Environmental Management Internships in Africa

We’re so excited about all of our internships with environmental NGOs that we have on offer! If you’re studying environmental sciences or a related field and are interested in doing an internship abroad, we have some great opportunities for you; internships with NGOs in Africa that focus on urban greening, food security, horticulture, and environmental education. As an intern with these environmental organizations, you’ll get a thorough understanding of their methods, goals, and operations, and an opportunity to put your skills into practice.

Through a well-structured and guided internship that will meet your desired learning outcomes, you’ll get valuable work experience, as well as the opportunity to contribute to a worthwhile environmental cause. You’ll also get to live and work in a beautiful part of Africa!

Find a list of environmental management internships in Africa below, or get in touch to find out how to apply! 

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Remote permaculture internship

Open for applications

Remote Permaculture Internship with Nonprofit in Malawi

3 - 4 months

Remote

Permaculture, Food Security, Land Management

Develop educational materials and help improve data collection for measuring long-term impact

Environmental volunteer program

Applications open for 2021!

Environmental Volunteer Program

27 June - 4 July 2021 (1 week)

Garden Route, South Africa

Sustainable development, Eco-building, Landscape restoration

A unique event that allows you to plant trees, learn about eco-issues, and enjoy a forest setting.

Permaculture Internship

Open for applications

Permaculture Internship in Ghana

1-12 months

Techiman, Ghana

Permaculture, Organic Farming

Train local farmers, encourage income generation, and works to prevent deforestation.

NGO Management Internship

Open for applications

NGO Management Internship in Malawi

8-16 weeks

Nkhata Bay, Malawi

NGO Management, Fundraising, Marketing, Communications

Assist with the management of an NGO that supports permaculture clubs for school children,

Permaculture Internship

Open for applications

Permaculture Internship in Malawi

8-16 weeks

Nkhata Bay, Malawi

Permaculture, Organic Farming

Based in rural Malawi, help develop and run workshops for permaculture clubs in schools.

Urban greening internship

Open for 2021 applications

Urban Greening Internship At Environmental NGO

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Facilitation, Research, Reporting, Monitoring, Education, Tree planting

Gain field experience as part of projects that provide greening and eco-education in townships.

NGO Management and Organic Farming Internship

Applications open for 2021

NGO Management and Organic Farming Internship

8-26 weeks

Riebeek, South Africa

Organic farming, Permaculture, Programme Assistance

Be part of a charity that promotes organic agriculture in rural South African communities.

NGO Management Internship

Open for applications

NGO Management Internship in Johannesburg

8-26 weeks

Johannesburg, South Africa

Grant writing, fundraising, marketing, operations

Help with the overall management and development of this skill development charity.

UH-Food Security Internship

Applications open for 2021

Food Security and Urban Farming Internship

8-12 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Food security, urban farming, education

Help develop and manage food gardens and host eco-workshops at schools in townships.

Climate Change Academic Program

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Climate Change Academic Program

Fully customisable

Cape Town (South Africa), Livingstone (Zambia)

Climate change, Sustainability, Eco education

Customizable academic program exploring environmental issues in an African context.

COUNTRIES WHERE WE OFFER ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT INTERNSHIPS 

internships in South Africa

South Africa

Join us in one of the most popular countries to visit on the African continent! It’s no coincidence that this is the destination of choice for so many travelers; with breathtaking scenery ranging from lush forests to arid deserts to a beach-lovers paradise, you won’t be disappointed. It’s also one of the best countries for animal safaris, and you’ll be able to spot all of the Big 5! All of that aside, South Africa is one of the most environmentally diverse places in the world. The flora and fauna here are one of a kind; many plant species here are endemic to the Western Cape, so you won’t get to study them in their natural habitat anywhere else in the world. For a student of environmental studies or someone interested in working for a worthy cause, this is one of the most ideal locations on the planet to do an internship.

Ghana internships

Ghana

We’re pleased to be able to offer a unique opportunity to do an environmental internship with a nonprofit organization in Ghana! This country in West Africa is full of rich culture and friendly people who you no doubt will get to know during your permaculture internship! Join us in working for a worthy cause in Ghana.

