Fundraising Internship at a Library Non Profit, Cape Town

Help a non profit in South Africa fundraise for books to fill school libraries

Develop your skills in this fundraising internship with a nonprofit which aims to put libraries in public schools in South Africa.

You’ll be part of a small and dedicated team that is passionate about giving all children, regardless of their circumstance, the opportunity to read as many books as they please. If you are passionate about literacy and looking to make a big difference in a small nonprofit organization, then this Fundraising Internship is for you. You will get a chance to develop your fundraising skills and gain valuable experience in the nonprofit sector in South Africa.

QUICK FACTS
Cape Town, South Africa
Library Non Profit
Fundraising, Grant proposal writing
8-26 Weeks
From USD 1,536
ORGANISATION

The Bookery was established in 2010 with a mission to provide libraries and library support to public schools in South Africa. Libraries are important for any school. They are safe places where children can improve their literacy, expand their understanding of the world and find joy in reading. Yet at least 85% of public schools in South Africa do not have functional libraries. This shortage is not currently prioritized by the government. It is worst in poor communities, where there are few quiet places to learn, and where many homes don’t own books.

To address this problem, The Bookery provides a library and a trained young librarian to under-resourced public schools in South Africa. First, they build a collection of 4000 books that are of good quality and relevance to the school. Then they provide support to the library. They empower the young librarian – or ‘library assistant’ – with the skills to manage the library.

Their work helps to bring the school library to life, as a place where literacy initiatives can thrive and school learners can read for study and for fun. To date, they have set up 82 school libraries in South Africa.

This organisation also offers an Event Management internship and a Communications and Marketing Internship!

TASKS & REQUIREMENTS

The Bookery is a nonprofit that relies on funding from outside sponsors.

What you’ll do
  • Assist with proposal writing for grants
  • Come up with fundraising initiatives
  • Help run digital campaigns
  • Assist with fundraising for special events
  • Research new fundraising opportunities and partnerships
  • Perform other tasks as required by the fundraising supervisor
  • This internship also offers a chance to visit the school libraries that the organization has set up.
Requirements
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • An individual that is not shy and able to take on tasks head-on
  • To be able to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Computer skills and knowledge of office software packages
  • Strong organizational and planning skills
  • Your own laptop
  • A passion for reading and literacy is an asset
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

You can start your internship with this organization every Monday. Please keep in mind this organization is closed for a couple of weeks of summer holiday at the end of the year.

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

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.

Includes:
  • 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
  • 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
  • On the ground support during your stay
  • A discount on weekend activities, exclusive to Roots interns
Excludes:
  • Flights to Cape Town
  • Daily transport to the office
  • 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
  • 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
Library Non Profit
Fundraising, Grant proposal writing
8-26 Weeks
From USD 1,814
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INTERNSHIP HIGHLIGHTS
  • Gain practical experience in (online) fundraising and grant writing
  • Contribute to a charity on a mission to create dynamic school libraries that inspire a love of reading, break barriers and change lives
  • Develop your writing, online communications, and fundraising skills
  • Gain a full insight in the day to day running of a nonprofit organisation
  • Live and work in Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world
  • Enjoy exploring South Africa’s many highlights during your time off
2 MONTHS USD 1,814
3 MONTHS USD 2,382
4 MONTHS USD 2,949

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Other internships with this organization
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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