USAID’s Africa Bureau expects to have a limited number of Summer 2011 internships available in a few of our overseas missions in sub-Saharan Africa as well as in Washington, D.C. This is an excellent opportunity for outstanding students interested in pursuing careers in international development.
Timeline for the process:
February 1: On-line application module will be officially launched. Please note that applications will not be accepted before the launch.
March 15: Closing date for applications
Mid-April: Students will be notified of USAID decisions.
- Students must be American citizens.
- Students must be juniors, seniors, or graduate students at the time of their application. Current freshman and sophomores may not apply. Student status will be verified by USAID
- Students should inform their university’s office of international programs or the equivalent that they are applying for an internship. It is in the interest of the student that the university be aware of the application.
Application requirements for both Africa and Washington are:
- a letter of interest;
- a 1-page essay (statement of intent) outlining his/her particular strengths; discussing what development issues interest them; and explaining their expectations for the internship;
- two letters of recommendation from faculty (employers are also acceptable); and
- additional information that is required by the on-line application form.
Applicants should be studying relevant disciplines (public policy, economics, journalism, agricultural economics, agronomy, public administration, law, management, political science, health, etc.).
Students desiring internships in Francophone Africa must be proficient in French. Students desiring internships in Lusophone Africa must be proficient in Portugese or Spanish. Flexibility, initiative, enthusiasm, good interpersonal skills and lots of energy are also desired. Computer skills are a necessity.
Normally, the internship period is June 15-August 15, although this is negotiable. Selected students must be able to stay the duration of the internship as determined by the sponsoring mission or Washington, DC office. Final decisions on placement will be made in light of the candidate pool and USAID mission priorities at the time of candidate selection. USAID is an equal opportunity employer.
To support the USAID Africa Bureau’s communication needs, all interns are encouraged to include an outreach component in their internship by taking digital photos and writing articles for their school or hometown newspapers. Alternatively, when students return to their schools, they are encouraged to seek out opportunities to present information to their school communities about their experiences in Africa and work with USAID. Students doing Washington-based internships are also encouraged to write or present something about their experience with USAID. Photos and articles will be considered for inclusion in USAID outreach efforts and websites.
Additional Information for Internships in USAID Missions in Africa
USAID and each student will sign an agreement that provides that:
- USAID will provide the student with housing, a small monthly stipend, and in-country travel costs.
- The student or the sponsoring university will be responsible for round-trip travel costs to Africa, medical insurance (including Medevac insurance), automobile and other insurance, and all other costs not paid or reimbursed by USAID.
Additional Information about Internships in Washington D.C.
- Washington, D.C. internships are unpaid positions.
USAID’s Africa Bureau expects to have a limited number of Summer 2011 internships available in a few of their overseas missions in sub-Saharan Africa as well as in Washington, D.C. This is an excellent opportunity for outstanding students interested in pursuing careers in international development.
Applications for the Africa Bureau’s internship program are being accepted online now through March 15, 2011. For further details and to apply, please go to the following link: http://www.usaid.gov/locations/sub-saharan_africa/internships.html.