Charity Development Internship, Uganda

Enjoy a truly unique work experience as a charity development intern in Uganda!

You’ll be part of a nonprofit organisation that teaches music lessons to kids who wouldn’t be able to afford musical instruments. The charity thoroughly believes that through music lessons, kids learn valuable life lessons, and gain a huge amount of motivation and inspiration.

As an intern, you’ll help with the overall development of this nonprofit initiative. This will involve exploring a variety of fundraising opportunities, helping design and implement a communications strategy, and putting systems in place for monitoring and evaluation. It’s a hugely varied and rewarding work experience. You’ll be guided by a digital marketing and fundraising expert based in South Africa, who will check in with you regularly.

Not unimportantly, you’ll get to live in Uganda; a stunning and welcoming country that offers a wealth of travel opportunities.

To qualify for this internship in Uganda, you’ll need to have a self-starter and flexible attitude, a passion for nonprofit work, and an ability to take on a great variety of tasks.

Learning outcomes;

You’ll gain a thorough understanding of social impact projects on a grassroots level

You’ll learn about different fundraising mechanisms and how to utilize them effectively

You’ll enjoy a full cultural immersion experience, as you’ll be living in a rural community in Uganda

Mbarara, Uganda
Non-governmental organization
Communication, Fundraising, Music, Youth Program
Min. 8 weeks
From USD 1,857

The Living Music Foundation, founded in 2017, is an NGO based in Mbarara, Uganda. Their passion is music, and having seen the transformative impact that the performing arts can have on children in developing countries (and around the world), they have devoted their work to sharing this gift. The founders of the Living Music Foundation believe that exposure to music can provide children with many positive life skills, including commitment and discipline. It also builds character and helps develop self-esteem.

Their main goal is to provide music lessons for children who are economically or socially challenged. By offering music lessons free of charge, they provide an outlet for kids who are lacking family or community support. The lessons take place either in their Mbarara centre as well as in the home communities of the children. Music is meant to be shared, and once the children develop their skills, they are able to share their talent with their communities, creating a happy and uplifting atmosphere for everyone.

What you’ll do

As a charity development intern, you’ll help to raise the profile of the Living Music Foundation in a number of ways. Your tasks will include;

  • Creating and managing social media channels
  • Helping develop digital media strategies
  • Doing fundraising research
  • Putting funding proposals and grant applications together
  • Designing and running online fundraising campaigns
  • Helping put monitoring and evaluation tools in place
  • Helping design effective communications channels with (potential) donors
  • Strong writing skills and fluency in English
  • An ability to work very independently
  • A flexible and resourceful approach
  • A passion for the work the Living Music Foundation is doing
  • Strong communication skills
  • A strong desire to learn a great deal!

During your internship you will be provided with the opportunity to stay with a local family! This homestay arrangement is the best way to get to know the community you will be living in for 2-4 months. Plus, you won’t have to miss that family feeling while you are away from home. A home stay allows you to be immersed in the local culture and have guidance and support during your stay. (If requested, we can also provide alternative accommodation options at a hostel or apartment. Fees will vary.)

Your host family will provide you with access to safe drinking water and a private bedroom. You will join the family for breakfast and dinner (lunch will be had with the LMF staff). Please let us know in advance if you have any dietary requests or restrictions.

Host families will treat you like family, inviting you on family outings and getting to know you.

During your time in Mbarara, you will have the chance to visit other nearby communities, cultural sites and museums, and game parks to spot wild animals! There will be plenty of opportunities to hike, play sports, go swimming, and do many more fun activities! They also like to offer local language lessons for those who are interested.


This organization has internship opportunities throughout the year, and the start dates are flexible.

2020 Rates

2 months USD 1,857
3 months USD 2,201
4 months USD 2,509
5 months USD 2,818
6 months USD 3,161

Upgrade to guesthouse accommodation: USD 480 per month extra

At Roots, we do everything we can to make your internship experience smooth and hassle-free. We offer an all-inclusive service, which means we will help you find the right internship (we believe we are great matchmakers!), help you with visa arrangements, organize accommodation for you in Uganda, give you all the pre-departure information you need before arriving, pick you up from the airport and check in with you while on your work placement to ensure you feel supported.

  • Accommodation based on a homestay option – other accommodation options are available and fees will vary
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Airport pick up and drop off from Kampala Airport
  • Assistance with finding the perfect work placement
  • Assistance with your visa arrangement & other preparations
  • Supervision during your internship
  • Check-in and feedback as well as a reference letter after your internship
  • On the ground support during your stay
  • Flights to Kampala
  • Visa, medical and travel insurance costs for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
  • Drinks, snacks, and items of personal nature (f.e. curios, gifts, clothing).
  • Costs for additional excursions or activities

Optional extra:

Personal Development Sessions
To help you optimise your personal and professional development during your internship, we offer individual monthly sessions with a professional consultant. These 1,5-hour sessions offer opportunities to set goals, reflect on your experience, and ensure your internship will benefit your career as much as possible.
Monthly fee: USD 65
Workshop: Exploring the Nonprofit Landscape
To give you a full understanding of the nonprofit sector in Africa, we offer one-off individual online workshops by a South African digital marketing and fundraising specialist. You’ll learn about the needs of the nonprofit sector, best practices in nonprofit management, and sustainability of fundraising initiatives. You’ll also be given a large amount of useful resources.
Workshop fee: USD 65
Mbarara, Uganda
Non governmental organization
Communication, Fundraising, Music, Youth Program
Min. 8 Weeks
From USD 1,857

I surely enjoyed the landscapes of Uganda, the wonderful nature and wildlife. I loved the company of the children, that make you smile no matter what, and of the local people, who were interested in my country as much as I was keen to learn more about Uganda.I loved discovering the traditions and history of this beautiful country, and I think that the most precious lesson I learnt during my in Africa was that every culture has a lot to teach.

Simona, ItalySustainable Development Internship, Uganda
  • Help spread the power of music to children from disadvantaged backgrounds in Uganda
  • Be a large part of a small nonprofit, and help take it to the next level
  • Learn about the running of a nonprofit organisation on a grassroots level
  • Gain practical experience in fundraising and communications in the nonprofit sector
  • Live in and work in a welcoming rural community in Uganda; a truly unique immersive experience
  • Enjoy amazing travel opportunities in your time off
2 MONTHS USD 1,857
3 MONTHS USD 2,201

See Detailed Rates

How to apply?

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

  1. Fill in the application form (it will show in a new screen) and send your CV to
  2. We’ll set up a call with you to go through your application.
  3. If we feel it’s a good match, we’ll set up a call between you and the supervisor for this internship.
  4. If everyone’s happy, we’ll provisionally confirm your placement! We’ll then send you the invoice for the deposit, get started with a detailed booking form, and we’ll give you all the information you need to prepare for your upcoming adventure.
  5. 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 on the right. We’ll be happy to assist!


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