Fundraising and Business Development Internship in Johannesburg

Make an impact in educational programs that help to alleviate poverty in South Africa

Gain valuable business development experience in the nonprofit sector during this internship in Johannesburg, South Africa. It’s a unique opportunity to be part of a nonprofit organisation that has been running education programs in South Africa for over three decades, and to get a thorough understanding of the way these programs operate. As an intern, you’ll have the opportunity to get involved in corporate fundraising, monitoring and evaluation, and partnership development. While the internship is mainly office based, you’ll be able to visit some projects on the ground and attend networking events. This fundraising and business development internship is a great opportunity to get hands-on experience with social impact projects.

Education Africa Internship

Quick Facts

  • Destination Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Type of Organization Educational nonprofit
  • Work Focus Fundraising, business development
  • Length of Internship 2-6 months
  • Accommodation Dorm room
  • Fee As from USD 1,580 (2 months)

Education Africa was founded in 1992 and has a mission of alleviating poverty through education. It has since run many successful projects focused on early childhood education, teacher training, building schools, and more. Its current programmes include:

  • Early Childhood Development
  • International Arts & Culture
  • UNISA Certificate Programmes
  • Walter Sisulu Scholarship Fund
  • Education Africa’s South African Model UN

As a fundraising and business development intern, your work will include the following:

  • Assist with donor relationship management
  • Research corporate funding opportunities
  • Help grow corporate support for the UNISA programme at Education Africa
  • Assist with admin and reporting, and measuring impact.

This is an office-based internship, but with occasional project site visits in the greater Johannesburg area. In addition, you might have the opportunity to join networking and fundraising events and meeting influential people in the nonprofit sector.

NB. This organization also offers a Communications and Digital Media Internship and a Marketing and Fundraising Internship.

Where you will stay

Johannesburg has both African and international influences, but also its own culturally rich identity. It was built around the gold rush in the 1900’s and was also known as Egoli, translated to the City of Gold. You will stay in a backpackers accommodation in the area of Braamfontein An area with a authentic vibe, where you will be surrounded by students, travelers, academics, and artists. A creative area with plenty of coffee roasters, coffee shops, restaurants, some of the trendiest fashion boutiques between modern co-working spaces, outdoor food markets, and nightlife hot spots.

Your accommodation (based on a dorm room) is included in the internship fee, and we’ll arrange it all for you! You will have free WiFi, kitchen facilities to prepare your own meals or you can use the on-site bar and restaurant. There is a large cinema room and the team leads several free activities every day.

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  • A passion for Education Africa’s mission
  • Strong written and spoken English
  • Skilled in Excel, data management, and research.
  • Some experience in fundraising, business development or marketing would be nice to have.
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Bring your own laptop

The Application Process
If you’re keen on this work placement and feel that you could make a good contribution to this organization, we’d love to hear from you! Here’s what to do:

  1. Fill in the  (it will show in a slider pop-up!) and send us your CV.
  2. If we might have a placement available for you, we’ll chat with you on the phone or Skype to go through your application and make sure it’s a good match.
  3. We’ll set up a call between you and the person who would be your supervisor during the work placement.
  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 shoot us an email, or fill in the contact form. We’ll be happy to assist!

When can you start making an impact?
The Fundraising and Business Development internship opportunities are offered throughout the year, and the start dates are flexible.


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, book accommodation for you in Johannesburg, 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.

Your exact fee depends the duration of your stay. See below for the fees for a stay at a backpackers in a shared room with self-catering facilities. If you prefer a single room, please let us know and we will check availability and prices for you.

2 months – USD 1,580
3 months – USD 2,096
4 months – USD 2,611
5 months – USD 3,126
6 months – USD 3,642

What is included in the fee?

  • Assistance with finding the perfect work placement
  • Assistance with your visa arrangement & other preparations
  • Accommodation based on shared room. You will share the bathroom with your room mates and can use the kitchen facilities in the backpackers.
  • Transfer from Johannesburg airport to your accommodation and back on arrival and departure day
  • Pre-departure information
  • Check-in and feedback
  • Supervision and support on the ground

What is not included in the fee?

  • Flights to Johannesburg
  • Visa, medical and travel insurance costs for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
  • Meals, drinks, snacks, and items of personal nature (f.e. curios, gifts, clothing).
  • Costs for additional excursions or activities

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