Remote Internships with Charities in Africa

Our remote internships are a great alternative to traveling to Africa and working from an office. With so much work happening online, these online nonprofit internships offer a wealth of experience with great flexibility. You’ll be able to develop skills, learn to communicate well online and work independently, and you’ll enhance your CV – all from the comfort of your own home. You’ll still be contributing to important causes, as your work will assist one of our partners that work on a grassroots level in Africa.

  • Benefits of our remote internships with nonprofit organizations are;
  • You’ll save costs (and the planet!) by not traveling and working from home.
  • With professional environments shifting more and more towards remote work situations, learning to collaborate and communicate online is a great asset.
  • Your start dates and working hours will be largely flexible.
  • Virtual internships are great CV-boosters.
  • You’ll gain knowledge of digital tools and programs.

Below is an overview of our remote internships with nonprofits in Africa. If you’re keen to travel, check out our on-site internships in Africa.

Learn more about our remote internships with African NGOs.

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

Agroforestry Research Internship, Ghana

Agroforestry Research Internship, Ghana

8-26 weeks

Remote

Research, agroforestry

Research and gain insights into sustainable land management in Ghana

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.

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!

grant writing internship

Open for applications

Grant Writing Internship with Media Charity

Grant Writing Internship with Media Charity

Min. 8 weeks

Remote

Research, Reports, Funding proposal, Grant writing 

Develop your writing skills and explore the fundraising landscape

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.

Permaculture internship Ghana

Open for applications

Communications Internship – Agroforestry Project

Communications Internship – Agroforestry Project

Min. 8 weeks

Remote

Marketing, Communications, Content creation

Help develop and manage the communications channels of an agroforestry project in Ghana.

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.

web design internship

NEW

Remote Web Design Internship with Nonprofit Organizations

Remote Web Design Internship with Nonprofit Organizations

Min. 8 weeks

Remote

Web design

Build a web design portfolio and gain the opportunity to work with several of our nonprofit partners

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.

Content Writing & Communications Internship

Open for applications

Journalism Internship with nonprofit

Journalism Internship with nonprofit

8-26 weeks

Remote

Mentoring, Broadcasting, Storytelling, Reporting

Gain practical broadcasting experience and support budding journalists in Malawi

Content Writing & Communications Internship

Open for applications

Content Writing and Communications Internship

Content Writing and Communications Internship

8-26 weeks

Remote

Digital Marketing, Writing, Communications, Fundraising

Help a radio nonprofit uplift rural African communities with your writing skills.

Business Development Internship

Open for applications

Business Development Internship with Media Charity

Business Development Internship with Media Charity

8-26 weeks

Remote

Business development, Reporting, Monitoring, Data analysis

Use your skills to spread awareness on important issues in rural African communities

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

Fundraising & Marketing Strategy Internship

Open for applications

Fundraising & Marketing Strategy Internship

Fundraising & Marketing Strategy Internship

8-26 weeks

Remote

Strategy, Digital Marketing, Fundraising, Monitoring

Help develop the organization’s communications and fundraising strategies.

Remote Content Marketing Internship

Open for applications

Remote Writing Internship with South African Charity

Remote Writing Internship with South African Charity

8-26 weeks

Remote

Writing, Social Media Management, Fundraising

Bring your writing and communications skills to this dancing NPO.

Sustainable tourism marketing internship

Open for applications

Sustainable Tourism Marketing Internship

Sustainable Tourism Marketing Internship

Min. 8 weeks

Nkhata Bay, Malawi OR Remote

Marketing strategy, Digital marketing, Content creation

Gain a wealth of experience in strategic marketing while helping develop a Malawi-based eco-lodge

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.

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.

Monitoring and evaluation internship

Open for applications

(Online) Monitoring and Evaluation Internship

(Online) Monitoring and Evaluation Internship

Min. 6 weeks

Remote

Evaluation and recording impact data

Join a South African nonprofit for a remote intenrship focused on measuring and reporting impact.

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.

Teaching in Tanzania

Open for applications

Remote Communications Internship with Volunteer Organisation

Remote Communications Internship with Volunteer Organisation

Min. 4 weeks

Remote

Social media, writing, SEO, websites

Be part of an organisation that runs community development and conservation programs.

