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Social Work & NGO Support

Social Work & NGO Support

Virtual interns on this Social Work and NGO Support internship help organizations in Tanzania that provide services to vulnerable people. Whether it’s supporting children, women, HIV patients, minority groups or at-risk youth, interns learn first-hand from social workers on the front line in Tanzania. Contributing to an online social work internship out of Tanzania is an opportunity to learn from experienced professionals and mentors within the field.

Internship Highlights:
  • Internship with leading NGOs active in the sector of social work in Tanzania
  • Supervision by highly qualified and experienced social workers and NGO professionals
  • Get experience in a wide range of social work activities
  • Internship activities that suit your interests
  • Gain practical career experience from home without having to travel
Type of host organizations:
  • Social work NGOs
Gain academic or course credit
Everything arranged for you from $1099 (approximately 1099)
Available year-round, start when you like
Intern part-time or full-time from anywhere
Choose your duration: 100, 200 or 350 hours
Personal online orientation & coaching
Get job-ready with our Experiential Learning Curriculum
Internships align with UN Sustainable Development Goals
Eligibility requirements and Associated career paths
Eligibility requirement

At least one year of relevant college/university study in social work, health sciences, psychology, nursing, public health, or a related field. High School Students aged 16+ may be accepted, depending on the strength of their application.

Language requirements

This internship is conducted in English.

Associated career paths

Social worker, educator, psychologist, fundraiser, international cooperation, development worker, activist, community service manager, counsellor, healthcare, career counsellor, therapist

Internship details

Make a real difference to disadvantaged communities in Tanzania on this very popular online internship in social work, supporting NGOs working on the front line with children, women, HIV patients, minority groups and at-risk youth.

This is a remote internship you can undertake virtually from home. Click here to view in-country Social Work internships, if you would prefer to intern abroad.

Remote internships in social work and NGO support out of Tanzania involve helping African NGOs that work with vulnerable people from a wide range of backgrounds. Many people in Tanzania experience the challenges of poverty and face daily disadvantages as a result. As an intern with an NGO in Tanzania, your collaboration with the organizations that support these communities can benefit a large number of vulnerable people.

Inequality is rife in Tanzania, where there are approximately four million children under 14 who are not appropriately cared for. Many Tanzanian women face limited opportunities, and struggle for independence and self-reliance. Millions of others have similar daily struggles due to HIV, substance abuse, domestic violence or poverty.

On a virtual social work internship, you’ll have the chance to make a real difference in NGOs working with families, or in schools and community centers to provide health, education and support services to people who genuinely need help.

As a remote intern with NGOs in Tanzania, you can assist with report writing, case management, planning fundraising activities or helping with administrative tasks. You can assist NGOs to plan strategies for helping people in certain situations, and support their causes by developing their social media presence, coming up with unique and engaging content.

Interns in Tanzania can also assist with preparing educational material for counseling or workshops about education, health, nutrition, self esteem, human rights, basic business and financial skills, and help with after school support or leisure activities.

Social Work interns work under the supervision of local staff. You’ll have regular video conferences with the local team to help with planning and implementing strategies to assist vulnerable people. As such, interns will need to be available to speak with local representatives during daytime hours in Tanzania.

In all cases, interns should expect that the initial phase of their remote internship will focus on gaining some introductory knowledge. You may start by gaining an understanding or overview of what you can build upon, develop, learn, and contribute. Ensure that you ask questions and provide feedback during the introductory period, so that your supervisor understands how you’re progressing. This will help them to better understand important details, such as how quickly you learn, what you find challenging, what you find interesting, etc.

Understand and expect that individual internship experiences vary. Therefore, if you’re at a more introductory level, you should reasonably expect a more introductory internship. Likewise, if you’re interning for a shorter duration, you will have a different experience from someone who is interning for a longer duration. Placement preferences are considered but always subject to availability.

