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INTERNSHIPS IN AFRICA

If you’re looking for a meaningful internship abroad, check out our internship programs in Africa! We’re proud to offer a broad range of internship programs across the continent, all with inspiring organizations doing impactful work in African communities and nature reserves.

As an intern in Africa, you’ll be a large part of a small team that is driven by an important cause. Regardless of your focus area within the organization, you’ll have a unique learning experience – and the chance to do impactful work at the same time. At Roots, we’ll assist you with preparations, logistics and troubleshooting on the ground, so that you can purely focus on having an incredible experience. Check out all our internships in Africa below, or browse by country or focus area.

Highlights of our nonprofit internships in Africa;

  • Combine valuable learning and meaningful work
  • Boost your resume through international work experience
  • Have a unique travel adventure in a stunning location
  • Find an internship that suits you perfectly through a careful matchmaking process
  • Enjoy guidance and support by us throughout your experience

Browse through our internship opportunities below, or find out more about what to expect from an internship 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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Women with information signs about breastfeeding

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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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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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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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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

Open for applications

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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Applications open for Aug-Oct 2023!

Forest Management Internship

  • Aug-Oct 2024
  • Cape Town & Garden Route
  • MONITORING, EVALUATION, REPORTING, DATA ANALYSIS, REFORESTATION
Engage in environmental and ecosystem conservation by assessing and sustaining forest restoration programs through hands-on fieldwork.
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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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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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marketing and fundraising internship Ghana

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Marketing & Fundraising Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Ghana
  • MARKETING, RESEARCH, STRATEGY
Assist with the development of an inspiring sports charity by supporting marketing and fundraising initiatives that advance its mission.
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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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Charity Event Management Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Ghana
  • EVENT MANAGEMENT
Plan and coordinate a variety of engaging events for a sports charity, contributing to their initiatives and fostering community involvement.
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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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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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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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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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HIV Health Support Internship

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HIV Health Support Internship

  • Min. 3 months
  • Nkhata Bay, Malawi
  • COUNSELING, EDUCATION, HIV, PROGRAM MANAGEMENT
Gain valuable experience in health education and HIV support in a developing country, deepening your understanding of global health challenges.
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Sustainable tourism marketing internship

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Sustainable Tourism Marketing Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Nkhata Bay, Malawi OR Remote
  • MARKETING STRATEGY, DIGITAL MARKETING, CONTENT CREATION
Enhance your marketing skills in sustainable tourism, making a positive impact on the environment and community with a Malawian eco-lodge.
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Marine Research Internship

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Marine Research Internship

  • Min. 4 weeks
  • Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
  • RESEARCH, REPORTING, MONITORING, EDUCATION
Gain hands-on experience in marine research on a breathtaking island, studying diverse ecosystems and contributing to conservation efforts.
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Marine Conservation Internship

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Marine Conservation Project

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
  • OPERATIONS, OUTREACH, RESEARCH
Dive into marine conservation, preserving oceans, protecting marine ecosystems, and gaining insights into a field-based NGO's operations.
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Gender Equality Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Cape Town, South Africa OR Remote
  • RESEARCH, COMMUNICATIONS, FUNDRAISING, PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
Play a key role in establishing victim support structures, researching gender-based violence, and participating in digital marketing initiatives.
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NGO Event Coordination Internship Cape Town

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NGO Event Coordinator Internship

  • 2024 Full / 2025 Feb - April
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • EVENT COORDINATION, PLANNING, LOGISTICS, BUDGETING
Leverage your event coordination skills to help organize an environmental action summit, contributing to the success of the NGO's mission.
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Charity Development Internship Uganda

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Charity Development Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Mbarara, Uganda
  • COMMUNICATION, FUNDRAISING, MUSIC
Contribute to a charity's growth, engaging in development initiatives, fundraising, and communications strategies for positive impact.
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SEO Content Writing Internship in tourism

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SEO Tourism Content Writing Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Cape Town, South Africa OR Remote
  • CREATIVE WRITING, SEO, BLOGGING, DIGITAL MEDIA
Elevate your writing game with a unique blend of creativity and SEO expertise, producing compelling content that stands out in online searches.
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NGO Management Internship

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(Remote) Fundraising Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Nkhata Bay, Malawi OR Remote
  • RESEARCH, (ONLINE) FUNDRAISING, WRITING, STAKEHOLDER MGT, COMMUNICATIONS
Gain practical fundraising experience, contributing to impactful initiatives that uplift local communities and foster sustainable development.
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Conservation and Photography Internship

