USAID, Africa Internships

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USAID's Africa Bureau expects to have a limited number of Summer internships available in a few of our overseas missions in sub-Saharan Africa.

This is an excellent opportunity for outstanding students interested in pursuing careers in international development.

Selection criteria:

  • Students must be American citizens.
  • Students must be juniors, seniors, or graduate students. 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:

  • A letter of interest
  • A 1-page essay (statement of intent) outlining your particular strengths; discussing what development issues interest you; and explaining your 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.).

    Normally, the internship period is June 15 - August 15, although this is negotiable.

    Final decisions on placement will be made in light of the candidate pool and USAID mission priorities at the time of candidate selection.

    Selected students will be required to undergo a security and medical clearance process and must be covered under a medical insurance and medical evacuation plan.

    April 8th: Closing date for applications.

    For More Information and Application Materials, Visit: USAID, Africa Internships
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