Our Summer 2021 Internship Program is now open for applications.
Program session: Mid-June to August 2021
Application Deadline: Updated to ROLLING ADMISSIONS
Pool of Candidates shared with Organizations: April 30th, 2021
Interviews and Selections: Completed May 26th, 2021
Student Orientation: June 2nd, 2021
Internships starts between: June 14th - June 18th, 2021
The application form can be accessed here.
How It Works
We offer summer and winter internship programs with organizations in Africa. Interns are identified through a vigorous application process and matched with prospective partners. The final selection of interns is done by the partner organizations.
What does the internship program entail?
Our internship program is a remote 8-12 week internship program, where students will work with our partner companies to use their skills in a variety of fields ranging from market research to business writing & documentation.
Which roles are available?
Some possible roles are in Business Analysis, Research and Strategy, Stakeholder Management, ROI and Data Analysis, Market Research/Industry Knowledge, Commercial Awareness, Mapping Ecosystems, Business Writing & Documentation, User and Customer Knowledge, Market Compliance, Business Intelligence and Practice-Based Learning, Software Development and more.
Why choose DOWA's program?
Unlike other internship programs that focus on the specific sectors or students from individual universities, DOWA offers a broad range of sectors and our student interns are from different universities in the United States. DOWA is currently working with students in 20 Ivy League and innovative universities and with time, the initiative will expand to cover other universities in the United States and other countries.
How can I make a long-term impact in such a short time?
As entrepreneurs and business leaders of the future, DOWA’s interns are expected to continue contributing to the development of Africa in their respective fields by using the knowledge and experiences from the internships to develop innovative solutions for tackling Africa’s challenges. Working in Africa will help DOWA’s interns shape their thinking about the challenges in Africa and fuel the innovative solutions borne out of their understanding of the African context.
Are there any paid internship opportunities?
Presently, internships are structured as unpaid because for the most part, our partners in Africa are unable to offer competitive rates compared to organizations in the US. The students are therefore encouraged to apply for grants from their universities.
Do you offer any other programs?
We currently offer summer and winter internship programs with companies. In the future, we hope to conduct in-person internships in a variety of African countries. We also plan to offer opportunities where students can engage in volunteer experiences with nonprofits and NGOs throughout the continent.