Looking for a summer internship abroad? We’ve got you covered!

We offer a wide range of summer internships in Africa, all with cause-driven organizations that are doing humanitarian, environmental, or conservation work on a grassroots level. Whether you’re on a gap year and looking for an inspiring experience, a student keen to build your resume, or a working professional looking for an international experience in the nonprofit sector, we can offer you what you’re looking for.

Doing a summer internship abroad is a great way to make your free time count in the best possible (and enjoyable!) way. You’ll get to live and work in a different culture, surround yourself with different landscapes, and do purpose-driven work. It’s a great way of combining a travel experience with developing your skills and branching out professionally.

Have a look at all our summer internships below, or get further information on why doing a summer internship in Africa is a great idea!

Our summer internships

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.

Content Writing & Communications Internship

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Journalism Internship with nonprofit

8-26 weeks

Remote

Mentoring, Broadcasting, Storytelling, Reporting

Gain practical broadcasting experience and support budding journalists in Malawi

Content Writing & Communications Internship

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Content Writing and Communications Internship

8-26 weeks

Remote

Digital Marketing, Writing, Communications, Fundraising

Help a radio nonprofit uplift rural African communities with your writing skills.

Business Development Internship

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Business Development Internship with Media Charity

8-26 weeks

Remote

Business development, Reporting, Monitoring, Data analysis

Use your skills to spread awareness on important issues in rural African communities

(Remote) Radio and Community Media Internship

Open for applications

(Remote) 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

Fundraising & Marketing Strategy Internship

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Fundraising & Marketing Strategy Internship with South African Charity

8-26 weeks

Remote

Strategy, Digital Marketing, Fundraising, Monitoring

Help develop the organization’s communications and fundraising strategies.

Remote Content Marketing Internship

Open for applications

Remote Writing Internship with South African Charity

8-26 weeks

Remote

Writing, Social Media Management, Fundraising

Bring your writing and communications skills to this dancing NPO.

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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.

Sustainable tourism marketing internship

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Sustainable Tourism Marketing Internship

Min. 8 weeks

Remote

Marketing strategy, Digital marketing, Content creation

Gain a wealth of experience in strategic marketing while helping develop a Malawi-based eco-lodge

Marine photography internship

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.

Remote permaculture internship

Open for applications

Remote Permaculture Internship with Nonprofit in Malawi

3 - 4 months

Remote

Permaculture, Food Security, Land Management

Develop educational materials and help improve data collection for measuring long-term impact

NGO Management Internship

Open for applications

Remote Fundraising Internship with charity in Malawi

3 - 4 months

Remote

Research, (online) Fundraising, Writing, Stakeholder Mgt, Communications

Gain practical work experience in fundraising and communications for a Malawian charity.

Grant Writing Internship

Open for applications

Remote Grant Writing Internship

Min. 12 weeks

Remote

Fundraising research, grant writing

This is a wonderful opportunity for gaining international fundraising experience, while working remotely.

Monitoring and evaluation internship

Open for applications

Online Monitoring and Evaluation Internship

Min. 6 weeks

Remote

Evaluation and recording impact data

Join a South African nonprofit for a remote intenrship focused on measuring and reporting impact.

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Open for applications

Online Charity Fundraising & Communications Internship

Min. 4 weeks

Remote

Digital communications, Fundraising, Stakeholder management

Gain experience in fundraising and digital communications in a nonprofit context.

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.

Virtual content writing Internship

Open for applications

Remote Content Writing Internship with Social Enterprise

Min. 4 weeks

Remote

Writing, SEO, Social media, Blogs

Learn all about digital content writing and gain a wealth of online writing experience.

Humanitarian Photography Project

Applications open for 2021

Humanitarian Photography Project, Cape Town

2-12 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.

Remote Business Development Internship

Open for applications

Remote Business Development Internship

Min. 4 weeks

Remote

Marketing, Research, Strategy

Working online, help develop a pro bono program for nonprofits by a digital marketing agency.

Remote Digital Marketing Internship

Open for applications

Remote Digital Marketing Internship

Min. 4 weeks

Remote

Marketing, Fundraising, Brand development

From the comfort of your own home, gain work experience in marketing and communications.

Remote Marketing Internship

Open for applications

Remote Marketing Internship with Volunteer Organisation

Min. 4 weeks

Remote

Marketing, SEO, Product research

Gain a wealth of marketing experience as part of a South African based volunteer organisation.

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

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.

Remote Podcast editing internship

Open for applications

Remote Podcast editing Internship with Filmmaking Charity

Min. 6 weeks

Remote

Audio editing

Gain a wealth of practical experience in podcasting during this online internship.

