Applications are invited for internships with the USAID Africa Bureau. This is an excellent opportunity for outstanding students interested in pursuing careers in international development. USAID will provide the student with housing, a small monthly stipend, and in-country travel costs. Washington, D.C. internships are unpaid positions. Limited number of summer internships is available for the applicants. Internship application deadline is December 31, 2015.
Field of Internship: Internship is awarded in the field of International development. Applicants should be studying relevant disciplines (public policy, economics, journalism, agricultural economics, agronomy, public administration, law, management, political science, health, etc.).
Course Level: Internship
Internship Provider: USAID's Africa Bureau
Internship can be taken at: Africa, Asia and Near East, Europe and Eurasia, or Latin America and the Caribbean or in one of the technical sectors such as Democracy, Economic Growth) , Education, Humanitarian Assistance, and Global Health.
- Students must be American citizens (Students that possess dual citizenship are very unlikely to receive a security clearance).
- Students must be college juniors, seniors, or graduate students at the time of their application. 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.
Internship Open for International Students: U.S. citizens are eligible to apply for this internship. Non-U.S. citizens may apply for programs available through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).
Is this paid internship? 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. Washington, D.C. internships are unpaid positions. While students will be required to obtain a security clearance, they will not be required to undergo a medical clearance process. In addition, there is no requirement that they have special medical insurance and a medical evacuation plan.
Internship Description: USAID's Africa Bureau expects to have a limited number of summer 2016 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. In sub-Saharan Africa, USAID works to help build sustained and well-governed states that respond to the needs of their people, reduce widespread poverty, and conduct themselves responsibly in the international system. Our assistance to Africa aims to help African governments, institutions, and organizations advance good governance principles and innovative approaches to health, education, economic growth, agriculture, and the environment. Interns will have the opportunity to contribute to USAID's work in Africa while learning valuable lessons about international development and working closely with our staff members. The work assigned to an intern in most office divisions includes research, writing program memoranda, drafting documents, facilitating meetings and special events, attending program discussions in the Agency and at the Department of State, and communicating on program issues for USAID field Missions abroad.
Number of awards offered: Limited number of summer internships is available for the applicants.
Internship Duration: The internship period is June – August, although this is negotiable.
Notification: On February 2, 2016 all students will be notified of USAID's decision.
How to Apply: Students will apply online at the USAID web site. The online application form will ask you to fill in basic information as well as a description of your foreign language skills and overseas experience. You will also be asked to submit a statement of intent, and resume (or CV) online. The statement of intent should discuss your interests in development and indicate how the internship fits into your career goals. Offers of positions under this internship program are subject to sufficient funding for these purposes. And, security clearances referenced above MUST be obtained before the commencement of any internship.
Internship Application Deadline: Internship application deadline is December 31, 2015.