Empowering Community Growers - Internship (Johannesburg, South Africa)

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Securing Water for Food - Global Internships
61 Barkston Drive, Blairgowrie, 2194 Randburg
Johannesburg, MI
Posted: May 10 2016
Application Deadline: No Deadline
Position: Part-time, Unpaid

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Social Impact Internship Program
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Summer, Fall and Spring Internships Available


Reel Gardening, an industry changing for profit, social enterprise, seeks senior or masters level students who are passionate about social impact and food security, want to work in a dynamic start-up on project-based work that contributes to business growth and scalability, and wants to play an active role in helping the company to "spread the planting revolution."

Reel Gardening, through its Social Impact Internship Program, can ensure the assignment of challenging projects and tasks, provide an industry relevant real-life experience, and give interns the chance to be an active part of and play a meaningful role in a social enterprise that is reaching 300,000+ school and family beneficiaries in South Africa.

As noted, this position is located in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Visit our website for more information and to learn more about the impact that we are having and how you can contribute to the work we are doing. www.reelgardening.co.za

Reel Gardening is a Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development innovator/awardee. For more information, visit www.securingwaterforfood.org.

The projects undertaken by Reel Gardening interns will add value and directly contribute to the scaling and growth of the company.

About the Company:

Based in Johannesburg, South Africa, Reel Gardening is a for profit, social enterprise that has developed a unique seed system that can be grown into a vegetable or herb garden in nearly any climate. The company has/has had business partnerships and/or work with Unilever, Richard Branson, Coca-Cola, Sappi, Exclusive Books, Total, Chartered Wealth Solutions, and others.

About the Internship:

This is a semester-long, unpaid internship. For international candidates, college credit arrangements are encouraged. Housing/accommodations and travel expenses are expected to be shouldered by the candidate.


Reel Gardening will accept applications on a rolling basis, however interviews (Skype or Google Hangout) for this position are expected to held on May 19 and May 20. Start date will be determined by Reel Gardening and the selected candidate. Reel Gardening seeks interns for summer, fall and spring semesters.


Scope of Work:

Reel Gardening has developed a pilot project that will test our hypothesis on commercially viable, small scale, community growing projects and that will determine the conditions necessary to establish sustainable community gardens. We have one pilot confirmed in Cape Town with a local partner and are in discussions with two further partners for pilots in Johannesburg and Durban as well.

Reel Gardening requires an intern to oversee these projects, with day-to-day management, with the goal to developing a case study. S/he will be working closely with a Reel Gardening partner as well as the community that the garden will be established in. They will observe the hiring process, the garden establishment and training, the garden maintenance and care, the relationship between the selected garden carers, the sale of the vegetables, the relationship with the buyer, etc. The intern will be involved in all aspects of the project, from social facilitation to select the correct people to pilot with, to data collection and reporting.


General Skills Needed:

- Excellent ability to work within challenging, underprivileged environments with efficiency and respect
- Excellent people skills
- Business acumen
- Data collection
- Project management
- Logistics
- Communication
- Independence
- Report writing

Interns, who are expected to work Monday through Thursday, will have the intellectual capacity, higher order thinking skills, and independent work ethic to deliver on clearly defined expectations, goals, and outcomes.

What We Require:

- Highly organized, with an ability to prioritize time-sensitive assignments.
- Fearless – not afraid to be a bold and outside the box thinker with the ability to work independently with minimal supervision and process constructive feedback.
- Love for social impact, a passion for the mission of the organization, and general excitement to learn new skills.


Required - Project Management, Logistics, Communication, Data Collection, Report Writing Skills, Highly Organized, Thrives on challenges

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