Remote Content Writing Internship with Social Enterprise

Gain a wealth of experience in content writing and content marketing during this remote writing internship

You’ll be part of a photography organisation that has both a travel company and a charity, and that uses photography as a way to make a positive impact in Southern Africa. As a virtual content writing intern, you’ll contribute to the overall message of the organisation, and you’ll be able to greatly improve your writing skills.

If you are interested in building a content writing portfolio, enhancing your resume, and gaining a thorough understanding of the content marketing field, this internship is a great opportunity. As a content writing intern, you’ll develop skills in the following areas:

  • Copywriting
  • Content marketing
  • Creative writing
  • Search engine optimisation
  • Online research
  • Strategic communications
Cape Town, South Africa
Photography Social Enterprise
Writing, SEO, Social media, Blogs
Min. 6 Weeks
USD 475

Penda is a young social enterprise that uses photography to create amazing experiences and to generate positive change. It consists of a travel company, Penda Photo Tours, and a nonprofit organisation, Penda Trust.

Penda Photo Tours offers photography workshops and safaris across the world. All trips are fully focused on creating incredible photographic opportunities, and guided by professionals. During most trips, guests can contribute to worthwhile social impact or conservation charities through photography, adding a purposeful element to the experience.

Penda Trust is a nonprofit that uses photography as a tool to support important conservation and community projects in South Africa. 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.

What you’ll do

During this remote creative writing internship, you’ll be creating content on a number of digital platforms. As a content writing intern, you’ll assist in this content creation in a variety of ways.

You can expect to have the following tasks;

  • Writing SEO focused web content for both websites
  • Creating content for Penda’s blogs and occasionally for external platforms
  • Assisting with SEO analysis and improvement
  • Helping manage social media platforms
  • Assisting with overall content strategies
  • Strong English writing skills
  • Some experience in content writing
  • Some knowledge of content marketing / SEO is an advantage
  • Ability to work well independently
  • Good online research skills
  • An interest in photography is an advantage

As this is a remote internship, you’ll have the flexibility to work from your own home! Should you want to spend part of your internship in Cape Town, this is an option too; the set up is flexible and up to you.


The start dates for this internship are flexible; we will discuss the options with you during the application process.

What you will pay (2022 rates)

Placement fee USD 475

What you are paying for:
  • Careful matchmaking. It takes time to find the right internship for each person, and we take this process very seriously.
  • Initial interview with one of our team to gauge your skills, interests, and desired learning outcomes.
  • An orientation program with your supervisor.
  • 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


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
Photography Social Enterprise
Writing, SEO, Social media, Blogs
Min. 6 Weeks
USD 475

The writing for Penda Trust was often from my personal experience or from a more journalistic approach. For Penda Photo Tours, I wrote SEO articles around the photography tour destinations, photography highlights and general travel photography information. It was so interesting for me to do research and learn about the various topics I would write on. I also gained great experience working with SEO. I knew almost nothing about Search Engine Optimization before my internship and I left Penda feeling confident in my understanding of SEO and my ability to implement what I’ve learned effectively. The internship provided me with an ideal combination of creative and marketing writing practices.

Juliana, United StatesContent Writing Internship, Cape Town
  • Gain practical experience in writing, SEO, social media, blogs
  • 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 creative writing, content creation, and research skills
  • Possibility to also get involved in marketing and fundraising
  • Enjoy the flexibility to work from your own home

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How to apply?

If you’re ready to apply for this remote 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. If we might have a placement available for you, we’ll chat with you on the phone or Skype to go through your application and make sure it’s a good match.
  3. We’ll set up a call between you and the person who would be your supervisor during the work placement.
  4. If everyone’s happy, we’ll provisionally confirm your placement! We’ll then send you the invoice for the placement fee, get started with a detailed booking form, and we’ll give you all the information you need to prepare for your internship.
  5. Only once we receive payment of the placement fee, your internship 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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