Internship Opportunities with Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA)

Deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis all year round

The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) is looking for an Intern for any of its offices in Dakar, Abuja, Conakry, Freetown and Monrovia who will work with the various thematic programs, country offices, and units to meet the Foundation’s objectives.

OSIWA is an advocacy and grant making Foundation that forms part of the global Open Society Foundations Network. The Foundation works supports the creation of open societies in West Africa marked by functioning democracy, good governance, rule of law, basic freedoms, and widespread civic participation.

Internship Details

Start Date: Negotiable
Duration: Negotiable
Location: Dakar, Abuja, Conakry, Freetown or Monrovia

The internship is envisioned to;

  1. provide interns with greater insight into the work of a grant-making institution;
  2. deepen interns’ knowledge about OSIWA’s thematic issues; and
  3.  provide interns with the opportunity to network with diverse actors in the sub-region.

Internship positions are available in the following programs and units.

  • Economic Governance, Political Governance, Law, Justice and Human Rights
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Advocacy and Communications
  • Human Resources
  • Finance
  • Grants

Detailed tasks are in the link below.


  • Registered in university/college or have completed university within the past two years;
  • General knowledge of democracy, governance, and security issues in West Africa;
  • Studies relevant to International Relations, Law, Political Science, Economics, Business, Finance, Accounting, Project/Program Management, M&E, HR, Communications, etc.
  • At least 6 months of volunteer or work experience; experience working with non-governmental organizations at a community, national or global level preferred;
  • Fluency in one of OSIWA’s two working languages (FR/EN), with a working ability in the other;
  • Strong research, analysis and writing skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Willingness and aptitude to learn, ability to take initiative;
  • Ability to work under pressure, multitask and deliver in a fast-moving environment;
  • Extensive experience with Internet resources and electronic databases;
  • Proficiency with Access or another contact database


None. However, stipends may be offered to cover local transportation for West African candidates based in any of the countries OSIWA works in. All other associated costs including air travel, accommodation and insurance are the responsibility of the intern.


  • An Internship with OSIWA will not lead to employment.
  • Internships will be awarded on competitive basis.
  • Due to the number of applications received, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted by OSIWA.
  • No phone calls, please.

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