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Welcome to Internships in Kenya

Embark on a transformative journey with our internship opportunities in Kenya. Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture, contribute to meaningful projects, and gain valuable practical experience. Discover the beauty of Kenya while making a positive impact on local communities by joining one of these exciting internships in Kenya. Your adventure awaits.

Commencing on an internship in Kenya opens the gateway to a transformative experience where you’ll actively engage with impactful nonprofits and NGOs dedicated to fostering positive change. At Roots, our mission is centered on nurturing meaningful connections and empowering individuals to make a tangible difference in the world, while providing an invaluable experience along the way. Our internship programs in Kenya provide a unique opportunity for participants to contribute to various social, environmental, or community-focused projects while gaining hands-on experience in development work. As an intern, you’ll have the chance to work alongside these nonprofit organizations, contributing your skills and fresh perspectives to projects that make a lasting impact.

Kenya, with its rich and vibrant cultural heritage, magnificent landscapes, and diverse communities, stands as an ideal destination for those seeking both professional growth and an immersive cultural experience. Beyond the internship opportunities, you can engulf yourself in the warmth of Kenyan hospitality, explore vibrant markets and traditional cuisine, and build connections that extend beyond the workplace. Join an organization in Kenya for an internship that shapes your career and leaves a lasting impression on the communities you serve, creating memories that endure far beyond the duration of your internship.

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Kenya Highlights

Beautiful Landscapes

Kenya features a rich tapestry and breathtaking landscapes, ranging from the snow-crowned peaks of Mount Kenya to the savanna of the Maasai Mara. Engaging with the country’s diverse geography provides the opportunity to witness iconic wildlife thriving in their natural habitats, which offers an unforgettable experience.

Warm Hospitality

The warmth of Kenyan hospitality is globally known. As an intern, you’ll frequently experience gracious welcomes, fostering authentic connections and instilling a sense of belonging. This friendly environment and reception create a supportive atmosphere, allowing interns to flourish and thrive both personally and professionally.

Cultural Richness

Kenya stands as a vibrant melting pot of diverse cultures, each with its own unique traditions, languages, and dynamic artistic expressions. Interns are afforded the opportunity to deeply engage and immerse themselves in local communities, participate in traditional ceremonies, and absorb invaluable lessons from the rich tapestry of Kenyan heritage.

Community Engagement and Empowerment

These internships center around community projects, enabling active contributions to grassroot development initiatives and efforts. This hands-on engagement ensures a meaningful and impactful experience, aligning with NGOs deeply involved in sustainable development for lasting tangible change.

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Medical Internship

  • Min. 4 weeks
  • Limuru, Kenya
  • Medical Assistance, Examinations, Patient Rounds
Gain practical experience in the medical field at health centers and hospitals in a Kenyan community.
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Important information about Kenya

Internship locations in Kenya

Limuru Town, Kenya


Nestled in the lush highlands of Kenya, Limuru is a scenic town that captivates anyone with its flourishing landscapes and radiant climate. Situated in the northwest of Nairobi, Limuru enjoys the advantage of being in close proximity to the bustling capital while maintaining a relaxed and tranquil atmosphere.

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Weather and Climate

Limuru experiences moderate temperatures and lush greenery. Located in the central highlands of Kenya, this town enjoys cooler and more comfortable weather compared to lower-lying areas. Limuru usually has two distinct rainy seasons, from March and May with long rains to short rains from October to December which fosters the growth of vibrant vegetation. From January to February and June to September, Limuru experiences its dry months with cooler temperatures and less rainfall. Its climate provides a refreshing escape from the heat, making it an ideal destination for those seeking a cooler environment in Kenya.

Safety and Support

Kenya has taken significant steps to enhance security measures, especially in urban areas and popular tourist destinations with most cities having well-monitored neighborhoods and improved law enforcement. For interns, it is advised to stay informed about local guidelines and adhere to safety recommendations. You can comfortably commute around various cities in Kenya using the registered taxis which contribute to a secure travel experience. Our partner organizations will ensure that your safety is of the highest priority and it is advised to avoid isolated areas during the night. Cultivating an open line of communication with local hosts and fellow interns facilitates a supportive environment, ensuring a positive experience during your time in Kenya.

