NGO Management Internship with Solar Cinema Network in Cape Town

HELP spark conversations in african communities with this ngo management internship

We are happy to offer this NGO management internship in Cape Town with nonprofit doing solar-powered cinema screenings.

Sunshine Cinema is not like other cinemas:  It is a solar-powered media distribution network which operates mobile. On the road, short films with a social impact are being screened using solar power. Content is being found in rural communities and, moreover, they involve the local youth in their film making efforts. Most films are educational and informative stories about the humans in the communities. Moreover, they train youth in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Malawi to be impact producers and use relevant documentaries to spark dialogue, educate, and inspire social change.

As an intern you can contribute using the media to raise awareness about social issues. You will be working in the office in Cape Town and gain experience in different areas like reporting, monitoring and evaluation, social media, marketing, and sometimes also assist with the movie screenings in the area. This internship is a good mix of office work and active engagement!

Cape Town, South Africa
Film-Focused NGO
Reporting, Social Media, Marketing, PR, Events Coordination
8 Weeks
From USD 2,432 (on-site) / USD 525 (remote)

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.


As an intern, you will support Sunshine Cinema with marketing, social media, fundraising in the office as well as facilitate the film projects. You will learn about African Cinema distribution and media advocacy interventions to raise awareness about social issues and involved in doing good.

What you’ll do

You will be involved in the following tasks:

  • Data collection and evaluation: filling all reports, voice notes, photos and videos and track Sunshine Cinemas’s impact goals
  • Social media and marketing: collecting visuals from screenings to do regular recap posts online and provide thank you packages to filmmakers for their support
  • Set ups, advertising, PR: occasionally preparing, coordinating and facilitating the movie screenings

Did you know? You can also join a communications and fundraising internship with Sunshine Cinema.

  • Just-do-mentality and keen to take on different kind of tasks
  • Good English skills
  • Be able to work independently
  • Keen to work with social media and interest in films
  • Nice to have: some project management experience;
  • Drivers license preferable.
  • Experience with video, photography and basic shooting and editing preferable.
  • Bring your own laptop

You’ll be staying at a volunteer house called Yoga Shala, a house in Capri, on Cape Town’s Southern Peninsula, where people from around the world stay while volunteering in the surrounding communities. Everyone at the house plays a role and assists in the general day to day operation of yoga shala, from the kitchen to gardening and cleaning, creating a great community in the house. There is free WiFi and the nearest shopping center is a 10-minute drive away.

If you do your internship remotely, you will of course be working from the comfort of your home.


If you prefer a remote internship, it’s possible throughout the whole year. You can start your internship every week. For in-person internships your final starting date is based on what suits you and the organization the best

What you’ll pay (2023 rates)

8 weeks USD 2,432
12 weeks USD 3,295
16 weeks USD 4,158
20 weeks USD 5,021
26 weeks USD 6,316

Remote internship Fixed fee 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:
  • Full accommodation rental fees including breakfast and dinner
  • 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
  • On the ground support during your stay
  • A discount on weekend activities, exclusive to Roots interns
  • 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
  • Flights to Cape Town
  • Daily transport to the office
  • Visa, medical and travel insurance
  • Lunch, Snacks, drinks, etc.
  • 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
Cape Town, South Africa OR Remote
Film-focused NGO
Reporting, Social Media, Marketing, PR, Events Coordination
Min. 8 Weeks
From USD 2,432 (on-site) / USD 525 (remote)

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
  • Gain practical experience in marketing, reporting, and event coordination
  • Gain a full insight in the day to day running of a nonprofit organization
  • 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. Or enjoy the comfort from home if you prefer a remote internship
  • Enjoy exploring South Africa’s many highlights during your time off
8 weeks USD 2,432
12 weeks USD 3,295
16 weeks USD 4,158
Remote internship: USD 525

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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
  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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