South African Media & Gender Institute (SAMGI) Internship
Position: Media Studies / Gender Advocacy
Length of Internship: 10-12 weeks
Number of positions: 2
Are you studying or interested in media studies and gender advocacy work? Would you enjoy working for a non-profit organization in
SAMGI was founded in 2003 out of the need to give the least represented members of South African society – women, and particularly women from economically disadvantaged communities – a voice in the media. The organization aims to promote human rights by increasing the range of voices heard in
SAMGI runs a range of programs which are focused on using the media to deepen democracy and entrench gender equality, and to produce and distribute media that acts as a forum for South African citizens and portrays positive images of men and women. SAMGI's Citizens in Dialogue program aims to promote human rights by increasing the range of voices at all levels of society, and does so through radio and internet radio programs, the creation of pamphlets and manuals discussing how women’s rights are human rights, and a Prison’s Programme comprised of various aspects of the organization’s work for inmates and warders. SAMGI's Justice for Gender program seeks to monitor, lobby, and advocate for gender equality through daily media monitoring; a national directory of women experts; 16 Days of Activism, where refugees join group activities for charitable causes; and a Men’s Development Movement that aims to strengthen the input of men in gender transformation.
The Gendocracy program aims to strengthen the capacity of civil society to participate in building stronger democracies. This program runs all kinds of training programs related to gender equity advocacy, including computer literacy and basic web design; a Gender, Media and Communication course; and more. In addition, SAMGI has a Media Production Unit that does marketing for its clients, which include the Commission on Gender Equality and the Western Cape Department of Health. This program provides marketing and communication services, publishing services, and events coordination.
If you have an interest in the promotion of gender equality through the media, then you should consider an international internship with the South African Media & Gender Institute. This internship is an exciting way to gain valuable experience working for a non-profit organization and learning about gender equity issues in Southern Africa – all while living in the most vibrant city in the world, Cape Town!