NGO Management Internship at Film Making Company, 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 cinema which operates mobile. On the road, short films with a social impact are being produced. 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
Varies with accommodation

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

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.


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

Fees vary depending on the accommodation type. Check accommodation options

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
  • 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
Cape Town, South Africa
Film-focused NGO
Reporting, Social Media, Marketing, PR, Events Coordination
8 Weeks
Varies with accommodation

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 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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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.

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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