INTERNSHIPS IN AFRICA

If you’re looking for a meaningful internship abroad, check out our internship programs in Africa! We’re proud to offer a broad range of internship programs across the continent, all with inspiring organizations doing impactful work in African communities and nature reserves.

As an intern in Africa, you’ll be a large part of a small team that is driven by an important cause. Regardless of your focus area within the organization, you’ll have a unique learning experience – and the chance to do impactful work at the same time. At Roots, we’ll assist you with preparations, logistics and troubleshooting on the ground, so that you can purely focus on having an incredible experience. Check out all our internships in Africa below, or browse by country or focus area.

Highlights of our nonprofit internships in Africa;

  • Combine valuable learning and meaningful work
  • Boost your resume through international work experience
  • Have a unique travel adventure in a stunning location
  • Find an internship that suits you perfectly through a careful matchmaking process
  • Enjoy guidance and support by us throughout your experience

Browse through our internship opportunities below, or find out more about what to expect from an internship in Africa.

MR-Biology Research internship

Open for applications

Biology Research Internship

Biology Research Internship

8-16 weeks

Harare, Zimbabwe

lab research, data analysis, management, public health

Gain lab and innovative research experience in areas such as HIV, SARS CoV2, and other viruses

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Open for applications

Medical Writing Internship

Medical Writing Internship

Min. 12 weeks

Harare, Zimbabwe

Grant writing, report writing, writing

For those with an interest in medical writing and public health

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Open for applications

Public Health Education Internship

Public Health Education Internship

8-26 weeks

Harare, Zimbabwe

Public health, Digital marketing, Fundraising, Content creation

Help raise awareness of an ambitious public health initiative in Africa

Supreme Malawi

Open for applications

Social Entrepreneurship Internship, Malawi

Social Entrepreneurship Internship, Malawi

3-6 months

Nkhata Bay, Malawi or Remote

Marketing, Fundraising, Business Development, Research, Operations

Help with the development and management of an inspiring social business

Bird conservation internship

Open for applications

Marketing & Development Internship in Wildlife Conservation

Marketing & Development Internship in Wildlife Conservation

8-26 weeks

Bela-Bela, South Africa OR Remote

(Online)Fundraising, Research, Reporting, Business Development

Help with the development and sustainability

Open for applications

Finance Internship with Social Enterprise, Malawi

Finance Internship with Social Enterprise, Malawi

2-6 months

Nkhata Bay, Malawi

Accounting, Reporting, Fundraising

Gain finance management and income generation experience

Supreme Malawi

Open for applications

Media and Marketing Internship, Malawi

Media and Marketing Internship, Malawi

2-6 months

Nkhata Bay, Malawi or REMOTE

Communications, digital marketing, PR, writing

Help an inspiring social enterprise reach a wider audience.

NGO storytelling internship; Sustainable Coffee Bay

Open for applications

NGO Storytelling Internship, South Africa

NGO Storytelling Internship, South Africa

Min 8 weeks

Coffee Bay, South Africa

Social Media, Storytelling, Content creation, Fundraising, Writing

Get experience in communications within the context of a social impact program

Teaching & Curriculum Development Internship

Open for applications

Curriculum Development & Teaching Internship, Zambia

Curriculum Development & Teaching Internship, Zambia

8-26 weeks

Livingstone, Zambia

Education, Curriculum Development, Management

Help use quality education as a tool for empowerment

Wildlife Conservation Communications Internship

Open for applications

Wildlife Conservation Communications Internship

Wildlife Conservation Communications Internship

8-26 weeks

Bela-Bela, South Africa

Social Media, Writing, Digital Marketing, Fundraising 

Combine your love for storytelling and wildlife conservation.

Conservation Education Internship

Open for applications

Conservation Education Internship

Conservation Education Internship

8-26 weeks

Bela-Bela, South Africa

Education, monitoring, research, community outreach

Help spread important information on the ground hornbill in local communities

digital marketing internship with animal rescue center

Open for applications

DIGITAL MARKETING INTERNSHIP WITH ANIMAL RESCUE CENTER-CAPE TOWN

DIGITAL MARKETING INTERNSHIP WITH ANIMAL RESCUE CENTER-CAPE TOWN

Min. 8 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa OR Remote

Website Management, Fundraising, Marketing, Grant Writing, Research

Find yourself rewarded by doing impactful digital marketing, and surrounded by puppies!

