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Hours of impact made  by our interns:


At Roots, we believe internships can make an impact.

Doing an internship with a nonprofit is an amazing way to get practical work experience, absorb a new culture, have a travel adventure, and build your resume. We believe internships can be a mutual offshoot of growth; for your personal & professional life and for the lives of the communities you’ll become a part of. You get the opportunity to be directly involved in projects and get to see the tangible impact your work makes.

Our interns support nonprofits at grassroots level.

As an intern with us, you’ll be working for small organizations with big missions. These are charities that run meaningful social development, environmental, or wildlife conservation projects; projects making tangible impact on people’s lives and their environment. Whether your focus as an intern is NGO management, fundraising, research, or something else, your work will contribute directly to these causes. It’s a rewarding and much appreciated experience.

Our interns work towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Many of our partners actively support the United Nations’ 17 outlined SDGs that work towards protecting the planet, calling all nations to end poverty, and promoting  peace and prosperity for all people around the world by 2030. This ensures you’re making an ethical impact on society and our world. Through our internship opportunities, you can take pride in your work, knowing that you are part of initiatives that are doing important grassroots work on the ground that will truly aid in sustainable growth.

Our interns get inspired to do more.

As a happy offshoot of our global internships with nonprofits, many of our interns end up making positive life changes after their experience. They adopt greener lifestyles, actively fundraise for the cause they’ve been part of, or even adapt their career path and end up working in the charity/development sector. Some of our interns even go so far as to continue working directly with their host organization in different capacities such as project managers or joining the board of directors. We love a full circle story!

What they are saying about the impact of our interns

Charles RiceCEO, Developing Radio Partners

We love Roots Interns! The intern program is really top-notch as each candidate is pre-screened for us. As a result, we’ve gotten great interns that match the skills we need. The interns from Roots add tremendous value to our organization. They have helped us redesign our website, conduct marketing campaigns, gather and crunch data, and create promotion videos around our projects – and they have learned new skills along the way. They are integrated into all aspects of our work – attending weekly staff meetings and in some cases, take part in our monthly board meetings. Roots is sure to check in regularly to make sure everything is running smoothly. Roots has made bringing on interns into our organization a really easy and straightforward process which allows us to make a greater impact together on projects.

Tammy RaymondFounder, Baobuyu Learning Center

Having a partnership with Roots and hosting interns at our school has definitely been one of the best changes that we could have possibly made. Not only do the interns provide life, joy, and energy into the school, they also come with so much dedication, creativity, passion, and skills. They have really pushed our organization in a forward direction. And we now have a bigger Baobuyu family from all around the world!

Lauren TeasdaleManaging Director, Greenpop

Greenpop would never have been able to achieve what we have without the help of our Roots interns. We've had people from around the world bringing incredible knowledge and expertise to our work - one intern built a cashflow forecasting system for us, another designed a watering system for our nursery, and another made a fundraising video that we use to this day. Along with bigger projects like those above, all our interns have been integral to our team, assisting with the daily running of our NGO and allowing us to make a big impact with limited resources.

Holly KiftCo-owner, Butterfly Space

Small nonprofit projects often go unnoticed outside the communities they work in. Without a large workforce or financial budgets for functions such as marketing, they often lack the exposure, funding, and skills to progress to the next level; Roots Interns offers a bridge to that. Their targeted approach and the value add offered by their interns make it possible for our grassroots projects to take meaningful strides towards sustainable development. We love our Roots interns!

Candi HorganFounder, Projekt Ubuntu

Our interns have made a huge difference to our organization. They have assisted us with fundraising for and sustaining our efforts to improve the lives of the poor and less fortunate. They have helped with our online presence and even arranged sponsorship for a website. The interns have increased our capacity and enabled our organization to progress and grow. The Roots team take great effort and care in finding the right match for each organization, and we have had the pleasure of hosting some incredible humans! Thank you to the Roots team, who are able to understand the needs of our organization and find the right interns to take the vision and goals of grassroots work forward.

Leonora TimaFounder, Kwanele South Africa

We partnered with Roots when we were in the early startup phase, and our interns have been an integral part of our growth. Roots enabled us to build our capacity with skilled professionals, and have a much bigger impact than we would have otherwise had.