Guidelines for selecting interns

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The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is a non-profit, non-governmental international organization committed to conducting high quality and policy-relevant research on population and health issues facing sub-Saharan Africa. As part of its contribution to strengthening individual and institutional research capacity to enable African researchers fully participate in defining and implementing priority population and health programs in the continent, APHRC has developed several research capacity strengthening initiatives. One of these initiatives is the research internship program.

Although internships are targeted at African post-graduate students, the Center occasionally hosts recent graduates from undergraduate programs as well as non-Africans working on African issues.

The objectives of research internships at APHRC include:

  • Identification and cultivation of talented young Africans to become future scholars and research leaders
  • Advancement of young scholars’ aptitude in applying and developing sophisticated analytical and methodological skills
  • Prepare interns for successful completion of their postgraduate programs and for future positions in an array of careers including academia and research institutions
  • Provision of strong mentoring and learning environments for young scholars from across Africa


Selection process and eligibility

  • Applicants must submit the following documents
    • Cover letter that indicates whether they have any funding to cover their living expenses during the internship and that describes their research experience, career plans, and the motivations for an internship at APHRC
    • Curriculum vitae
    • A letter of recommendation addressing applicant’s suitability for the internship;

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The letter must be written by a faculty member in the applicant’s department

  • Preference will be given to applicants who are citizens or permanent residents of a sub-Saharan African country
  • Selection is based on these criteria:
    • Career objectives and scientific interests
    • Scholarship and experience
    • Match with available research projects and supervisors

Expectations of interns:

  • Regularly attend staff and research meetings
  • Presentation of research at a Brown Bag Seminar before the end of the internship
  • Must notify APHRC of any published articles based on APHRC data and must have an APHRC researcher listed as a co-author
  • All publications deriving from work during the internship period must acknowledge that the work was done while the author was an intern at APHRC
  • Submit a report documenting experiences during the internship; both positive and negative, plus recommendations on how the program can be enhanced.

How to Apply

Send application to

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