Career Benefits

Social Work & NGO Support interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
  • Assisting NGOs devoted to helping disadvantaged communities

  • Write reports about the experiences of disadvantaged people and the effectiveness of assistance

  • Case management

  • Helping to plan fundraising activities

  • Administrative support in NGOs

  • Producing social media content for NGOs

  • Planning NGO strategies

  • Preparing educational material

Professional development opportunities:
  • Learn about the social reality of a developing country in sub-Saharan Africa

  • Learn about practical solutions provided by experienced NGO professionals in the field of social work in Tanzania

  • By being involved in case management, gain work experience and develop your professional skills in social work

  • Learn about cultural factors that influence social problems, and solutions to them

  • Improve your communication, IT and project management skills

  • Gain practical skills and boost your employability, with guidance from Intern Abroad HQ’s Experiential Learning Curriculum to support your learning and cultural intelligence

What recent interns said about their experience

Naomi Liem
August 2022

The internship serves as an investment, since it supports my job search, builds upon my studies, and contributes to my general employability. I am grateful that this remote internship platform provided me an opportunity to enhance my cultural intelligence around the world. The experience I achieved from this internship - by learning directly from organization founders - has opened my eyes to various social problems, such as poverty, drug addiction, domestic abuse, and so on. By exposing myself to different cultures, I hope to gain more understanding, awareness, and sensitivity toward differences around the world.

Liuchen Chen
August 2021

My internship experience has been terrific! I was excited to learn more about Tanzania and the stories of its country and its citizens. When reflecting on the assumptions or expectations I had before my internship, I had a passion for helping people, but I lacked insight and experience into what the real situations and/or problems are. After just a few days of learning and researching in this internship, I changed my view about real situations and the strategies of addressing problems and issues faced by people who suffer in poverty. I used to think that helping people is to connect resources for them and help them get out of difficult situations. However the first step is actually talking about the issues and bringing awareness. My main tasks as a Social Work intern involved case management and supporting assessments, assisting with therapy and support plans, and conducting research into solution findings within the medical field and realms of psychosocial support. I was able to provide information and potential treatment factors to my host organization that could benefit them and their patients in the long term. I feel more empowered in my field because I gained a bigger picture of what social workers look like and what they do, as well as how systems, cultures, and countries influence vulnerable groups. I am able to see some of the gaps between the theory and the real situation and the issues that have not been resolved yet, which has provided me a direction to keep learning and growing.

Alina Krost
August 2021

I entered this remote internship with a passion for counselling and therapy but with little applied skills. This Social Work internship provided insight into potential therapeutic professions, as well as my own capabilities within. I feel more empowered and confident having an idea of my role and gauging my experience level. While I appreciate I still have much to learn before I can undertake clients by myself, I feel that I have a good baseline to begin this journey. With the positive feedback from internship clients, I believe I will be able to positively impact more clients in the future. To briefly describe my internship role, I provided counselling assistance and educational support to different vulnerable populations on taboo topics. Speaking to parents, children and social workers, familiar with different kinds of abuse, I was able to encourage reconsideration of traditional punishments. The short term goals of this remote internship involved preparing presentations, documents and brochures for mental awareness and sexual health. In the long term I aided the mission to support struggling communities by empowering and educating them about psychological concepts. My biggest takeaway from this internship is the further understanding of cultural impact. Being in a western environment with a lot of access to healthcare and mental support, the internship reminded me of the current realities of others. This cultural impact will help me have an open mind when it comes to assuming cultural standards in clients and be more understanding when it comes to their backgrounds.

