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Cape Intern
Internships in Cape Town and South Africa, volunteer work, language course. Travel tips.

Connect-123 Study and Internship Programs
"Study and Internship Programs assists university students in finding challenging internships in a wide range of fields in Cape Town, South Africa. Our area of focus spans from engineering and business to health care, human rights and journalism." Links students with Cape Town projects. Secure housing, logistics support. Study abroad programs are fully accredited by the University of Cape Town. In 2008 expects over 250 student participants. Founded by Steven Levy. Based in Cape Town, South Africa.

Conserve Africa Foundation(London)
"...independent non-profit international environmental organisation set up by a network of NGOs, public institutions and individuals in Africa and in the North, who are involved in issues pertaining to sustainable development of Africa." Has a discussion forum, Conserve Africa. A section on Medicinal plants and natural products. Articles such as Overview on Medicinal Plants and Traditional Medicine in Africa, in PDF. Has a volunteer and internship program. Directory of other African environmental NGOs. "You are expected to meet all your living, accommodation and travel expenses." [KF]

Cross-Cultural Solutions
"independent non-profit organization with no governmental or religious affiliations." Partners with CARE. "volunteers work in orphanages and child care centers, schools, health clinics and hospitals, homes for the elderly, centers for people with disabilities, and other community organizations." Is open to all ages, abilities (including those with disabilities). Has 3-week minimum stays in Ghana and Tanzania. A three week cost for the Volunteer Abroad program is $2,650. Interns work in health, education or social services and work for 5 weeks in Ghana ($3,471) or 4 weeks in Tanzania ($3,210). Offices in New Rochelle, New York and Brighton, U.K. [KF]

Council on International Educational Exchange. International Volunteer Projects
Study abroad programs and internships in Africa. The CIEE, established in 1947, "is the leading U.S. non-governmental international education organization. CIEE creates and administers programs that allow high school and university students and educators to study and teach abroad." Based in New York City. [KF]

Economic and Social Research Foundation (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)
ESRF was "established in 1994 as an independent, not-for-profit institution for research and policy analysis." Hosts an Anti-Corruption Forum with reports, documents. Some issues of its Newsletter are online. Has a searchable online document catalog. The newspaper clipping database has articles in PDF but sources are not indicated. Has student internship positions. Based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Old Site: New site:

Foreign Policy Association
Has a Job Board lisiting internships, job and volunteer opportunities. "a national, nonprofit, nonpartisan, nongovernmental, educational organization founded in 1918 to educate Americans about the significant international issues that influence their lives."

Global Information Internship Program, GIIP
"We mobilize the creative energy of UCSC’s highly motivated undergrads to work in solidarity with civil society groups struggling to overcome the digital divide." The Director of GIIP is Paul M. Lubeck, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Global Routes (Northampton, Massachusetts)
A non-profit, non-sectarian NGO. Its first program was in Kenya in 1986. For North American high school and college students; students live with local families. Costs: Summer: $4,300, Fall, Winter, Spring: $4,600. Program fees do not include airfare. Has teaching internships in Kenya and Ghana. Interns can receive academic credit through California State University, Chico. Based in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Global Service Corps (San Francisco)
Its Tanzania program includes volunteer programs and internships; costs range from $1200 to $6300 (excludes Airfare, travel insurance, resident permits and visas). Programs for health professionals, HIV/AIDS prevention, and sustainable agriculture projects. Works with Earth Island Institute, the San Francisco environmental organization.

Global Volunteer Network
Places volunteers in community projects in Ghana, Uganda, and other countries. Volunteers participate in educational, environmental and community aid programs. Examples of ...activities available include teaching English, environmental work, AIDS education, and assisting in an orphanage. "Our Uganda program allows volunteers to participate in AIDS education and economic stimulation, while our Ghana program allows volunteers to steach children a variety of subjects." "The Global Volunteer Network (GVN) is a private, Non Government Organization (NGO) based in Wellington, New Zealand."

