Choosing a study abroad with FSD is a sure benefit to your professional development career

Immerse yourself in a cross cultural experience in finding solutions to development

Implement Sustainable Development Projects in communities using tested approaches

Engage in VIRTUAL INTERNSHIP and make a sustainable impact in Ugandan communities

Spend time reflecting on the effect of the internship experience to your academic goals and future career profession

Generate new knowledge about grassroot challenges through engaging in Research

Why Volunteer or Intern With FSD Jinja Uganda

We have been providing hands-on international development and cultural immersion experience to students and professionals since 2007. Our internship and volunteer programs provide opportunities for participants to build their international development career and strengthen their graduate school applications while working directly with members of the grassroots host communities in Uganda to design and support development projects that reflect community priorities. The careful training, planning, and support that goes into volunteering and interning with FSD leads to sustainable change that is community driven.



Our hands-on training program teaches you practical skills, development issues, and cultural competencies necessary for collaborative community-driven project work.



You will be placed with partner organizations or with FSD communities that optimally match your interests, skills and objectives. These organizations and communities are directed by professional leaders who collaborate with you on your project work.



Rather than working and living as a group, you will have the opportunity to live with a host family and work with partner organizations or with FSD communities to ensure cultural immersion. Other accomodation options adre available for alternative preferences

Internship/Volunteer Categories

We  offer participants practical experience of applying sustainable development approaches to support locally managed grassroots groups and organizations that are working to improve the welfare of marginalized communities in Uganda. The ultimate goal is to support interns or volunteers in learning how to achieve sustainable development results in a cross cultural setting while producing positive outcomes for local communities. You can choose an internship or volunteer opportunity that is either focused on implementing a Community based development project or Community based participatory research project.


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Community Based Development Project

Community Based Development projects provide an opportunity for you to directly work with local community to implement a project from a development sector that you choose to center your internship
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Community Based Participatory Research

Community Based Participatory Research provides you an opportunity to work along with community groups to research and discover challenges that affect their development. You can choose from any of the sectors to center your research
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Program Highlights

Certificate Award

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Upon completion of the program, we will award you with a certificate to attest your participation and the impact of your work in Ugandan communities.  This will enable you to enhance your resume

Sustainable project Implementation

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You will engage in a cross-cultural experience in a bid to find solutions to key development issues while working with communities to implement sustainable development projects

Generating New Knowledge

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 The program provides an opportunity to generate new knowledge about grassroots development priorities, challenges, assets, opportunities and find new innovations for appropriate interventions.

Development sectors of choice

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You will work side-by-side with a community-based organization specializing in one or more of the following development sectors: health, youth and education, women's equality, micro-enterprise, human rights, and/or environmental issues.

Designing Outreach activities

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You will: Design outreach campaigns promoting community mobilization, sensitization, and health education; Develop community resource centers; Train community leaders to organize informal events, provide informational and health resources.

Retreats and Excursions

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You will learn more about the local Ugandan cultures and widen the scope of adventure through working and living in Uganda. You will also participate in  organized group/individual excursions and retreats that allow you to relax with fellow peers.

Program Impact

Don't just take our word for it. Get an insight of how the program has had a sustainable impact on the Ugandan communities, and the interns' learning growth in international development.

Alumni Experiences

Volunteer or Intern with us for 4 to 52 weeks

Whether In-person or Virtual you can volunteer or intern with any of our partner organizations or, directly support our capacity building projects in different sectors. This ultimately will provide you with an enriched training and experience you need  for your future international development work

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Our Partners

We partner with local and international development agencies and learning institutions to ensure that our participants can acquire a learning experience that can enable them to build a career in international development while creating lasting impacts on communities in Uganda. We welcome all development partners who are willing to join our efforts in empowering underserved communities with sustainable solutions while training future leaders in grassroots development strategies.