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Open for applications

Remote Nonprofit Management Internship with solar cinema network

Min. 6 weeks

Remote

Marketing, Fundraising, Social Media, PR

Learn about the day to day running of a nonprofit during this online work experience.

virtual creative writing internship

Open for applications

Remote Creative Writing Internship with Environmental Nonprofit

Min. 4 weeks

Remote

Writing

Sharpen your writing skills and build a portfolio during this online internship.

Event Management Internship

Applications open for 2021

Event Management Internship in South Africa

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Event management, Coordination

Bring your coordination skills to a nonprofit that installs libraries in township schools.

Nonprofit communications and marketing internship

Open for applications

Non Profit Communications and Marketing Internship in Cape Town

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Marketing, Communications, PR

Help spread the message of an inspiring charity that builds libraries at schools in township areas.

Fundraising Internship

Open for applications

Fundraising Internship at a Library Non Profit

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Fundraising, Grant proposal writing

Gain practical work experience by helping drive a number of creative fundraising initiatives.

NGO Management Internship

Open for applications

NGO Management Internship in Johannesburg

8-26 weeks

Johannesburg, South Africa

Grant writing, fundraising, marketing, operations

Help with the overall management and development of this skill development charity.

Communications and Digital Marketing Internship

Open for applications

Communications and Digital Media Internship in Johannesburg

8-26 weeks

Johannesburg, South Africa

Communications, writing, social media

Bring your communications skills to an NGO that provides valuable skill development to prisoners.

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.

Why doing a summer internship in Africa is such a great idea

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Where do you offer summer internships?

We offer summer internships in nine countries in Sub-Saharan Africa; South Africa, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. The settings are hugely varied, and all incredible in their unique ways. You can be based in a rural village in Malawi, in a National Park in Zimbabwe, on an idyllic island in the Indian Ocean, or in a multicultural city.

We also offer some remote summer internships. If you’re unable to travel, but you’d like to gain some international work experience, this could be a great opportunity. You’ll still be part of a nonprofit organization doing grassroots work in Africa, but you’ll have the flexibility of working from home.

Who are summer internships for?

We’re open to all applications. Many of our interns are students who are doing their internship as part of their degree, or at least as part of their career plan, but a summer internship can also be a great opportunity if you’ve just come out of high school, and you’re looking to combine a first work experience with traveling and explore different cultures and countries. Or you might be a working professional looking to change careers, or to just bring your skills to a good cause.
All our internships have specific requirements, so please check out which internships you might quality for, but there are plenty of programs that don’t require much experience – just some good skills, great passion, and a desire to learn. We carefully match each person with the right organization, ensuring that you’ll be able to use and develop the right skills, so just get in touch if you’d like to explore your options!

What type of work can I do during a summer internship in Africa?

We offer over 60 different summer internships, and cover a great diversity of focus areas. As an intern, you’ll have a specific role within a nonprofit organization. We want to make sure that you can both use your existing skills, and gain new skills and a wealth of new knowledge.

Intern roles include the following;

  • Content writing and communications
  • Marketing
  • Research
  • Nonprofit management and business development
  • Fundraising and stakeholder engagement
  • Environmental management
  • Photography and design
  • Counseling and teaching
  • Event management

What type of causes can I support during a summer internship in Africa?

As an intern on one of our programs, you’ll be part of a nonprofit organization that does important work in one of the following areas;

  • Education and community development
  • Environment and climate change
  • Women’s empowerment
  • Public health
  • Impact-driven media
  • Human rights
  • Wildlife conservation

Whichever internship you join, you’ll be doing purposeful work that you’ll be able to see the results of on the ground. You’ll also get great exposure to the nonprofit sector in an African context, and you’ll get a good idea of the day to day operations of a grassroots organization.

FAQs about summer internships in Africa

How long in advance do I need to apply for my summer internship?

While we do welcome last-minute applications, it’s ideal to give yourself at least a couple of months to make all your travel arrangements and get prepared. (We’ll be here to assist you with the logistics!) Also, the earlier you are with your application, the higher your chances are of being accepted to the internship you’re mostly interested in.

What’s the duration of your summer internships?

Most internships have a minimum length of 8 weeks; but all programs vary slightly, so please check each listing for its specific requirements.

Will I need a visa?

Yes, you will need a visa. The requirements are different for each country, so the details depend on where you’ll be heading. But we’ll give you all the information you need to get the process started.

Will there be time to travel?

Absolutely! No matter where you’ll be joining us, you’ll be surrounded by incredible travel opportunities, and we encourage you to take the time to explore! You’ll generally have weekends off, but there’s usually also flexibility to take more time off. Just discuss it with your supervisor – and let us know if you’d like any assistance with planning trips and activities.

Can I have assistance with finding the right internship?

Absolutely! That’s what we’re here for. If you’re not too sure where to start, or what type of internships will suit your skills and interests best, just give us a shout, and we’ll give you a call. We’re here to help you find the summer internship that will meet all your goals, and offers you the experience that offers you the best kind of professional and personal development – and an inspiring overall experience.