Global Youth Connect
Study tour to Rwanda; cost approx. $2,000. May have internships. Hafsat Abiola was on the founding steering committee. Based in Woodstock, New York. [KF]
"...source for study abroad, language schools, overseas internships, international volunteer positions, teach abroad, jobs abroad, US Universities, Eco-Travel around the world..." Select by country or type or work, internship, area of study, etc..

The Idealist - Action Without Borders
Directory of nonprofit agencies in 110 countries, including African countries. Has a database of internships, non-profit jobs. Founded in 1995 and based in New York.

Indiana University. Summer Study Abroad: Dakar, Senegal - "History, Culture and Politics of West African Muslim Societies," July 6-August 12, 2003
Application deadline is February 24, 2003. Applicants must be an undergraduate student at an accredited university, have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA, and have completed two semesters of college-level French. Cost is $2,250 for non-Indiana U student, plus the cost of airfare. At Cheikh Anta Diop University. Directed by Maria Grosz-Ngaté, Associate Director of IU's African Studies Program.

iNet - Internship Network
U.S. internships only. Open only to the eight universities listed. "an internship listing shared by the following eight...universities: University of Pennsylvania, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Georgetown University, Yale University, Rice University, Stanford University, Northwestern University, New York University. All internship listings posted by employers here are visible to students at those schools." Must register to use.

Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa / Institut pour les Droits Humains et le Développement en Afrique - Internships
"Interns coming from outside Africa pay into a fund for the support of African interns, as follows: $250 per month for those who stay three months; $200 per month for those who stay up to seven months; and a flat $1500 for those who stay eight months or longer. Such interns will have to cover all their living and other expenses while in the Gambia, including health insurance." Qualifications: Interns must be computer literate and fluent in either English or French, with working knowledge of the other language. Arabic or Portuguese language skills are an advantage. Interns may be of any academic or national background. Those with legal training will work in the Institute's litigation and capacity building programmes. Those with training in journalism, public relations, social sciences, fund-raising, graphic design, computers and web page maintenance, library and cataloguing skills are also welcome." The Institute has received funding from the Ford Foundation, Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and others.

International Law Institute - African Centre for Legal Excellence (ILl-Uganda)
Internships for foreign law students [from all countries; many U.S. students have participated]. "Interns are involved fully in the workings of the Centre, and are encouraged to formulate independent projects concerning legal capacity building in developing nations and international commercial law. The internship is unpaid but housing is provided. Applicants must currently be enrolled in law school." The Centre offers continuing education and research for lawyers, finance officials, and other professionals from all nations of sub-Saharan Africa.

KickStart (formerly ApproTEC)
An NGO founded in Kenya in 1991, works in Kenya, Tanzania, Mali. "Each summer, ApproTEC has a very limited number of internships at its offices in Nairobi, Kenya. These non-paying positions are for experienced business, economics, and engineering design graduate students or professionals. ApproTEC assists small business people "to identify viable business opportunities, to access the technologies required to launch the new enterprises and to widely market new products." Example: Designed a water pump which has helped Kenyans grow food more efficiently and profitably. ApproTEC received one of five Tech Museum of Innovation award for technology benefiting humanity - Source: San Jose Mercury News, 1C. Nov. 8, 2002, p. Based in Nairobi and San Francisco.

Pearls of Africa - Online Volunteers
Assist a Uganda non-profit working with people with disabilities. "conduct research, translate information from one language to another, prepare grant proposals, writing, design web sites and pages, create graphics, assist in marketing, fundraising, and communications..." A partner of NetAid.

Refugee Consortium of Kenya
Has internships. Based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Southern Africa Environment Project - Internships
SAEP is a non-profit with offices in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. Accepts "volunteers and interns/fellows for its environmental education and academic support and enrichment programme in the high schools of Philippi and other townships, Cape Town. These positions provide unique opportunities to learn, teach, and serve at the same time." Volunteers must have their own funding. [KF]

Stanford In Government - International Internships
Lists resources for students, undergrad and graduate. Not restricted to Stanford students.

