The Global Livingston Institute East Africa Internship Program

The GLI Internship Program provides high school, undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to engage in meaningful community partnerships and projects in East Africa, with placements in hospitality, public health, education, agricultural sustainability, government, private sector or cross-cultural research. Participants will learn to rethink the way they view international business and community development through Listening, Thinking, and then Acting. Through individualized placements with the GLI that connect students to our incredible network of innovative community partners, the GLI internship program directly engages students in some of the most cutting edge private sector, public sector and NGO work being done across East Africa. Interns may apply to work in one of our seven placements or may work with GLI to create their own placement. 

Our customizable internship program helps meet individualized goals and learning outcomes for each graduate, undergraduate and high school student participant. Each intern will be expected to produce a written report of their summer work either in the form of an academic paper, for which the GLI will help them find opportunities for potential publication, or through a community engagement plan for non-research projects. Former internship projects have included: a mental health assessment for rural communities, a community needs assessment in the Lake Bunyoni region, creating a work-skills program for recent Ugandan college graduates in Kampala, and research on HIV prevention education's cross sectional relationship with church and state entities.
Interns may apply for summer internships, winter break internships, and January term internships. Fall and spring semester internship programs are also available.

Internship dates and lengths are customizable and flexible for semester internships and internships during academic winter breaks. For summer programs, interns can apply for either a nine week program or a five week program. Nine week internships officially begin in Kampala on June 8, with a week and a half long educational trip before reporting to placements. Five week internships begin in Kampala on July 4. Interns will go on a one week educational trip before reporting to their placement, where they will partner with and assist a summer intern from the nine week program on their project.  All internships will formally end on Wednesday, August 10, with a three-day exchange of ideas and work at Entusi Resort and Retreat Center. The GLI is amenable to flexibility on these dates.
Graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to apply for the nine week internship program and high school students are encouraged to apply for the five week internship program.

The Global Livingston Institute has two beautiful and safe 
campuses where students can stay, depending on their internship placement - the GLI house in Kampala, and the Entusi Resort and Retreat (pictured above) on Lake Bunyoni in Kabale. At each campus, interns and guests are provided with two meals a day prepared by our excellent and well-trained cooking staff, have access to wifi and all necessary amenities, and 24-hour security, as well as in-country staff who are familiar with or from the area and can help interns access any resources they need.

Educational Trips:
In order to help interns gain better understanding East Africa's history and culture and to acquaint interns with both the area and the work they'll be doing, both of our internship programs begin with an educational trip. The GLI will also organize several weekend trips that interns may take at their own cost, such as gorilla trekking, a weekend safari, meeting former child soldiers in Lira, and more. Interns are also welcome to organize their own trips, so long as itineraries are approved by GLI.

Application Process:
All applicants must first submit a resume, two letters of recommendation, and short answer responses, including placement preferences. Each applicant will then have a first-round interview in Denver or via phone. Applicants who move on past the first-round interview will then have a Skype interview with in-country staff, and may need to submit additional short answer responses or essays, depending on their placement requests.  All research interns must submit an abstract and outline for their research processes prior to a second interview, as well as an indication of whether they plan to partner with both an outside research agency or their university and GLI, or solely with GLI.

Applications for fall, spring and winter break internships will be submitted on a rolling basis. Summer applications open October 1 and are due to by Tuesday, March 15. Acceptances will be made on a rolling basis, so applicants are encouraged to apply early. Summer placements will be finalized by late April 2016.

Each internship cost includes the cost of the educational trip and room and board at their placement, as well as staffing costs for in-country staff. Flights and visas are not included. However, flights can be paid to and booked by GLI if preferred. Many of our past interns have been able to get their internship costs fully covered through grants, fundraising and scholarships. The GLI is committed to assisting in helping interns find monetary assistance to get out to East Africa through all of these means, and will have many fundraising nights and grant-writing sessions. Costs are different at each campus, and may be subject to change.
For our summer program, intern educational trips cost around $2,500 and living costs for each month following the trip cost an additional $1,000. Semester and winter break internships will be priced out based on itineraries and placements.

What Former Interns Have to Say:
“I had a great internship experience with GLI!  I had the ability to use autonomy in shaping the learning outcomes of my internship.  This experience was also important in defining my love for international public health and identifying my long term career goals.”
 – Tavia, 2015 GLI Public Health Intern, Masters of Public Health Student at Colorado State University

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