USAID Pathways Internship, Bureau for Africa


USAID’s Africa Bureau expects to have a limited number of paid summer 2016 Pathways Internships available in few of our overseas missions in sub-Saharan Africa. 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.

Students desiring internships in Francophone Africa must be proficient in French. Students desiring internships in Lusophone Africa must be proficient in Portuguese 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 – August, although this is negotiable. Selected students must be able to stay the duration of the internship as determined by the sponsoring mission. Final decisions on placement will be made in light of the candidate pool and USAID mission priorities at the time of candidate selection.

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. Photos and articles will be considered for inclusion in USAID outreach efforts and websites.

Possible locations include but are not limited to: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Congo (Democratic Republic), Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

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