Digital Marketing Internship, Malawi


Collaborate with an organization dedicated to driving community development in Malawi through a range of initiatives

Join a dynamic nonprofit organization supporting over 10 community development projects, where you can align your passion with your internship focus. Whether your interests lie in environmental conservation, youth education, human rights advocacy, or knowledge sharing, seize the opportunity to make a meaningful difference. Engage in tasks aimed at enhancing their online presence during an enriching digital marketing internship in Malawi. Given the organization’s emergent status and evolving communication and fundraising strategies, you’ll assume a pivotal role in devising innovative approaches to amplify its multifaceted mission.

Drawing upon your unique skills and background, you’ll oversee critical responsibilities such as managing social media platforms, crafting compelling online content and newsletters, establishing effective fundraising channels, and contributing to the establishment of a robust donor relations framework. This opportunity provides a platform to refine a diverse set of skills, gain invaluable experience in the nonprofit sector, and contribute to the enduring success of these grassroots efforts in local Malawian communities.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Hands-on experience in communications and digital marketing practices 
  • A profound comprehension of the fundraising ecosystem and proficiency in creating diverse fundraising avenues 
  • Insight into the operational dynamics of a grassroots-level nonprofit organization 
  • Proficiency in monitoring and evaluation techniques, report generation, and stakeholder engagement
  • Exposure to international work environments and practices


You’ll be part of a unique social impact program based out of an eco-lodge in Nkhata Bay, in the north of Malawi. The lodge forms the center of a number of social and environmental development projects in the neighboring communities, including permaculture clubs at schools, educational programs, disability centers, agroforestry workshops, an information center, and media development projects. The lodge forms a hub for local community members and volunteers from around the world to combine forces and bring positive development to the area. The initiative is driven by the idea that within an effective network, all these individual nonprofit initiatives will be able to run more efficiently, build key relationships, and strengthen their impact.


During this digital marketing internship in Malawi, you will have a choice of which community development project you assist. You could join Stepping Stones International School, Pundu & Mpamba Disability Centers, E.A.R.T.H. Workshops, or Butterfly Information & Media Rooms.


Depending on your skills and interests, your tasks will include;

  • Crafting online content and maintaining website management
  • Developing a digital media strategy and overseeing social media platforms  
  • Conducting thorough fundraising research 
  • Drafting grant proposals and executing digital fundraising campaigns 
  • Producing impactful visual content for communication and fundraising initiatives
  • Capturing compelling photos and videos for communication purposes 
  • Assisting in the cultivation of donor relationships and systems 
  • Contributing to the establishment of monitoring and evaluation frameworks


  • Strong communications and English writing skills
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative on projects
  • Ideally experience in one of the following areas; social media management, content writing, fundraising, and/or communication strategy
  • A passion for sustainable development and digital outreach
  • A flexible attitude and a willingness to adapt to a different cultural environment


You’ll stay at a popular backpackers in the northern town of Nkhata Bay. Located on Lake Malawi, with views of palm trees and green-blue water, this lodge has an idyllic location and a relaxed vibe. You’ll enjoy a private beach, beautiful gardens, a lakeside bar, and communal spaces. The rooms are comfortable 6 bed dormitories, although there are options of upgrading to single chalets (at an extra fee). The lodge is a hub for people who are volunteering their time at different communities and environmental projects in the area, so you can expect to share this space with like-minded people.

Safety & Support

Safety & Support

Malawi is considered to be safe for tourists, however, being a developing country with poverty, there is petty crime. Keep your belongings securely stored and close to you, don’t walk alone in the dark, and report any suspicious behavior that you may see to the accommodation/host organization.



You’ll be able to use your phone in Malawi with roaming data turned on or a local SIM card if your phone is unlocked. Visit Airtel or TNM stands for a SIM and purchase 1000MK ‘Airtime’ (for calls), and a data bundle. Wi-Fi is not an amenity offered in Malawi, so you will need to buy data bundles from a provider for work and personal use.



