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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 around the world. These are all with 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 even if you’re unable to travel.

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR GAP YEAR INTERNSHIPS

 

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Sports Coaching Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Tacloban, Philippines
  • Sports Coaching, Youth Empowerment, Project Management
Build a versatile repertoire of sports coaching and youth development skills to uplift disadvantaged communities.
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students working in a wooden library with bookshelves and trophies

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Teaching and Youth Development Internship

  • Min. 12 weeks
  • Tacloban, Philippines
  • Mentoring, Academic Guidance, Safe Play
Develop well-rounded teaching and education experience as you uplift the indigent communities of Tacloban City.
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Fundraising and digital marketing internship

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Fundraising and Digital Marketing Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks (in-person) / 12 weeks (remote)
  • Tacloban, Philippines OR Remote
  • Digital Media, Campaign Management, Strategic Marketing
Help raise awareness and funds for an organization uplifting impoverished communities through education.
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Business development internship

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Business Development Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Tacloban, Philippines
  • Research, Data Analysis, M&E, Strategic Development
Build diverse business skills and experience supporting an impactful education and community uplift nonprofit.
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NGO management internship

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NGO Management Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Siem Reap, Cambodia OR Remote
  • Communications, Fundraising, M&E, Daily Operations
Engage in broad skill-building opportunities, varied workloads, and a chance to make a tangible impact for impoverished communities.
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group of children sitting on the ground, listening to a woman speaking in front

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Education Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Teaching, Curriculum Development, Lesson Planning
Help to run educational programs and vocational training for impoverished communities of Siem Reap.
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Volunteers working on a construction project in a rural village setting

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Construction Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Building, Product Design, Planning & Research
Build skills and experience in construction by building homes and sanitation systems for impoverished neighborhoods.
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students crossing a bridge on a micro-internship in costa rica

Open for 2025

Sustainable Development Micro-Internship

  • 2 Weeks
  • Turrialba & Tirimbina, Costa Rica
  • Sustainable Development, Environmental Management, Case Studies
Gain insight into resource management, sustainable business practices, and innovation in the context of a tropical rainforest.
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Raleigh Project Coordinator group out hiking

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Project Coordinator

  • Min. 11 weeks
  • South Africa or Costa Rica
  • Group Leading, Coordination, Mentorship
Facilitate transformative volunteering experiences for young people to learn about global citizenship.
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Master’s Level Conservation Research Internship in South Africa

  • Min. 3 months
  • Greater Kruger, South Africa
  • Ecological Research, Wildlife Conservation, Data Projects
Live and work in Greater Kruger Park and conduct in-field ecological research on Africa’s most iconic wildlife.
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Raleigh volunteer sitting in a chair

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Content Creator in South Africa or Costa Rica

  • Min. 13 weeks
  • Costa Rica or South Africa
  • Digital Media Creation, Content Gathering, Editing
Accompany young volunteers on the trip of a lifetime and capture content from the most magical moments.
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group of volunteers for wellbeing coordinator internship

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Wellbeing Coordinator in South Africa or Costa Rica

  • Min. 13 weeks
  • Costa Rica or South Africa
  • Mentoring, Program Leadership, Counseling
Guide young volunteers on an eye-opening expedition and support their wellbeing, health, and development.
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Group of Raleigh volunteers sitting around the table planning

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Deputy Operation Coordinator in South Africa or Costa Rica

  • Min. 13 weeks
  • Costa Rica or South Africa
  • Project Management, Facilitator, Mentoring
Build project management and leadership skills as you act as a role model for young volunteers on a transformative expedition.
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Two Raleigh volunteers

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Expedition Medic in South Africa or Costa Rica

  • Min. 13 weeks
  • Costa Rica or South Africa
  • First Aid, Medical Support, Emergency Responder
Provide aid to those in need and develop your paramedic skills accompanying young volunteers on the trip of a lifetime.
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two Raleigh volunteers outside near a green vehicle

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Photography Internship in South Africa or Costa Rica

  • Min. 13 weeks
  • Costa Rica or South Africa
  • Photography, Storytelling, Editing Media
Join transformative volunteer expeditions and document powerful stories through photography and film.
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a volunteer holding a printed hamburger in front of the room in Tacloban City

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Nutrition Internship

  • Min. 4 weeks
  • Tacloban, Philippines
  • Program Development, Nutrition Research, Seminar Leading
Empower communities by promoting healthy living and addressing nutritional disparities through hands-on engagement, research, and educational outreach.
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Teaching internship Peru

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NGO Management Internship

  • Min. 4 weeks
  • Puerto Inca, Peru
  • Monitoring & Evaluation, Impact Reporting, Project Interaction
Embark on a journey of diverse skill development in NGO management while contributing to the protection of the Amazon Rainforest.
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a group of children in Tacloban City

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Social Welfare Internship

  • Min. 4 weeks
  • Tacloban, Philippines
  • Counseling, Workshops, Mentorship, Empowerment
Support vulnerable populations, empower individuals, and foster community growth through hands-on social welfare initiatives.
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volunteers giving school supplies to students in Tacloban City

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Special Education Internship

  • Min. 4 weeks
  • Tacloban, Philippines
  • Teaching, Developing Learning Plans, Individualized Support
Collaborate with seasoned mentors to deliver captivating lessons and positive transformations in the lives of children with special needs.
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volunteers with a group of kids from Tacloban

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Communications and Fundraising Internship

  • Min. 4 weeks
  • Tacloban, Philippines OR Remote
  • Content Creation, Fundraising, Communications
Seize the chance to make a meaningful difference, gaining hands-on experience in communications, fundraising, and development initiatives.
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caterpillar on a plant

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Wildlife Conservation Program

