Remote Business Development Internship


Develop your research and data analysis skills to spread awareness on important issues in rural African communities

Here’s an exciting opportunity to join a well-established nonprofit organization as a business development intern. It’s a chance to contribute to the long term sustainability of an inspiring cause, and to build your resume with a varied and rewarding internship.

You’ll join Developing Radio Partners, an initiative that uses radio to spread awareness on important issues in rural African communities. Their overall goal is to offer practical solutions to prevalent problems in communities that are economically, and sometimes politically, fragile. They do this by forming partnerships with local broadcasters, and empowering them to reach as many people as possible with effective messages.

This internship is a wonderful opportunity to develop your research and data analysis skills, to gain work experience on a strategic level, and to gain a thorough understanding of the nonprofit sector.

Learning outcomes:

  • A thorough understanding of monitoring and evaluation
  • Experience in stakeholder management
  • A comprehensive understanding of the nonprofit sector
  • An ability to analyze data in order to measure impact
  • Practical experience in report writing


Developing Radio Partners believes radio can change minds and lives. Driven by this premis, this nonprofit organisation uses the medium of radio to bring reliable and important information to rural communities in Africa. In partnership with local broadcasters in Zambia, Malawi, and Burkina Faso, Developing Radio Partners help disseminate information on issues such as environment, agriculture, health, and governance. The broadcasts offer ideas and facts that can bring easy-to-implement solutions to everyday challenges, and improve people’s lives in significant ways.

Working in a solution-focused way, the DRP team thoroughly researches the need of communities and its local radio stations, before developing skill-development programs in partnership with local journalists. Through weekly bulletins on relevant and practical topics, and by encouraging engagement through radio listening clubs, the right information reaches people who most need it.

Started in 2004 by one of the founders of National Public Radio in the United States, Developing Radio Partners is a well-established organization that has created tangible impact in many African communities



Your tasks during this internship will be somewhat tailored to your skills and experience, but they are likely to include the following;

  • Doing fundraising research; finding grant and corporate funding opportunities
  • Updating and managing a donor database
  • Helping develop and implement a clear stakeholder management plan
  • Collecting and analyzing data from the field in order to measure impact
  • Writing funding proposals and impact reports
  • Assist with developing an overall project development strategy
  • Preparing monthly analysis reports
  • Assisting with organizing and attending virtual meetings and fundraising events


  • Great analytical and research skills
  • Strong communications skills
  • An ability to meet deadlines
  • Strong attention to detail
  • A passion for DRP’s mission
  • A self-starter attitude


This is a remote internship, so you can work from the comfort of your home.


Fee Breakdown

Start and end dates of the internship are flexible and will be discussed during the application process.

What you’ll pay (2024 rates)

Placement fee USD 525


  • Careful matchmaking. It takes time to find the right internship for each person, and we take this process very seriously.
  • Initial interview with one of our team to gauge your skills, interests, and desired learning outcomes.
  • An academic internship eligible for university credit. Check with your university to confirm if this internship qualifies for credit or alternatively we can assist you with purchasing transfer credits.
  • An orientation program with your supervisor
  • Supervision and support during your internship
  • Regular check-ins during your internship with your supervisor
  • Troubleshooting if needed
  • A reference letter at the end of your internship


PROGRAM FOCUS: Radio Nonprofit
TASK FOCUS: Business development, Reporting, Monitoring, Data analysis
LENGTH: 8-26 Weeks
COST: USD 475 (2022) / USD 525 (2024)


“While my internship was virtual and therefore from home, I truly loved the organization I got to work for. Being small and close-knit, I really felt like an integral part of the team and that my contribution mattered. I got to develop skills such as data analyzing which I had never done before, and which will help me greatly in the future. If possible, I would love to intern with Roots again, hopefully this time in person.”

Isabella, United States


  • Gain practical work experience in research, stakeholder management, and monitoring & evaluation
  • Get a thorough understanding of the fundraising landscape
  • Contribute to the development of inspiring nonprofit work in developing countries
  • Gain insight into the running of a nonprofit organization that works on a grassroots level
  • Have the flexibility of working remotely


If you’re ready to apply for this internship, here’s what to do:


Fill in the application form (it will show in a new screen) which includes sharing your CV to us.



We’ll set up a call with you to go through your application.


If we feel it’s a good match, we’ll set up a call between you and the supervisor for this internship.


If everyone’s happy, we’ll provisionally confirm your placement! We’ll then send you the invoice for the deposit, getting started with the booking process and all the info you need.


Only once we receive payment of the deposit your placement will be confirmed.


Or if you’d just like to ask us some questions about this internship first, just fill in the contact form below. We’ll be happy to assist!


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