Internships in Africa

If you’re looking for an internship abroad, check out our internship programs in Africa! We’re proud of offer a broad range of internship programs across Sub Saharan Africa. As an intern, you’ll be a large part of a small team that is driven by an important cause. Regardless of your focus area within the organisation, 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.

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 cosmopolitan cities like Cape Town and Johannesburg, on the banks of the Zambezi River in Zambia or Zimbabwe, in a rural community in Ghana, or on the tropical island of Zanzibar. Wherever you choose to go, you’re in for an exciting adventure and an interesting cultural immersion.

Reasons for doing a nonprofit internship 

All our internships in Africa are with charities and and social enterprises dedicated to social impact, environmental development, or wildlife conservation. As an intern, your work with 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; 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.

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June 9, 2021

Sports Coaching Internship in Ghana

Min. 8 weeks

Ghana

Sports Coaching

Coach talented youth in Ghana in different sports, and help develop inspiring programs.

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May 13, 2021

Food Writing Internship

Min. 8 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Marketing, Communications

Practice you penmanship by writing about ethical food production for an online platform.

ethical consumerism internship

May 12, 2021

Marketing Internship with Ethical Consumerism Website

Min. 8 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Research, Marketing, Food Security

Get practical work experience in marketing, communications and fundraising.

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Communications & Fundraising Internship with Food Security Program

Min. 8 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Communications, Writing, Fundraising

Help increase food security and encourage economic development in and around Cape Town.

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Organic Farming and Water Management Internship, Cape Town

Min. 8 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Food security, Urban Farming, Land / Water Management

Help develop food gardens to increase food security and spread education on growing organic food.

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Marketing & Fundraising Internship, Zambia

Min. 8 weeks

Livingstone, Zambia OR Remote

Digital Marketing, Fundraising, Research

Raise funds through individual or corporate funding campaigns and grant applications

girl empowerment internship

Open for applications

Education Internship, Female Empowerment, Zambia

Min. 8 weeks

Livingstone, Zambia OR Remote

Education, Facilitation, Research

Help develop educational materials to uplifts girls and women in this African community.

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Writing and Communications Internship, Zambia

Min. 8 weeks

Livingstone, Zambia OR Remote

Writing, Social Media, Fundraising, Communications

Help a social impact organization define their message and grow their reach.

dog charity internship

Open for applications

Organizational Development Internship with Youth & Dog Charity

Min. 8 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa OR Remote

Fundraising, Monitoring. Reporting, Research

Assist with research, online fundraising campaigns, proposal writing, and impact monitoring.

Writing internship with GBV Project

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Writing Internship with Gender Based Violence Project

Min. 8 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Blog writing, Report and proposal writing

Use your writing skills to contribute to the fight against gender based violence in Cape Town.

Gender Based violence research internship

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Gender Based Violence Research Internship

Min. 8 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Research, Reporting, Monitoring

Research to provide support to victims of gender based violence in Cape Town.

(Remote) Radio and Community Media Internship

Open for applications

Radio and Community Media Internship

8-26 weeks

Nkhata Bay, Malawi OR remote

Marketing, Storytelling,, Communications, Radio

Help raise funds, create ideas, stories, and develop a voice for this community radio.

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Animal Charity Communications Internship

Min. 8 weeks

Remote

Communications, Writing, Fundraising,  Research

Help a new charity improve the lives of stray dogs and cats in Southern Africa

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Open for applications

Education Internship, Malawi

Min. 8 weeks

Nkhata Bay, Malawi

Education, Teaching, Curriculum development

Teach classes, help train local teachers, and develop and run afterschool programs

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Digital Marketing Internship

Min. 8 weeks

Nkhata Bay, Malawi

Digital Marketing, Fundraising, Social Media

Raise awareness and funding to help provide high quality education.