  • Min. 3 weeks
  • Recinto La Esperie, Ecuador
  • Research, Education, Conservation
Enhance your fieldwork skills and support habitat restoration in the Cloud Forest of Ecuador.
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orphan sea turtle being cared for

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Orphan Care Internship

  • Min. 4 weeks
  • Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica
  • Animal Care, Nursery Assistance, Animal Research
Dive into nurturing and rehabilitating orphaned wildlife, directly aiding their conservation in the heart of the biodiverse Puntarenas.
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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, Online 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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Breastfeeding workshop

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Health and Nutrition Research Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Pretoria, South Africa OR Remote
  • Data Analysis, Literature Review, Reporting, Research, Writing
Embark on nutritional exploration, exploring breastfeeding, food dynamics, and psychosocial support to offer insights for enhanced well-being.
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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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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
Become an essential part of the farm workforce, using eco-friendly practices and contributing to food sovereignty.
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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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a woman smiling while feeding a tortoise

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Galapagos Conservation Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Galapagos, Ecuador
  • Turtle/Tortoise Conservation, Eco Tourism, Monitoring, Data Collection
Embark on a Galapagos conservation quest, collaborating with experts to sustain its ecosystem and communicate its importance to a wide audience.
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a dentist checking a young girl's teeth in an outdoor medical mission

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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 painting

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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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group of peruvians talking near a bench

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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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Girl with smiling child

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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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A woman with a face mask and children at a table

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NGO Management Internship

  • Min. 3 months
  • Arequipa, Peru
  • Fundraising, Impact Assessment, Communications, Volunteer Coordination
Acquire skills in managing a small NGO, gaining valuable insights while contributing to their mission of assisting youth facing social problems.
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Available from Oct. 2024

Marine Conservation Internship in Zanzibar, Tanzania

  • 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 sheep

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Media Internship

  • Min. 4 weeks
  • Santarém, Portugal
  • Content Creation, Videography, Editing, TV
Craft compelling content to inspire audiences and foster support for vital conservation work, amplifying the impact of environmental initiatives.
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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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Man cutting vegetation

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Reforestation and Biodiversity Internship

  • Min. 4 weeks
  • Santarém, Portugal
  • Field-Based Forestry Care, Data Collection, Wildlife & Plant Surveys
Participate in a conservation program, contributing to the development of a thriving natural environment for Portugal's native flora and fauna.
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Girl feeding a bird

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Wildlife Husbandry Internship

  • Min. 4 weeks
  • Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica
  • Animal Care, Camera Traps, Training, Feeding
Engage in hands-on care of sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife, nurturing their health and well-being in the unique ecosystems of Costa Rica.
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Vet students examining a feline

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Veterinary Internship

  • Min. 4 weeks
  • Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica
  • Veterinary Assistance, Animal Care, Health Assessments
Actively contribute to wildlife conservation on the frontline of a captivating sanctuary in Costa Rica, immersed in unparalleled biodiversity.
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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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Boy behind computer

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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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smiling children cambodia

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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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aerial picture of cirenas

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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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girl with millipede on her hand

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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
  • Conservation Work, Research Dives, Data Collection
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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doctor checking boy's heartbeat

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Community Healthcare Internship

  • Min. 4 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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teachers and kids smiling in a classroom

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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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a green frog

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Biology Research Internship

  • Min. 4 weeks
  • 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 on the beach

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Sea Turtle Conservation Internship

  • Min. 6 weeks
  • Carate, Costa Rica
  • Data Collection, Marine Conservation, Education, Research
Contribute to the preservation of sea turtles and their natural habitats, while engaging in environmental conservation efforts in Costa Rica.
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baby sea turtles on the beach

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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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a picture of a group of volunteers outside

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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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kids looking at a specimen in a jar

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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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a group of people doing exercise outside in 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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a woman planting

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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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a river in a rainforest

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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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volunteers gardening

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Event Management Internship in the Netherlands

  • Min. 3 months
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Event Coordination, Planning, Communications
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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a diver with a reef

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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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two divers underwater reading a map

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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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local children cling to the volunteer

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Community Development and Education Internship

  • Min. 3 months
  • Bahia, Brazil
  • Community Outreach, Teaching, Program Development
Empower future conservation leaders through a range of educational programs.
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volunteer inside a dental clinic

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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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butterfly on a leaf

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Sustainability & Ecotourism Internship

  • Min. 3 months
  • Shandia, Ecuador
  • Business Development, Marketing, Sustainable Tourism, Education
Explore sustainability and ecotourism initiatives, aiding in establishing an ecotourism center in the Amazonian Rainforest region of Ecuador.
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volunteers teaching kids

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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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woman digging the soil

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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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girl typing in her laptop

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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 & Communications Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Bela-Bela, South Africa OR Remote
  • Fundraising, Reporting, Social Media, Content Creation
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 Development Internship

  • Min. 12 weeks (in-person) / 16 weeks (remote)
  • Livingstone, Zambia OR Remote
  • Fundraising, Communications, Partnership Development
Join a growing nonprofit and contribute to sustainable community work through NGO development strategies.
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Teaching & Curriculum Development Internship

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Curriculum Development & Teaching Internship

  • Min. 12 weeks
  • Livingstone, Zambia
  • Education, Curriculum Development, Management
Craft enriching learning experiences, innovate teaching with curriculum development, and empower communities through education.
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Conservation Education Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Bela-Bela, South Africa OR Remote
  • 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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two people conducting an interview using a recorder

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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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Reasons for doing a gap year internship abroad

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 globally. 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 abroad, 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 countries around the world! 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 abroad?

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 time abroad 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 virtual gap year internships work?

We’re happy to offer a number of remote internships. As an online intern, you’ll join a nonprofit or startup 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 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.