Remote Marketing Internship

Open for applications

Remote Marketing Internship with Volunteer Organisation

Remote Marketing Internship with Volunteer Organisation

Min. 4 weeks

Remote

Marketing, SEO, Product research

Gain a wealth of marketing experience as part of a South African based volunteer organisation.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

REASONS FOR DOING A REMOTE INTERNSHIP WITH AN AFRICAN NGO

Given the current global pandemic, travel is obviously a trickier affair than normal, and you might have limited opportunities for doing your internship abroad. Virtual internships with international organisations offer a great alternative; they allow you to gain a similar work experience from your own home. By doing your internship remotely, you won’t get behind with your academic schedule, and you’ll still get valuable international work experience that will help you build your resume, test a career field, and – in the case of interning with an African charity – you’ll get to make a difference in the lives of people across the world.

Moreover, we think that there are actually some benefits to doing your internship remotely;

  • You’ll avoid the carbon footprint that’s the result of international travel.
  • You’ll avoid the costs of living abroad.
  • You’ll be working in a distributed working environment, which, in a world where this is a fast-increasing trend, and this might actually add some real value to your resume. Future employers might be happy to see you’ve successfully worked remotely, with the digital tools and programs required.

FOCUS AREA OF OUR REMOTE NGO INTERNSHIPS

As a remote intern, you can focus on a variety of academic focus areas. We’ll carefully match you with both the right nonprofit, and the right focus. Our remote internships cover the following focus areas;

  • Marketing, media and communications
  • Fundraising and business development
  • Creative writing and writing for Search Engine Optimization
  • Permaculture
  • Program development and coordination
  • Grant writing
  • NGO management

If you’re not entirely sure which internship will suit you best, just give us a shout, and we’ll be happy to help you find the best program.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT DOING A VIRTUAL NONPROFIT INTERNSHIP 

How will I communicate with my supervisors and team members?

While each team works differently, we ensure that during all our remote nonprofit internships, there will be frequent communication, so that you’ll be well guided, informed about developments on the ground, and in contact with your colleagues

What will I get out of my remote internship?

Doing your internship online in no way means that you’ll have a less valuable learning experience than when you’re physically based at an organisation’s office. Apart from the field (and travel) experience that internships in Africa provide, there are not many major differences in the actual work you’ll be doing; in fact, there are quite a few programs that you can either do online or on site, and your work would be the same. So you can expect to become an important team member of an African based NGO, get the same academic value out of your internship, and learn skills you are wanting to learn. We’ll make sure to find out what your desired learning outcomes are, so that we can place you with the right organisation and internship program.

Can I do my internship partially online, and partially on site in Africa?

Yes, this is definitely an option – and we feel that this would provide you with an interesting and varied experience. We’ll discuss the specifics of this with you, but we are able to offer this type of flexibility with most of our internship programs.

Why should I do my remote internship with an African charity?

At Roots, we strongly believe that internships with small, grassroots nonprofits provide unique opportunities for students. They allow you to be a large part of a small team with strong dedication and passion. They allow you to play an important role in achieving an organization’s goals, and see the benefits of your work. They also allow you to develop a varied set of skills, and get a comprehensive picture of the nonprofit sector in the context of a developing country.

Needless to say, this is hugely valuable work experience for anyone interested in working in the nonprofit sector. But we also believe that doing an internship with an African NGO is greatly beneficial for anyone with an ambition of working in other sectors, including the business arena, media, and government. The many skills you’ll be able to develop easily translate into useful skills for any number of careers.

For more information on this, check out our page on the benefits of doing a nonprofit internship.

How do I apply for these virtual internships?

If you’re keen to apply for one of our remote NGO internships, fill out our online application form and send your CV to info@rootsinterns.com. We’ll contact you to set up an interview, so that we can get a good idea of the type of work experience you’re looking for. If you’re not sure which internship program suits you best, feel free to just get in touch, and we’ll help you figure it out.

How long in advance do I need to apply?

We’re open to quite last-minute applications for our remote internships, as the application process can be quick, and there are no logistics involved. However, it’s obviously ideal to give yourself a bit of time. And if you want to be ensured of a placement with the internship you want, the earlier you apply, the better.