Fundraising & Marketing

What can I expect?

Long days!!  The working day typically lasts around 12 hours, with breaks for breakfast and lunch.

The lifeblood of any charity is the money donated by others, whether through individual and corporate giving, or via grant funding.  This internship will allow you to become involved in all aspects of promoting the activities of the charity and its partners, whether that be developing strategies, creating fresh ideas, updating web pages, or designing new promotional materials.

Some days, being a Fundraising and Marketing intern will undoubtedly feel like a hard slog.  To succeed, you will need to be persistent, self-motivated, disciplined and most of all have an unlimited supply of passion for what you're doing.  But as frequently as it can be thankless, it can also be deeply rewarding - so make sure you are prepared to take the rough with the smooth.  Of course, the perks are obvious!  You're in a beautiful bush environment, your life is about conservation and furthering the program - and there's no better cure for a hard day than to catch up with the lions and know you're actually working for them and their future.

What will I be doing?
Firstly, no two days are alike…

Secondly, thank goodness!

There is (unfortunately) a considerable amount of time spent sitting behind a laptop; answering emails, updating databases, carrying out research on the Internet, etc.  It is this ‘paperwork’ that forms the nuts and bolts of fundraising and marketing; the real legwork that takes place behind the scenes and is an essential part of our work.  

You can download our Fundraising and Marketing internship brochure here.

What are we looking for?

As a Fundraising and Marketing intern you will ideally have, or be working towards, a relevant qualification and have some previous work experience in this field.

On a personal level, you will need to be self-motivated and disciplined, but still flexible in your approach.  There is a lot to learn, explore, and develop for yourself, so a creative mind and the ability to think on your feet are essential.  Plus, you need to like people!  Marketing is about relationships - and the ability to keep a smile on your face.  Not everyone is going to welcome you at their door and half the job is accepting that, while disappointment is going to come your way, it only takes one success to make your day!

Click on these links for more information on the locations currently available:

Livingstone, Zambia
Gweru (Antelope Park), Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

An experience too good to miss, but don’t take our word for it.  Here’s what some of our previous Fundraising and Marketing interns have to say about taking part in the Program...


Program fees for arrivals between 1st January and 31st December 2018 are GB£ 1,795 / US$ 3,310 per four weeks with a minimum stay of eight weeks. 

Your fee includes collection from the nearest airport to the project site, shared accommodation, three meals per day and memories to last a lifetime!.  Invoice amount is charged on a per day basis.

The cost of flights, visas and permits, travel insurance, optional trips and activities are not included in this price.

If you wish to intern with ALERT, you will need to obtain a Police Check.  As an intern, you may be working closely with children or vulnerable adults to some extent during your stay; therefore, it is our responsibility to ensure that these people are adequately safeguarded.  For applicants from the UK, we will arrange the check for you at a cost of £20, which will be added to your invoice and payable along with your deposit.  For applicants from all other countries, please contact your local police department for advice on how to go about arranging your check.  All participants on all of our programs are required to undertake a police check before their placement commences.

If the only thing stopping you from realising your dream of interning in Africa is the financial cost involved, why not join 1000s of other travellers around the world who fundraise to pay for their trip.  Volunteer Forever is an online fundraising resource that allows you to appeal for donations towards your costs while keeping family, friends and other potential donors up-to-date with your progress.  We also encourage you to download our fundraising guide here with lots of helpful ideas on how you can make your appeal effective.


To assess your suitability for this program, please read the What Are We Looking For? section of your chosen internship before submitting your application.  The minimum age for this program is 21 years.

Your application should be sent to and accompanied by:

  • A cover letter detailing your motivation for applying and the skills and experience you hope to bring to bear whilst with us
  • A copy of your curriculum vitae
  • A letter of reference from an appropriate academic or business source that confirms your experience
  • First choice of project location

Your application will be reviewed within one week of receipt and additional references may be requested.  Only candidates with skills appropriate to their chosen internship will be considered.  Successful candidates will be offered a placement at a location most appropriate for their skills and experience to ensure that both the intern and the project gain the maximum from the program.  Please note that you may be onsite at the same time as other Fundraising and Marketing interns.  We regret that not all applications will be accepted and no appeals will be considered.

You may consider yourself ineligible for this program but still want to become involved in the work that we do.  Our volunteer programs give a wide range of opportunities, whatever your background. Click here for more details.
Please ensure you have read our terms and conditions before making your applicationOur internships operate under a responsible tourism policy to ensure your presence will have a positive effect on the environments and communities in which we work.




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