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Explore our Animal Welfare Internships

If you’re studying animal sciences, veterinary studies, or related fields, or if you’re simply passionate about animal welfare and would like to intern with an animal charity – we have some exciting opportunities for you. By joining an animal internship, you can be part of animal charities that focus on the welfare of street animals, and contribute in a way that aligns with your study program or professional interests. Whether you’ll be doing fundraising or communications work, or working with animals hands-on, you’ll gain valuable work experience while contributing to an important cause.

An animal welfare internship brings forth a platform to advocate for the rights and well-being of animals while offering you the chance to develop your personal and professional skills further. You’ll be a voice for the voiceless and contribute to a more empathetic world.

Read more about our Animal Welfare internships options

Why choose Roots Interns for Animal Welfare Internships?

Grassroots work

You’ll join an organization that works directly with their community to solve problems on the ground and make a real impact.


We’ll help you find and prepare for an internship with the organization that’s right for you and your skills, background, and passions.

Academic Placements

Working abroad is an experience like no other and your internship will be tailored to your studies and interests.

Browse All animal Welfare Internship Projects

Vet holding dog

Open for applications

Veterinary Internship

  • 4-26 weeks
  • Santarém, Portugal
  • Animal Care, Veterinary Assistance, Treatment
Get first hand veterinary experience by caring for vulnerable animals in a sanctuary surrounded by forest.
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digital marketing internship with animal rescue center

Open for applications

Digital Marketing Internship with Animal Rescue Center

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Cape Town, South Africa OR Remote
  • Website Management, Fundraising, Marketing, Grant Writing, Research
Find yourself rewarded by doing impactful digital marketing, and surrounded by puppies!
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dog charity internship

Open for applications

Organizational Development Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Cape Town, South Africa OR Remote
  • Fundraising, Monitoring. Reporting, Research
Assist with research, online fundraising campaigns, proposal writing, and impact monitoring.
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animal welfare puppy

Open for applications

Animal Charity Communications Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Remote
  • Communications, Writing, Fundraising,  Research
Help a new charity improve the lives of stray dogs and cats in Southern Africa
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Media Marketing and content creation Internship

Open for applications

Media Marketing and Content Creation Internship

  • 8-24 weeks
  • Remote
  • Content creation, Videography, Design, Writing
Gain multifaceted working experience in design & marketing while supporting street animals.
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Other Academic Focus Areas

Benefits of Animal Welfare Internships

Practival Experience

An animal welfare internship will enable you to apply prior academic knowledge in real-world settings as you gain hands-on experience in animal care, rights, and welfare practices.

Personal Network

Build connections with the animal welfare community and establish relationships and contacts for future career opportunities.

Personal Growth

Animal internships can foster a sense of determination, responsibility, and patience through the challenges of animal care.

Make an Impact

Contributing to the well-being of animals and being part of initiatives that promote animal rights is sure to make a meaningful and tangible impact.

Communication Skills

An animal care internship will improve your teamwork abilities and enable you to communicate with diverse audiences from various backgrounds.

Animal Care

You’ll get the chance to enhance your resume with relevant real-world experience which displays your devotion to animal welfare.

Best Places for Animal Welfare Internships

Why Choose Roots Internships in Animal Welfare

Find out from our previous interns how internship positions in Animal Welfare can boost your professional career and grow your interpersonal skills.

My animal welfare internship gave me the opportunity to work and become a part of a close-knit team, which meant my voice was heard and valued. This engagement was beneficial to my time at this organization because it allowed me to work on projects that I was genuinely interested in and passionate about. I was able to learn about the day-to-day of the organization and also the big-picture concepts that drive them. From working on social media campaigns to content planning to more, I was able to use my skill set to make a difference, while also improving on my expertise. An overall great project to be a part of!

Stephanie, New York University, American – Writing & Communications Internship, South Africa

A great introductory internship to gain knowledge in the nonprofit sector and get a feel of working in a professional setting. Loved the organization I was working for and I felt like a huge part of their team – I was given a lot of responsibility with social media, and my supervisor was very open to feedback and new ideas! I worked remotely so a lot of the internship is what you put into it. It is also a great boost for your resume!

Christian, New York University, American – Remote Animal Charity Communications Internship

This was an experience I will cherish for the rest of my life. Doing something with your skills in an organization that needs it, and seeing that what you do makes a difference, gives you a feeling of satisfaction you will never have experienced before. That, and a setting that is very rough, but also very beautiful, makes this internship worthwhile. If you love animals and you are keen on doing a marketing and communications internship in Africa – look no further.

Daphne, KU Leuven, Belgian – Animal Welfare Fundraising Internship, Livingstone

Animal Welfare FAQs

What kind of work will I do during an animal internship?

Your exact tasks depend on the role you take within the organization. At Roots, we always want to ensure that as an intern, you’ll meet your desired learning outcomes and that the work you do fits within your academic focus and career goals. Our internships with animal charities have a range of focus areas; communications, content writing, fundraising, veterinary/husbandry support, project coordination, and overall nonprofit management. If you’re not sure which exact internship fits you best, just get in touch and we’ll help you figure it out!

What are the requirements for animal care internships?

This depends on the animal care internship you’re applying for. The specific requirements are listed on each individual internship page, so do check this out. But overall, it’s important that you have a flexible attitude and that you’re willing to take on a variety of tasks (as you’ll be part of a small organization). And it helps to have a passion and love for animals!

Where will I stay during my internship?

We’ll arrange comfortable and convenient accommodation for you, wherever you do your internship. You’ll share a house or lodge with other international students, volunteers, or travelers so that you’ll land in a welcoming social environment. We’ll get everything set up for you so you don’t have to worry about the details.

How will doing an animal welfare internship help my career?

There are so many ways in which an animal welfare internship can help build your resume, steer your career, and inspire you. First of all, you’ll get great exposure to the animal welfare sector. As part of a small and field-based organization, you can expect to get a thorough understanding of everything involved in operating a successful animal charity. If you’re planning on working in this field, the experience you’ll get will be invaluable. It will also give you great insight into the nonprofit world in general.

You can expect to have more responsibility than you’d have during a more traditional internship, and you’ll gain a wealth of experience in the specific focus area of your choice, which might be communications, fundraising, or veterinary medicine.

Your internship will easily translate into useful knowledge and experience for various types of careers. So even if you’re not planning on a career in the nonprofit sector, you can expect to have a resume-building, confidence-strengthening experience that will help you going forward.


If you’re ready to apply for this internship, here’s what to do:


Fill in the application form (it will show in a new screen) which includes sharing your CV to us


We’ll set up a call with you to go through your application.


If we feel it’s a good match, we’ll set up a call between you and the supervisor for this internship.


If everyone’s happy, we’ll provisionally confirm your placement! We’ll then send you the invoice for the deposit, getting started with the booking process and all the info you need.


Only once we receive payment of the deposit your placement will be confirmed.


Or if you’d just like to ask us some questions about this internship first, just fill in the contact form below. We’ll be happy to assist!