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Are you looking to do a gap year internship abroad? We’ve got you covered!

We strongly believe that doing a internship during your gap year is a wonderful idea; it allows you to gain a fresh perspective on your career plans and life goals, so that you can pursue those with purpose and motivation. It’s also a great opportunity to get some international experience under your belt, something that enhances your resume, broadens your horizons, and – not unimportantly – allows you to have an exciting adventure.

At Roots, we offer a wide range of gap year internships in Africa. These are all with nonprofit organizations that are addressing humanitarian, environmental, and animal welfare issues on a grassroots level. We also offer a number of online gap year internships, which allow you to still gain international exposure and valuable work experience if you’re unable to travel.

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR GAP YEAR INTERNSHIPS IN AFRICA

 

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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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Breastfeeding education

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Media and Marketing Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Pretoria, South Africa OR Remote
  • CONTENT CREATION, MARKETING STRATEGY, SOCIAL MEDIA, ONLING FUNDRAISING
Enhance your digital marketing portfolio while supporting a nonprofit's mission to optimize well-being and catalyze African nations' development.
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Program Assistant Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Pretoria, South Africa OR Remote
  • PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT, COORDINATION, FUNDRAISING, OUTREACH, REPORTING
Engage in impactful community development initiatives by organizing programs focused on nutrition, psychosocial supports, and skills development.
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Four Asian children with glass of water

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Impact and Water Waste Research Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Berlin, Germany OR Remote
  • RESEARCH, DATA ANALYSIS, REPORTING, PRESENTATIONS
Delve into the realm of water and waste research, aligning your passion with a mission to positively impact the ongoing climate crisis.
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Panel discussions with in clothing store setting

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Communications & PR Internship

  • Min. 12 weeks
  • Berlin, Germany OR Remote
  • WRITING, STRATEGY, SOCIAL MEDIA, PR
Amplify awareness about a lesser-explored facet of the climate crisis while refining diverse communication and public relations skills in Berlin.
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Lady giving presentation about fashion for water

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Graphic Design Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Berlin, Germany OR Remote
  • GRAPHIC DESIGN, PRESENTATIONS, REPORTS, IMPACT VISUALIZATION
Unleash your creativity and artistic flair, contributing to impactful climate projects that trasnscend borders and captivate audiences.
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migrants posing for a photo in front of a shelter

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Shelter And Support For Migrants Internship

  • Min. 3 months
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • FACILITATION, EVALUATION, COORDINATION, COMMUNICATION
Provide essential shelter and support for young migrants, fostering a welcoming environment as they navigate new challenges and opportunities.
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Available from July 2024

Business Analyst Internship

  • Min. 3 months
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • DATA ANALYSIS, MARKET RESEARCH, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, STAKEHOLDER MANAGEMENT
Embark on a journey to unveil the insights into business growth and development, applying analytical skills to drive strategic decision-making.
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a woman watering plants

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Urban Agriculture and Sustainable Farming Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Galapagos, Ecuador
  • BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, DATA AND SOIL ANALYSIS, FARMING
Join a farm workforce, implementing eco-friendly practices, contributing to food sovereignty, and gaining experience in sustainable farming.
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A woman smiles while holding a young girl in Ecuador

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Galapagos Development Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Galapagos, Ecuador
  • EDUCATION, SOCIAL MEDIA, CONSERVATION
Dive into a transformative journey at the heart of Isabela Island, actively contributing to making a meaningful impact on the local community.
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Medical Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Arequipa, Peru
  • MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS, HEALTH CAMPAIGNS, COMMUNITY MEDICINE
Immerse yourself in healthcare amidst Peru's breathtaking landscapes, fostering community health and nutrition for a more active, healthy life.
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Children around table in class room

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Education Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Arequipa, Peru
  • CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT, TEACHING, EVALUATION, PROGRESS REPORTS
Ignite your passion for education and make a lasting impact by becoming a part of an immersive program in the vibrant landscapes of South Africa.
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A group of children sitting at tables in a classroom

