Gender Equality Academic Internship, Tanzania

Contribute to inspiring gender equality initiatives, gain valuable work experience, and spend time in a beautiful part of Africa. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, is one of the three project locations for The Girl Impact, a program that works to develop girls aged 10 to 18 years into confident, well-education, and well-skilled young women. As an intern on this program, you’ll be involved in all aspects of this exciting initiative, and get all-round working knowledge of the way a non-profit social program is run. To ensure maximum professional development, you’ll be taken through a thorough induction program, and you’ll be guided by an academic advisor along the way.



  • Gain valuable work experience with a grass-roots non profit organisation in Africa
  • Be part of and contribute to an inspiring female empowerment program
  • Get professional academic support and work towards valuable learning outcomes
  • Live in the welcoming community of Moshi, at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Explore some of the many travel highlights of the area, including the world-famous Serengeti

Quick Facts

  • Location Live in the small town of Moshi, at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Learning Takeaway Learn the local language of Swahili, taught by the traditional Maasai tribe
  • Learning Experience Support the NAFGEM organization in combating issues such as forced youth marriage and genital mutilation
  • Free Time Summit the famous Mount Kilimanjaro and explore local wildlife areas

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Destination Description

Your home during the internship will be Moshi, a small town situated below the majestic Kilimanjaro mountain range. One of the most iconic attractions in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro is the continent’s highest peak, and an incredible sight. Blessed with this view, the busy tourist town of Moshi is a bustling network of food markets and restaurants, with an impressive array of colors, smells, and sounds. Undoubtedly, the most iconic inhabitants of Moshi are the Maasai, a traditional warrior tribe who will impress you with their vibrant culture and warm nature. The area is also rich in wildlife. With monkeys in the trees and lizards sunning themselves on the rocks in your garden, living here is a perfect balance between integrating with the Tanzanians and enjoying the incredible natural setting. During time off, you’ll have the opportunity to visit some of the nearby national parks for spectacular game viewing. You could, for instance, venture to the famous Serengeti and encounter lions, elephants, and rhinos – and, if you’re lucky, you might even witness the hugely impressive Great Wildebeest Migration.

Learning Outcomes

Tasks for your internship can be customized around your skills and professional development goals; insofar as they coordinate with the current needs of the community. You will be based at our project office and your tasks and expectations such as weekly journal entries will be monitored and guided by the Business Manager on site, as well as the Internship Supervisor. The following duties are mandatory, and form the base of internships at each operating location. Each will involve a comprehensive induction, workshop on expectations and goal-setting for personal development.

Throughout  the course of your internship, you will:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of gender-based challenges in a Tanzanian context
  • Develop valuable professional skills in the realm of international development and NPO management
  • Build a strong research rapport
  • Be exposed to intercultural learning

In the implementation of your *research tasks, you will utilize Social Research Methodologies and compile your outcomes into a report. Implementing and reporting on monitoring and evaluation strategies, as well as evaluating their efficiency is a key task on your internship. You will also be implementing various business development tasks including fundraising activities, marketing and communication and developing various materials for both internal and external use. The facilitation of workshops covering the six identified pillars of women’s development forms a significant component of your internship, as does appropriately reporting on outcomes.

Throughout the course of your internship, you will complete 180 hours of service and develop valuable experiential learning skills such as reflection, intercultural engagement, journal writing as a research aid, and presenting learnings. Weekly progress meetings with your adviser will ensure that you are meeting your personal and professional goals.

*If you intend to use any data collected or analyzed during your internship, arrangements must be made prior to your placement and may require additional documentation from a relevant credit-bearing institution for consideration by our board.

Service Impact

You’ll be part of Girl Impact, a pioneering project that addresses the needs of girls between the ages of 10 and 18 in underprivileged African communities. Run collaboratively by the Happy Africa Foundation and African Impact, Girl Impact works to aid in the development and education of girls between the ages of 11 and 18; a crucial time when a girl’s future potential and opportunities can flourish through education and social support – or be stifled by the irreversible effects of child marriage, early pregnancy, HIV and other preventable hardships.

Based in Livingstone (Zambia), Cape Town (South Africa), and Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), Girl Impact works on a grass-roots level to address support and educate young girls to help them make more informed decisions as they move towards womanhood. The project began by carrying out detailed assessments within each community and is designed to address the individual needs and challenges facing girls in that region. To approach the issues in a multi pronged way, the program focuses on six key areas that provide a framework for our initiatives on the ground; education, health, safety, early pregnancy, income generation, and self-confidence.

The Need for a Gender Equality Program in Tanzania

Tanzania is ranked among the poorest countries in the world, with more than a third of its population below the universal poverty line. This, matched with the high regard placed on culture and custom, places a lot of pressure on especially the girl child, who has limited access to services like education, healthcare and means to deciding her own future.

With all the beauty that surrounds Moshi it is hard to accept that this city too, is plagued with great gender inequality, particularly in the domestic arena. Cases of Female Genital Mutilation are high at 37.8% prevalence in Moshi alone. In partnership with the Network Against Female Genital Mutilation (NAFGEM), we are reaching 79 girls currently working through our 6 pillar program for the girls to successfully and safely progress in becoming successful young women.

  • WEEK 1

    Your first week will be dedicated to your orientation and induction. You will gain an in-depth understanding of the structure of your internship, including your tasks, setting goals, scheduling, community development, cultural integration, reflection, research and expectations – both personal and professional.

  • WEEK 2

    Your second week will focus on developing your contextual knowledge. You will be able to confidently begin implementing your tasks, which in conjunction with individual meetings with your supervisor, will allow you to develop your concept note.

  • WEEK 3

    In your third week, you will develop an understanding of the six “pillars”, starting with education. Over the course of the following weeks, you can expect to develop an in-depth understanding of each in context.

    You will also have your first meeting with your personal professional development coach, who will guide you through aligning your tasks to your professional goals.

  • WEEK 4

    In week four, you will develop your concept note into a research proposal for your final report. Your supervisor will assist you with the design and development thereof.

    You will have the opportunity to reflect on your progress at the half-way mark of your internship through your journal entries, and discuss it with your supervisor, identifying any challenges and creating possible solutions.

  • WEEK 5

    Your proposal will be submitted in week five. At this point, you will have the opportunity to critically analyze your cultural integration and reflect on it’s influence.

  • WEEK 6

    In week six, your proposal will undergo both peer review and review by your supervisor. You will have the opportunity to discuss your progress to date, both personally and professionally with your professional development coach.

  • WEEK 7

    Week seven will be focused on preparing your observations, conducting further empirical research and planning the consolidation of your report.

  • WEEK 8

    In your final week, you will embark on your final reflections, presenting your findings and preparing a handover document to ensure that your contribution to the project continues.

    You will have the opportunity to discuss what you’ve gained personally from the internship and your cultural immersion.

Available February to November

  • Participants will be collected from the airport upon arrival and transferred to base
  • Accommodation on base will be simple, but comfortable shared rooms with communal ablutions
  • All meals for the duration of the project, with the exception of free days will be provided
  • Any transport required for program activities will be provided
  • Participants will be transferred back to the airport for their departure