African Union (AU) Internship Program

The African Union (AU) Internship Program offers a full-time engagement opportunity for qualified individuals from diverse academic backgrounds to gain professional exposure within the AU. It is an excellent chance for interns to develop their professional skills and complement their educational experience.

African Union Internship Program Focus Area

Interns in the program provide administrative and technical support for effective implementation of African Union programs, projects and activities in the following Departments/Directorates:

  • Cabinet of the Deputy Chairperson
  • Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Environment (ARBE)
  • Economic Development, Trade, Industry, Mining (ETIM)
  • Education, Science, Technology and Innovation (ESTI)
  • Infrastructure and Energy (IE)
  • Political Affairs, Peace and Security (PAPS)
  • Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development (HHS)
  • Human Resources Management (HRM)
  • Operations Support Services
  • Management Information Systems Division
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
  • Conference Management and Publications (CMP)
  • Office for Safety and Security Services
  • Citizens and Diaspora (CIDO)
  • Medical and Health Services
  • Financial Control Unit
  • Office of Strategic Planning and Delivery
  • Office of Internal Oversight (OIO)
  • Quality Assurance and Control
  • Ethics, Integrity and Standards
  • Office of the Secretary to the Commission
  • Office of the Legal Counsel (OLC)
  • Office of Protocol
  • Partnership and Resource Mobilization
  • Women, Gender and Youth (WGY)
  • Information and Communication
  • Peace Fund Secretariat
  • New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD)

African Union Internship Program Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible for the program:

  • Actively enrolled in at least the final year of a Bachelor’s degree program OR have obtained a Bachelor’s degree or an advanced/postgraduate (Masters) qualification in a related academic field.
  • Be nationals of a Member State of the African Union.
  • Be full-time students currently enrolled in the final year of their Bachelors or graduate school program.
  • Be fluent in at least one of the African Union working languages (Arabic, English, French or Portuguese).
  • Be no more than thirty-two (32) years of age at the time of selection.
  • Possess the highest standard of moral conduct and integrity.
  • Have not been convicted of any serious criminal offence excluding minor traffic offences.
  • Prior work experience is not required for the internship positions.

Required Skills

Applicants must possess the following required skills:

  • Proficient computer skills (MS Word, Excel and Power Point)
  • Proficiency with e-mail and internet applications
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to communicate both orally and in writing
  • Proficiency in one of the AU officials working languages (French, English, Portuguese, Arabic, Spanish, Kiswahili), and fluency in another AU language(s) is an added advantage.

Core Competencies

Interns in the program must possess the following core competencies:

  • Ability to communicate clearly
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely
  • Be committed to work
  • Ability to work harmoniously in a multi-cultural environment
  • Possess the highest standard of moral conduct and integrity

African Union Internship Program Terms and Conditions

The following terms and conditions apply to the AU Internship Program:

  • The AU will have no financial obligation towards interns – travel arrangements and cost of accommodation and living expenses will be the responsibility of the interns.
  • The AU will use reasonable efforts to assist the interns in obtaining their entry and residence visas.
  • Interns will not be entitled to any compensation for travel.
  • The internship will be authorized only once for three (3) months renewable one time for any candidate.
  • Interns are not entitled to medical travel or medical evacuation to and from the internship location at the expenses of the Commission. Interns shall therefore have an individual insurance coverage throughout the duration of the internship.

How to Apply for African Union Internship Program

Interested candidates who meet the criteria listed above should apply by clicking on the “Apply” button below:

Apply Here

Application Requirements:

  • Application for admission to the AU Internship Program must be submitted online.
  • First-time users of the online registration system will need to register before logging in.
  • Applicants are advised to provide as much relevant information as possible.
  • Applicants must submit the following supporting documents with their online application:
    • A Motivation Letter indicating what they expect to gain out of the internship program
    • A copy of valid passport or national identity card
    • Certified copies of relevant academic certificates
    • Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    • Recommendation letter for internship from the institution of learning that they are attending
  • Upon successful submission of their application, applicants will receive an email confirmation that their application has been successfully received.

Application Closing Date: 30th June, 2023.

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