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Explore our Media & Design Internships

We’re excited to offer design and media internships with grassroots organizations around the world. If you’re studying journalism, graphic design, photography, or a related creative field, this might be the perfect opportunity for you! Our internships offer valuable experience in areas such as content writing, creative writing, graphic design, and media production and are tailor-made to your skill set and desired learning outcomes. This offers the perfect opportunity to take ownership of a project and build your portfolio.

Our media internships are with NGOs/social enterprises and visually communicating the impact of their projects is key to securing funding. This means the work you do will make a big difference in the overall sustainability of the organization. Not unimportantly, you’ll get to explore a stunning part of the world and push your boundaries on a personal and professional level. Any one of these digital media internships provides you with a unique opportunity to use your creative and design skills, while contributing to an organization’s visual identity and gaining international work experience.

Read more about our Media & Design Internships options

Why choose Roots Interns for Media & Design 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 Media & Design Internship Projects

Lady giving presentation about fashion for water

Open for applications

Graphic Design Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Graphic design for visuals, presentations, reports, socials
Build a busting graphic design portfolio addressing an often overlooked aspect of the climate crisis
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Permaculture internship Ghana

Open for applications

Remote Agroforestry Project Communications Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Remote
  • Marketing, Communications, Content creation
Help develop and manage the communications channels of an agroforestry project in Ghana.
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web design internship


Remote Web Design Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Remote
  • Web design
Build a web design portfolio and gain the opportunity to work with several of our nonprofit partners
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Content Writing & Communications Internship

Open for applications

Journalism Internship

  • 8-26 weeks
  • Remote
  • Mentoring, Broadcasting, Storytelling, Reporting
Gain practical broadcasting experience and support budding journalists in Malawi
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Content Writing & Communications Internship

Open for applications

Remote Content Writing & Communications Internship

  • 8-26 weeks
  • Remote
  • Digital Marketing, Writing, Communications, Fundraising
Help a radio nonprofit uplift rural African communities with your writing skills.
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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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Photography internship

Open for applications

Media & Design Internship

  • 8-26 weeks
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Graphic design, photography, videography
Design flyers, certificates, poster, and other graphics for an environmental NGO.
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Other Academic Focus Areas

Benefits of Media & Design Internships


Participating in one of our media internships allows you to join a diverse team working directly with their local community offering plenty of opportunities for cultural bridging.

Practical Experience

By interning with a nonprofit, you’ll gain hands-on experience in media and design projects, giving you a platform for future roles in the creative industry.

Content creation

You’ll get the chance to produce engaging and captivating visual content for various platforms such as websites, social media, marketing materials, and fundraising efforts.

Resume enhancement

A media or graphic design internship demonstrates your creative skills and adds to your real world experience, making you an attractive applicant for future jobs.

Personal growth

As an intern, you’ll be creating content in a new environment which will grow skills such as attention to detail, creativity, adaptability, and problem-solving; all valuable in any field.

Portfolio building

Our media internships allow you to take ownership of a design project from start to finish which tangibly grows your portfolio and lets you see the direct outcome of your hard work.

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Why Choose Roots Internships in Media & Design

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

I guess not many graphic design students think about doing an internship with a nonprofit or social enterprise. I’m certainly glad I did. This internship gave me the opportunity to work with a motivated, young team that has inspirational and creative ideas to change their world. The freedom and the way of working in this structure were really good. That combined with the location made me take the plane to South Africa. Cape Town is a vibrant city that is surrounded by a beautiful landscape of mountains, beaches, and forests. I had a lot of fun and really liked doing this internship.

Marie, Stiftung Universität Hildesheim, German – Media and Design Internship, South Africa

I’ve been in charge of social media, Google Ads, data entry and analysis, designing graphics, and creating a Wikipedia page. The experience has been very enjoyable and I’ve gotten to do a lot of work. Probably the biggest project I’ve gotten to work on is their national television campaign in Malawi, which used graphics I created as part of the programs. Besides the experience it has added to my resume, this internship also gave me a lot of insight into what I want to do in the future. I learned about how a nonprofit operates, which was very illuminating. The internship met my expectations and provided an engaging and meaningful work experience.

Noah, Northeastern University, American – Remote Content Writing & Communications Internship

I’m very much a “gear head” in the sense that I love camera gear and I love learning how it works. I do anything that has to do with cameras. Making films, taking photos, I love it all. I saw one of their videos online and thought it was very well done. I looked into applying to volunteer at one of their events and then I saw they had intern positions available. So I first joined this event and traveled to Cape Town for my media internship.I’ve gotten to learn about leading a green life even more and I’ve progressed my skills as a filmmaker and photographer.

Alec, high school graduate, American – Media & Design Internship, South Afric

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Media & Design FAQs

How will a Media Internship help my career?

By joining one of our media internships, you’ll have the chance to develop and enhance a broad range of your creative and technical skills, from multimedia production and graphic design to storytelling and content creation. Not only will you enhance your portfolio but also gain real-world experience using media platforms and design tools. More importantly, you will get the opportunity to collaborate with industry professionals, which is sure to expand your network and possibly lead to future job opportunities and collaborations. This internship and your involvement in working with grassroots projects will grant you the knowledge, skills, and professional insight necessary for a fruitful career in the ever-growing fields of media and design. This internship will provide you with a platform for a successful career in the creative and media industries, whether you aspire to be a content creator, multimedia expert, or graphic designer.

What can I expect from a digital media internship?

As an intern, you can expect to combine your passion for media with the opportunity to make a positive impact on society. You’ll work on meaningful media-related projects that align directly with the organization’s mission which may include graphic design, video production, content creation, social media management, and more. You are sure to gain hands-on experience that will help you apply the skills and knowledge you’ve acquired in a real-world setting and build your portfolio with tangible work examples.

Why should I do my media internship abroad?

By choosing to do a media internship abroad, you are sure to gain invaluable international experience and engulf yourself in a diverse cultural environment. Enrich your cross-cultural knowledge and competence enabling you to expand your global perspectives and foster problem-solving and adaptability skills. Additionally, interning abroad develops a global network of professionals and broadens your personal horizons. You are sure to embark on a transformative journey of professional growth and self-discovery that leaves a lasting mark on your future career and life.

How do I apply for a media internship?

If you’re ready to apply for a digital media internship, here’s what to do;

  • If you know which internship you’d like to apply for, fill out the application form. If you’re interested in various internships, or you’re sure which one would suit you best, just send us an email and we’ll work with you to narrow it down
  • Next, we’ll set up a short online call to discuss your application and internship goals. You’ll be able to ask any questions you may have about the available opportunities or nonprofit internships in general.
  • We’ll then pass your application on to the person who would be your supervisor. If they think it might be a good match, there will be an interview which will go into more detail about the specific role and tasks.
  • If everyone’s happy, you’ll be offered the internship! If you accept, we’ll get going on the payment and confirmation process.


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!