Sustainable Tourism Marketing Internship

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

Be part of a Malawi-based eco-lodge during a remote marketing and development internship. It’s a great opportunity to expand your skill set in communications, marketing, and strategy, and to get a great understanding of the tourism industry. You’ll also learn about – and contribute to – a nonprofit eco-lodge that serves as a hub for a community and conservation volunteers in Malawi. While you can also do this internship on the ground, we’re currently offering it as a remote opportunity, so that you can work from wherever is convenient for you.

As an intern, you’ll assist with the overall development of the lodge, which will involve doing marketing research, helping establish new marketing and communications strategies, working on SEO, and managing several communications channels. To apply for this tourism marketing internship, you’ll need to have some basic knowledge of or experience in marketing, a desire to learn, and a passion for sustainable tourism.

Learning outcomes:

  • Practical experience in designing marketing strategies and running marketing campaigns
  • An ability to analyse digital marketing effectiveness
  • Experience in managing a variety of communications channels
  • A comprehensive understanding of the tourism industry
  • An understanding of the intersection of tourism and sustainable development
  • Experience in partnership development and management
Nkhata Bay, Malawi OR Remote
Sustainable tourism
Marketing strategy, Digital marketing, Content creation
Min. 8 Weeks
From USD 1,320 (on site) 

Butterfly Lodge is a unique and eco-friendly lodge that combines sustainable tourism and community development in an effective and exciting way. Based in Nkhata Bay, in the north of Malawi, the lodge is home to a number of social and environmental projects in the neighboring communities, including health and HIV support groups, permaculture clubs at schools, educational programs, and media development projects. The lodge invites volunteers from around the world to join their community – and their effort to bring positive change to this part of the country. It offers a rewarding experience to volunteers and interns, who can bring their skills to the project of their choice, and make a lasting impact.

What you’ll do

As a remote marketing intern, you’ll help grow the online presence of the eco-lodge, and the volunteer opportunities it offers. Depending on your skills, your tasks will include;

  • Helping create a strategy for advertising volunteer opportunities in the local communities, and forming partnerships with advertising platforms
  • Innovating and implementing new digital strategies
  • Managing (and developing) social media channels
  • Writing blog content
  • Helping developing online strategies for driving traffic to the website
  • Measuring and driving digital marketing campaigns using Google Analytics, Google AdWords, and other relevant sitestasks listed
  • Strong online communication skills 
  • Ideally some experience in digital marketing 
  • A basic understanding of SEO (or a strong willingness to learn) 
  • Experience with different social media platforms
  • Good writing skills 
  • An ability to work independently 
  • Strong research and analytical skills 
  • A passion for sustainable tourism 
  • Experience with Wordpress, Google Analytics, and Google Ads would be beneficial

During your internship, you’ll be lucky enough to stay at a lodge in the northern town of Nkhata Bay. Located on the banks of Lake Malawi, with views of palm trees and green-blue water, this lodge has an idyllic location and a relaxed vibe. You’ll enjoy a private beach, beautiful gardens, a beach bar, and several communal spaces. The rooms are comfortable dormitories, although there are options of upgrading to single chalets, too. The lodge is a hub for people who are volunteering their time at different community and environmental projects in the area, so you can expect to share this gorgeous space with like-minded people.


The start dates for this internship are flexible; we will discuss the options with you during the application process.

What you’ll pay (2023 rates)

2 months USD 1,757
3 months USD 2,099
4 months USD 2,440
5 months USD 2,782
6 months USD 3,123

Remote internship – Placement fee USD 625

What you are paying for:
  • Accommodation (shared)
  • Two meals a day during the first month. After the first month you can decide to book the meal package for the other months as well.
  • Assistance with finding the perfect work placement
  • Assistance with your visa arrangement & other preparations
  • Supervision during your internship
  • Regular check ins during your internship with you and your supervisor.
  • Your own account on a career development platform that offers content and courses focused on exploring different career opportunities
  • Troubleshooting if needed
  • A reference letter at the end of your internship
  • On the ground support during your stay
  • Flights to Malawi
  • Visa, medical and travel insurance costs for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
  • Meals after the first month: you can prepare your own meals or opt to book the meal package for two meals a day for the following months.
  • Drinks, snacks, and items of personal nature (f.e. curios, gifts, clothing).
  • Costs for additional excursions or activities
  • Airport transfer to Nkhata Bay (approximately 400 km)
  • In case of late arrival: extra night in accommodation in Lilongwe

Optional extra:

Personal Development Sessions
To help you optimize 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
Nkhata Bay, Malawi OR Remote
Sustainable tourism
Marketing strategy, Digital marketing, Content creation
Min. 2 months
From USD 1,757 (in-person) / USD 625 (remote)

My supervisors have welcomed me into the team, scheduled meetings with me to give me background information and a proper introduction, and they've helped me jump right into the internship.

Julia, United StatesRemote permaculture internship
  • Gain practical (and hugely varied) work experience with the strategy, implementation, and analysis of digital marketing campaigns
  • Be part of an innovative eco-lodge that is a hub for community development projects in Malawi
  • Get a good understanding of sustainable tourism, and how it intersects with nonprofit work
  • Contribute to the long term impact of a worthwhile nonprofit initiative
  • Live and work in a beautiful part of Malawi
  • Be part of a larger community of interns and volunteers from around the world
2 MONTHS USD 1,757
3 MONTHS USD 2,099
4 MONTHS USD 2,440
Remote internship: USD 625

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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