Summer 2022: Africa-Related Internships & Funding Opportunities

Summer 2023 Internships will be announced by December 1st, 2022. The information provided below was for Summer 2022. 

The Harvard Center for African Studies is pleased to share the following Africa-related in-person and virtual internship opportunities for continuing Harvard College students for Summer 2022. Browse the list of opportunities from CAS and other Harvard centers below. Each program may have different application deadlines, so pay close attention to dates and application instructions noted on each individual program page. All of the opportunities posted below either come with funding or are eligible for CAS or OCS funding. Students should pay close attention to the application instructions and job descriptions to know whether positions automatically come with funding or if students must apply for funding in addtion to submitting the program application.

The Center for African Studies will follow Harvard's travel guidance when determining program availability and reviewing funding applications.  As you make summer plans, please review Global Support Services' Coronavirus: Advice for Travelers page. As of December 2021, Harvard’s COVID travel policy states that students who are fully vaccinated are able to travel both domestically and internationally (providing they adhere to all host-country requirements, and to Harvard’s student international travel policies). Unvaccinated students may petition the University to travel both internationally and domestically for in-person internships.

If you have any questions, please contact Lindsay Moats, CAS Student Support and Outreach Officer, at

Please refer to the following  application deadlines: 
OCS Funding Application: March 3rd, 2022
HGHI Internship Opportunities: February 6th, 2022
CAS Internship and Funding Opportunities: March 1st, 2022 
Office of Undergraduate Research & Fellowships: Varies (See website)
IOP Funding Application: April, 3rd 2022

Internship & Funding Opportunities

Harvard Center for African Studies Funded Internship Programs

Maru-A-Pula Internship Program, Gaborone, Botswana
Funding: Travel Stipend + Housing & Meals Provided
Application Deadline: March 1st, 2022
Location: Gaborone, Botswana (In-Person)
The Maru-a-Pula Summer Program (MaP) is a fully-funded, eight-week summer opportunity to work and live at the Maru-a-Pula School in Gaborone, Botswana. One of Southern Africa’s top secondary schools, Maru-a-Pula collaborates with the Center for African Studies to engage Harvard students during the summer to share their experiences and expertise with students...(learn more).

Jospong Internship Program, Accra, Ghana
Funding: Travel & Living Stipend + Accomodation Provided
Application Deadline: March 1st, 2022
Location: Accra, Ghana (In-Person)
The Jospong Internship Program is a fully-funded program for Harvard University undergraduate and graduate students to work for the Jospong Group of Companies for eight weeks during the summer in Accra, Ghana. The Jospong Group of Companies has several sectors of operation including waste management, banking and finance, information communications, technology, and mining. This program provides interns a unique opportunity to work for one of the fastest growing networks of companies in Africa. ...(learn more)

Harvard Affiliated Funded Internships

Perinatal HIV Research Unit, Soweto, South Africa
Funding: Funded by HGHI
Application Deadline: February 6th, 2022
Location: Soweto, South Africa (TBD if In-Person or Remote)
Perinatal HIV Research Unit (PHRU) is one of Africa’s leading research centres, situated at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital—known locally as ‘Bara’—in Soweto, Johannesburg. PHRU is affiliated with the University of the Witwatersrand and engages in research, training, policy-formulation and advocacy concerning HIV-positive and -negative people and their children....(learn more)

The Touch Foundation, Mwanza, Tanzania
Funding: Funded by HGHI
Application Deadline: February 6th, 2022
Location: Mwanza, Tanzania (Preference for In-Person, but flexible)
The Touch Foundation is a secular non-profit organization committed to improving the health of the Tanzanian people by strengthening their health system across the different levels of care, from tertiary hospital down to village-level facilities. We expand our impact across Tanzania by sharing our on-the-ground experience and acquired knowledge with the local and international public health community...(learn more)

University of Global Health Equity, Kigali, Rwanda
Funding: Funded by HGHI
Application Deadline: February 6th, 2022
Location: Remote
The University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) is a new university based in Rwanda that is training the next generation of global health professionals, including doctors, nurses, researchers, veterinarians, and public health and policy experts, to be leaders and changemakers who strive to deliver equitable, quality health services for all. An initiative of Partners In Health (PIH) led by internationally recognized faculty and staff from around the world, UGHE is an independent, accredited university that builds on PIH’s three decades of experience in delivering health services to some of the world’s poorest communities...(learn more).