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Social Work Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Arequipa, Peru
  • YOUTH DEVELOPMENT, SOCIAL WORK
Embark on a mission to assist vulnerable youth facing disabilities in Arequipa, promoting inclusivity and fostering positive social impact.
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Psychology Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Arequipa, Peru
  • REPORTING, PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION, PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT, EDUCATION
Generate a profound and enduring impact on the lives of youth and women in Peru through active participation in community development efforts.
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Education Internship

  • Min. 3 months
  • Tomepampa, Peru
  • CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT, TEACHING, CLASS ASSISTANCE
Gain valuable international teaching experience in a rural school, making meaningful contributions to student education and community engagement.
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Smiling boy giving high five

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Marine Conservation Internship in Zanzibar, Tanzania

  • Min. 3 months
  • Zanzibar, Tanzania
  • EDUCATION, DATA COLLECTION, TURTLE CONSERVATION, MONITORING
Immerse yourself in marine conservation efforts, garnering extensive experience in safeguarding and preserving marine biodiversity.
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Girl walking in field with a tree

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Environmental Education Internship

  • Min. 4 weeks
  • Santarém, Portugal
  • EDUCATION, FACILITATION, CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT, MONITORING
Inspire change through education initiatives and community outreach, raising awareness about animal mistreatment and environmental issues.
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Girl with white duck

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Marketing and Fundraising Internship

  • Min. 4 weeks
  • Santarém, Portugal
  • CONTENT CREATION, FUNDRAISING, MONITORING & EVALUATION, FUNDING RESEARCH
Contribute strategically to initiatives aiding in raising crucial funds for vulnerable animals and promoting their welfare and well-being.
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Vet holding dog

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Veterinary Internship

  • Min. 4 weeks
  • Santarém, Portugal
  • ANIMAL CARE, VETERINARY ASSISTANCE, TREATMENT
Gain valuable insights into wildlife healthcare by providing first-hand veterinary care for vulnerable animals in a forest sanctuary in Portugal.
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Woman holding her baby

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Mental and Physical Health Development Internship

  • Min. 3 months
  • Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • CURRICULUM AND PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT, EDUCATION METHODOLOGY
Empower through health development with the opportunity to independently design care programs for mental and physical well-being in Cambodia.
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Technical Support Internship

  • Min. 3 months
  • Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • CRM MANAGEMENT, DATA ANALYSIS, IT
Assist a nonprofit in optimizing software and digital tools, enhancing operational efficiency, and driving positive impact for meaningful change.
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Girl laughing while eating

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Communications and Marketing Internship

  • Min. 3 months
  • Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • DIGITAL MARKETING, CONTENT CREATION, SOCIAL MEDIA, REPORTING
Build communication and marketing skills, aiding initiatives to uplift families from poverty through impactful outreach and awareness campaigns.
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Education Program Development Internship

  • Min. 3 months
  • Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • CURRICULUM AND PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT, EDUCATION METHODOLOGY
Collaborate on designing impactful educational programs to break the cycle of poverty and shape a brighter future for children and families.
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boy with plant

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Conservation Marketing and Fundraising Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Manzanillo, Costa Rica
  • DIGITAL MARKETING, CONTENT CREATION, FUNDRAISING, OUTREACH
Contribute to vital conservation efforts through fundraising and awareness campaigns, preserving the region's unique ecosystems and biodiversity.
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Conservation Research Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Manzanillo, Costa Rica
  • DATA CAPTURE, PERMACULTURE, CONSERVATION, EDUCATION, MONITORING, RESEARCH
Play an integral role in advancing conservation research by actively engaging in hands-on fieldwork to safeguard biodiversity and ecosystems.
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Laughing girls

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Remote NGO Management Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Remote
  • COMMUNICATIONS, FUNDRAISING, DIGITAL MARKETING
Contribute to advancing gender equality in South Africa by becoming part of a nonprofit dedicated to empowering women.
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Rainforest Conservation Research Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Serra do Brigadeiro State Park, Brazil
  • RESEARCH, DATA ANALYSIS, COMMUNITY OUTREACH, CONSERVATION, REPORTING
Contribute to rainforest preservation through hands-on research in Brazil, exploring the intricacies of ecosystem conservation and biodiversity.
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Marine Science field research internship

