May 27, 2024
African Union Internship Program

African Union Internship Program

Apply for this year’s African Union Internship Program which is dated to end 30th June 2023.

The African Union Internship is a program that allows interns to supplement their educational experience while also developing their professional skills and experience.

The program is a full-time commitment that allows qualified individuals from a variety of academic backgrounds to gain professional experience at the AU. As an organization that values diversity and teamwork, we encourage all qualified candidates to apply.

Applicants should be enthusiastic about the work of the AU and be able to interact with people of diverse cultural backgrounds and beliefs.

The goal of the program is to expose participants to the workings of the AU at an early stage in their professional careers and to help them develop their personal and professional skills. It allows participants to gain hands-on experience in a variety of relevant fields while learning in an intercultural setting.

The AU will also receive support from participants who have sufficient knowledge and skills in relevant areas, and it will serve as a potential training ground for future African leaders.

Area of Concentration On African Union Internship Program

Interns help provide administrative and technical support for the 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)

Eligibility Requirements

•    Actively enrolled in at least the final year of a Bachelor’s degree program OR
•    Must have obtained a Bachelor’s degree or an advanced/ post graduate (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

•    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

•    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

Internship Program: How to apply

All internship applications MUST be submitted through the AU Careers portal, which can be found at:

How can I apply for an internship position at the African Union (AU)?

Apply online through the AU career portal, create a personal profile, and upload your application and supporting documents.

Who is eligible for internship at the AU?

Applicants from AU member countries, including full-time students in their final year of their Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD programs, as well as graduates of Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD programs.

How will I know that my application was successfully submitted?

Online applications will be acknowledged via the email address you provided. Your application has been officially confirmed by email.

Will I hear about the status of my application?

The AU career portal allows you to track the status of your application. If your profile matches internship positions available in the organization, recruiters will contact you.

If I am accepted, what kind of work will I be doing?

This will be determined by the requirements of the host Department/Division/Unit to which you have been assigned.

How long is the AU Internship Program?

Interns will be accepted for a minimum of three months, with the possibility of being extended for another three months based on the applicant’s performance and the willingness of the host Department/Division/Unit.

Can I get financial support from the AU?

AU does not provide financial assistance or cover any living expenses for interns during their assignment. All successful applicants must make their own travel, lodging, and living arrangements during the internship period.

Do I need to be at the AU Office full-time?

Internships at AU are full-time, with interns expected to work Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Will travel expenses to and from the duty station by reimbursed by AU?

No, travel expenses are the intern’s responsibility.

What should I do if I have technical problems completing my application?

Please use the contact email information provided below to notify us of your problem. Please be specific by describing the problem you’ve encountered.

What are the requirements to join the African Union?

Applicants must be from African Union member countries only.

Applicants must be full-time students in their final year of a Bachelor’s degree program OR enrolled in a Master’s or PhD program.

Languages: Applicants must be fluent in at least one of the official languages of the African Union.

Computer skills: The ability to use office software (MS Office).

Attitude: An understanding of the many facets of a multicultural world, as well as a commitment to international public service, are required.

Availability: An internship must last no more than three months, with the possibility of being extended for three more months if the hosting Department/Division provides strong justification.

For further inquiries, please visit the official website.

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