Kenya Travel Requirements

  • Visa – Check with your home country’s embassy to confirm the requirements which vary based on factors such as nationality, purpose of visit, country of residence, and duration of stay. For most nationalities participating in programs in Kenya, a tourist or holiday visa is mandatory and can be obtained through Kenya’s E-Visa Website at an approximate cost of USD 50. We will provide the needed invitation letter and any other advice for applying. Be aware that the e-visa processing time can take up to 72 hours. Once processed, ensure to print a copy of your e-visa and bring it with you for a smooth entry.
  • Travel Insurance – You want to have a carefree experience during your internship abroad, so it’s important to get the right travel insurance; a package that is suited for your upcoming trip. Check out our page for more information on flights and insurance.
  • Police Clearance / Background Check – This is a standard policy for all of our internships, as you are likely to work with vulnerable individuals. The process of obtaining a police clearance/background check varies per country.
  • Vaccinations – generally recommended:
    • Yellow fever Vaccination
    • DTaP Vaccination
    • Hepatitis Vaccination


Is it safe to do an internship in Kenya?

Absolutely! Just ensure that you stay vigilant about your surroundings, familiarize yourself with recommended safety measures, and apply good judgment. Remember, you’ll be a part of a close-knit community comprising both locals and internationals who are ready to assist you, provide guidance, and ensure you feel at ease!

What are the average living costs in Kenya?

Arriving from a different country, the cost of living in Kenya as an intern is subject to variations influenced by factors such as lifestyle, location, and personal spending habits. Food costs are quite reasonable, with monthly groceries ranging from $100 to $200, and dining out typically ranging from $10 and $20 per meal. Transportation expenses include an urban travel pass priced between $20 to $40, while taxi costs average between $5 to $10. Depending on your accommodation type, you may need to arrange your internet, costing between $20 to $50, and mobile phone usage, which can range from $10 to $20. Miscellaneous expenses, covering entertainment and personal needs will vary depending on the activities you choose to participate in. It is important to note that these estimates provide a general overview, and actual costs may differ depending on specific locations and individual preferences.

When should I start planning my internship in Kenya?

To ensure a smooth and well-prepared experience, it is advisable to start planning your internship in Kenya several months in advance. Starting the planning process early, ideally, at least three to four months before your intended start date, allows sufficient time to handle essential logistics. This includes securing official documents, booking flights, arranging accommodation, and addressing specific requirements such as vaccinations. Early planning not only ensures a more organized and stress-free preparation, but also enhances your overall readiness to fully immerse yourself in the unique cultural and professional environment of your internship in Kenya.

What cultural norms should I be aware of during an internship in Kenya?

When embarking on your internship journey in Kenya, it’s vital to acquaint yourself with the cultural norms that will guide your interactions in both professional and social contexts. While it is recommended for interns to conduct their own research into cultural norms, Kenyan culture highly values courtesy, respect, dressing modestly, and communal harmony which contribute to enhancing your internship experience. Meaningful greetings typically involve a handshake, accompanied with inquiries about well-being. Punctuality is esteemed, and individuals are traditionally addressed by their titles and last names. Embracing a collaborative mindset is crucial, emphasizing the significance of teamwork and relationship-building. Demonstrating openness to diverse perspectives, humility, and expressing gratitude are all pivotal for positive cultural integration during your internship in Kenya.

How do I apply for an internship in Kenya?

Start by exploring the available internship opportunities in Kenya. Once you identify an opportunity aligned with your interests, submit your application through our online form. Following a review of your application, we’ll reach out to schedule an online chat to delve deeper into your internship goals and address any questions you may have. Upon successful completion, we’ll forward your application to the host organization and go from there!

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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!