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Wildlife Photography Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Greater Kruger, South Africa
  • PHOTOGRAPHY, CONSERVATION
Capture stunning images of wildlife species, honing your photography skills amidst the breathtaking landscapes of their natural habitats.
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Female Empowerment and Gender Equality Internship

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Female Empowerment & Gender Equality Internship

  • Min. 4 weeks
  • Zambia
  • GENDER EQUALITY, FEMALE EMPOWERMENT
Participate in initiatives promoting empowerment and gender equality, working on projects that support girls in underpriviledged communities.
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Wildlife Research Internship

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Wildlife Research Internship

  • Min. 4 weeks
  • Fuller Forest, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • WILDLIFE RESEARCH, DATA COLLECTION & ANALYSIS
Join a team of professionals in research on African wildlife, advancing the understanding of wildlife ecosystem conservation.
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nonprofit photography internship

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Nonprofit Photography Internship

  • Min. 3 weeks
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • PHOTOGRAPHY
Sharpen your photography skills and contribute to vital nonprofit initatives, capturing compelling visuals that amplify their impactful stories.
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Marketing Internship

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Marketing Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • DIGITAL MARKETING, SEO, MARKETING RESEARCH
Enhance your marketing expertise while boosting the promotion and visibility of impactful photography initiatives within a social enterprise.
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Music Teaching Internship

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Music Teaching Internship

  • Min. 4 weeks
  • Mbarara, Uganda
  • MUSIC, EDUCATION, YOUTH PROGRAMS
Leverage your music talents to offer lessons for children in underserved Ugandan communities, fostering musical education and cultural exchange.
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Remote Marketing Internship

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(Remote) Marketing Internship

  • Min. 4 weeks
  • Remote
  • MARKETING, SEO, PRODUCT RESEARCH
Gain a wealth of marketing experience as part of a volunteer organization, actively contributing to impactful social and conservation programs.
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Media and Communications Internship

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Media & Communications Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Nkhata Bay, Malawi OR Remote
  • FUNDRAISING, MARKETING, SOCIAL MEDIA, WRITING
Explore the vibrant world of media and communications, where your skills align with purposeful storytelling and community connection.
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NGO Management Internship in Malawi

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NGO Management Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Nkhata Bay, Malawi OR Remote
  • NGO MANAGEMENT, FUNDRAISING, MARKETING, COMMUNICATIONS
Support and assist an NGO fostering permaculture clubs for school children, contributing to sustainable education and environmental awareness.
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Permaculture Internship

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Permaculture Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Nkhata Bay, Malawi
  • PERMACULTURE, ORGANIC FARMING
Contribute to developing and managing workshops for permaculture clubs in schools, fostering sustainable practices and environmental awareness
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Urban greening internship

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Urban Greening Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • FACILITATION, RESEARCH, REPORTING, MONITORING, EDUCATION, TREE PLANTING
Embrace the vibrant world of urban greening in Cape Town, where your passion meets a committed mission to cultivate sustainable environments.
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Media Marketing and content creation Internship

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Media Marketing and Content Creation Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Remote
  • CONTENT CREATION, VIDEOGRAPHY, DESIGN, WRITING
Ignite your creativity by crafting impactful narratives while gaining diverse experience in design and marketing to support street animals.
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Content Writing Internship

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Content Writing Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Cape Town, South Africa OR Remote
  • CREATIVE WRITING, SEO, SOCIAL MEDIA, STRATEGY, BLOGGING
Master the art of creating engaging and optimized content, while building a diverse writing portfolio to enhance your professional profile.
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Communications Internship

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Communications Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • COMMUNICATIONS, SOCIAL MEDIA, DIGITAL MARKETING, WRITING
Join our team at Roots and assist with managing and developing our communication channels, playing a key role in enhancing outreach efforts.
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Events Internship

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NGO Event Management Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • EVENT MANAGEMENT, COORDINATION, PLANNING
Gain practical event management for community development projects by coordinating logistics and fostering connections within the community.
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Marketing and Communications Internship

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Marketing & Communications Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • PROJECT MANAGEMENT, COMMUNICATIONS, MARKETING, FUNDRAISING
Support the development of communication channels and fundraising initiatives for a grassroots social enterprise promoting the message of Ubuntu.
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Youth social Work Internship

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Youth Social Work Internship