Chinyang Mariko Chou
July 2021

As someone that was unfamiliar with much of Africa's culture, it was insightful and eye-opening to hear the experiences of my supervisors in Tanzania. They were extremely informative in sharing the realities of many of the people living there, and although I had an idea of what that looked like, my supervisors helped me to understand it more deeply. Learning how Tanzanian culture factors into the socio-economic problems in the community was extremely important for me as an aspiring international social worker, because it forced me to reflect on all the ways in which cultures can have a drastic influence on how each society functions. Being under the supervision of two highly successful social workers, I felt empowered and inspired to be as passionate about social justice as they were. I had plenty of opportunities to learn from their wisdom and experience, and they gave me encouragement and hope to do well in my own professional journey. Being able to create educational documents and help with case management in a way that directly impacts a vulnerable community in Moshi, Tanzania was empowering.

Alina Chirvase
May 2021

I had the opportunity to work with the Community and Social Work Forum for a period of five weeks as a result of my social work internship with Intern Abroad HQ. My experience with the Community and Social Work Forum has been unique. This is indeed the word the best describes the five weeks I have spent working with the organisation. Although I have completed my internship remotely, thanks to the two professionals representing the organisation, I gained an original taste of the work that social workers do in Tanzania. Since our first interaction, I have been welcomed with kindness and I immediately felt part of the team. The whole internship program was person-centred, based on my personal and professional goals. The two professionals have been keen to ensure that each and every activity that we conducted contributed to the achievement of my objectives. I was always encouraged to share subjects of interest to me to be discussed within our sessions. Furthermore, thanks to the support I received and by virtue of our discussions, I have managed to identify areas of improvement in my practice. This fact in itself has enabled me to become a better professional. In this context, I have also felt very comfortable with sharing some of my struggles in terms of the work I conduct with my clients. These have been received with a non-judgmental and extremely supportive attitude, leading the professionals to share some of the struggles they have themselves encountered during their fascinating careers along with techniques and methods to overcome them. The two professionals have always been ready to share their wide expertise and knowledge with me. They have provided me with extraordinary advice and guidance which I am now applying in my work. It was an immense pleasure to work with such valuable, caring and open-minded professionals. With honesty, I would be honoured to work with the Community and Social Work Forum again. Thus, I strongly recommend this internship experience to anyone who is interested in making the world a better place and who is looking for a unique internship or volunteering experience.

Monica Abesamis
May 2020

Since the pandemic made it difficult to travel overseas during the summer, I decided to do an online internship. I did the Social Work internship out of Tanzania. I was placed in a community center that worked mainly with kids and I got to communicate with children, their families, and their teachers. My supervisors were very insightful and helpful along my experience. I learned that I enjoy meeting and interviewing different people and families and helping them on how they might overcome the problems they are facing. Working with different individuals can be challenging since each individual is different and is going through a unique set of problems. The solution must be specifically tailored for that individual and their needs. These communication and problem solving skills can be applied to any profession that seeks to help others overcome personal issues. This kind of skill set would be greatly beneficial to learn especially pursuing a career in social work. The internships manager would send weekly reminders for your reflection journals which are a huge help in developing yourself professionally during the experience. I would definitely recommend the online internships if traveling overseas is not possible at the moment!


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Program fees

It’s free to apply for this internship. Once we have reviewed your suitability and accepted you onto this program, you’ll need to pay a deposit of US$499 to confirm your place. The remaining balance of your Program Fee (less your initial US$499 deposit payment) will be due within 7 days of being assigned a placement.

Program Fee
100 hours (3 weeks full time, or 5 weeks part time) $1,099
250 hours (8 weeks full time, or 12 weeks part time) $1,499
350 hours (13 weeks full time, or 17 weeks part time) $1,799
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  • Sourcing and securing your internship placement
  • Personalization of your internship plan
  • Orientation and coaching with your supervisor
  • Documented portfolio of your experiential learnings
  • Academic credit facilitation
  • International reference letter
  • Certificate of Internship Completion
  • A deposit of $499 (approximately 499) is required to secure your internship
  • Balance of your Program Fee is due within 7 days of being assigned a placement.
  • All payments attract a 5% transaction fee to cover international banking fees and currency charges.
  • International wire transfer payments attract a minimum fee of $75 USD.
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