A meal package is included for the first month that suffices for two meals per day (breakfast and lunch/dinner). For the next months you can either book a meal package or eat locally. There is also a small kitchen available for basic cooking. Meals are prepared through Mkana Cafe, the restaurant on-site. The menu includes many international dishes and is also vegetarian-friendly. Make sure to notify us in advance of any allergies/dietary needs.

Location details

Location details

Nkhata Bay is a lively ferry port on the shores of Lake Malawi with a bustling market which is one of the biggest cultural influences on the area. It offers many activities, such as snorkeling, boat/kayak trips, energetic football matches, and beach ventures. Explore Malawi via coach buses and boats, especially the iconic Ilala Ferry, which has been active since 1951.


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)

8 WEEKS USD 2,149

12 WEEKS USD 2,500

16 WEEKS USD 2,851

20 WEEKS USD 3,202

26 WEEKS USD 3,729


  • 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.
  • Accommodation in a dorm room. If you prefer a single room, please contact us for availability and prices
  • Breakfast and dinner daily for the first month
  • Laundry service
  • Housekeeping service
  • Assistance with your visa arrangement and other preparations
  • An orientation program with your supervisor
  • Supervision and support during your stay
  • Regular check-ins during your internship with your supervisor
  • Troubleshooting if needed
  • A reference letter at the end of your internship


  • Flights to Lilongwe
  • Transport from Lilongwe to Nkhata Bay (approximately 400 km) – we can help you arrange this in advance
  • Transport to the project sites (not required daily)
  • Data package for internet connection (for work and personal use)
  • Meals after your first month; 2 meals (breakfast & dinner) are included daily for the initial month. For the remaining duration, you can eat locally, prepare your own meals, or opt to extend the meal package
  • Visa and medical/travel insurance costs for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
  • Lunch, drinks, snacks, and items of personal nature (f.e. curios, gifts, clothing).
  • Costs for additional excursions or activities


Some of our most commonly asked questions for programs in Malawi.

What can I expect from an internship in Malawi?

You can expect to foster a unique connection with the local community, as well as having many opportunities to explore various projects during your internship. If you wish to know more about what to expect, make sure to read our blog from a previous intern who traveled to Malawi!

How long can I do an internship in Malawi?

The minimum length of our internships in Malawi is two months, but the ideal length is closer to four months, if possible. This ensures you have an adequate amount of time to make a tangible impact. Luckily, the length of our programs is customizable so you can apply for a summer, remote, hybrid, or gap-year internship!

Can I get university credit for an internship in Malawi?

Yes, but you must ensure with your supervisor that your university approves this. You can also purchase transfer credits to add onto your internship experience.

How can I prepare for an internship in Malawi?

Personally, you can prepare by learning about the history and culture of Malawi and reflecting on your internship goals, and we’ll be here to help you with the rest! Ask us any questions you may have about placement logistics, matchmaking, check-ins, advice on visa/insurance, or anything else you may think of. If you wish to know more about preparing for your internship, you can check out our ultimate guide to NGO internships in Africa!

Will I receive a stipend during my Roots internship?

Unfortunately, it is not possible to receive any kind of stipend while interning for a nonprofit organization. Your internship will be unpaid so we’ve put together a few tips on how to fund your internship. There will be opportunities for professional and personal growth and you’ll leave with a wealth of knowledge that is invaluable!


LOCATION: Nkhata Bay, Malawi
PROGRAM FOCUS: Community Development NGO
TASK FOCUS: Digital Marketing, Fundraising, Social Media
LENGTH: Min. 8 weeks
COST: From USD 2,149


  • Gain a wealth of practical experience in communications, digital marketing, and fundraising
  • Contribute to sustainable development in various aspects of the community
  • Work in a grassroots environment, which will allow you to make a substantial contribution by working directly with the founders
  • Live and work in a beautiful part of Malawi
  • Be part of a larger community of interns and volunteers from around the world


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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