  • Min. 4 weeks
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • YOUTH DEVELOPMENT, SOCIAL WORK
Make a positive impact on young lives through meaningful activities, support programs, and community engagment initiatives in Cape Town.
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Psychology Internship

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Psychology Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • PSYCHOLOGY, SOCIAL WORK
Participate in a range of counseling sessions and observe experienced professionals, acquiring valuable insights into the field of psychology.
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Photography internship

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Media & Design Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • GRAPHIC DESIGN, PHOTOGRAPHY, VIDEOGRAPHY
Design visually compelling graphics for an environmental NGO, amplifying their mission through imaginative and impactful communication.
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Digital Marketing Internship

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Digital Marketing Internship

  • Min. 3 months
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • SOCIAL MEDIA, PR, DIGITAL MARKETING
Gain extensive marketing experience while contributing to environmental programs, fostering communication strategies for impactful outreach.
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creative writing internship

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Creative Writing Internship

  • Min. 3 months
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • DIGITAL MARKETING, CREATIVE WRITING
Sharpen your writing prowess, build a compelling portfolio, and make a meaningful impact as you actively contribute to environmental advocacy.
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Fundraising and Business Development Internship

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Fundraising Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • FUNDRAISING, REPORTING, RESEARCH, COMMUNICATIONS
Acquire insights into nonprofit strategic development, actively participating in fundraising activities to support environmental initiatives.
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UH-Food Security Internship

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Food Security & Urban Farming Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • FOOD SECURITY, URBAN FARMING, EDUCATION
Participate in sustainable practices and community well-being, developing and managing food gardens and workshops at township schools.
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Migrants and refugee charity internship

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Migrants & Refugee Charity Internship

  • Min. 12 weeks
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • REFUGEES AND MIGRANTS, HUMAN RIGHTS
Promote the welfare of migrants and refugees, fostering inclusivity in diverse communities and participating in the daily operations of programs.
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human rights internships

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English School Assistant

  • Min. 4 months
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • ENGLISH TEACHING, COORDINATION, ADMINISTRATION
Acquire valuable teaching experience by teaching English to refugees, facilitating language acquisition, and promoting community integration.
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Empowerment of Refugees Internship

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Empowerment of Refugees Internship

  • Min. 5 months
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • REFUGEES AND MIGRANTS, SKILL DEVELOPMENT, SOCIAL WELFARE
Empower migrants and refugees in South Africa to rebuild their lives and contribute to their new community through social and economic support.
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Advocacy and Human Rights Internship

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Advocacy & Human Rights Internship

  • Min. 5 months
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • HUMAN RIGHTS, REFUGEE LAW AND MIGRATION ISSUES
Champion human rights and advocate for justice in the vibrant context of Cape Town, where your unwavering dedication makes a meaningful impact.
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Communications Internship

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Communications Internship

  • Min. 3 months
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • COMMUNICATIONS, SOCIAL MEDIA, DIGITAL MARKETING, WRITING
Manage and enhance communication channels for a nonprofit supporting refugees, amplifying their voices, and encouraging community engagement.
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Female Empowerment Internship

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Female Empowerment Internship

  • Min. 5 months
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, COMMUNICATION, COORDINATION
Acquire meaningful work experience as you empower female refugees through skill development workshops, enabling them to shape a brighter future.
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Marketing & Business Research Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • COMMUNICATIONS, MARKETING, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Join a dynamic charity committed to empowering women in townships through skill development, fostering creativity, and driving positive change.
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NGO Management Internship in Cape Town

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NGO Management Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • REPORTING, SOCIAL MEDIA, MARKETING, PR, EVENTS COORDINATION
Support a filmmaking NGO focused on social impact by contributing to its operations and developing initiatives that use film for positive change.
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Social Media Marketing Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • SOCIAL MEDIA, CONTENT CREATION, ANALYTICS, COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT
Gain valuable digital marketing skills as you promote real stories that raise awareness, drive advocacy, and inspire positive social change.
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Communications & Fundraising Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • SOCIAL MEDIA, WRITING, FUNDRAISING, EVENTS
Explore your passion for communications as it sparks meaningful change, contributing to an impactful mission through the power of storytelling.
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Nonprofit management internship

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NGO Management Internship

  • Min. 4 weeks
  • Cape Town / Kruger (South Africa), Livingstone (Zambia
  • MARKETING, FUNDRAISING, FACILITATION, MONITORING, NGO MANAGEMENT
Embrace transformative impact as your passion aligns with a noble mission, shaping the future of impactful organizations in the rainbow nation.
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Destinations for internships in Africa

We offer internships in eight different African countries; South Africa, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, and Ghana. Our destinations offer an incredible range of settings; you can be based in a vibrant and cosmopolitan city, on the banks of the Zambezi River in Zambia or Zimbabwe, in a rural community in Ghana, surrounded by elephants and lions in the bush, or surrounded by white sandy beaches in Zanzibar. Wherever you choose to go, you’re in for an exciting adventure and an interesting cultural immersion.

