Social Media Intern and Graphic Design Intern


SPII: Social Media Intern and Graphic Design Intern

Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII)
Opportunity closing date:
Friday, 3 December, 2021
Opportunity type:

Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) is a non-profit think tank, based in Johannesburg, committed to advancing the Constitution though social policy and to supporting the eradication of poverty and inequality in South Africa and the sub-region, through empirical research and advocacy. SPII seeks to appoint two interns for a fixed term period.

SPII seeks to appoint a Social Media Intern and Graphic Design Intern to be based in Johannesburg – SPII will not cover any relocation costs.

Duration:        6 months (fixed term)

Terms:            5 days per week – 8 hours per day

Stipend:          R7 000 per month (not negotiable)

Location:        Working at SPII or remotely according to the needs of the office

The Interns will assist with coordinating all external communications and managing all social media platforms for SPII as per the SPII media strategy. The Interns will work closely with the Director and other staff to produce and disseminate communications about SPII’s work in support of the Advocacy and Research work which SPII undertakes.

This position will work across a number of our key projects, including our social security and decent standard of living work, all of which are aligned to our focus on the reduction of poverty and inequality in South Africa, through the realisation of the transformative socio-economic rights in the Constitution.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Work closely with the SPII teams to support and promote SPII’s work on social media platforms in a collaborative effort to raise SPII’s visibility on social media platforms.
  • Responsible for updating approved content and publications on SPII’s social media platforms as required/needed by SPII’s teams.
  • Monitor and evaluate website statistics, and respond to social media trends observed in a proactive manner by implementing strategies & mini-campaigns for SPII.
  • Compile and update reports on a regular basis based on social media observations to assist management on decision making.
  • Monitor SPII’s media (and social) visibility including social media platforms, content and publications.
  • Compile and update on a monthly basis a full list of new social media followers on Facebook and Twitter etc.
  • Promote SPII’s programmes, projects and stakeholder engagements on social media.
  • Engage in networking and the profile raising of SPII by participating in relevant workshops, conferences and stakeholder meetings.
  • Engage in media and publicity work for SPII, as required.
  • Support other communications related activities when required.
  • Provide ad hoc assistance to the general work of SPII, as required.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • Commitment to the values of SPII and a passion for social justice.
  • Honours degree in Fine Arts, Communications, Media and Journalism or a related field. Masters’ degree is an advantage.
  • 1 years’ experience in Social media administration and community management (platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube)
  • Must be willing and able to consistently produce highly professional yet creative designs for SPII projects and social media- not merely generic designs that are not a reflection of our brand.
  • Must have a strong understanding of brand consistency.
  • Needs to be able  to solve relevant tech/ social media related issues
  • Knowledge and experience in social media strategy design.
  • Experience in Graphic design and Web administration (WordPress)
  • Knowledge and experience in Email design (MailChimp).
  • Experience or Knowledge in AV production skills for social media and design skills for social media.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a small team, and a demonstrated ability to use initiative and to take a proactive approach to work.
  • Communication skills – ability and confidence to speak in public and with stakeholders.
  • Proven experience with using social media for campaigning.
  • Good English reading and writing skills are essential.
  • The ability to communicate in at least one other South African language is an advantage.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office skills.

To apply, submit a short CV, a motivation/cover letter, and a sample of your work to


  • SPII is committed to Employment Equity and will give preference to historically disadvantaged South African applicants.
  • Those with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
  • Late and incomplete applications will not be considered for the position.
  • Only suitable qualified candidates will be considered, SPII reserves the right to cancel the position should the needs of the SPII change or should we regard the submissions not to be adequate based on its needs.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted