Applications are now open for the African Union Internship

Applications are now open for the 2024 African Union Internship Program. The African Union (AU) was founded as a distinct pan-African continental organization with the mission of accelerating Africa’s integration and sustainable development by fostering cooperation, solidarity, unity, and cohesion among African States and their peoples and by creating a New Partnership Worldwide. Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa is home to the organization’s headquarters.

In seeking to attain this objective, the African Union intends to build its capacity to deliver, among others, the implementation of its organizational structure. In this pursuit, the African Union Commission invites applicants who are citizens of Member States for its Internship Program.

Purpose of the African Union Internship

The African Union Internship Program provides an opportunity for interns to complement their educational experience and to develop their professional skills and experience through The AU internship program is a full-time engagement through which qualified individuals from diverse academic backgrounds are given the opportunity to gain professional exposure within the AU. As an organization that promotes respect for diversity and teamwork, we encourage all qualified individuals to apply. Applicants should have a keen interest in the work of the AU and demonstrate the ability to interact with individuals from various cultural backgrounds and beliefs.

Focus Area

In general, interns assist in providing administrative and technical support for effective implementation of African Union programmes, projects, and activities in the below departments and 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 for the African Union Internship

• 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 or 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 bachelor’s 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 offense, excluding minor traffic offences.
• Prior work experience is not required for the internship positions.

Terms and Conditions

• The AU will have no financial obligation towards interns; travel arrangements, the cost of accommodation, and living expenses will be the responsibility of the interns.
• 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 once for any candidate
• Interns are not entitled to medical travel or medical evacuation to and from the internship location at the expense of the Commission. Interns shall therefore have individual insurance coverage throughout the duration of the internship.

Applications for the African Union Internship

Applications for admission to the AU Internship Program are submitted online.
If you are a first-time user of our online registration system, you will need to register before you can log in. You 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.

For more information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the African Union (AU) Internship Program


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