HIV Health Support Internship

Open for applications

HIV Health Support Internship, Malawi

Min. 8 weeks

Nkhata Bay, Malawi

Counseling, Education, HIV, Program Management

Gain experience in health education and HIV support in the context of a developing country.

summer internships

Open for applications

Marine Photography Internship

Min. 2 weeks

Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique

Photography, community outreach

Photograph whales, dolphins, and many more marine wildlife in an idyllic island location

Marine Conservation Internship

Open for applications

Marine Conservation Internship

Min. 4 weeks

Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique

Operations, communications, outreach, research

Learn about the day to day running of a field based marine NGO

Gender Equality Internship Cape Town

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Gender Equality Internship, Cape Town

Min. 8 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa OR Remote

Research, Communications, Fundraising, Program Development

Help develop structures to support victims, research gender based violence, and assist with digital marketing.

NGO Event Coordination Internship Cape Town

Open for applications

NGO Event Coordination Internship

May-July 2021

Cape Town, South Africa

Event coordination, planning, logistics, budgeting

Use your event management and planning skills to help organize an environmental action summit.

Charity Development Internship Uganda

Open for applications

Charity Development Internship, Uganda

Min. 8 weeks

Mbarara, Uganda

Communication, Fundraising, Music

Help with fundraising, communications strategy, monitoring and evaluation.

SEO Content Writing Internship in tourism

Open for applications

SEO Content Writing Internship in Tourism

Min. 6 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa OR Remote

Creative writing, SEO, Social Media, Blogging

Sharpen your writing skills and learn to write content that is creative and optimized for search engines.

Conservation and Photography Internship

Applications open for 2021

Conservation and Photography Internship in South Africa

8 weeks

Greater Kruger, South Africa

Photography, Conservation

Photograph lions, leopards, elephants, and many more animals, while sharpening your skills.

Female Empowerment and Gender Equality Internship

Applications open for 2021

Female Empowerment and Gender Equality Internship

4-12 weeks

Zambia

Gender Equality, Female Empowerment

Gain work experience with projects that support girls in underprivileged communities.

Wildlife Research Internship

Open for applications

Wildlife Research Internship, Victoria Falls

Min. 4 weeks

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Wildlife research, Conservation

Be part of field research into lions, giraffes, and many other animals in the stunning African bush.

Humanitarian Photography Project

Applications open for 2021 & 2022

Humanitarian Photography Project, Cape Town

2-4 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Humanitarian Photography

Use your photography skills to make an impact during this unique volunteer program.

Nonprofit photography internship

Open for applications

Nonprofit Photography Internship, South Africa

8-12 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Photography

Sharpen your photography skills and contribute to important nonprofit initatives at the same time.

Marketing Internship

Open for applications

Marketing Internship at Photography Organization, Cape Town

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Digital Marketing, SEO, Marketing Research

Bring your analytical and research skills to this varied internship with a social enterprise.

Music Teaching Internship

Open for applications

Music Teaching Internship in Uganda

2-4 Months

Mbarara, Uganda

Music, Education, Youth programs

Use your music skills for good by offering a variety of music lessons to kids in rural Uganda.

Media and Communications Internship

Open for applications

Media and Communications Internship in Malawi

8-16 weeks

Nkhata Bay, Malawi

Fundraising, Marketing, Social media, Writing

Help manage the communication channels of a small but fast-growing permaculture charity.

NGO Management Internship

Open for applications

NGO Management Internship in Malawi

8-16 weeks

Nkhata Bay, Malawi OR Remote

NGO Management, Fundraising, Marketing, Communications

Assist with the management of an NGO that supports permaculture clubs for school children,

Permaculture Internship

Open for applications

Permaculture Internship in Malawi

8-16 weeks

Nkhata Bay, Malawi

Permaculture, Organic Farming

Based in rural Malawi, help develop and run workshops for permaculture clubs in schools.

Urban greening internship

Open for 2021 applications

Urban Greening Internship At Environmental NGO

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Facilitation, Research, Reporting, Monitoring, Education, Tree planting

Gain field experience as part of projects that provide greening and eco-education in townships.

Animal Rescue Management Internship

Open for applications

Animal Rescue Management Internship in Livingstone, Zambia

8-16 weeks

Livingstone, Zambia

Coordination, Project management, Community Education, Animal Welfare

Get involved in the overall management of a grassroots charity that supports street animals.

