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Nonprofit Internships in Africa

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

That’s why we create meaningful internships with nonprofit organizations in Africa. 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!

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Internships in Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa

We might be biased, as we’re lucky enough to be based here, but Cape Town 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.

Johannesburg Internships
Johannesburg, South Africa

In many ways the center of activity in South Africa, Johannesburg offers many exciting internship opportunities. It’s a place where you can combine city life and important nonprofit work with weekend safaris to Kruger National Park.

internships in Livingstone
Livingstone, Zambia

With a uniquely stunning location – on the banks of the Zambezi, next to the Victoria Falls – Livingstone is an easy favorite. Our internships in Livingstone are based within the welcoming communities, and offer a unique kind of work experience.

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REASONS FOR DOING A FEMALE EMPOWERMENT INTERNSHIP

“If you are considering doing an internship in Africa, gender equality internships are some of the most benevolent, impactful programs you could take part in.”

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VIRTUES OF DOING A WRITING INTERNSHIP WITH A NONPROFIT

“While there’s a wealth of writing internships to choose from, what better host to your professional growth than a charitable organization abroad?”

Penda photography internship
WHY DOING A PHOTOGRAPHY INTERNSHIP IS A GREAT IDEA

Improve your photography and make an impact during a humanitarian photography program in Cape Town.

Digital Butter internships
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WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

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!

Jordan, United KingdomRemote Content Writing 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.

Claudia, ItalyRemote NGO Management Internship

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.

Luco, the NetherlandsUrban Greening 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.

Denver, United StatesCommunications 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.

Bailey, United StatesRefugee 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.

Irene, ItalyMarketing and Fundraising Internship, Cape Town
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