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Internship in the Somalia Team

Internship in fragility, development and humanitarian aid
As an intern in the Somalia Team at the Danish Embassy in Nairobi you will both receive hands-on experience with diplomacy in fragile settings and get insights into political administration and aid management at one of Denmark’s largest embassies.

Somalia is one of the most entrenched conflict zones in Africa. However, since the state collapse in 1991, Somalia is now on the brink of recovery and has undergone significant progress throughout the recent years not least with the new President taking seat in February 2017. Nevertheless, the challenges for the future are many, pivoting on how development translates into results for ordinary citizens, how the struggle against the terror organisation al-Shabaab continues, and how humanitarian efforts can reach the ones in need.

The most important part of being an intern in the Somalia Team is to learn and become familiar with the inner workings of stabilisation, development, diplomacy and administration. You will have plenty of opportunity to work with political relations and human rights; peace and stabilisation; humanitarian assistance and refugees.

A main part of your internship involves day-to-day management of development and humanitarian programmes as well as political processes. As an intern, you will assist with a broad array of topics, from acting as focal point on internal processes, over political and humanitarian reporting, to assisting with administration and implementation of strategies and programmes, such as the Country Programme for Somalia 2015-2018 and the Peace and Stabilisation Programme for the Horn of Africa.
As the previous Peace and Stabilisation Programme runs until the end of 2017, you will also be involved in the interesting process of coordinating the recently initiated formulation of a new Peace and Stabilisation Programme. Further, formulation will also soon begin for a new Country Programme for Somalia, as the current programme ends in 2018, making this an especially interesting and educational time as an intern in the Somalia Team.
Other tasks may also come up, on an ad hoc basis.


  •  A Bachelor degree and admission at master level at a Danish University studying for instance political science, anthropology, development studies or public administration.
  • Genuine interest in international relations and development.
  • If you have experience with organisational work through student positions, volunteering, or experience with working, living and travelling in development countries that is only an advantage.
  • On a personal level, you are proactive, work independently, demonstrate initiative and you value working in teams.
  • Danish citizenship or fulfilling the following requirements: The applicant has lived in Denmark for a longer period (at least 3-4 years), is admitted at a Danish University or Business School and at the time of applying has residence in Denmark.

The internship will be eligible for transfer of ETCS points at a relevant educational institution.

The Embassy provides a monthly supplement of DKK 4000 of which approximately half will be spent on rent for the apartment shared by the Embassy’s four interns. Due to regulation regarding SU and compensation, you will have two options regarding receiving the supplement: 

  1. Choose not to receive SU and get the monthly supplement of DKK 4000 per month. 
  2. Receive SU and hand in documentation of concrete expenses (including flight tickets, vaccines, insurance, etc.) up to DKK 4000 per month.

Due to Nairobi being a city with high security risks there are certain limitations to the movements of the interns. For more information on the security situation in Nairobi, please see the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs' recommendations on travelling in Kenya. Regular security briefings will be provided by the Embassy.

Apply now!
Please send your application, CV, relevant recommendations and transcripts in a single PDF. The application must be in English, no longer than one page, and sent to with cc: by the 2nd of October 2017 marked ‘Application for Internship – Somalia Team’. Please state clearly if you are also applying for other positions within the Embassy. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the current intern, Frederik Rein Lybæk-Jensen, at