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Marine Science Field Research Internship

  • Min. 2 weeks
  • Simon's Town, South Africa
  • RESEARCH DIVES, DATA COLLECTION, MAPPING, REPORTING
Dive into hands-on marine science research, studying marine life and ecosystems while contributing to the health of the ocean in South Africa.
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Marine conservation program

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Marine Conservation Program

  • Min. 2 weeks
  • Simon's Town, South Africa
  • COMMUNITY OUTREACH, DATA COLLECTION, SURVEYS, REPORTING
Engage in hands-on fieldwork, contributing to the preservation of marine ecosystems while gaining valuable international conservation experience.
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Marine Research assistant

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Marine Research Assistant Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Simon's Town, South Africa
  • RESEARCH DIVES, DATA COLLECTION, MAPPING, REPORTING
Explore marine research, actively contributing to scientific exploration and conservation efforts to safeguard oceans and marine ecosystems.
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Community Health Internship

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Community Healthcare Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Puerto Inca, Peru
  • MEDICAL, HEALTHCARE, COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Provide medical support at a health center in the Peruvian Amazon, enhancing community well-being and gaining valuable healthcare experience.
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Teaching internship Peru

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Teaching Internship

  • Min. 3 months
  • Puerto Inca, Peru
  • CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT, WORKSHOPS, EDUCATION
Discover your love for education as you guide and share knowledge, fostering learning experiences in the enchanting landscapes of Peru.
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Biology Research internship

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Biology Research Internship

  • Min. 3 months
  • Puerto Inca, Peru
  • DATA CAPTURE, REPORTING, SURVEYS, CAMERA TRAPS
Work alongside expert researchers, documenting and studying diverse flora and fauna to gain insights into biodiversity and conservation methods.
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Sea turtle conservation internship

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Conservation Marketing Internship

  • Min. 6 weeks
  • Carate, Costa Rica
  • DIGITAL MARKETING, FUNDRAISING, CONTENT CREATION
Acquire digital marketing experience in sea turtle conservation in Costa Rica, crafting compelling campaigns and fostering community engagement.
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Project assistant internship

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Project Assistant Internship

  • Min. 3 months
  • Recinto La Esperie, Ecuador
  • COORDINATION, FUNDRAISING, COMMUNICATIONS
Gain experience with a nonprofit dedicated to protecting the Cloud Forest, contributing to community engagement and environmental conservation.
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Wildlife Research internship

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Wildlife Research Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Recinto La Esperie, Ecuador
  • EDUCATION, DATA CAPTURE & ANALYSIS, COMMUNITY PROJECTS
Gain valuable scientific research experience by studying endemic species of plants and animals, contributing to the preservation of biodiversity
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Mental health research internship

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Remote Mental Health Research Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Remote
  • DATA COLLECTION & ANALYSIS, REPORTING, RESEARCH, PUBLIC HEALTH
Make a valuable contribution to the fight to improve mental health support, conducting research and implementing strategies for lasting impact.
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Community outreach Brazil

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Content Creation and Photography Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Serra do Brigadeiro State Park, Brazil
  • CONTENT CREATION, PHOTOGRAPHY, WRITING, MARKETING
Hone you creative skills and capture compelling visual narratives while contributing to the conservation of the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest.
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Biodiversity conservation internship

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Biodiversity Conservation Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Serra do Brigadeiro State Park, Brazil
  • RESEARCH, REFORESTATION, CONSERVATION, MONITORING
Contribute to biodiversity preservation and climate crisis mitigation through hands-on efforts to restore the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest.
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Medicinal plant research internship

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Medicinal Plant Research Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Serra do Brigadeiro State Park, Brazil
  • RESEARCH, COMMUNITY OUTREACH, CONSERVATION, LAB WORK
Explore the realm of medicinal plants and actively promote conservation research to unveil the secrets of nature's healing wonders.
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Event Management Internship in the Netherlands

