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Internships at Sonke

Sonke Gender Justice offers internships for dynamic, enthusiastic, mature and committed individuals and professionals who are interested in learning from and contributing to Sonke’s work. There is no financial support for internships at Sonke.

Qualities and skills that we are looking for include:

  • Interest in and/or knowledge and experience of one or more of the following areas:
    • Gender Studies, Masculinities, Women’s Studies
    • Communications (including Writing, Editing and Visual Media)
    • Mobilisation and Organizing
    • Organizational Capacity Building
    • Media and Outreach
    • International Development
    • Policy, Advocacy and Law
    • Research
    • Human Resources
    • Donor Relations and Fundraising
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Sociology, African Studies, International Law, International Relations, Community Development
    • Health, HIV/AIDS, Health Policy, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Child Protection, Refugee Rights, Human Rights
    • Government Systems, Policies and Advocacy
  • A strong gender-equality and human-rights ethos.
  • Fluency in English. Other languages (such as French, Portuguese, Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans) are meriting.
  • Strong English writing and editing skills.
  • Web, software, technical or graphic design skills are meriting.

Types of Internships

General Internships

As a prospective intern, you can apply for a general internship. A general internship application will be assessed in terms of the quality of the specific skills and experience that the candidate offers. Interns who were directly referred by a Sonke staff member, or who form part of an agreed internship programme usually apply for general internships. Only applications of a Master’s degree and above level qualify for a general internship.
Please note that if we do not reply to your application within 15 working days with an invitation for an interview, you may regard your application as unsuccessful.

Individual Unit Internships

Sonke is structured into multiple units, each working with a different constituency or audience. Different skills and experience apply to each. The more specific you are with your application, the more likely you will be awarded an internship.
Internships are available in the following units:

Communications and Strategic Information (CSI) Unit

A CSI internship usually involves working with media and media related tasks. This could include copyediting, documenting our work, writing press releases, social media, and supporting CSI activities and events, skills in public relations, writing, social media, photography, multi-media, editing and web development are very useful.

Community Education and Mobilisation (CEM) Unit

A CEM internship usually includes tasks such as supporting our on-the-ground trainings and workshops, documenting activities, or working on training materials. Writing, facilitation and community organizing skills are useful for this internship.

Policy, Development and Advocacy Unit (PDA) Unit

Internships in the PDA unit are often focused on analysing or commenting on policy documents, or involvement in policy advocacy. A law degree, or legal/policy experience is very useful for this internship.

International Programmes and Networks (IPN) Unit

The IPN team works mostly with the MenEngage networks; both MenEngage Africa and MenEngage Global. An internship with the IPN unit usually involves research and analysis of national and international policies, laws, and plans to engage men and boys in varying topics involving gender equality. Research, writing, policy and international development skills and experience are useful.

Apply for an Internship

Please complete the application form to apply for an internship.

Past Sonke Interns

Here are some of the past interns who have worked with Sonke recently:

Anna Bauer
Myrte de Wit
Carolin Duerr
Rebecca Gore
Océane Jasor
Charlotte Marais
Katja Mlinar
Giovanni Nobre
Sivuyise Nomana
Kathleen O’Gorman
Michael Teufel
Dirkje van den Berg
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