to someone’s skills and experience.

What you’ll do
  • Writing SEO focused web content for both websites
  • Creating content for Penda’s blogs and occasionally for external platforms
  • Assisting with SEO analysis, strategy and improvement
  • Assisting with overall content strategies
  • Helping develop social media strategies
  • Manage social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn)
  • Writing newsletters
  • Assisting with running digital marketing campaigns

We also offer a Marketing Internship at Penda, which focuses more on marketing research, digital marketing campaigns, and some fundraising. You might want to check that out too.

Requirements

Penda is looking for people who will be excited by being a large part of a small organization; one that is growing fast. We are ideally looking for interns with the following skills and experience:

  • Strong English writing skills
  • Some experience with social media is beneficial
  • An interest in investigative journalism would be ideal
  • An interest in blogs and content marketing
  • An ability to work quite independently
  • An interest in photography would be beneficial
  • Please note that you’ll need to have your own laptop
WHERE YOU’LL STAY

You’ll be staying at the Lenox, a comfortable guest house in the heart of Cape Town. Built in the old Cape Dutch style, the Lenox is characterful and spacious. It has a garden with a barbeque area, a large dining room, and several other communal spaces. Shared bedrooms take four to eight people, and there are plenty of single rooms available as well (at an extra fee). You’ll be walking distance from a wide range of shops, cafes and restaurants, and at a great spot for some of the touristy highlights Cape Town has to offer as well. (As well as for views of Table Mountain!)

DATES & RATES

Penda has internship opportunities throughout the year, and the start dates are flexible.

What you’ll pay (2023 rates)

2 MONTHS USD 1,814
3 MONTHS USD 2,382
4 MONTHS USD 2,949
5 MONTHS USD 3,517
6 MONTHS USD 4,084

Remote internship: USD 525

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:
  • Transfer from Cape Town International airport to your accommodation and back on arrival and departure day
  • Accommodation based on a dorm room (4-8 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
Excludes:
  • Flights
  • 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

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 OR Remote
Photography Social Enterprise
Creative Writing, SEO, Social Media, Strategy, Blogging
8-26 Weeks
From USD 1,814 (in-person) / USD 525 (remote)
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

During that time at Penda, I got to wear many different hats: content writing, social media management, web design, web development, PR + administrative tasks. It allowed me on the one hand to gain insights into branding, marketing and researching and on the other hand enriched me with experience in the nonprofit sector. I am very happy and grateful that I was given the opportunity to do this and learn so many diverse things in such little time.

Marlena, GermanyContent Writing Internship, Cape Town
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INTERNSHIP HIGHLIGHTS
  • Gain practical experience in creative writing, content creation for social media, blog writing
  • Contribute to a social enterprise organizing photo tours but also using photography as a tool to support important conservation and community projects in developing countries.
  • Develop your writing, strategic communications, SEO, and research skills
  • 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 or the flexibility to work from your own home if you prefer a remote internship.
2 MONTHS USD 1,814
3 MONTHS USD 2,382
4 MONTHS USD 2,949
Remote internship: USD 525

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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.

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