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IAD Global Summer Internships


Application Deadline: January 15, 2023

The Institute for African Development’s global summer internships broaden your academic studies by giving you real-world experience and a chance to learn from and conduct research with experts and organizations working in policy and program development in Africa.

This year's internships are based in Ghana, the Republic of The Gambia, and Zambia.

Africa Internships

Food Security – Ghana

Host Organization: University of Ghana, Crop Sciences 

Work with peers to identify neglected and underutilized crop species with potential to address climate change and food security challenges.

Sea Turtle Conservation – Ghana

Host Organizations: GapNet and the Ghana Wildlife Association

Work with the host organizations and local communities to study migratory habits and community conservation of sea turtles. Your work group will monitor and tag nesting sea turtles and create training modules to assist in educating the public about the benefits of ecosystem conservation.

Health and Population Control – Ghana

Host Organization: Population Council

Contribute to research related to health and population control and prepare briefs and informational materials. You must have a social science or health background or related major, along with strong writing and editing skills and some familiarity with quantitative and qualitative research. French speakers are encouraged to apply!

Animal Health and Agriculture – Ghana

Host Organization: GapNet

Study policies, regulations, and laws on animal health and welfare with the Veterinary Service or Ghana Health Service. You'll conduct research and gain practical experience working with poultry and aquaculture farmers at different locations with the Ministries of Food and Agriculture and Fishery and Aquaculture Development.

Education and Leadership – Ghana

Host Organization: Lead for Ghana

Apply classroom-based knowledge to projects and gain essential career skills. Lead For Ghana is dedicated to developing successful leaders through mentoring, research, and peer-to-peer teamwork. You must be flexible and able to accommodate multiple projects with tight deadlines, while working with a multi-functional team.

Maritime Transportation – The Gambia

Host Organization: Ports Authority (Maritime and River/Ocean Transportation) / Bureau of Statistics

Conduct research related to maritime transportation, route development, and navigation in order to assess the role of transport for accelerated growth and community linkages.  -some basic knowledge of oceanography and transportation. / Conservation of marine life / Statistics intern - collection, analysis and dissemination of statistical data. 

Laidlaw scholars Ainav Rabinowitz and Medha Bulumulla stand in front of a waterfall with friends
IAD interns in Zambia during summer 2022.

Women’s Legal Rights – Zambia

Host Organization: Women in Law and Development in Africa

Conduct research focused on ways to promote the development of a policy and legal environment that protects women’s rights in Zambia through capacity building, advocacy, outreach, and information sharing.

Empowering Women Farmers – Zambia

Host Organization: HarvestFund

Conduct research and work with a team to empower women farmers through microfinance, sustainable agriculture training, and efficient technologies. You must be flexible and adaptable.

Access to Justice and Sustainability – Zambia

Host Organization: Southern African Institute for Policy and Research

Conduct research on justice, gender, sustainable agriculture, mining legislation, and conservation and wildlife (connectivity corridor, cooperative community management in animal conservation). Research legislation on social and economic policies, prepare reports, update social media platforms, and write copy for posts and presentations.

You must have a demonstrated interest in governance/legal issues, natural resources, and gender issues. Additional requirements: Strong writing, analytical skills, and internet-based research skills; experience with fact-checking and data collection; familiarity and experience with qualitative and quantitative research and analysis; and language proficiency in English.


All Einaudi Center summer interns receive an award totaling at least $3,000 for airfare, transportation, and living expenses. A portion of the stipend may be paid directly to the in-country host to support housing, food, and local transportation.

IAD internships are partly funded by an Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language (UISFL) grant from the U.S. Department of Education.


To apply, you must be:

  • A rising sophomore, junior, or senior at Cornell.
  • In good standing academically with a cumulative 3.0 GPA minimum and have no unresolved disciplinary charges or sanctions.
  • Enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at the time of the internship.


Students must be able to commit to working full time for the duration of the internship. Interns are not permitted to hold other full-time jobs. Selected interns must participate fully in predeparture and post-internship sessions, as well as complete any required reflections and evaluations.

How to Apply

Submit your application by January 15, 2023, and select one or more of the above internships as one of your top three choices.

View the full list of Einaudi Global Summer Internships offered this year. 

Additional Information

Funding Type

  • Internship


  • Student