Project management

“You have to take the good with the bad ... 

...but then an elephant walks past your office window.”

What can I expect?

Project Management is looking at the project as a whole; our managers are responsible for the complete overview of the project they are based at. In other words they are responsible for the lights turning on, making sure the water runs and many other areas vital to the smooth running of the organisation, including staffing, training, stock-control and book-keeping. It is their job to ensure that the resources they are provided with are utilised to their full potential.   

The days are long, but the work is varied and 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?

What your role will be will depend a lot on your particular interests and experience.  Before your arrival we will discuss with you how best to fit your skills with the project's needs to ensure both parties benefit from your time at the project.

As well as being involved in the day-to-day running of the project, we also operate volunteer programs, so you could assist co-coordinating volunteers to ensure that the daily tasks required by the operation are completed.  This is where you will not only require great organisational skills, but you will also need to have excellent people skills too to work with our many volunteers from all walks of life from around the world.

You can download our Project Management internship brochure here.

What are we looking for?

As a Project Management intern you will have specific qualifications and practical experience in the field of project management that you are applying for.  You will obviously have excellent communication skills, be computer-literate and organised.

On a personal level, you will need to be self-motivated and disciplined, but still flexible in your approach.  The ability to keep calm and think on your feet is also essential – in Project Management, you never know what’s round the corner.  Anyone considering this internship needs to be able to “make a plan” as they say in Africa.  Plus - you need to like people!  Managing projects means managing people and your ability to interact with others will determine how successful you are in this often challenging role. 

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

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

An experience too good to miss, but don’t take our word for it.  Here’s what some of our previous Project Management 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 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 Project Management 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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