The Underdog Project

The Underdog Project is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to helping two underserved Cape Town communities: Cape Town youth and dogs. We know that animals are able to provide emotional comfort, assist with disabilities, and protect us from danger. For Cape Town’s at risk youth, the most important thing is a bond to last a lifetime. Through training workshops and activities, The Underdog Project teaches compassion to young people while training their new animal best friend. The benefits of this program are: 

  • Providing homes and training to dogs who are in need 
  • Empowering youth with a lifelong improved emotional skill set through Animal-Assisted Activities
  • Promoting the importance of non-violence by using humane training tactics with otherwise unwanted dogs
  • Teaching compassion and empathy as a way to dissuade youth from a life of gangs and/or drug and alcohol abuse 

The Underdog Project hopes to spread peace throughout communities, as we know that the way we treat animals is a reflection of ourselves. By teaching youth and dogs that there is an alternative to violence, they hope to one day spread peace and kindness wherever their plans take them. 



writing internship with dog charity

Open for applications

Writing and Communications Internship with Youth & Dog Charity

Min. 8 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa OR Remote

Creative writing, Communications, Content Creation

Gain experience in managing a variety of communication channels

dog charity internship

Open for applications

Organizational Development Internship with Youth & Dog Charity

Min. 8 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa OR Remote

Fundraising, Monitoring. Reporting, Research

Assist with research, online fundraising campaigns, proposal writing, and impact monitoring.


There are many positives to interning with an organization like The Underdog Project. First, as an intern you can expect to play a rather large role within the organization. If you’re looking to truly make a difference in the lives of children and dogs, this would be a great opportunity. You will also get the opportunity to:  

  • Get the opportunity to work with kids and dogs! 
  • Learn actual techniques for positive reinforcement dog training
  • Acquire useful skills and assets for future resume and cover letters 
  • Make lifelong connections with other volunteers and members of the community 
  • Maintain undivided support by The Underdog Project team as well as on the ground support from Roots Interns