UN-Research and grant writing internship; Uniq Foundation

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Research and Grant Writing Internship

Research and Grant Writing Internship

12-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa OR Rremote

Research, fundraising, grant writing

Sharpen your research and writing skills, and explore the fundraising field.

sports coaching internship Ghana

Open for applications

Sports Coaching Internship in Ghana

Sports Coaching Internship in Ghana

Min. 8 weeks

Ghana

Sports Coaching

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

sustainability internship South Africa

Open for applications

Nonprofit Sustainability Internship with Food Security Program

Nonprofit Sustainability Internship with Food Security Program

8 Weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Food security, Urban Farming

Help increase food security, educate children on growing food, and encourage micro-enterprises in neighborhoods in need.

land and water management internship

Open for applications

Organic Farming and Water Management Internship, Cape Town

Organic Farming and Water Management Internship, Cape Town

Min. 8 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Food security, Urban Farming, Land / Water Management

Help develop food gardens to increase food security and spread education on growing organic food.

food security internship

Open for applications

Communications & Fundraising Internship with Food Security Program

Communications & Fundraising Internship with Food Security Program

Min. 8 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Communications, Writing, Fundraising

Help increase food security and encourage economic development in and around Cape Town.

marketing internship zambia

Open for applications

Marketing & Fundraising Internship, Zambia

Marketing & Fundraising Internship, Zambia

Min. 8 weeks

Livingstone, Zambia OR Remote

Digital Marketing, Fundraising, Research

Raise funds through individual or corporate funding campaigns and grant applications

girl empowerment internship

Open for applications

Education Internship, Female Empowerment, Zambia

Education Internship, Female Empowerment, Zambia

Min. 8 weeks

Livingstone, Zambia OR Remote

Education, Facilitation, Research

Help develop educational materials to uplifts girls and women in this African community.

writing internship in Zambia

Open for applications

Writing and Communications Internship, Zambia

Writing and Communications Internship, Zambia

Min. 8 weeks

Livingstone, Zambia OR Remote

Writing, Social Media, Fundraising, Communications

Help a social impact organization define their message and grow their reach.

writing internship with dog charity

Open for applications

Writing and Communications Internship with Youth & Dog Charity

Writing and Communications Internship with Youth & Dog Charity

Min. 8 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa OR Remote

Creative writing, Communications, Content Creation

Gain experience in managing a variety of communication channels

dog charity internship

Open for applications

Organizational Development Internship with Youth & Dog Charity

Organizational Development Internship with Youth & Dog Charity

Min. 8 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa OR Remote

Fundraising, Monitoring. Reporting, Research

Assist with research, online fundraising campaigns, proposal writing, and impact monitoring.

yoga internship Cape Town

Open for applications

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.

Writing internship with GBV Project

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Writing Internship with Gender-Based Violence Project

Writing Internship with Gender-Based Violence Project

Min. 12 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Blog writing, Report and proposal writing

Use your writing skills to contribute to the fight against gender based violence in Cape Town.

Gender Based violence research internship

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Gender Based Violence Research Internship

Gender Based Violence Research Internship

Min. 12 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Research, Reporting, Monitoring

Research to provide support to victims of gender based violence in Cape Town.

(Remote) Radio and Community Media Internship

Open for applications

Radio and Community Media Internship

Radio and Community Media Internship

8-26 weeks

Nkhata Bay, Malawi OR remote

Marketing, Storytelling,, Communications, Radio

Help raise funds, create ideas, stories, and develop a voice for this community radio.

animal welfare puppy

Open for applications

Animal Charity Communications Internship

Animal Charity Communications Internship

Min. 8 weeks

Remote

Communications, Writing, Fundraising,  Research

Help a new charity improve the lives of stray dogs and cats in Southern Africa

feature kids Malawi

Open for applications

Education Internship, Malawi

Education Internship, Malawi

Min. 8 weeks

Nkhata Bay, Malawi

Education, Teaching, Curriculum development

Teach classes, help train local teachers, and develop and run afterschool programs

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Digital Marketing Internship

Digital Marketing Internship

Min. 8 weeks

Nkhata Bay, Malawi

Digital Marketing, Fundraising, Social Media

Raise awareness and funding to help provide high quality education.

HIV Health Support Internship

Open for applications

HIV Health Support Internship, Malawi

HIV Health Support Internship, Malawi

Min. 3 months

Nkhata Bay, Malawi

Counseling, Education, HIV, Program Management

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

Marine Research Internship

Open for applications

Marine Research Internship

Marine Research Internship

Min. 4 weeks

Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique

Research, Reporting, Monitoring, Education

Get field experience in marine research on a stunning island.

