Public Health Internships in Africa

If you’re looking for practical work experience in the health sector, consider our public health internships in Africa! We offer wide-ranging opportunities; as an intern, you can provide support to people who are HIV-positive, teach kids about physical fitness through sports coaching, contribute to health education through workshop programs, or promote mental and physical well-being by offering yoga lessons. It all depends on your academic background and personal passions. Either way, our public health internships allow you to be part of impact-driven initiatives in under-served African communities.

Our medical and health internships are based across Southern and West Africa; you can venture to rural communities in Malawi or Ghana, or base yourself in the vibrant South African city of Cape Town. Some of our internships are also available remotely, so that you can work from the comfort of your own home.

Check out our public health internships below, or find out more about what to expect here.


sports coaching internship Ghana

Open for applications

Sports Coaching Internship in Ghana

Sports Coaching Internship in Ghana

Min. 8 weeks


Sports Coaching

Coach talented youth in Ghana in different sports, and help develop inspiring programs.

yoga internship Cape Town


Yoga Internship, Cape Town

Yoga Internship, Cape Town

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

(Yoga) teaching, program development, communications

Teach yoga to bring upliftment to both individuals and the larger community.

HIV Health Support Internship

Open for applications

HIV Health Support Internship, Malawi

HIV Health Support Internship, Malawi

Min. 8 weeks

Nkhata Bay, Malawi

Counseling, Education, HIV, Program Management

Gain experience in health education and HIV support in the context of a developing country.


Why should I do my public health internship in Africa?

Throughout the African continent, there is a shortage of medical facilities and health education. In many communities, there is limited access to decent health care, both on a physical and a mental level. By doing your medical or public health internship in Africa, you will not only upskill yourself through hands-on work experience, but you will also make an impact in the lives of people in underdeveloped countries.

On top of this, you’ll get to spend time in a beautiful place, be welcomed into an African community, embrace new cultures, and add international experience to your resume. Doing an internship abroad has a whole wealth of advantages, both on a personal and a professional level.

Where do you offer public health internships abroad?

We offer medical, public health, and health education internships in three countries; Malawi, Ghana, and South Africa. In Malawi, you’ll be based in a welcoming rural community on the banks of Lake Malawi, and you’ll live in an ecolodge that hosts community volunteers from around the world. In Ghana, you’ll work in a village on the outskirts of Accra, the capital. You’ll be part of a sports-focused nonprofit organization that provides inspiring and health-boosting sports education to children. Our public health internships in South Africa are based in Cape Town, a popular destination because of its unique blend of cultures and its stunning natural setting.

Who can apply for a public health internship in Africa?

It depends! Each of our public health internship programs has a different focus, and requires different experience and skills. Check out each individual internship listing to find out if you meet the requirements. And if you’re not too sure which internship is a good fit for you, just give us a shout, and we’ll guide you through.

What can I expect to learn during my internship?

Again, it very much depends on which internship you choose. The various programs offer quite different experiences, and each is described in more detail in the individual listings. But what they all have in common is that as an intern, you’ll join a small, passionate team, doing important work on a grassroots level. You can expect a practical and highly rewarding work experience in a welcoming environment.

Throughout your internship experience, you’ll have the support of our Roots team, as well as your supervisor on the ground. We’ve got your back when it comes to preparing for traveling, setting you up with safe and comfortable accommodation, and finding your way around. We will also ensure that you’ll be guided well during your work, and that you’ll get out of the experience what you’re hoping for.

At Roots, we are dedicated to creating valuable learning experiences that also make an impact on the ground. Our internships in Africa are a unique combination of learning, doing purpose-driven work, and having an exciting travel experience.

What does the application process look like?

Are you ready to apply for one of our public health internships in Africa? Great! Here’s what to do; 

  • If you know which internship you’d like to apply for, fill out the application form, and send your CV to If you’re interested in various internships, or you’re sure which one would suit you best, just send us an email and we’ll help you figure it out. 
  • We’ll set up a short online interview to discuss your application, find out more about you and what you’re hoping to get out of the experience, and allow you to answer any questions you might have. 
  • We’ll then pass your application on to the person who would be your supervisor on the ground. If he/she thinks it might be a good match, there will be a second interview, which will go into more detail. 
  • Hopefully you’ll then get an internship offer, and if you accept it, we’ll start the process of organizing your internship!