Intern Program

The Summer Internship Application portal will open on March 15th, 2021!


Our Winter 2020 Internship Program is now open for applications.

  • Two Program sessions options: Dec. 2020 - Jan/Feb. 2021

Jan 2021 - Feb/Mar. 2021

  • Application Deadline: (Rolling Admissions) - Due to increased partner organizations interests, we will continue to accept applications.

  • Pool of Candidates shared with Organizations: Week of Nov 2nd, 2020

  • Interviews and Selections: By Nov 25th, 2020 for 1st session

  • Student Orientation: Dec 1st, 2020

  • Internships starts between: Dec 1st - Dec 7th, 2020 (Session 1)

Jan 18th - Jan 22nd, 2021 (Session 2)

  • 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 an application process and matched with prospective partners. The final selection of interns is done by the partner organizations.

Intern FAQs

What does the winter internship program entail?

Our winter 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.

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 10 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?

We do have opportunities for paid internships. However, students who have funding from their university or from outside scholarships and fellowships will be prioritized.

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.

Past Interns

Introducing our Summer 2020 cohort, who piloted DOWA's internship program launch.

Fehintola Falana

George Washington University

Feyisetan Falana

Yale University

Ijeoma Nwuke

Dartmouth College

Iris Hou

University of California, Berkeley

Maryclare Chinedo

Brown University

Portraits of FUND II UNCF STEM Scholars attending in 2019

Patrick Kehinde

University of Pennsylvania

Raphaël Noufele

University of Pennsylvania

Tashweena Heeramun

University of Pennsylvania

Toluwani Soares

Baylor University

Yinyin Chen

Cornell University

DOWA-Data Results Final.pptx