Research and Development Intern

Research and Development Intern


Ubuntu Education Fund offers full and part-time internships for undergraduates, advanced students, and recent graduates who are interested in gaining experience in the nonprofit sector. We are seeking a highly motivated, socially conscious Research and Development Intern to help sustain Ubuntu’s life-saving work in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. This intern will not only join a passionate team of development professionals, but he/she will also benefit from the Ubuntu Internship Development Program.


Ubuntu Internship Development Program

  • Professional Skills Building: Projects that build communication skills, research capabilities, ability to work in a fast-paced environment, partnership capacities, and a contextualized understanding of development in Africa
  • Insight into Nonprofit Sector: Informal interviews with heads of departments across the organization, discussions of nonprofit and development trends, as well as access to industry professionals
  • Personalized Mentorship: Career guidance, regular feedback sessions with supervisor, and CV/resume building workshops
  • Real-World Development Experience: Working relationships and networking opportunities with nonprofit professionals based in South Africa, the United States, and the United Kingdom


Research and Development Intern’s Primary Responsibilities:

  • · Contribute writing to Ubuntu’s grant proposals and reports, social media, and marketing collateral
  • · Research prospective institutional and individual funding sources
  • · Assist with monthly donation tracking, data analysis, and monthly donor prospect research
  • · Edit and proofread all organizational publications
  • · Conduct research on economic development, unemployment, HIV/AIDS, TB, health, education, and gender inequality in both sub-Saharan Africa and South Africa
  • · Track local South African media and related international news, monitor policy reports, and write weekly briefs
  • · Assist with various general support projects for Ubuntu’s External Relations department and Executive Office
  • · Other projects as assigned


  • · Demonstrated commitment to Ubuntu’s mission and model
  • · Excellent writing, proofreading, and communication skills
  • · Excellent research and analytical skills
  • · Strong organizational skills, ability to multi-task, and attention to detail
  • · Independent, self-starting personality
  • · Proficiency in Microsoft Office


  • · Must be at least a college freshman in good standing, an advanced student, or a recent graduate
  • · Must be able to work a minimum of 10 hours per week (15 hours preferred)

Application Deadlines:
Ubuntu accepts applications on a rolling basis for every position listed on our career page. The listing will be available until the internship has been filled. 

This is an unpaid internship; it may be eligible for college credit, however. (Please make sure to check with your college or university). If interested, please email Shalini Kishan at with your resume/CV, cover letter, writing sample, and availability.



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