Marine Conservation Internship

Open for applications

Marine Conservation Project

Marine Conservation Project

8 weeks

Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique

Operations, outreach, research

Learn about the day to day running of a field based marine NGO

Gender Equality Internship Cape Town

Open for applications

Gender Equality Internship, Cape Town

Gender Equality Internship, Cape Town

Min. 8 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa OR Remote

Research, Communications, Fundraising, Program Development

Help develop structures to support victims, research gender based violence, and assist with digital marketing.

NGO Event Coordination Internship Cape Town

Open for applications

NGO Event Coordination Internship

NGO Event Coordination Internship

Feb - April

Cape Town, South Africa

Event coordination, planning, logistics, budgeting

Use your event management and planning skills to help organize an environmental action summit.

Charity Development Internship Uganda

Open for applications

Charity Development Internship, Uganda

Charity Development Internship, Uganda

Min. 8 weeks

Mbarara, Uganda

Communication, Fundraising, Music

Help with fundraising, communications strategy, monitoring and evaluation.

SEO Content Writing Internship in tourism

Open for applications

SEO Content Writing Internship in Tourism

SEO Content Writing Internship in Tourism

Min. 6 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa OR Remote

Creative writing, SEO, Social Media, Blogging

Sharpen your writing skills and learn to write content that is creative and optimized for search engines.

NGO Management Internship

Open for applications

Fundraising Internship with charity in Malawi

Fundraising Internship with charity in Malawi

2 - 6 months

Nkhata Bay, Malawi OR Remote

Research, (online) Fundraising, Writing, Stakeholder Mgt, Communications

Gain practical work experience in fundraising and communications for a Malawian charity.

Conservation and Photography Internship

Open for applications

Wildlife Photography Internship in South Africa

Wildlife Photography Internship in South Africa

8 weeks

Greater Kruger, South Africa

Photography, Conservation

Photograph lions, leopards, elephants, and many more animals, while sharpening your skills.

Female Empowerment and Gender Equality Internship

Open for applications

Female Empowerment and Gender Equality Internship

Female Empowerment and Gender Equality Internship

4-12 weeks

Zambia

Gender Equality, Female Empowerment

Gain work experience with projects that support girls in underprivileged communities.

Wildlife Research Internship

Open for applications

Wildlife Research Internship, Victoria Falls

Wildlife Research Internship, Victoria Falls

Min. 4 weeks

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Wildlife research, Conservation

Be part of field research into lions, giraffes, and many other animals in the stunning African bush.

nonprofit photography internship

Open for applications

Nonprofit Photography Internship, South Africa

Nonprofit Photography Internship, South Africa

3-8 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Photography

Sharpen your photography skills and contribute to important nonprofit initatives at the same time.

Marketing Internship

Open for applications

Marketing Internship at Photography Organization, Cape Town

Marketing Internship at Photography Organization, Cape Town

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Digital Marketing, SEO, Marketing Research

Bring your analytical and research skills to this varied internship with a social enterprise.

Music Teaching Internship

Open for applications

Music Teaching Internship in Uganda

Music Teaching Internship in Uganda

1-4 Months

Mbarara, Uganda

Music, Education, Youth programs

Use your music skills for good by offering a variety of music lessons to kids in rural Uganda.

Media and Communications Internship

Open for applications

Media and Communications Internship in Malawi

Media and Communications Internship in Malawi

8-26 weeks

Nkhata Bay, Malawi OR Remote

Fundraising, Marketing, Social media, Writing

Help manage the communication channels of a small but fast-growing permaculture charity.

NGO Management Internship

Open for applications

NGO Management Internship in Malawi

NGO Management Internship in Malawi

2-6 months

Nkhata Bay, Malawi OR Remote

NGO Management, Fundraising, Marketing, Communications

Assist with the management of an NGO that supports permaculture clubs for school children,

Permaculture Internship

Open for applications

Permaculture Internship in Malawi

Permaculture Internship in Malawi

8-26 weeks

Nkhata Bay, Malawi

Permaculture, Organic Farming

Based in rural Malawi, help develop and run workshops for permaculture clubs in schools.

Urban greening internship

Open for applications

Urban Greening Internship At Environmental NGO

Urban Greening Internship At Environmental NGO

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Facilitation, Research, Reporting, Monitoring, Education, Tree planting

Gain field experience as part of projects that provide greening and eco-education in townships.

