Social Entrepreneurship Internship, Malawi

Help with the development and management of an inspiring social business

If you’re a budding social entrepreneur, this internship in Malawi is a wonderful springboard for you. It’s an opportunity to get multifaceted work experience with a social business with both a successful and an impactful model. It’s also a chance to work and live in a stunning location, on the banks of Lake Malawi.

During this social entrepreneurship internship, you’ll join Supreme, a company – and aligned nonprofit organization – that has an innovative approach to ensuring that girls and women have safe and hygienic menstrual cycles, and that taboos are broken that stop women from participating in society during their periods. It’s an inspiring initiative that creates great social impact in Northern Malawian communities.

As an intern, you’ll take on a great variety of tasks that, depending on your skills and experience, can include business strategy and development, daily operations, marketing and fundraising campaigns, impact assessment, and product development. This internship will give you a wonderful insight into all elements of the day to day running of a successful social business.

Learning outcomes of this social entrepreneurship internship;

  • A wealth of practical experience in social business development, marketing and fundraising strategies, operations, and research
  • A thorough understanding of the day to day running of a social enterprise
  • Field-based experience in social impact work
  • International work experience
QUICK FACTS
Cape Town, South Africa
Environmental NGO
Facilitation, Research, Reporting, Monitoring, Education, Tree planting
8 Weeks
Varies
ORGANISATION

Based in Malawi, Supreme is a social enterprise that creates reusable sanitary pads and spreads education around menstrual hygiene in local communities. Their aim is to allow girls and women to have safe and hygienic periods, and to be able to fully participate in society throughout their menstrual cycle. Through their social business, Supreme tackles two issues; the lack of access to menstrual products for many women in Malawi, and the persisting traditional beliefs around menstrual cycles that stop girls and women from going to school or their jobs.

Supreme reinvests 100% of their profit into their business, and supports the local economy through job training and employment. In addition, the team runs a nonprofit organization through which they provide necessary educational programs throughout rural communities in northern Malawi.

TASKS & REQUIREMENTS
What you’ll do

As a social entrepreneurship intern, your tasks will be quite varied, and will likely include the following;

  • Assisting with overall business development and operations
  • Doing market research
  • Designing and running marketing campaigns
  • Doing data collection on the ground focused on impact
  • Assisting with monitoring and evaluation and impact reporting
  • Helping with fundraising and stakeholder management
  • Assisting with human resources (streamlining systems, assisting with recruitment)
  • Helping develop skill development schemes for employees
  • Potentially assisting with product development
Requirements
  • A strong interest in social businesses
  • An entrepreneurial attitude and an ability to work at a strategic level
  • A willingness to take on a variety of tasks
  • An ability to work quite independently and take initiative
  • A passion for the work Supreme is doing
WHERE YOU’LL STAY

During your internship, you’ll be lucky enough to stay at a lodge in the northern town of Nkhata Bay. Located on the banks of Lake Malawi, with views of palm trees and green-blue water, this lodge has an idyllic location and a relaxed vibe. You’ll enjoy a private beach, beautiful gardens, a beach bar, and several communal spaces. The rooms are comfortable dormitories, although there are options of upgrading to single chalets, too. The lodge is a hub for people who are volunteering their time at different community and environmental projects in the area, so you can expect to share this gorgeous space with like-minded people.

You’ll be a short drive away from the Supreme office.

DATES & RATES

Internship start and end dates are flexible and will be discussed with your during the selection process.

What you’ll pay (2023 rates)

3 months USD 1,799
4 months USD 2,090
5 months USD 2,382
6 months USD 2,673

Remote internship – Placement fee USD 525

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
  • Accommodation (shared)
  • Two meals a day during the first month. After the first month you can decide to book the meal package for the other months as well.
  • On the ground support during your stay
Excludes:
  • Flights to Malawi
  • Visa, medical and travel insurance costs for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
  • Meals after the first month: you can prepare your own meals or opt to book the meal package for two meals a day for the following months.
  • Drinks, snacks, and items of personal nature (f.e. curios, gifts, clothing).
  • Costs for additional excursions or activities
  • Airport transfer to Nkhata Bay (approximately 400 km)
  • In case of late arrival: extra night in accommodation in Lilongwe
  • Daily transport to the office

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
QUICK FACTS
Nkhata Bay, Malawi OR Remote
Social Enterprise
Marketing, Fundraising, Business Development, Research, Operations 
Min. 3 months
From USD 1,799 (in-person) / USD 525 (remote)
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INTERNSHIP HIGHLIGHTS
  • Gain diverse practical experience in a social business environment
  • Be part of an inspiring social enterprise that offers valuable support to Malawian women
  • Get insights into the day to day running of nonprofit community programs
  • Enjoy comfortable accommodation with an idyllic location (on the banks of Lake Malawi!)
  • Live and work in a welcoming Malawian community with beautiful natural surroundings
3 MONTHS USD 1,799
4 MONTHS USD 2,090
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 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 booking process, 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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