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Africa Career Cafe Recap – Internships still available for spring!

January 21, 2010

On Wednesday, January 20 on the AU campus, over 120 students, alumni and employers took part in the third-annual Africa Career Cafe. For those of you who were unable to attend, here is some useful information on some of the organizations that were represented there:

Tostan: ( http://www.tostan.org) is an Africa volunteer program that works in five West African countries, mainly francophone.  They requires a minimum six-month commitment (one year preferred) so this is a program more appealing to graduating seniors and perhaps graduating MAs who don’t have much work experience.  The most important advantage is that this is a safe, structured program for students who want to gain project experience in Africa.  One needs solid intermediate French, at minimum, to work in their francophone countries.  They are expanding and expect to be working in more West African countries in the near future.

Several other NGOs (and one company) said they have strong year-round need for interns — some paid.  Some are still looking for spring interns and others are recruiting for summer:

Corporate Council on Africa (africacncl.org)

National Democratic Institute (ndi.org)
Refugees International (refugeesinternational.org)
The Africa Middle Market Fund (www.africammfund.com)
Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa (www.africahunger.org)
Tostan also uses interns in its DC office.

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