UNESCO Internship Opportunities for Young African Professionals 2015 (All Costs Covered)

UNESCO Internship Opportunities for Young African Professionals 2015 (All Costs Covered)

Deadline: February 6, 2015

UNESCO has announced two internship opportunities for Africans. The internships will take place in South Africa and Benin, from 1 April until 30 September 2015 – one at the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) in Midrand (South Africa) and one at EPA in Porto-Novo (Benin). Among other things, the internship provides an opportunity for young African professionals to gain regional experience in international heritage organisations.

AWHF was launched in 2006 to support African State Parties in implementing the UNESCO Convention on the protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. EPA was established in 1998 and is a post-graduate university institution specialised in the preservation and promotion of both tangible and intangible heritage.

Internship Structure

The internship will be 6 months and be structured as follows:

  • Interns will be mainly based at the work place of the institutions to gain experience in the structure and dynamic of heritage institutions and to support the implementation of the programme initiatives.
  • There will be a degree of field based learning through site visits of World Heritage Properties and/or during the implementation of programme initiatives.
  • The internship system will combine theory and practice in order for interns to get as much exposure as possible.

The working language is English for the AWHF internship and French for the EPA internship.


  • The costs for the internship will be covered by the organisers.


Two interns will be selected to take part in 2 separate internships.

  • Applicants include students (graduate), professionals or members of natural/cultural heritage and academic institutions (not necessarily within the heritage sector).
  • Applicants must be 30 years of age or below.
  • The project is open to participants from all African countries.
  • Applicants are required to be competent in either English or French, bilingualism is preferable (English/French) and knowledge of Arabic or Portuguese can be an advantage.
  • Eligible female practitioners are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

All applicants should submit the following application package:

  1. The completed application form;
  2. A signed letter of recommendation from applicant’s university or administrative authority/supervisor;
  3. A letter of motivation by the applicant (1 page);
  4. Applicant’s updated curriculum vitae (3 pages maximum).

The complete application package should be sent at the latest on the 6th February 2015 via electronic emails to: AWHF – Pamela Mac Quilkan ([email protected]) with copy to EPA ([email protected]).

For more information, visit UNESCO Internships.