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Apply for your nonprofit internship with Roots Interns


You’ve found us on Handshake! Great to see you are interested in an internship abroad that makes an impact on your career and on the world.

With our academic internships, you are able to gain hands-on international work experience by working directly with decision makers to see the direct impact of your work. At the same time, you’ll be contributing to important initiatives that are happening at a truly grassroots level around the world. We offer year-round placements in a variety of destinations and academic focus areas with ‘do good’ organizations that often support the UN SDGs. You’ll be a large part of a small team, doing something amazing for something you are passionate about.

Please note the following:

  • All internships are based on a volunteer work placement, which means you will not receive a stipend of any kind.
  • Fees apply. Please note that once Roots has secured you a placement, you will need to pay a fee. On Handshake and our website with each internship you will find an indication of the fee in the section ‘dates and fees’. The fee depends on the duration of your internship, destination, and accommodation type. Do you have a tight budget? Check our page with more information on fundraising for your internship.

I’m ready to secure my grassroots internship abroad – what’s next?!

  • Chat with your academic advisor about any internship requirements and available funding options.
  • Apply for an internship abroad by filling out the form below (don’t worry if you’re not sure which opportunity is best for you, that’s what we’re here for!) and we’ll connect to learn more about your interests and skills.


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


Fill in the application form below which includes sharing your CV with 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  all the information you need.


We’ll then send you the invoice for the deposit. Only once we receive payment of the deposit your placement will be confirmed.

Complete the form below to get started.

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Phone us:

UK: +44 139 269 0255
US: +1 617 500 6179

Office: Cape Town, South Africa

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