Sustainable Development Internships in Africa

If you’re interested in sustainable development and are looking for work experience abroad, check out our internship opportunities in South Africa, Ghana, and Malawi. You’ll be part of nonprofit organisations that are focused on adding biodiversity to urban areas, teaching rural communities sustainable farming methods, and promoting permaculture at schools.Depending on your skills and interests, you’ll contribute to these projects as part of communications teams, by developing the overall goals of the organisations, or by helping run workshops and implement food gardens on the ground. Either way, you’ll gain practical work experience as part of an important cause. These sustainable development internships also offer a wonderful opportunity to live in the stunning city of Cape Town, or in welcoming rural communities in Malawi or Ghana.

Find out more about our African sustainable development internships below, or get in touch if you have any questions!

CHECK OUT OUR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT INTERNSHIPS

ethical consumerism internship

Open for applications

Marketing Internship with Ethical Consumerism Website

Min. 8 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Research, Marketing, Food Security

Get practical work experience in marketing, communications and fundraising.

ethical consumerism internship

Applications open

Ethical Consumerism Research Internship

Min. 8 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Research, Marketing, Food Security

Contribute to an inspiring online food platform by doing field and market research.

sustainability internship South Africa

Open for applications

Nonprofit Sustainability Internship with Food Security Program

8 Weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Food security, Urban Farming

Help increase food security, educate children on growing food, and encourage micro-enterprises in neighborhoods in need.

land and water management internship

Open for applications

Organic Farming and Water Management Internship, Cape Town

Min. 8 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Food security, Urban Farming, Land / Water Management

Help develop food gardens to increase food security and spread education on growing organic food.

food security internship

Open for applications

Communications & Fundraising Internship with Food Security Program

Min. 8 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Communications, Writing, Fundraising

Help increase food security and encourage economic development in and around Cape Town.

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

19-26 Sept 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

8-26 weeks

Nkhata Bay, Malawi OR Remote

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

8-26 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 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.

Digital Marketing Internship

Open for applications

Digital Marketing Internship at NGO in Cape Town

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Communications, marketing

Gain a wealth of marketing experience while contributing to environmental programs.

creative writing internship

Open for applications

(Remote) Creative Writing Internship at environmental NGO

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Digital marketing, creative writing

Sharpen your writing skills and build a portfolio while being part of a green cause.

Fundraising and Business Development Internship

Open for applications

Fundraising and Business Development Internship At Environmental NGO, Cape Town

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Business development, fundraising, strategy & nonprofit mangement

Learn about strategic development in a nonprofit context and assist with fundraising activities.

REASONS FOR DOING A SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT INTERNSHIP IN AFRICA

Any student or young professional who desires to do impactful work is a great candidate for a sustainable development internship. Since sustainability contains a wide range of focus areas, these internships in Africa cater for students of many academic topics, including environmental management, economic development, land management, or even business development.

By accepting this opportunity, you get the chance to work alongside non-profit and socially oriented organizations. As a sustainable development intern, your daily tasks can range from implementing reforestation techniques, mapping out methods to ensure food security, engaging in fieldwork for community development initiatives, and so much more!

If you’re not too keen about getting your hands dirty, there are many other responsibilities you can take on which are just as important. Nonprofits need insightful project managers, assistance with their digital marketing, strong writers to document or inform the public about their cause, and other office-based tasks. Any and every skill you have to offer is one step closer to substantial social change.

FAQS ABOUT SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT INTERNSHIPS

WHO ARE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT INTERNSHIPS FOR?

As an intern on one of these internship programs in Africa, you’ll get great insights into the nonprofit sector. So if you’re interested in learning how to manage a  nonprofit organization, and keen to get the inside perspective on how these function on a day by day basis, these field-based internships are an excellent opportunity. However, the skills you’ll learn are transferable to other sectors as well. So even if you’re planning on a career in the for-profit world, doing an internship with a nonprofit organization in Africa could still be a great move on both a personal and a professional level. 

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO DO A SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT INTERNSHIP?

More than having an extensive amount of work experience, what is looked for are people who are passionate, enthusiastic and strong team players. However, since some internships are centered on specific academic areas, these do require certain skill sets. Be sure to check the requirements of each sustainable development internship above!

The nonprofit teams you can join are small and intimate; this means you’ll have the opportunity to take a lot of responsibility – more than during the average internship offered at larger companies. So it’s important that you embrace this, and that you show confidence in your abilities.

HOW WILL A SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT INTERNSHIP ABROAD FURTHER MY CAREER?

The study of sustainability is nothing without concrete actions. You may be familiar with all that there is to know about circular economy, alternatives to monoculture, women’s rights, giving the vulnerable access to education, environmental law and governance, and many other topics – but putting it into practice is what really matters. Doing a sustainable development internship can be the first step you take in realizing an impactful career in this field. 

Experiencing at first hand the very struggles that African communities face on a daily basis is an eye-opener. Although you may know what’s going on in theory, it’s completely different to see it with your own eyes. Most importantly, along with being a witness to real-life initiatives, you too will be an active part of social change. By putting your skills to the test, and even learning new and valuable abilities, you will get the chance to further your personal and professional growth.

SHOULD I JOIN MY INTERNSHIP IN-PERSON OR REMOTELY?

Remote and on site internships both have pros and cons. Ultimately, it depends on your situation, and what works best for you. 

In-person internships in Africa offer you hands-on experience; where you can meet the nonprofit team and community you’ll be assisting face-to-face. Being submerged in a unique environment can be inspiring, adding that extra feeling of fulfillment you crave to tackle your day. It’s a chance to work and live in a completely foreign environment, and make it your own. 

But obviously traveling to Africa for your internship can be challenging on a practical or financial level. (Not to mention COVID-related travel restrictions that make it impossible.) For that reason, you may join your sustainable development internship online. You’ll still get the enriching international work experience, without any logistical or financial burdens.