Africa


    

World Youth Alliance Africa (WYA Africa) is looking for young people and leaders with a strong desire to protect and promote human dignity while making a positive impact on society. Successful interns have been proactive, self-driven, resourceful, detail-oriented, and humble individuals with a willingness to learn. If you possess these qualities, if you are looking to make a difference, apply today for the WYA Africa Internship Program. This program takes place at the WYA Africa offices in Nairobi, Kenya.

The WYA Africa Internship Program grants qualified members real-world experience in project management, international law and advocacy together with a good understanding of the basic philosophy on the human person. The WYA Africa office launched the region’s first internship program in September, 2005, and over 10 young people from Africa have gone on to attend a 3-month training program at WYA’s Headquarters Office in New York to date. Since the Africa internship program started in 2005, interns have completed projects at the office during each internship period.

The WYA Africa Internship Program is a 3-month volunteer opportunity for young people committed to fulfilling WYA’s mission through work with our regional staff on projects related to advocacy, education, or culture. Interns will report to the WYA Africa office in Nairobi, Kenya.

As an intern, you can be involved in the following:

  1. Join an international youth organization that promotes human dignity
  2. Learn about national, regional, and international policy-making that impacts development
  3. Help implement WYA projects in advocacy, education or culture
  4. Participate in WYA’s Track A Training discussions with young people from different parts of Africa
  5. Challenge yourself and advance your skill sets and field of expertise

 

The application to all internships in 2014 has closed, with the batch 3 internship taking place from 01 Sep - 21 Nov 2014. The internship schedules and batches for 2015 are below.

Batch One 
January 19 - April 10 2015 (12 weeks)
Dead Line:  November 24 2014

Batch Two
May 04 - July 24 2015 (12 weeks)
Dead Line: March 09 2015

Batch Three 
August 31 - November 20 2015 (12 weeks)
Dead Line: July 05 2015

Interns will be assigned to execute or manage projects with the guidance of WYA Africa staff. The types of projects interns work on may vary according to existing interests and skills. Projects will fall under one of WYA’s three main program areas: Education, Advocacy, and Culture.

Education: 
WYA education programs are designed to equip interns with the tools to promote and defend the dignity of the person. A variety of educational program opportunities are offered to interns to develop a deeper understanding of the meaning of human dignity through programs such as Track A training and WYA’s Film and Book list, among others.

Advocacy: 
WYA represents youth at the United Nations, European Union, and other government and civic institutions by offering language proposals, sharing grassroots experiences or working with delegates to propose person-centered policies. At the regional offices, interns will get the chance to learn about WYA’s advocacy work and its impact on local policy and culture.

Culture: 
WYA provides interns with the opportunity to experience the dignity of the human person in concrete ways. Participation in the arts and culture nurtures the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of the human person and in this way promotes the integral development of the individual, contributing to the authentic development of society.

Administrative Work: 
Interns may also be assigned administrative work at the Africa office. They may be asked to handle data encoding, business correspondence, document filing, and social media, among others. 
 

Before applying, it will be helpful to browse through the website to learn more about WYA and to see if our programs are the right fit for you.

Application Requirements:

  1. Completed application form (available upon request by email to africa@wya.net or downloaded below under "Resources")
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Resume or CV
  4. Two letters of recommendation
  5. Signed copy of the WYA charter (for new members)


You will receive a confirmation receipt via email within one week of the internship application deadline. Incomplete application forms will not be processed. Selected applicants will be asked to interview. Please send your application to africa@wya.net.
 

 

Q: Is this opportunity for me?
If you believe that every person has dignity and you are committed to promoting this message then this opportunity is for you.

Q: What kind of interns are we looking for?
Our internship program is open to university students, recent graduates, and young professionals. Ideal candidates possess a strong passion for the defense of human dignity. We seek committed members with strong communication abilities and organizational skills. Interns must also be able to motivate and inspire others.

Q: Do I have to be a WYA member in order to eligible for the internship?
Yes, you have to be a WYA member to be accepted as an intern. You can become a member by signing the WYA Charter.

Q: Who can apply and how many interns do you accept for each batch?
The Africa Internship Program is open to all World Youth Alliance members in the Africa region between the ages of 18 to 30. Internships are voluntary and may be done on a part-time or full-time basis for a period of 12 weeks. 

Q: Are interns required to finish the Track A Training?
Yes, interns are required to undergo the Track A Training and are expected to finish it before the end of their internship. Interns need to be knowledgeable about WYA's history and mission as they may represent the organization in various activities.

Q: Do interns/volunteers get compensated?
Interns are expected to take care of their living expenses while in Nairobi, Kenya.  Applicants accepted into the internship program may apply for limited scholarships for a monthly stipend but approval is granted on an individual case basis, and is dependent on applicant need.


Q: Can I choose my own shift and schedule?
Interns need to choose from the three internship batches that are offered each year (Batch 1, 2, 3). Accepted interns may either opt for a part-time internship (report at least 12 hours a week) or a full-time internship.  Please see the internship section on WYA’s website for details on which dates are included in Batch 1, 2, and 3, including application deadlines.

Q: Who do I ask for my letter of references?
Recommendation letters help us assess your character when it comes to working professionally. Your letters should come from people who can attest to your skills and work experience. It can come from your professor, co-worker, team leader, coach, and organization head. It should not come from any of your family members.
 

 

1. WYA Africa Application Form
2. WYA Africa Internship  Information