Animal Welfare Fundraising Internship

Open for applications

Animal Welfare Fundraising Internship in Livingstone, Zambia

8-16 weeks

Livingstone, Zambia

Fundraising, Animal Welfare, Communications

Help drive a variety of fundraising initiatives that will support street dogs and cats in Zambia.

Content Writing Internship

Open for applications

Content Writing Internship at Photography Organisation, Cape Town

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Creative Writing, SEO, Social Media, Strategy, Blogging

Improve your creative writing skills, learn about SEO, and build a varied writing portfolio.

Tourism Marketing and Business Development Internship

Open for applications

Tourism Marketing and Business Development Internship

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa OR Remote

Strategy, Market research, Marketing campaigns

Gain a thorough insight into the tourism industry and gain strategic development experience.

Communications Internship

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Communications Internship in Cape Town

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Communications, Social Media, Digital Marketing, Writing

Join our team at Roots and assist with managing and developing our communications channels.

Photography internship

Open for applications

Media and Design Internship At Environmental NGO, Cape Town

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Graphic design, photography, videography

Design flyers, certificates, poster, and other graphics for an environmental NGO.

Digital Marketing Internship

Open for applications

Digital Marketing Internship at NGO in Cape Town

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Communications, marketing

Gain a wealth of marketing experience while contributing to environmental programs.

creative writing internship

Open for applications

Creative Writing Internship at environmental NGO

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Digital marketing, creative writing

Sharpen your writing skills and build a portfolio while being part of a green cause.

Fundraising and Business Development Internship

Open for applications

Fundraising and Business Development Internship At Environmental NGO, Cape Town

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Business development, fundraising, strategy & nonprofit mangement

Learn about strategic development in a nonprofit context and assist with fundraising activities.

UH-Food Security Internship

Applications open for 2021

Food Security and Urban Farming Internship

8-12 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Food security, urban farming, education

Help develop and manage food gardens and host eco-workshops at schools in townships.

Advocacy and Human Rights Internship

Applications open for 2021

Advocacy and Human Rights Internship with NGO

20-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Human rights, refugee law and migration issues

Gain valuable legal experience while offering refugees in Cape Town support and advice.

Communications Internship

Open for applications

Communications Internship with NGO

12-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Communications, social media, digital marketing, writing

Manage and develop communication channels for a refugee-focused nonprofit.

Female Empowerment Internship

Open for applications

Female Empowerment Internship with NGO

16-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Business development, communication, coordination

Gain work experience while supporting female refugees through skill development workshops.

MB_Digital Marketing and Sales Internship

Applications open for 2021

Non profit Internship in Cape Town: Digital Marketing and Sales

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Communications, Marketing, Sales, Operations, Fundraising

Be part of a creative charity that offers skill development to women in townships.

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Open for applications

Communications and Fundraising Internship at Film Making NGO, Cape Town

8-12 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Social Media, Writing, Fundraising, Events

Bring your communications skills to this varied internship with a film-focused charity.

Nonprofit management internship

Applications open for 2021

Nonprofit Management Internship at social nonprofit

8-52 weeks

South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia

Marketing, Fundraising, Facilitation, Monitoring, NGO Management

Get a thorough insight into the nonprofit sector during this varied and hands-on internship.

Psychology and Social Work Internship

Applications open for 2021

Social Work and Psychology Internship in Kenya

12-26 weeks

Kisumu, Kenya

Social Work, Psychology

Help provide mentorship, counseling, and positive stimulation for vulnerable children.

NGO Management Internship

Applications open for 2021

NGO Management Internship at Educational Center in Kenya

8-26 week

Kisumu, Kenya

NGO Management, All-round position

Be part of an NGO that provides education and food security to vulnerable and orphaned children.

Education and Pedagogy Internship

Applications open for 2021

Education and Pedagogy Internship in Kenya

12-26 weeks

Kisumu, Kenya

Education, Pedagogy

Help create a stimulating, learner-centered educational environment to vulnerable children.