At Roots, we believe that learning and doing good can go hand in hand.
We create meaningful work placements and nonprofit internships in Africa for people 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 grass-roots level in Southern Africa; 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 some tailor-made advice about the perfect internship in Africa for you, and join us on our journey!
NGO Management Internship in South Africa
An opportunity to get a thorough understanding of social impact programs, and experience in fundraising and marketing.View Internship
Communications and Fundraising Internship
Gain experience in different areas, including social media, marketing, and fundraising with this solar cinema nonprofit.View Internship
Our latest blog posts
A Communications and Fundraising Adventure
Helene’s internship taught her valuable things on a professional and personal level. This whole adventure has been a major life changing experience for her.Read More
Six months as an Advocacy and Human Rights Volunteer
Emiel’s eagerness for working abroad and his interest to be involved with the protection and rights of refugees brought him to Cape Town for six months.Read More
Feedback from our Interns
You cannot really plan your day here, sometimes dogs, pups and cats arrive so you have to change your whole schedule - which makes it absolutely not boring. I don’t really have a schedule here, I just take the day as it comes. It doesn't even feel like I'm working, I would do it as a hobby. We’re still building an NGO, properly, and I feel like I’m really helping out - so I’m happy to be here.Daphne, Animal Welfare Fundraising Internship in Livingstone-Zambia
Before doing this Creative Writing Internship, all my writings were academic. Writing blog posts allowed me to explore my capabilities regarding more creative forms of writing and I got to understand the importance of storytelling in marketing. I also learned a lot about Search Engine Optimization (SEO), which I feel is crucial for attracting traffic to any organization’s website.Abdul, Syria, Creative Writing Internship in Cape Town-South Africa
All you need to know is that once you decide to leave for Uganda and take the leap of faith, you will find welcoming people, loving children, also weird animals and wild nature, but it will surely be the experience of your life!Simona, Sustainable Development Internship at Banda Island-Uganda
That day, we planted a whole fynbos garden at a primary school. Seeing the kids advocating for their garden and seeing their future belonging so much to nature, was definitely opened my eyes again for all the opportunities we have and all the potential that is out there for a greener and better tomorrow. Each time I watch the video of that project, I am super grateful I was able to participate and engage with all my colleagues and all the kids.Maren, Germany, Event Coordinator Internship in Cape Town-South Africa
This experience has taught me so many valuable things for my future career. I am considering a job in video communications and with this internship, I believe it has given me the foundation to improve on those skills. I believe I have much more to learn before I can enter in this field, but I believe I now have the tools to build on. Aside from the technical skills I have learned, I believe the experience of telling an organization's story is very beneficial in any communications-related job I may pursue.Christina, Media and Design Internship in Cape Town-South Africa
My objectives were to get to know communications work in an NGO. What I've learnt is much more than communications analysis or capturing stories, and making big from small, it is also a way of thinking, of living and of being! It wasn't only a work experience but a true human experience. I am so thankful for the people I met and I will always remember their dedication to learning, their smiles and their happiness.Justine, France, Nonprofit management Internship
Roots gave me comprehensive and relevant advice before my internship and the follow-up during my internship was very good. I think that my internship went well also because of their willingness to ensure students have an experience that matters.Theo, France, Marketing-Fundraising Internship
For me, South africa seemed to far away and foreign when I started looking for an internship abroad that it was nice to have a company assisting me with everything that needed to be arranged. It was also easy to have a person to talk to, who replied back rather quick, as sometimes when contacting the company itself it can take a while before you get a reply.
It has been even better than I could have ever imagined it. It has made me more confident in starting conversations with people, as well as accepting larger tasks that take some planning and preparation.
Overall, I am incredibly happy with my experience. I could not have imagined how much I would learn in just a few months, and it's thanks to this experience that I now approach jobs since then with a sense of confidence that has been vital in making me competent and trustworthy in any professional environment.Grace, United States, Marketing Internship
I went into it hoping I would learn a lot, be stretched out of my comfort zone, grow in confidence and feel as though I was helping in some way. As I reflect back I think all of these things have happened. I was able to do a myriad of different tasks, that were stimulating, challenging at times and I was making a difference even if in small ways.Naomi, United States, Nonprofit Internship
I loved to see the amount of thoughtfulness and upcycling that goes on in the office, and working with a group of people that want to make a positive difference even when it’s an inconvenience. I don’t really think that my time with Cape Town or South Africa is finished, to be honest.Anne, United States, Events Coordinator Internship
The time I spent in Cape Town was phenomenal. There are few words that can accurately describe it to those who have not yet had the privilege to visit. Taking an international internship where you don’t know anybody is extremely difficult and nerve-wracking but the reward is beyond worth it.Robby, United States, Urban Greening Internship
I experienced everything and yet nothing on this trip and it has had a profound effect on me. As I return to Idaho I must quote one of my favorite sayings from Nelson Mandela, “There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.Tristyn, United States, Media Internship
I would also recommend to get an internship in an organisation you really believe in. The more you can support their values and what they stand for, the more you'll enjoy your internship, since you're not only learning but you're also part of something bigger you really believe in and want to add value to.Reini, Belgium, Creative Writing Internship