Summer Internships in Africa
Have an impactful summer by doing a nonprofit internship!
With summer approaching, it’s the perfect time plan how you’ll spend these few months. And if you’re looking to spend them in a valuable and meaningful way, we have some exciting opportunities for you; nonprofit summer internships in Africa. It’s a great way to gain work experience, build your CV, contribute to a worthwhile cause, and have an interesting travel experience at the same time.
At Roots Interns, we offer internships with do good organisations in Africa. They are programs with a variety of causes; from humanitarian and female empowerment to animal welfare, wildlife conservation, and environmental management. But all organisations do impactful work on a grass-roots level, and you can be part of these causes by joining us during a summer internship.
The academic focus areas of the nonprofit internships are wide-ranging; you can focus on marketing, NGO management, fundraising, social work, education, environmental management, and much more. Whether you’re looking for overall experience in nonprofit management, or something as specific as event coordination, we can offer you an internship that will suit your skills and academic focus.
As an intern, you’ll gain valuable work experience, while contributing to the important work that is happening at a grass-roots level in Africa; a beautiful offshoot of mutual growth. Just get in touch with us for some personal advice!
Featured Summer Internships
Permaculture Internship in Ghana
Get hands-on experience in permaculture, skill development, and specific environmental programs such as beekeeping, biogas production, erosion control, and eco-building. This project focuses on encourages income generation for farmers, and works to prevent deforestation in the area.View Internship
Social Work and Psychology Internship
Working at a community center that hosts up to a hundred children each day to ensure they have a safe and stimulating space to go to. Assist with workshops, sessions with children dealing with traumas and gain on the ground experience in social work.View Internship
Communications and Fundraising Internship
Join this non-profit mobile, solar-powered cinema that screens short films, of uplifting and useful content with youth and rural communities. Gain experience in different areas, including communications (f.e. social media, newsletters), marketing, and fundraising.View Internship
Interesting Blog posts to read
6 Steps to find the right Summer Internship in 2019
There are many options and opportunities. However, it also means you have to find and choose between all these options. It can be difficult, especially if you are at the very first “I want to do an internship” phase. Just follow these 6 easy steps.Read More
NGO Summer Internship: nonprofit experience in South Africa
Going abroad is an opportunity to not only gain valuable working experience but also to explore another part of the world. Before finishing his study Alberto wanted to experience working in the nonprofit sector. And he was keen to visit Africa.Read More
What other interns say
You cannot really plan your day here, sometimes dogs, pups and cats arrive so you have to change your whole schedule - which makes it absolutely not boring. I don’t really have a schedule here, I just take the day as it comes. It doesn't even feel like I'm working, I would do it as a hobby. We’re still building an NGO, properly, and I feel like I’m really helping out - so I’m happy to be here.Daphne, Belgium, Animal Welfare Fundraising Internship in Livingstone-Zambia
Before doing this Creative Writing Internship, all my writings were academic. Writing blog posts allowed me to explore my capabilities regarding more creative forms of writing and I got to understand the importance of storytelling in marketing. I also learned a lot about Search Engine Optimization (SEO), which I feel is crucial for attracting traffic to any organization’s website.Abdul, Syria, Creative Writing Internship in Cape Town-South Africa
That day, we planted a whole fynbos garden at a primary school. Seeing the kids advocating for their garden and seeing their future belonging so much to nature, was definitely opened my eyes again for all the opportunities we have and all the potential that is out there for a greener and better tomorrow. Each time I watch the video of that project, I am super grateful I was able to participate and engage with all my colleagues and all the kids.Maren, Germany, Event Coordinator Internship in Cape Town-South Africa
All you need to know is that once you decide to leave for Uganda and take the leap of faith, you will find welcoming people, loving children, also weird animals and wild nature, but it will surely be the experience of your life!Simona, Italy, Sustainable Development Internship at Banda Island-Uganda
This internship seemed a perfect combination between my previous education (florist) and my current program, food innovation. South Africa seemed far away and foreign. It it was nice to have Roots assisting me with preparations and to have a person to talk to, who replies rather quick.Caroline, Food Security and Urban Farming Internship in Cape Town-South Africa