About Us

Our Impact

Doing Good Work in Africa (DOWA) which was launched during the COVID-19 pandemic is a 501c3 non-profit organization. DOWA is a free internship placement program for self-motivated, forward-thinking students who seek internships that provide diverse, experiential learning opportunities in high-impact, innovative sectors in Africa. 


DOWA believes that the challenges faced on the African continent present opportunities for brilliant students; through internships, students can learn from innovators. Our mission is to connect students to innovators who are developing solutions to multi-layered challenges that are scalable and impactful; as a pipeline to develop future innovators, investors and advocates that can impact their local communities and beyond. 


Our vision is to create a pipeline of innovators, investors and advocates. As entrepreneurs and business leaders of the future, DOWA’s interns are expected to continue contributing to the development of their local communities and beyond; in their respective fields by using the knowledge and experiences from their internship experience to develop innovative solutions for tackling local and global challenges.  

Core Values


We work together with mutual respect, partnership, and appreciation of all perspectives and approaches.


We will be transparent about the needs of all our stakeholders in order to realize the best matches between students and organizations. 


We will work with people who are aligned with our vision and work to develop passionate programs to advance our goals.


We strive to do the right thing by our stakeholders. Being reliable, taking responsibility and always having DOWA´s mission in mind when faced with tough decisions.


We provide all necessary information, materials and support needed to ensure stakeholders have what they need to function at their very best.


The Team


Associate Director - Business Development 

Publicis Media

Emiola Abass

Senior Environmental & Social Development Specialist The World Bank Group

Global Advisory Council Members

Titi Akinsanmi

Global Policy Team Lead: Generative AI Assistant and Hardware - Google

Former Policy and Government Relations Lead West & Francophone Africa - Google

Program Staff & Volunteers

Olufolake Adegoke

Program Coordinator

Sophie Lara

Fundraising & Grant Writing Research Associate