Mbarara University of Science & Technology (MUST) & Massachusettes General Hospital, Mbara & Bugoye, Uganda
Funding: Funded by HGHI
Location: Mbara & Bugoye, Uganda (In-Person)
Application Deadline: February 6th, 2022 
The Global Health Collaborative is a partnership between Mbarara University of Science & Technology (MUST), Massachusetts General Hospital, and other international academic institutions.  The Global Health Collaboration seeks to build bilateral institutional capacity through responsive and sustainable program implementation in research, education, technology innovation and clinical care in Uganda and the United States...(learn more).

Harvard Business School Global Research Centers Summer Internship, Johannesburg, South Africa
Funding: Funded by HBS (see program website for funding and application details)
Application Deadline: February 14th, 2022
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa (In-Person)
The HBS Africa Research Center Summer program is a funded eight-week program that provides Harvard college students the opportunity to gain practical experience at the HBS Africa Research Center in Johannesburg, South Africa. The HBS Africa Research Center, the newest of our research locations around the world, is an arm of Harvard Business School (HBS), and plays an important role in helping HBS to develop and strengthen relationships with sub-Saharan Africa business and academic leaders...(learn more).
Available positions: Only one position is availble. Click "learn more" above for the full job description and application instructions. 

Evidence Corps Internship Program | Morocco Employment Lab, Rabat, Morocco
Funding: Funded by HKS | Evidence for Policy Design
Application Deadline: February 14th, 2022 
Location: Rabat, Morocco (In-Person or Remote)
The Morocco Employment Lab seeks to create a culture of evidence-based policymaking through rigorous impact evaluations and capacity building in collaboration with a wide range of public and non-governmental organizations. The Lab is led by J-PAL and Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) at the Harvard Kennedy School, and based at the Policy Center for the New South, a Moroccan think tank...(Learn more).

Evidence Corps Internship Program | Taxation Policy Research – Professor Anders Jensen (Remote with focus on Rwanda)
Funding: Funded by HKS | Evidence for Policy Design
Application Deadline: February 14th, 2022
Location: Remote with project focused on Rwanda
Fiscal externalities (FE) are an important by‐product of tax reforms: following a rate change applied to an initial tax base, FEs measure the change in revenue collection on other tax bases, arising from taxpayer responses to the reform. In policy debates, the existence of sizeable FEs is often presented as one of the main arguments by supply‐side economists to argue that tax cuts pay for themselves. If FEs on other bases exist, they should be incorporated into the welfare assessment of any tax reform. In this paper, we measure the fiscal externalities of tariff reforms on domestic tax collection in Rwanda. We take advantage of a unique dataset containing all foreign trade transactions merged with firm‐to‐firm Network transactions for the universe of formal firms. The research fellow will help with writing summaries of the relevant international trade policy and academic literatures, as well as contribute to the empirical analysis...(learn more).

Independent Internships (See "Funding" Instructions Below)

United Nations Development Programme, Pretoria, South Africa 
Funding: $5,500 Travel & Living Stipend  (Funded by Harvard CAS - You do not need to complete an additional application for funding. Applying for the internship automatically adds you to our applicant pool for funding.)
Application Deadline: March 1st, 2022
Location: Pretoria, South Africa (In-Person)
The UNDP country office in South Africa supports the government of South Africa in achieving its development goals outlined in the National Development Plan 2030 as well as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The UNDP country office’s activities are guided by the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (2020 -2025), the UNDP Strategic Plan (2018-2021), and the UNDP South Africa Country Programme Document (2020-2025). UNDP’s country programmes seek to contribute to South Africa’s social and economic transformational aspirations from policy support to implementation. UNDP brings knowledge of global best practices to South Africa through flagship knowledge reports including the Human Development Reports…(learn more).
Available Positions: CAS anticipates there being 2-4 positions available in the following sectors: Economics, Inclusive Growth and Development, Energy & Environment, and Governance.  Official job descriptions will be posted here once available. In the meantime, please click HERE for sample descriptions, eligibility, and applications instructions.  

