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Internship in the Governance and Health Team

Note: Apply before the 8th of March 2020.

Governance and Health Team
Kenya is East Africa’s economic and political powerhouse. The opportunities are manifold as Kenya’s progressive constitution from 2010 has the potential of delivering sustained democratic development. At the same time, Kenya and the broader region are facing increased insecurity and conflicts. The Governance and Health team engages this context head on and provides a unique introduction to the art of foreign policy in a stimulating international environment.

As an intern, you will act as an integrated part of the team. This means you will be working on a wide range of issues including political affairs, public financial management, devolution, health including sexual and reproductive health and rights, stabilisation and anti-radicalisation, civic education, gender equality and rule of law.

As an intern in the Governance and Health Team, you will gain skills in diplomacy, development and strategic communications. You will have an opportunity to work closely with the team leader and the programme managers in implementing the Governance Programme (2016-2020) and the Health Programme (2017-2020).

More details about the Governance and Health programmes can be found here (page 11-19).

You will also assist the team in writing political reports. Hence, a critical part of the job is to stay informed about current political developments in Kenya. You will participate in and coordinate meetings with partners, such as local civil society organisations, international development partners, and government entities working on various governance and health issues.

In addition, you will learn about public diplomacy efforts to promote the work done by the Embassy by providing support towards the implementation of the Embassy’s Strategic Communications activities in collaboration with the communications-working group.
As an intern, you will be acquainted with the practical workings of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. These include, on the one hand, learning about the management of development programmes and getting familiar with the financial and archiving systems used by the Ministry.
Other tasks will come up on an ad-hoc basis.


  • A Bachelor degree and admission at master level at a Danish University in a relevant field for this position.
  • Familiarity with development policies and/or East African or Kenyan politics is considered an asset.
  • Experience in communications, public relations, and international relations.
  • Competent in using various social media platforms for corporate/organizational communication.
  • Danish citizenship or fulfilling the following requirements: The applicant has lived in Denmark for a longer period of time (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 Embassy provides a monthly supplement of DKK 4000 of which approximately half is 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 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!
Download the advert here. 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 8th of March 2020 marked ‘Application for Internship – Governance and Health 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 Laura Balle Svendsen, .