  • Min. 6 months
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • SOCIAL WORK, EVENT COORDINATION, MARKETING
Sharpen your organizational prowess, creating unforgettable experiences and developing event management skills in the vibrant city of Amsterdam.
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Marine Research Assistant Internship

  • Min. 4 weeks
  • Bulak, Dauin, Philippines
  • DATA ANALYSIS, RESEARCH, REPORTING, EDUCATION
Explore marine research as an assistant, actively contributing to scientific discovery and conservation in the wonders of the underwater world.
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Marine Research Fellow Internship

  • Min. 3 months
  • Bulak, Dauin, Philippines
  • DATA COLLECTION & ANALYSIS, LAB RESEARCH, REPORTING, MENTORING, EDUCATION
Transform global marine ecosystems through community-based conservation strategies, gaining insights and contributing to a sustainable future.
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Research Assistant and Divemaster Internship

  • Min. 3 months
  • Bulak, Dauin, Philippines
  • DATA COLLECTION & ANALYSIS, MONITORING, RESEARCH, REPORTING, EDUCATION
Utilize your marine science expertise to conduct vital research on Coral Triangle marine ecosystems while earning certification as a divemaster.
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Public Health and WASH Engineering Internship

  • Min. 3 months
  • Shandia, Ecuador
  • EDUCATION, RESEARCH, OPERATIONS, CONSTRUCTION, ENGINEERING, PUBLIC HEALTH
Aid a rural community in developing clean water and hygiene systems, enhancing health outcomes through collaborative engineering projects.
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Education & Youth Development Internship

  • Min. 3 months
  • Shandia, Ecuador
  • TEACHING, COMMUNITY OUTREACH, CONTENT CREATION, OPERATIONS
Empower young individuals in the Amazon rainforest through education and youth development initiatives, fostering growth and future prospects.
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Research and Nature Conservation Internship

  • Min. 3 months
  • Bahia, Brazil
  • RESEARCH, MONITORING, DATA ANALYSIS, REPORTING, EDUCATION
Acquire valuable hands-on research experience, safeguard biodiversity, and contribute practical solutions to environmental conservation efforts.
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Marketing and Fundraising Internship

  • Min. 3 months
  • Bahia, Brazil
  • DIGITAL MARKETING, CONTENT CREATION, STRATEGY, FUNDRAISING
Elevate your marketing and fundraising expertise, contributing to impactful initiatives that shape positive change in a seaside community
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NGO Management internship

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NGO Management Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Cape Town, South Africa OR Remote
  • EVENT MANAGEMENT, FUNDRAISING, DIGITAL MARKETING
Actively engage in advancing the NGOs mission to combat period poverty and work towards dismantling societal taboos linked to menstruation.
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Penda photography internship

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SEO Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Cape Town, South Africa OR Remote
  • SEO, WEBSITE MANAGEMENT, WRITING
Aquire hands-on experience in SEO while collaborating with social businesses in Cape Town, contributing to their online visibility and impact.
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Refugee research internship

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Refugee Research Internship

  • Min. 5 months
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • HUMAN RIGHTS, RESEARCH, REFUGEES AND MIGRANTS
Investigate challenges in the migratory phenomenon across Africa, focusing on refugees and displaced populations to shape impactful solutions.
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Supreme Malawi internship

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Social Entrepreneurship Internship

  • Min. 3 months
  • Nkhata Bay, Malawi OR Remote
  • MARKETING, FUNDRAISING, PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT, RESEARCH, OPERATIONS
Ignite change by aligning your skills with impactful initiatives, fostering community development, and managing an inspiring social business.
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Bird conservation internship

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Marketing & Development Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Bela-Bela, South Africa OR Remote
  • FUNDRAISING, RESEARCH, REPORTING, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Support the sustainable development of a ground hornbill protection project, gaining valuable insights into wildlife conservation marketing.
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Supreme Malawi finance internship

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Finance Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Nkhata Bay, Malawi OR Remote
  • ACCOUNTING, REPORTING, FUNDRAISING, SOCIAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Gain financial management and income generation expertise in a social enterprise, offering a unique outlook on sustainability and social impact.
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Supreme Malawi

