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Academic purpose-driven internships abroad

At Roots, we facilitate academic internships with nonprofits and social enterprises around the world, creating uniquely inspiring learning experiences for students. Our interns join purpose-driven organizations with ethical and sustainable practices; initiatives that are adding great value towards community development, conservation efforts, or local and green economies on a grassroots level.

We partner with universities in facilitating internship or co-op programs that are customized to their academic focus areas, requirements, and desired learning outcomes.

“Roots Interns has been a valued educational partner of the Northeastern Co-op Program for many years. Their exceptional and responsive student support, transformative curriculum and the careful matching process between student and employer really sets them apart. For our students, a Roots internship is never simply a job, but an invitation to join a community committed to building meaningful connections that leads to greater cross-cultural understanding and lasting relationships.”
Jonathan Andrews, Northeastern University, Senior Co-op Coordinator-International Affairs, ASL & Spanish

Cape Town internsWhere We Work:

South AfricaGhanaZambiaMalawiMozambiqueUgandaCosta RicaEcuadorPhilippinesZimbabwe – Tanzania – BrazilNetherlands


Academic Focus Areas

We offer internships in a wide range of academic fields, but we are also able to adapt our programs to specific academic requirements. Our focus areas include;

NGO ManagementPublic HealthCommunity Development Social EntrepreneurshipEducationLawEnvironmental ManagementWildlife ConservationCommunications & MarketingCreative WritingBusiness DevelopmentFundraisingPsychologyHuman RightsEvent ManagementPhotographyJournalismDesignNature ConservationFood SecurityResearchSports ManagementMarine Conservation


What We Offer

  • Highly personalized and thorough matchmaking process for students
  • Flexible start dates and lengths of internships
  • Both remote and on-site internship opportunities
  • Logistical and in-country support
  • Academic credit
  • Reflection and feedback processes
  • Group models for students who want to travel together
  • Customized programs for thesis students and faculty groups
  • Year round placements for remote internships, in-person internships, summer internships, and co-ops

Research & Thesis Internships

We often host students who are doing their research and/or thesis projects, and can tailor-make these projects to fully suit their individual needs. These graduation internships can involve theory-based research or field-based research – or a combination of both. Students will be part of a small, impact-driven organization and can be sure that their research will contribute to a worthwhile cause in a substantial way.

Faculty-led Trips

We also facilitate impact-driven faculty-led trips. These are entirely tailor-made to suit the academic focus and desired learning outcomes of the students. No matter the program, they’re all focused on immersing students in sustainable development work, and inspiring them to become global citizens.



Get in Touch!

For more information on valuable learning experiences for your students – contact Amanda Drobek via partners[at]