Malawi Schools Permaculture Club

Malawi

Not only will you gain valuable experience by doing an environmental internship with an NGO in Malawi, but you’ll get to live right on the shore of Lake Malawi! This paradise will be your backyard, and after-work hangout spot; does it get any better than that?! Besides the idyllic location, you’ll be working with one of the most reputable nonprofit organizations in the region. Malawi Schools Permaculture Club is a nonprofit that promotes permaculture principles to children in Malawi by running after-school permaculture clubs. In this environmental internship you can rest easy knowing that you’re working towards a more sustainable future for the people of Malawi.

Victoria Falls

Zambia

How would you like to combine a valuable environmental learning experience with a visit to one of the world’s greatest natural wonders? In our Climate Change Academic Program in Zambia will take you to the infamous Victoria Falls, a sight you won’t forget! Besides the exciting opportunity to see the famous waterfall, you’ll gain knowledge and insight into topics such as deforestation, sustainable forest management, alternative energy sources, and food security.

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Remotely

We understand as much as everyone that it’s not so easy to jet around the world for an internship right now. Even so, we didn’t want to deprive any of our potential interns of the chance to gain valuable work experience with our amazing environmental NGO partners in Africa; so, we’re happy to be able to offer remote nonprofit internships! They are an attainable alternative and the next best thing to coming to Africa for your environmental management internship. You’ll still have access to some of the brightest minds in environmental sustainability in Africa and know that you’re working towards a good cause, plus you won’t have the added stress of packing.

FAQs ABOUT OUR ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT INTERNSHIPS IN AFRICA

How experienced do I need to be to join an environmental internship?

It depends on the specific internship program; some require more experience than others, but we do offer something for applicants of all levels. So whether you have or are working towards a degree in environmental sciences, or you are just passionate about helping save our planet (and kudos to you), we can offer you an environmental internship that will suit your level and goals.

Who is an environmental science internship for?

Our environmental management internships can be a great opportunity if you’re a student majoring in any environmental program, or have just graduated with a degree in environmental science, and are looking to gain valuable work experience. You’ll get a chance to use your knowledge and skill-set in a new context. Our environmental management internships are also suitable for someone who is passionate about sustainability and the environment and wants to learn how an environmental NGO works. No matter what your intended outcome is, as long as you are open to learning, willing to help, and like working with others, we have an environmental internship that will suit your needs!

What can I expect to learn as an environmental intern in Africa?

We offer a range of focus topics in our environmental internships, from permaculture to food security to organic farming. No matter which focus area or location you choose to do your environmental internship in, you’ll have the pleasure of working in a reputable organization that has tons of experience. So be prepared to learn a lot! The more you are willing to soak up as a student, the more you will learn. And the learning doesn’t stop at environmental issues; as an intern working for an organization based in Africa, you’ll also get a chance to learn about a whole new country and culture. The possibilities are endless!

Why is Africa a great destination for an environmental sciences internship abroad?

Africa is a very large and diverse continent, and we happen to offer environmental internships in countries from just about every corner of it. Besides the valuable learning experience you’ll get regarding diverse ecosystems and environmental sustainability methods, you’ll also gain knowledge that you otherwise wouldn’t if you were to do an internship in your own city or country. That’s something that not many people can put on their resumes! Another advantage is the fact that all of our internships placements are with nonprofit organisations or social enterprises, so you will also gain experience and knowledge of the nonprofit sector. We at Roots Interns are proud of the organisations that we partner with, and the list of internships we have on offer.
Besides the valuable learning experience you’ll gain and the exceptional impact you will make for our planet, there’s also the obvious reason that Africa is an exciting continent full of breathtaking landscapes, exotic animals, and bucket list-worthy travel destinations! Who wouldn’t want to combine a work experience with the trip of a lifetime?!

If you have any more questions regarding our environmental management internships in Africa, give us a shout!