StartUpAfrica offers a limited number of internships every year to individuals with an interest in learning about youth and entrepreneurship issues in the local and African context and who are passionate about helping us further our mission at StartUpAfrica. Internships with StartUpAfrica are in high demand and places are limited.
We offer our interns a specially tailored program which takes into account different abilities and interests to maximize the benefits of the experience for both the individual and StartUpAfrica. Interns are assigned a StartUpAfrica mentor who design and agree on the content of the internship, with a structured timeline and regular progress assessments.
Our interns may work on one of, or a combination of, the following areas:

Fundraising & Development:

Responsibilities may include researching international and local foundations, grant programs and other possible sources of funds, writing grant applications, organizing and executing fundraising and donor cultivation events. This will particularly suit interns looking to understand the fundraising and donor development function at an NGO and to gain some event management experience.

Graphic Design / Website Intern:

Responsibilities may include providing graphic design support to the Marketing and Communication’s unit. This will particularly suit interns who have previous experience using graphic design and website software (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, Dreamweaver, WordPress, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScripts). Candidates must provide design samples and links at interview.

Research & Communications:

Responsibilities may include reviewing published research and articles on entrepreneurship issues, conducting primary and/or secondary research, writing and editing pieces for StartUpAfrica’s website and other communication channels, and working on campaigns to advocate for brighter prospects for youth. This will particularly suit interns who are capable in, and confident of, undertaking research and writing projects in English, and who are looking to understand the advocacy and communications function at an NGO.

Community Programs:

Responsibilities may include program design and implementation, including research, liaison with StartUpAfrica’s program partners encompassing other NGOs to academics to the Government to corporate sponsors, attending program events from in-schools to workshops to NGO visits, and hands on logistical and administrative support. This will particularly suit interns who are interested in social work, and who are looking to understand the community outreach and programs function at an NGO.



  • Ability to work independently to complete assigned tasks accurately and on time
  • A proven interest in entrepreneurship and youth issues
  • Openness to new experiences and willingness to learn
  • Self-motivation to maintain a log of your experiences during your internship including projects worked on, events and meetings attended, and skills and knowledge acquired or enhanced
  • Commitment to complete two evaluation forms – one midway and one at the end of your internship



UNPAID INTERNSHIP- Will complete any paperwork required by your school or internship program and/or provide a letter of recommendation for candidates that complete their assigned responsibilities professionally and successfully.

How to Apply:

To apply, please send your resume or CV and a cover letter outlining your interest in an internship to