Intern Program

Our Summer 2021 Internship Program!

  • 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 is now CLOSED! *The Winter 2021/2022 application portal will be available in October 2021.

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.

Intern FAQs

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/funding from their universities or 3rd party organizations.

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.

Universities Represented by Past Interns

DOWA Introduction Doc.pdf