Animal Rescue Management Internship

Open for applications

Animal Rescue Management Internship in Livingstone, Zambia

Animal Rescue Management Internship in Livingstone, Zambia

8-16 weeks

Livingstone, Zambia

Coordination, Project management, Community Education, Animal Welfare

Get involved in the overall management of a grassroots charity that supports street animals.

Animal Welfare Fundraising Internship

Open for applications

Animal Welfare Fundraising Internship in Livingstone, Zambia

Animal Welfare Fundraising Internship in Livingstone, Zambia

8-16 weeks

Livingstone, Zambia

Fundraising, Animal Welfare, Communications

Help drive a variety of fundraising initiatives that will support street dogs and cats in Zambia.

Content Writing Internship

Open for applications

Content Writing Internship At Photography Organisation, Cape Town

Content Writing Internship At Photography Organisation, Cape Town

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa OR Remote

Creative Writing, SEO, Social Media, Strategy, Blogging

Improve your creative writing skills, learn about SEO, and build a varied writing portfolio.

Tourism Marketing and Business Development Internship

Open for applications

Tourism Marketing and Business Development Internship

Tourism Marketing and Business Development Internship

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa OR Remote

Strategy, Market research, Marketing campaigns

Gain a thorough insight into the tourism industry and gain strategic development experience.

Communications Internship

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Communications Internship in Cape Town

Communications Internship in Cape Town

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Communications, Social Media, Digital Marketing, Writing

Join our team at Roots and assist with managing and developing our communications channels.

Event Management Internship

Open for applications

Event Management Internship in South Africa

Event Management Internship in South Africa

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Event management, Coordination

Bring your coordination skills to a nonprofit that installs libraries in township schools.

Nonprofit communications and marketing internship

Open for applications

Non Profit Communications and Marketing Internship in Cape Town

Non Profit Communications and Marketing Internship in Cape Town

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Marketing, Communications, PR

Help spread the message of an inspiring charity that builds libraries at schools in township areas.

Fundraising Internship

Open for applications

Fundraising Internship at a Library Non Profit

Fundraising Internship at a Library Non Profit

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Fundraising, Grant proposal writing

Gain practical work experience by helping drive a number of creative fundraising initiatives.

Photography internship

Open for applications

Media and Design Internship At Environmental NGO, Cape Town

Media and Design Internship At Environmental NGO, Cape Town

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Graphic design, photography, videography

Design flyers, certificates, poster, and other graphics for an environmental NGO.

Digital Marketing Internship

Open for applications

Digital Marketing Internship at NGO in Cape Town

Digital Marketing Internship at NGO in Cape Town

12-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Communications, marketing

Gain a wealth of marketing experience while contributing to environmental programs.

creative writing internship

Open for applications

Creative Writing Internship with Environmental NGO in Cape Town

Creative Writing Internship with Environmental NGO in Cape Town

12-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Digital marketing, creative writing

Sharpen your writing skills and build a portfolio while being part of a green cause.

Fundraising and Business Development Internship

Open for applications

FUNDRAISING AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT INTERNSHIP AT ENVIRONMENTAL NGO, CAPE TOWN

FUNDRAISING AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT INTERNSHIP AT ENVIRONMENTAL NGO, CAPE TOWN

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Business development, fundraising, strategy & nonprofit management

Learn about strategic development in a nonprofit context and assist with fundraising activities.

UH-Food Security Internship

Open for applications

Food Security and Urban Farming Internship

Food Security and Urban Farming Internship

8-12 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Food security, urban farming, education

Help develop and manage food gardens and host eco-workshops at schools in townships.

Advocacy and Human Rights Internship

Open for applications

Advocacy and Human Rights Internship with NGO

Advocacy and Human Rights Internship with NGO

20-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Human rights, refugee law and migration issues

Gain valuable legal experience while offering refugees in Cape Town support and advice.

Communications Internship

Open for applications

Communications Internship with NGO

Communications Internship with NGO

12-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Communications, social media, digital marketing, writing

Manage and develop communication channels for a refugee-focused nonprofit.

Female Empowerment Internship

Open for applications

Female Empowerment Internship with NGO

Female Empowerment Internship with NGO

Min. 5 months

Cape Town, South Africa

Business development, communication, coordination

Gain work experience while supporting female refugees through skill development workshops.

MB_Digital Marketing and Sales Internship

Open for applications

Non profit Internship in Cape Town: Digital Marketing and Sales

Non profit Internship in Cape Town: Digital Marketing and Sales

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Communications, Marketing, Sales, Operations, Fundraising

Be part of a creative charity that offers skill development to women in townships.

