Organizational Development Internship with Youth & Dog Charity

Gain practical (and inspiring!) work experience in the nonprofit sector

Join an innovative program that works to improve the lives of both youth and dogs in South Africa

As an intern, you’ll be part of The Underdog Project. Based in Cape Town, this is a nonprofit organization that teaches at-risk kids to train street dogs; an initiative that encourages empathy and joy in the kids, and helps the dogs become adoptable.

During your internship, you’ll assist with the organization’s fundraising efforts. This can include research, active online fundraising campaigns, proposal writing, and impact monitoring. Your exact tasks will be tailored to your interests and skills, but you can expect a greatly diverse work experience.

You can do this organizational development internship on the ground, in Cape Town, or remotely, if that suits you better. To apply, you’ll need to be a strong and versatile writer, an independent worker, and someone who shares the passion for this cause.

Learning Outcomes;

  • Practical work experience in various elements of fundraising
  • A thorough understanding of the fundraising landscape
  • A strong grasp of the nonprofit sector in South Africa
  • International work experience – even if you’re working remotely
Cape Town, South Africa
Environmental NGO
Facilitation, Research, Reporting, Monitoring, Education, Tree planting
8 Weeks

You’ll be part The Underdog Project, a South African nonprofit that teaches youth from underprivileged backgrounds to train rescue dogs. It’s an inspiring workshop program that offers a wide range of benefits to both the kids and the dogs.

Based in Cape Town, the organization works with kids from communities where abuse and violence are widespread, and opportunities are limited. It’s also an area with a large street dog population. By pairing at-risk kids with rescued dogs, and teaching the youngsters how to train their dogs, The Underdog Project aims to inspire the kids and encourage them to develop empathy. It also fights a culture of animal cruelty, and it increases the chances of the dogs to get adopted and find loving homes.

Through their innovative program, The Underdog Project ultimately aims to uplift the lives of both underprivileged youth and dogs.

What you’ll do

As a organizational development intern, you’ll enjoy a variety of tasks. Depending on your skills and experience, they can include;

  • Doing fundraising research
  • Writing funding proposals and applications
  • Helping run individual giving campaigns
  • Assisting with further development of communication strategies
  • Assisting with monitoring & evaluating
  • Writing reports and assisting with donor management
  • Strong research skills
  • Good communication and writing skills
  • Ideally some fundraising experience
  • A willingness to working in a culturally different environment
  • A proactive approach
  • A passion for the work The Underdog Project does

You’ll be staying at the Lenox, a comfortable guest house in the heart of Cape Town. Built in the old Cape Dutch style, the Lenox is characterful and spacious. It has a garden with a barbeque area, a large dining room, and several other communal spaces. Shared bedrooms take four to eight people, and there are plenty of single rooms available as well (at an extra fee). You’ll be walking distance from a wide range of shops, cafes and restaurants, and at a great spot for some of the touristy highlights Cape Town has to offer as well. (As well as for views of Table Mountain!)


Start and end dates of the internship are flexible and will be discussed during the application process.

What you’ll pay (2023 rates)

2 MONTHS USD 1,814
3 MONTHS USD 2,382
4 MONTHS USD 2,949
5 MONTHS USD 3,517
6 MONTHS USD 4,084

Remote internship: fixed fee USD 525

What you are paying for:
  • Transfer from Cape Town International airport to your accommodation and back on arrival and departure day
  • Accommodation based on a dorm room (4-8 pax). If you prefer a single room, please contact us for availability and prices
  • Two meals (breakfast and dinner) a day from Monday to Friday
  • Assistance with your visa arrangement & other preparations
  • On the ground support during your stay
  • Free WiFi
  • Assistance with finding the perfect work placement
  • Supervision during your internship
  • Check-in and feedback as well as a reference letter after your internship
  • Your own account on a career development platform that offers content and courses focused on exploring different career opportunities
  • Reference letter at the end of your internship
  • A discount on weekend activities, exclusive to Roots interns
  • Flights
  • Visa, medical and 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)
  • Meals during the weekend
  • Transport to the office
  • Costs for additional excursions or activities

Optional extra:

Personal Development Sessions
To help you optimise your personal and professional development during your internship, we offer individual monthly sessions with a professional consultant. These 1,5-hour sessions offer opportunities to set goals, reflect on your experience, and ensure your internship will benefit your career as much as possible.
Monthly fee: USD 65
Workshop: Exploring the Nonprofit Landscape
To give you a full understanding of the nonprofit sector in Africa, we offer one-off individual online workshops by a South African digital marketing and fundraising specialist. You’ll learn about the needs of the nonprofit sector, best practices in nonprofit management, and sustainability of fundraising initiatives. You’ll also be given a large amount of useful resources.
Workshop fee: USD 65
Cape Town, South Africa OR Remote
Animal & Youth NGO
Fundraising, Monitoring, Reporting, Research
Min. 8 Weeks
From USD 1,814 (in-person) / USD 525 (remote)

The Underdog Project gave me the opportunity to work and become a part of a close-knit team, which meant my voice was heard and valued. This engagement was so beneficial to my time at this organization because it allowed me to work on projects that I was genuinely interested in and passionate about. I was able to learn about the day-to-day of the organization and also the big picture concepts that drive them. From working on social media campaigns to content planning to more, I was able to use my skill set to make a difference, while also improving on my expertise. An overall great thing to be a part of!

Stephanie, United States, Writing & Communications Internship
  • Gain a wealth of practical fundraising experience
  • Get a good understanding of the nonprofit sector in a South African context
  • Enjoy a great variety in your daily tasks
  • See real results of your efforts, and support a great cause
  • Live and work in Cape Town, arguably one of the greatest cities in the world
  • Have the flexibility of working remotely, if you prefer
2 MONTHS USD 1,814
3 MONTHS USD 2,382
4 MONTHS USD 2,949
Remote internship: fixed fee USD 525

See Detailed Rates

How to apply?

If you’re ready to apply for this internship, here’s what to do:

  1. Fill in the application form (it will show in a new screen) and send your CV to
  2. We’ll set up a call with you to go through your application.
  3. If we feel it’s a good match, we’ll set up a call between you and the supervisor for this internship.
  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.

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