Wellness Africa Foundation, Ogun State, Nigeria
Funding: $6,500 Travel & Living Stipend (Funded by Harvard CAS - You do not need to complete an additional application for funding. Applying for the internship automatically adds you to our applicant pool for funding.)
Application Deadline: March 1st, 2022
Location: Ogun State, Nigeria (In-Person)
Wellness Africa Foundation (WAF) is a non-governmental organization committed to Sustainable Development Goal 3 (Good Health and Well-being) and duly incorporated with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) of Nigeria in May 2019. The mission of WAF is to facilitate community health outreaches to the underserved, while also promoting Adolescents and Youth Reproductive Health (AYRH) services...(learn more).
Available Positions: View positions and application instructions here. 

Sena Institute of Technology (SIT), Penyi, Volta Region, Ghana
Funding: Students may apply for CAS or OCS funding. CAS funding is only for in-person internships, while OCS offers funding for both in-person and remote internships. Students must reach out to the Sena Institute directly to secure an internship. Once you secure your internship, you may apply for CAS or OCS funding by the deadlines posted above.
Application Deadline: See CAS and OCS funding deadlines. Be sure to reach out to SIT well in advance of the funding deadlines to secure an internship
Location: Penyi, Volta Region, Ghana (In-person or Remote)
Sena institute of Technology is a private non-profit research center in Ghana. The institute is a startup with a mission of promoting research capacity in Ghana and in other African countries. SIT is developing its own technologies in molecular biology, plant research, and technology design. We are looking for students with a start-up mentality and interested in biotechnology applications in a developing country...(learn more).
Available positions: View potential positions here and contact Kwasi Agbleke, PhD at (CC to inquire about the internship and apply. 
Application Instructions: Contact Kwasi Agbleke, PhD at (CC to inquire about the internship and apply. Once your internship is secured, apply for either CAS or OCS funding by the deadline. 

*Independent internships are not mananged through the Harvard Center for African Studies. Students should be prepared to organize their own travel and living arrangements and work directly with the host organization for all internship logistics. If funded by CAS, CAS will provide basic support services (Pre-departure guidance and orientation from CAS staff and in-country support through Harvard Global Support Services). Please contact Lindsay Moats at with questions. All students travelling to Africa during Summer 2022 will be invited to attend the "Africa Summer Travel Mixer" in April to connect with other Harvard students travelling to the Continent.






Third Party Internship Providers

Cultural Agents | Pre-Texts: Creative arts, education, non-profit internships in Africa
Funding: Eligible for OCS Funding (See the OCS website for funding levels based on financial aid status and application instructions)
Application Deadline: February 6, 2022
This summer, Cultural Agents is offering an eight-week, funded, remote program, where students will be paired with a host organization, become trained as facilitators of Pre-Texts, and will then work with host organizations on projects related to the organization as well as the implementation of Pre-Texts…(learn more).
African Host Organizations: Shamiri Institute (Nairobi, Kenya), Tom Mboya University College (Homa Bay, Kenya), AHRC, Clowns Without Borders (Sierra Leone or South Africa), Play Africa (South Africa). You can view a full list of host organizations on the Pre-Texts website linked above.

diiVe: Summer 2022, Cape Town, South Africa
Funding: Eligible for OCS Funding (See the OCS website for funding levels based on financial aid status and application instructions)
Application Deadline: See the diiVe website for the program application deadline. See above for OCS funding deadline. Students will need to apply for the program and funding separately. 
Location: Cape Town, South Africa (Remote or In-Person)
Consulting has consistently been at the forefront of business innovation and change, and now those in the industry are tackling challenges of our uncertain future. At diiVe, build your key consulting and business skills and learn how to leverage opportunity in a post-COVID era...(learn more).

*Third-party internship providers and the internships they help arrange are not vetted or endorsed by Harvard University. Students are responsible for researching these providers to ensure a proper fit for their interests and summer goals, and should ask providers to connect them with past participants about their experiences. Students must have internships confirmed by providing a support letter from the internship provider listing project start and end dates and location of host organization (city, country) before the funding application deadline.