Business and Finance Internship in NGO (South Africa)

Salary Unpaid

Are you passionate about business management in a Non-Profit organization? Are you looking to improve your skills and get further insight into how to manage an NGO and the financial systems needed to support innovative health programs? Are you passionate about working with fellow colleagues in making a difference? Then this internship is for you!


THINK is a non-profit organisation committed to advancing health and well-being for vulnerable communities both locally and globally. Our work spans three central domains: research, health systems strengthening, and capacity building. Our focus is on addressing a wider spectrum of critical health challenges which include Infectious Diseases, Mental Health, Gender disparities, and building resilient healthcare systems in the face of pandemics and climate change. THINK engages with the local community, government consortia, and international funders to provide care and carry out cutting-edge work that has contributed to making a difference both locally and globally. 


This internship will be located in our head office in Durban, South Africa and is open for international foreign students, as a collaboration with European universities.


Job description:

We are seeking a highly motivated Business and Finance Intern to join our team at THINK's HQ. This internship offers a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in running a non-profit organisation's business and financial aspects while contributing to our mission of making a difference in Global Health. As an intern, you will work closely with our team, receiving guidance and support to develop your skills and knowledge in the field of business management.


Key responsibilities:

  • Financial Analysis: Assist in conducting financial analysis and data interpretation to support budget planning and financial decision-making.

  • Budget Management: Collaborate with the finance team to track and manage project budgets, ensuring compliance with donor requirements.

  • Financial Reporting: Prepare financial reports and documents for internal and external stakeholders, donors, and government agencies.

  • Data Entry and Record Keeping: Maintain accurate financial records and databases, including expenses, invoices, and receipts.

  • Grant Management: Support the grant application and reporting process, ensuring all financial documentation is in order.

  • Expense Reconciliation: Assist in reconciling expenses, verifying receipts, and processing reimbursements.

  • Financial Compliance: Help ensure compliance with financial regulations, policies, and auditing standards.

  • Business Development Support: Contribute to business development efforts, including researching potential funding opportunities and preparing proposals.

  • Financial Training: Participate in training sessions related to financial and business operations to enhance your skills and knowledge.

  • Ad Hoc Tasks: Undertake other tasks and projects related to business and finance as directed by your supervisor.

  • Report Writing: Prepare research reports and publications for dissemination, contributing to our commitment to sharing knowledge and advancing global health.



  • Enrolled in a relevant academic program (Business Administration, Global Development, International Finance, etc.).

  • Strong analytical and research skills.

  • Passion for global health and addressing infectious diseases.

  • Excellent communication and teamwork abilities.


We offer:

  • An internship with a high learning curve and passionate internship mentor who supports your development.

  • Being a part of and living our values which include care for people and outcomes, making a difference and kicking the paradigm – creating an environment where every team member thrives, every idea is celebrated, and every achievement is a testament to our collective commitment.

  • Part of an internship network with interns in THINK Denmark and South Africa

  • Diverse working days with many different tasks.

  • Good colleagues who are passionate about their tasks and about sharing knowledge and experience.

  • A broad range of contacts from our network of NGO’s, donors, tech companies, social enterprises, and other organizations.

  • Great freedom to organize the working day in collaboration with colleagues.

  • Support in applying for Visas and finding housing in Durban.

  • Opportunity to turn your internship work into thesis project with guidance and support of your internship manager.

The internship is preferably a full-time position, but working hours can be adjusted to exam periods and other student jobs. It is an unpaid internship position, starting in August 2024 lasting for at least 5 months (subject to university agreement).


Application Process:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume and a cover letter outlining their qualifications and motivation.

Applications should be submitted latest on May 1st, 9 am CET.

We look forward to meeting passionate individuals who share our commitment to creating positive change in the world through innovative approaches.


We value equal opportunity and encourage candidates regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age to apply.


For more information or questions please contact us at

Perks and benefits

This job comes with several perks and benefits

Near public transit
Near public transit

Free office snacks
Free office snacks

Remote work allowed
Remote work allowed

Free lunch
Free lunch

Central office
Central office

Free coffee / tea
Free coffee / tea

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THINK International

THINK International is a non-profit organisation born in Denmark in 2022 that is on a mission to transform health and well-being across the globe through innovation and collaboration. THINK builds on a decade of passionate work in South Africa where our story began with an urge to improve the lives of those touched by Tuberculosis and HIV, with research as our guiding star. Building on our experience and expertise as public health experts and researchers, we improve lives, build capacity and strengthen health systems across Africa. With THINK International as a platform, we aim to take this legacy further by building international partnerships and providing technical support. Our goal is to make a difference in vulnerable people's lives, locally and globally. At THINK, we look at health and well-being through a wide-angled lens, caring about mental health, gender inequality, and planetary health. Rooted in the rich soil of Africa, we're also diving headfirst into the digital expanse of the Metaverse. Our game-changing strategies blend the best of cutting-edge tech with human-centered solutions. THINK mobile clinics on the move, AI-powered diagnostics, state-of-the-art clinical trials and social research, and data analysis that digs deep. With THINK, we're not just transforming healthcare - we're reimagining the very essence of health care, making it more accessible, more innovative, and more attuned to the world we live in today. THINK: Making a Difference

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