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Grant Writing and Fundraising Support Winter-Spring Intern for Inkululeko

Inkululeko is seeking an intern to provide grant writing and fundraising support to expand our educational programs and operations in South Africa. This is an opportunity to gain experience supporting a nonprofit organization's development efforts.

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A Department of Basic Education report shows that in South Africa less than a third of students finish grade 12 by the age of 18. 


We contribute to changing this in the new South Africa by meeting tomorrow’s leaders, where they’re at, today.  We offer free tutoring, access to computers and the internet, transportation, exam prep, a library of textbooks and regular books (and snacks too!) to young people beginning in grade eight and remain with them through grade 12.  We also have a social enterprise unit to support students with an entrepreneurial zeal. 


Let us tell you about Asanele. He’s an Inkululeko learner who loves to talk about Albert Einstein and counts Elon Musk among his idols. Asanele is serious about science. When we took him to the National Science Festival he asked so many questions, the presenter was getting annoyed so he whispered to other people questions that he wanted to have answered -- so they could ask.  


A few years ago, with our help, he went – quite nervously – to a National Science Competition where he competed against other accomplished young people. 


He won – big. Asanele got a four year scholarship to any institution in all of South Africa. 


Each year, when Inkululeko re-opens, there are far more applicants than spots available. We want to work with people like you to expand our capacity to serve more young people each year. After all, we know there are more Asanele’s out there. We’re hoping you can help us reach them. 


Intern Tasks and Responsibilities:

- Work closely with Inkululeko staff in South Africa and the US to identify funding needs and opportunities related to specific projects and proposals, such as expanding remote teaching programs and growing capacity in schools. 

- Research potential grantors and funders aligned with Inkululeko's mission and programs. 

- Assist in drafting grant proposals and applications.

- Help develop fundraising campaigns and secure donations from individuals and corporate sponsors. 

- Perform prospect research on foundations, corporations, and major donors.

- Provide general administrative and operational support related to fundraising and development initiatives.

What You'll Gain as an Intern:

- Hands-on experience in nonprofit grant writing, fundraising, and development work. 

- Knowledge of the grant application process and best practices.

- Exposure to running campaigns, events, and donor relations. 

- Opportunity to expand research, writing, communication, and organizational skills. 

- Potential to take on leadership roles and own projects.

- Mentorship and training from experienced Inkululeko staff members. 

- Chance to make a tangible impact supporting Inkululeko's mission and growth.

Skills and Experience Needed:

-Familiarity with Google Docs

-Strong writing and communication skills

-Research expertise

-Attention to detail

-Data analysis skills

-Interest in nonprofit/foundation goals

-Administrative abilities



Internship Schedule: 

Part-time. 8-10 hours per week, schedule can vary. 



Zuko Gqadavama
Deputy CEO

+27 081 669 3796 


Internship Contact Information: 

Jason Torreano


Please submit your Resume and Cover Letter to the Above-listed Internship Contact.

To the student: prior to accepting an offer of an unpaid internship, you must confer with your internship or academic advisor to determine whether this opportunity meets your college or university's curricular requirements for earning academic credit at your institution. if it does not, then you are considered a volunteer.