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Media & Marketing Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Nkhata Bay, Malawi OR Remote
  • COMMUNICATIONS, PR, DIGITAL MARKETING, WRITING
Assist a social enterprise in expanding its reach with innovative media and marketing strategies to enhance its message and broaden its impact.
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Remote Agroforestry Research Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Remote
  • FORESTRY, AGRICULTURE, RESEARCH
Explore innovative land management solutions as you engage in enhancing ecological balance and fostering sustainable agricultural practices.
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NGO storytelling internship; Sustainable Coffee Bay

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NGO Storytelling Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Coffee Bay, South Africa
  • SOCIAL MEDIA, STORYTELLING, CONTENT CREATION, FUNDRAISING, WRITING
Hone your storytelling and communication skills while contributing to impactful social initiatives with an NGO, creating a meaningful difference.
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Teaching internship in Zambia

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NGO Management Internship

  • Min. 3 months (in-person) / Min. 4 months (remote)
  • Livingstone, Zambia OR Remote
  • FUNDRAISING, MARKETING, MANAGEMENT, SOCIAL MEDIA
Guide and shape impactful NGO initiatives, contributing to effective management, sustainable practices, and meaningful community development.
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Teaching & Curriculum Development Internship

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Curriculum Development & Teaching Internship

  • Min. 3 months
  • Livingstone, Zambia
  • EDUCATION, CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT, MANAGEMENT
Craft enriching learning experiences, innovate education with curriculum development, and empower communities through quality teaching.
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Wildlife Conservation Communications Internship

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Wildlife Conservation Communications Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Bela-Bela, South Africa
  • SOCIAL MEDIA, WRITING, DIGITAL MARKETING, FUNDRAISING
Fuse your passion for storytelling with practical skills by contributing to the effective communication of vital wildlife conservation efforts.
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Conservation Education Internship

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Conservation Education Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Bela-Bela, South Africa
  • EDUCATION, MONITORING, RESEARCH, COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Embark on a meaningful conservation journey in the heart of nature, gaining hands-on experience in environmental education initiatives.
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digital marketing internship with animal rescue center

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Digital Marketing Internship with Animal Rescue Center

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Cape Town, South Africa OR Remote
  • WEBSITE MANAGEMENT, FUNDRAISING, MARKETING, GRANT WRITING, RESEARCH
Engage in impactful digital marketing efforts surrounded by playful puppies, as you contribute to promoting the welfare of rescued animals.
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grant writing internship

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Remote Grant Writing Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Remote
  • RESEARCH, REPORTS, FUNDING PROPOSAL, GRANT WRITING
Spark positive change through the art of storytelling, contributing your skills to amplify meaningful narratives within the local community.
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UN-Research and grant writing internship; Uniq Foundation

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Research & Grant Writing Internship

  • Min. 3 months
  • Cape Town, South Africa OR Remote
  • RESEARCH, FUNDRAISING, GRANT WRITING
Develop strong research and writing skills while gaining practical experience in securing grants, conducting impactful research and projects.
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Permaculture internship Ghana

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Remote Agroforestry Project Communications Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Remote
  • MARKETING, COMMUNICATIONS, CONTENT CREATION
Assist in developing and managing communication channels for an agroforestry project, enhancing community engagement and sustainable practices.
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sports coaching internship Ghana

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Sports Coaching Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Ghana
  • SPORTS COACHING
Coach talented youth in Ghana across various sports, contributing to the development of inspiring programs that foster growth and skill-building.
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web design internship

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Remote Web Design Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Remote
  • WEB DESIGN
Build a diverse web design portfolio, collaborating with nonprofit partners to enhance your skills and making an impact in the virtual space.
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marketing internship zambia

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Marketing & Fundraising Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Livingstone, Zambia OR Remote
  • DIGITAL MARKETING, FUNDRAISING, RESEARCH
Hone your marketing and fundraising skills by engaging in transformative initiatives, and raising funds through campaigns and grants.
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girl empowerment internship