Stanford University - FUSION Future Social Innovators Network
For Stanford students interested in social entrepreneurship.

Stanford University. Haas Center for Public Service
For Stanford undergraduate students only. Has an African Service Fellowship (and Haas description), a joint program with the Center for African Studies, for students interested in working on social and economic issues in Africa, particularly southern Africa. This is a full-time nine-week, internship (typically done in summer) with an organization in southern Africa. The Haas Summer Fellowship enables students to design their own program in Africa. Students need to have a previous contact in Africa.

Support for International Change, SIC
NGO (501(c)(3) to limit the impact of HIV/AIDS in underserved communities and to train future leaders in international health and development. Works in Tanzania. Awareness campaigns, HIV testing and counseling. "Offers structured 8 and 12 week volunteer programs open to students and recent alumni" from various colleges. The on-line Newsletters describe activities. Founded by a Stanford University medical student in 2002 as Students for International Change. Based in Tucson, Arizona and Arusha, Tanzania.

NGO founded in 2001 by Saul Garlick. Young Americans works with with rural villages in Africa...... interns and fellows create sustainable business models for development projects and work with community leaders. Internships in South Africa, Kenya, Sierra Leone.

Unite for Sight - Volunteer Abroad
Apply to be a Global Impact Fellow. Has eye clinics in Ghana. "Unite For Sight supports eye clinics worldwide by investing human and financial resources in their social ventures to eliminate patient barriers to eye care."  Based in New Haven, Connecticut.

United Nations in Nairobi - Internship Programme
Applicants must provide their own funding and be currently enrolled in a third or fourth year of under-graduate (BA/BSc) or in a graduate (Masters) or post-graduate (PhD) programme. They must be willing to intern on a full-time basis spending five days a week usually for a period of not less than THREE MONTHS and not exceeding SIX MONTHS.

University of Minnesota. Study Abroad and Internships
"..aims to put students in direct contact with the social and economic realities of actual communities....How do local problems relate to systems of domination and oppression in a globalizing world?" The program is open to all individuals. Eligibility does not require student or University of Minnesota status. Study abroad programs in Africa. Non-University of Minnesota students pay slightly more. Has internships. Program by the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

University of Minnesota - Work, Intern, Volunteer (WIV) Database
"The programs listed here are administered by organizations with no affiliation to the University of Minnesota or the Learning Abroad Center. They have not been reviewed by Learning Abroad Center staff. Investigate programs thoroughly before committing."

USAID Sub-Saharan Africa - Internships

Matches volunteers with non-profit organizations. Find in person volunteer projects by type, location. Virtual volunteer projects (build web sites for organizations world-wide). Other virtual volunteer projects include translation, preparing training manuals, etc. Based in San Francisco, California.

West African Research Center
Offers fellowships, travel grants, and internships. Based in Dakar, Senegal.

Women for Women International
A non-profit which matches a U.S. woman with a woman overseas. "always needs general office volunteers for our Washington, DC headquarter office." Research Internships research and write reports on the political, economic, demographic and gender issues of specific countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bosnia, Columbia, Iran, Kosova, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone. Based in Washington, D.C.

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars - Internships
For undergraduate and graduate students. "Foreign students are eligible, but they must hold a valid F-1 or J-1 visa and appropriate work authorization." The Center, "a nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds, engaged in the study of national and world affairs", has an Africa Program. Based in Washington, D.C.


Print Sources
Directories may help locate organizations which accept interns.

East Africa Directory of Grantmakers and Grants Programmes, 2004-2005. Nairobi, Kenya : Allavida.

NGOs Eastern Africa, development & business organizations : Directory & profiles. 2005/6. Nairobi : New Dawn Media Services, 2006.