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We believe that learning and doing good can go hand in hand.

That’s why we create meaningful internships with nonprofit organizations around the world. As an intern, you’ll gain valuable work experience, allowing you to grow your roots. At the same time, you’ll get to contribute to the important work that is happening at a grassroots level all over the world; a beautiful offshoot of mutual growth. We offer nonprofit internships in a wide range of academic focus areas, offering something for everyone. Learn more about our nonprofit internships, get in touch for tailor-made advice about the perfect international destination for you, and join us on our journey of connection!

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South Africa

We might be biased, as we’re lucky enough to be based here, but South Africa is one of the most exciting internship destinations in the world. It’s got it all; mountains, beaches, colorful cultures, and a wealth of rewarding nonprofit internships.

Philippines

Dolphins jumping through clear water, colorful coral reefs, far-stretching sandy beaches, and inspiring marine conservation programs. Yes, this idyllic island group in the Western Pacific Ocean could really be your home during your nonprofit internship abroad.

Internships in Brazil

Brazil

With something for everyone, Brazil is an easy favorite. Whether it’s beaches or rainforest, our nonprofit internships in Brazil are based within welcoming communities and offer a unique kind of experience for personal & professional growth.

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FAQs

Why should I do an NGO internship?

At our NGO internships, we make sure that your work will make an impact, that your input will be highly valued, that you’ll have a good amount of responsibility, and that you’ll work in a close-knit team. We believe that these are the benefits of an internship with a grassroots NGO. If you want to read more about reasons for doing a nonprofit internship, have a look here!

How can I find the right NGO internship?

We know how important it is to place the right person with the right organization. We make sure to take our time to find the right internship for you; one where you’ll find the right balance for you of learning and contributing. One where you can use and develop your skill-set in the most valuable way. One where you’ll find the right amount of challenge, and where you’ll have the most enjoyable time. Also checkout this ultimate guide to NGO Internships

Can I do an NGO internship at any skill level?

Yes – we offer internships and volunteer jobs at a variety of skills levels. Some internships don’t require too much experience, others require a very specific skill-set. We’ll be happy to help you find something that matches your interests and experience perfectly.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

Jordan, United KingdomRemote Content Writing Internship

This has completely exceeded my expectations. As someone who is currently on a gap year out of high school, I was worried that I wouldn't find an internship that would respect me as a member of the team, or give me tasks that were genuinely challenging and exciting - but Roots was able to do just that! This has been such a valuable experience. Thanks for finding me such a great placement!

Olivia, United StatesGender Equality Internship, South African AND Marketing & Communications Internship, Zambia

Moving to Africa was very scary for me but luckily through the internships Roots placed me with the transition was very easy. I worked in South Africa for three months in the GBV space and realized aiding survivors of GBV is something I am incredibly passionate about. After my time in South Africa I moved to Zambia to work in a school / community center. This internship in Zambia taught me a lot about all of the different aspects of running a non-profit as well as showing me different sectors I could potentially work in. Both of these internships have changed my life for the better and have helped me to figure out what I want my future career to look like.

Claudia, ItalyRemote NGO Management Internship

The internship exceeded my expectations, as from a remote internship I did not expect to immerse myself completely in the environment of the organization, but from the very beginning I was able to contribute significantly. I gained a lot of new knowledge and skills in digital marketing and reporting, but it has also helped improve me as a person, making me more aware of the world around us and its challenges. And finally it gave me the opportunity to learn about the current issues and challenges that South Africa is facing today and how African cinema is trying to create awareness about it.

Luco, the NetherlandsUrban Greening Internship, Cape Town

Going abroad for a couple months really changed my life. I learned so much about new cultures and it was really interesting to see how the urban greening is applied in Cape Town. Besides my internship I also had enough time to discover the beautiful city and meet a lot of new friends. I had a great time in Cape Town and I would definitely do it again if I had the chance.

Denver, United StatesCommunications Internship, Cape Town

My three months of work were fueled through the everyday love and appreciation received down in the township. It also evoked a sense of responsibility towards new volunteer members. Working at the projects is a massive source of inspiration and motivation that carried me through my stay. Overall, this internship has been an overwhelming experience of emotions.

Bailey, United StatesRefugee Internship, Cape Town

I have loved interning in one of the best cities in the world. Cape Town is such an amazing city and it is full of such amazing people. Coming from Idaho, I wasn´t quite sure what to expect, but I think it´s safe to say that Cape Town has been amazing! As an intern, I have been able to work closely with refugees and immigrants, which has always been a dream of mine. I have learned so many valuable life skills, which will help me so much in my future endeavors. This is an experience I will never forget.

Irene, ItalyMarketing and Fundraising Internship, Cape Town

Now that is over, I can say being an intern in Cape Town is without doubt a life-changing experience. Working in a very small team puts you in front of great opportunities and some challenges, the best situation if you are looking for an internship that gives you a high level of autonomy and the chance to see your ideas become amazing projects.

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