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Female Empowerment Education Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Livingstone, Zambia OR Remote
  • EDUCATION, FACILITATION, RESEARCH
Foster women's growth through education & leadership, and act as a catalyst for positive change in this African community.
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writing internship in Zambia

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Writing & Communications Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Livingstone, Zambia OR Remote
  • WRITING, SOCIAL MEDIA, FUNDRAISING, COMMUNICATIONS
Support a social impact nonprofit by expanding their outreach and refining your writing and communication skills for impactful narratives.
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writing internship with dog charity

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Writing & Communications Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Cape Town, South Africa OR Remote
  • CREATIVE WRITING, COMMUNICATIONS, CONTENT CREATION
Craft impactful stories and messages, leveraging your writing and communication skills to inspire positive change and community connection.
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dog charity internship

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Organizational Development Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Cape Town, South Africa OR Remote
  • FUNDRAISING, MONITORING, REPORTING, RESEARCH
Empower underpriviledged youth through rescue dog training, contributing to online fundraising campaigns and fostering positive community impact.
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yoga internship Cape Town

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Yoga Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • YOGA TEACHING, PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT, COMMUNICATIONS
Apply your yoga expertise to enhance physical and mental well-being, uplift individuals, and contribute to the broader health of the community.
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Writing internship with GBV Project

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Writing Internship

  • Min. 3 months
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • BLOG WRITING, REPORT AND PROPOSAL WRITING
Harness your writing skills to contribute meaningfully to the fight against gender-based violence, leaving an impact through your written voice.
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Gender Based violence research internship

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Gender Based Violence Research Internship

  • Min. 3 months
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • RESEARCH, REPORTING, MONITORING
Conduct research to offer comprehensive support to victims of gender-based violence in Cape Town, fostering empowerment and community awareness.
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Content Writing & Communications Internship

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Journalism Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Remote
  • MENTORING, BROADCASTING, STORYTELLING, REPORTING
Embark on a journalistic adventure, employing your skills to craft meaningful narratives and drive impactful communication initiatives in Malawi.
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Content Writing & Communications Internship

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Remote Content Writing & Communications Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Remote
  • DIGITAL MARKETING, WRITING, COMMUNICATIONS, FUNDRAISING
Uplift rural African communities through impactful content creation, using your writing skills to support and promote a nonprofit's initiatives.
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Business Development Internship

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Remote Business Development Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Remote
  • BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, REPORTING, MONITORING, DATA ANALYSIS
Apply your skills to raise awareness about critical issues in rural African communities, driving impactful initiatives and sustainable change.
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animal welfare puppy

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Animal Charity Communications Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Remote
  • COMMUNICATIONS, WRITING, FUNDRAISING, RESEARCH
Help a charity improve the lives of stray dogs and cats in Southern Africa, while refining your skills in effective communication and advocacy.
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Community Development Internship

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Community Development Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Nkhata Bay, Malawi OR Remote
  • EDUCATION, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, NETWORKING
Engage in community development initiatives, fostering positive change and empowerment within a rural community through sustainable projects.
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Fundraising & Marketing Strategy Internship

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Fundraising & Marketing Strategy Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Remote
  • STRATEGY, DIGITAL MARKETING, FUNDRAISING, MONITORING
Assist in a nonprofit's communication and fundraising strategies, crafting narratives to advance their mission of empowering youth through dance.
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Remote Content Marketing Internship

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Remote Writing Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Remote
  • WRITING, SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT, FUNDRAISING
Channel your creativity to support artistic expression by bringing your writing and communications skills to this vibrant dancing NPO.
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feature kids Malawi

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Nonprofit Education Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Nkhata Bay, Malawi
  • EDUCATION, TEACHING, CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT
Take the lead in classes, support teacher training, and drive after-school initiatives for a hands-on education experience in a local community.
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kids feature

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Digital Marketing Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Nkhata Bay, Malawi
  • DIGITAL MARKETING, FUNDRAISING, SOCIAL MEDIA
Harness the power of digital marketing to raise awareness and funds for high-quality education, amplifying the impact of educational initiatives.
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Reasons for doing a gap year internship in Africa

We firmly believe in the merit of gap years. Taking a break before heading to university and pursuing a career is a great chance to step back and reflect. By traveling, volunteering, or interning, you can build confidence, adaptability, and a sense of purpose. And it doesn’t need to interfere with your academic or career achievements – on the contrary; research shows that people who’ve taken a gap year end up being more engaged when they get to university, and perform better academically.