Communications and Fundraising NGO Internship_feature

Open for applications

Communications and Fundraising Internship at Film Making NGO

Communications and Fundraising Internship at Film Making NGO

8-12 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Social Media, Writing, Fundraising, Events

Bring your communications skills to this varied internship with a film-focused charity.

Nonprofit management internship

Open for applications

Nonprofit Management Internship at social nonprofit

Nonprofit Management Internship at social nonprofit

4-26 weeks

South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia

Marketing, Fundraising, Facilitation, Monitoring, NGO Management

Get a thorough insight into the nonprofit sector during this varied and hands-on internship.

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Destinations for internships in Africa

We offer internships in eight different African countries; South Africa, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, and Ghana. Our destinations offer an incredible range of settings; you can be based in a vibrant and cosmopolitan city, on the banks of the Zambezi River in Zambia or Zimbabwe, in a rural community in Ghana, surrounded by elephants and lions in the bush, or surrounded by white sandy beaches in Zanzibar. Wherever you choose to go, you’re in for an exciting adventure and an interesting cultural immersion.

Should you be looking for an international internship experience, but traveling to Africa isn’t an option for you at the moment, do check out our remote internship opportunities! We’re delighted to offer a range of internships as online options. They’re still with Africa-based organizations that are creating impact in their local areas, and you’ll still get to be part of their mission – just from the comfort of your own home. It’s a low-cost, environmentally friendly way of getting some valuable international work experience – and doing purposeful work.

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Reasons for doing a nonprofit internship in Africa

All our internships in Africa are with charities and social enterprises dedicated to social impact, environmental development, or wildlife conservation. As an intern, your work will count towards these goals, and make a tangible impact on the ground. But apart from the impact you’ll make, there are other benefits to doing a nonprofit internship in Africa; you’ll have a lot of responsibility, you’ll be able to develop a variety of skills, and it can make your resume stand out. Read more about the benefits of interning with a nonprofit.

We offer internship opportunities with over 25 nonprofits based in Africa; all purpose-driven, grassroots organizations. Their causes include education, poverty reduction, public health, food security, environmental sustainability, animal welfare, gender equality, and human rights. We always encourage interns to join causes they feel particularly passionate about, as this will add a rewarding dimension to the work experience.

FAQs about our internships in Africa

What kind of work can I do as an intern with a nonprofit in Africa?

The opportunities are greatly varied. Apart from the fact that the causes you can join as an intern are very diverse (anything from human rights and gender equality to reforestation and marine conservation), the roles you can take within these organizations are also wide-ranging. This means that no matter what you’re studying and what your career goals are, we’re likely to have an internship opportunity for you that suits your skills, matches your passions, and meets your learning requirements.

The focus areas of our internships in Africa include – but aren’t limited to – field research, digital marketing, communications and content writing, business development, monitoring and evaluation, and NGO management. Job descriptions are often flexible, so do reach out to us if you have any specific research ideas or requirements from your university.

What can I expect to learn during an internship with an NGO?

Obviously the details of what you’ll learn during your internship depends on the specific role you take on. But what you can expect from all our internships is a rich work experience; one where you’ll get plenty of responsibilities and a lot of opportunity to challenge yourself in the best possible way. As an intern with us, you’ll join a small and passionate team of people who will be appreciative of your input, as it will add directly to impact made through their projects.

Will there be other interns?

Usually, yes. Unless you’re choosing to go somewhere very remote (which can have its benefits!), you’re likely to be surrounded by other people from around the world doing similarly inspiring work. At many of our internship destinations, you’ll also be surrounded by other international students doing exchanges or internships at other organizations.

How do I arrange a visa?

Visa requirements depend on the country you’ll be doing your internship in. But don’t worry – we’ll help you figure it out! We’re here to help you with all your pre-departure logistics and queries.

What type of accommodation can I expect?

We’ll help you find and book the right accommodation! Each destination offers different options, which can include shared apartments or houses, guest lodges, student accommodation, and homestays. Some (more rural) internship destinations only offer one option, whereas others offer a range for you to choose from. Either way, we’ll make sure that you’ll have safe, comfortable, and affordable accommodation that has easy access to the organization you’ll be joining.

Can I get credit for my internship in Africa?

Yes, as long as your university allows it. Plenty of our interns get university credit, and we’ll always be happy to handle any paperwork required on our side. Just get in touch to find out more!

How do I apply?

If you’re ready to apply for an internship in Africa, 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 info@rootsinterns.com. 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!