Should you be looking for an international internship experience, but traveling to Africa isn’t an option for you at the moment, do check out our remote internship opportunities! We’re delighted to offer a range of internships as online options. They’re still with Africa-based organizations that are creating impact in their local areas, and you’ll still get to be part of their mission – just from the comfort of your own home. It’s a low-cost, environmentally friendly way of getting some valuable international work experience – and doing purposeful work.

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Reasons for doing a nonprofit internship in Africa

All our internships in Africa are with charities and social enterprises dedicated to social impact, environmental development, or wildlife conservation. As an intern, your work will count towards these goals, and make a tangible impact on the ground. But apart from the impact you’ll make, there are other benefits to doing a nonprofit internship in Africa; you’ll have a lot of responsibility, you’ll be able to develop a variety of skills, and it can make your resume stand out. Read more about the benefits of interning with a nonprofit.

We offer internship opportunities with over 25 nonprofits based in Africa; all purpose-driven, grassroots organizations. Their causes include education, poverty reduction, public health, food security, environmental sustainability, animal welfare, gender equality, and human rights. We always encourage interns to join causes they feel particularly passionate about, as this will add a rewarding dimension to the work experience.

FAQs about our internships in Africa

What kind of work can I do as an intern with a nonprofit in Africa?

The opportunities are greatly varied. Apart from the fact that the causes you can join as an intern are very diverse (anything from human rights and gender equality to reforestation and marine conservation), the roles you can take within these organizations are also wide-ranging. This means that no matter what you’re studying and what your career goals are, we’re likely to have an internship opportunity for you that suits your skills, matches your passions, and meets your learning requirements.

The focus areas of our internships in Africa include – but aren’t limited to – field research, digital marketing, communications and content writing, business development, monitoring and evaluation, and NGO management. Job descriptions are often flexible, so do reach out to us if you have any specific research ideas or requirements from your university.

What can I expect to learn during an internship with an NGO?

Obviously the details of what you’ll learn during your internship depends on the specific role you take on. But what you can expect from all our internships is a rich work experience; one where you’ll get plenty of responsibilities and a lot of opportunity to challenge yourself in the best possible way. As an intern with us, you’ll join a small and passionate team of people who will be appreciative of your input, as it will add directly to impact made through their projects.

Will there be other interns?

Usually, yes. Unless you’re choosing to go somewhere very remote (which can have its benefits!), you’re likely to be surrounded by other people from around the world doing similarly inspiring work. At many of our internship destinations, you’ll also be surrounded by other international students doing exchanges or internships at other organizations.

How do I arrange a visa?

Visa requirements depend on the country you’ll be doing your internship in. But don’t worry – we’ll help you figure it out! We’re here to help you with all your pre-departure logistics and queries.

What type of accommodation can I expect?

We’ll help you find and book the right accommodation! Each destination offers different options, which can include shared apartments or houses, guest lodges, student accommodation, and homestays. Some (more rural) internship destinations only offer one option, whereas others offer a range for you to choose from. Either way, we’ll make sure that you’ll have safe, comfortable, and affordable accommodation that has easy access to the organization you’ll be joining.

Can I get credit for my internship in Africa?

Yes, as long as your university allows it. Plenty of our interns get university credit, and we’ll always be happy to handle any paperwork required on our side. Just get in touch to find out more!

How do I apply?

If you’re ready to apply for an internship in Africa, here’s what to do;

  • If you know which internship you’d like to apply for, fill out the application form, and send your CV to info@rootsinterns.com. If you’re interested in various internships, or you’re sure which one would suit you best, just send us an email and we’ll help you figure it out.
  • We’ll set up a short online interview to discuss your application, find out more about you and what you’re hoping to get out of the experience, and allow you to answer any questions you might have.
  • We’ll then pass your application on to the person who would be your supervisor on the ground. If he/she thinks it might be a good match, there will be a second interview, which will go into more detail.
  • Hopefully you’ll then get an internship offer, and if you accept it, we’ll start the process of organizing your internship!