One great benefit of taking a gap year is the opportunity to sample different careers. Instead of just guessing that a certain sector or job will suit and fulfil you, you can do a gap year internship to actually experience what a certain career would look like on a daily basis. And needless to say, it will also look good on your resume to build up some practical work experience.

At Roots, we offer gap year internships with nonprofits in Africa. Apart from offering practical work experience, these internships also allow you to be part of an inspiring cause, and live and work in a foreign culture. You’ll be able to use and explore your talents, find your strengths, grow in adaptability, and make a tangible impact on a grassroots level.

Frequently Asked Questions about Gap Year Internships 

What can I expect to learn on a gap year internship with a nonprofit organization?

The internship tasks vary hugely across the different programs we offer. Depending on the type of internship you’ll sign up for, you can get practical work experience in areas such as communications, marketing, project management, content writing, fundraising, and business development. Most internships are quite flexible and offer you to dabble in a variety of tasks, so that you can explore your skills.

Regardless of your specific focus, you’ll gain an understanding of the nonprofit sector in the context of a developing country, as you’ll be part of a charitable organization. More specifically, you might be working on environmental, human rights, education, wildlife conservation, or animal welfare projects.

Through your gap year internship in Africa, you can expect to explore your unique talents, do some valuable experiential learning, and develop a range of skills. You’ll also make a difference on the ground, to a cause you feel passionate about.

Do I qualify for one of your gap year internships?

Just send us your motivation and resume, and we’ll find you the right opportunity! Some internships require a certain amount of skills and/or experience, but for most of them, you just need to be motivated and excited to learn. We offer a wide range of gap year internships, all with different focus areas, and we’re confident we can find something suitable for you.

Where can I go for a gap year internship?

We offer gap year internships in nine different African countries; South Africa, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, and Ghana. There’s a great variety of settings; you can be based in a buzzing city, in the middle of the African bush, in a rural village, or on an island in the Indian Ocean. Wherever you’ll be based, you’ll be surrounded by beautiful scenery, interesting cultures, and an abundance of travel opportunities.

Will I need a visa and vaccinations?

Yes, you will. The requirements are different for each country, and we’ll give you all the information you need to get fully prepared for the experience. We’ll be here every step of the way.

Is it safe to do a gap year internship in Africa?

Yes, absolutely. It’s always important to be aware of your surroundings, educate yourself on recommended precautions, and use good common sense. It’s always good to be vigilant and well-informed – and we’ll assist you with this. Our Roots team will make sure you have all the information you need for a safe experience during your internship.

How long can I intern for?

Most of our gap year internships have a minimum length of eight weeks, and you can usually stay for as long as you wish. Or you can do multiple internships. Each internship listing has information on the specific requirements, but if anything is unclear, do let us know!

How can I raise funds for a gap year internship abroad?

There are costs involved in international travel, and since our nonprofit internships are unpaid, we understand that this can be an obstacle. But there are ways to fundraise for the experience, and you might find that people are willing to help you make it happen, especially since you’ll be working for a good cause. On our fundraising page, we list some ideas of how to go about this.

And, if spending some time in Africa really isn’t an option for you, but you’d still like to have the work experience, you can opt to do one of our online gap year internships. (Or a combination of the two, if that works for you.) Which segways nicely to the next question.

How do online gap year internships work?

We’re happy to offer a number of remote internships. As an online intern, you’ll still be part of an NGO in Africa, and you’ll be doing a lot of the same work that you would do on the ground. You’ll be in touch with your supervisor and other colleagues on a very regular basis, using a range of digital platforms. In a working world that is increasingly moving towards a distributed working model, gaining experience in working remotely can be a beneficial thing. Plus, you’ll gain international experience from the comfort of your own home.