Is this Program Right for You?
This program is for graduate students seeking three-credit or non-credit summer internship experience in Kenya, with prior approval from the academic department. Through AU Abroad and the AU Nairobi Premier Center, qualified graduate students are able to intern with Kenyan-run organizations and businesses in Nairobi or other predetermined Kenyan locations while pursuing academic requirements with AU Nairobi Director. Find out more about Kenya through the AU Nairobi website
AU Nairobi has been running semester and academic year programs since 2005. The internship opportunities in this program reflect the nature of Kenya itself. In the past, students have interned in public health, media and communications, development, environmental sustainability, girls' education, sports, and poverty reduction, among others. Successful students in this program should be well suited in being flexible and open-minded.
As part of the AU Nairobi application, students are required to submit information related to your qualifications and what kind of internship you would like to pursue. The AU Nairobi staff then work to "match" you with one or more appropriate organizations that you will interview with on site. Along with a student’s academic interest, the AU Nairobi Center staff will work to identify internship opportunities that are well-suited for the student among the available opportunities. Students can expect to intern four to five days a week over the duration of six to eight weeks, totaling 210 hours of internship experience.
Students in this program are registered for SABD-615, a three-credit internship.
You are introduced to Kenyan culture
during this summer term, and will be getting around by public transportation, getting to know local places of importance, trying local foods, and participating in at least one of the many ways Kenyans use entertainment. You will have plenty of time to explore the area you intern in independently.
AU Nairobi staff
will arrange for you to be picked up at the Jomo Kenyatta airport when your program begins and provide you with an orientation. You will be in regular communication with AU Nairobi staff while interning in Kenya.
Housing & Meals
Housing is determined by internship placement and location and could include a wide range of possibilities: apartment living, homestay, hotel rooms, or camping. Meals are not included, unless the student is at a homestay.
Visas are required to enter into Kenya and a residency permit can be processed onsite. Although AU Abroad staff assist with the visa process, it is your responsibility to apply for your own visa.