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Internships at the Royal Danish Embassy in Uganda

The Royal Danish Embassy in Uganda engages three interns every semester running from 1 February to 31 July and from 1 August to 31 January. Deadlines for application are 15 March and 30 September for the following semester.

Are you looking for a professional and personal experience that will widen your perception of the developing world? Do you want to work and live in one of the most friendly and vivid cities in Africa? Would you like to contribute to the implementation of the Danish Embassy’s new Country Programme for Uganda? Then, an internship at the Danish embassy in Kampala is what you
are looking for.

Each intern will be attached to one of the Embassy’s three teams: Politics and Governance, Economic Growth or Finance & Administration:.

Finance and Administration
The Finance and Administration Team is looking for an intern with keen academic interest in development cooperation, public administration and anti-corruption. The team’s main focus lies within financial management of Denmark´s development cooperation, and the management of the internal operation of the Embassy and the Embassy’s consular affairs. The intern will mainly work with tasks related to development cooperation and follow up on audit reports, corruption cases and budgeting. During the internship, the intern will have a chance to become conversant with the Danida systems, procedures and guidelines. Focus will be on financial monitoring and anti-corruption, which means that the intern will be involved in tasks related to the entire development portfolio providing the intern with a unique insight into Danida’s work in a developing country. A genuine interest in development and financial management is a must. However, experience with practical financial management is not a requirement.

Economic Growth
The Economic Growth Team is looking for an intern with a keen interest in economic growth and development as well as refugee issues – a person who is not afraid to work with the wide range of development issues, that are the responsibility of the team: Agricultural value chains, regional trade integration, recovery and refugee issues in Northern Uganda, and emerging private sector opportunities for both Ugandan and Danish companies. Specifically, the Economic Growth Team is responsible for the implementation of the Uganda Programme for Sustainable and Inclusive Development of the Economy (UPSIDE) with the main beneficiaries being private sector actors in agriculture and agribusiness. Moreover, the Team is responsible for the Embassy’s growing focus on the refugee response in Uganda and how to promote a more developmental approach to humanitarian efforts in light of the current large influx of South Sudanese refugees. Finally, the team leads the Embassy’s efforts in support of Danish commercial interests and economic diplomacy. 

Politics and Governance
The Politics Team is looking for an intern with a keen interest and strong
competences in the field of development and political analysis. The team reports on political developments to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Copenhagen and manages the Embassy’s Uganda Programme for Governance, Rights, Accountability and Democracy (UPGRADE) with the objective to enhance accountability, stability, deepened democracy and respect for human rights. The team actively participates in the joint donor working group on Democracy and Human Rights, in EU coordination and engages with Danish and Ugandan civil society organisations. In the first half of 2018, an important task will be to ensure a good start of the
partnerships under UPGRADE. The intern supporting the team will be involved in the implementation of our new programme, as well as in closing the former Good Governance Programme. Additional tasks of the intern will be to attend and report from meetings with governmental and non-governmental partners and to contribute to briefs and analyses on the political situation in Uganda.

Typical tasks of the interns include:

• Participation in dialogue and coordination with other development partners/donors.
• Programme monitoring and evaluation, including assessment of progress reports, reviews and audits as well as project visits/field visits.
• Internal and external communication, including responsibility for updating and maintaining the Embassy´s various communications platforms on the impact of Danish development assistance in Uganda.
• Controlling/financial management of Danida programmes.
• Involvement in the Embassy’s support to cultural activities.
• Various administrative tasks such as drafting letters, responding to inquiries, preparing meetings and  taking minutes from meetings.

The internship and the specific tasks will be planned in further detail with your team supervisor according to your academic background, qualifications and areas of interest. Applications will be evaluated based on letter of motivation and qualifications in relation to the needs of the different teams.

The internship offers:

• A unique insight into political and economic developments in Uganda
• Hands on experience with concrete foreign and development policy challenges
• Dedicated colleagues ready to guide and involve you in the tasks of the Danish Embassy
• Transfer of credits (ECTS)

For any of the teams, you could be studying political science, economics, development studies, African studies, public administration, finance or something similar. You are expected to have good interpersonal skills, the ability to work independently as well as working as part of a team. Keen interest in working in a developing country is a must. Being open-minded, having a willingness to learn and a high level of cultural awareness are a must. Good writing skills are essential, as is flexibility and a positive attitude towards the broad range of tasks the teams are involved in. It is a requirement to have a high level of oral and written Danish and English and good computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, Power-Point and Outlook) are an advantage. As part of the start-up of the new Country Programme, the Embassy also has a keen interest in strengthening the external communication. Strong knowledge on and experience with communication and social media strategies are therefore desirable.

Terms and conditions
Students applying for an internship must be enrolled in a Master’s programme or a Bachelor’s programme at a Danish or a foreign institution of higher education. Interns must remain enrolled in such a programme for the duration of the internship. Furthermore, to apply for the position you must be either a Danish citizen or be resident in Denmark, have lived in Denmark for a minimum of three years and be enrolled at a Danish institution of higher education. The internships are unpaid, but the Embassy provides refund for documented expenses related to the internship (such as travelling, vaccinations, accommodation and insurance) for an amount up to DKK 3,500 a month. Alternatively, interns can receive DKK 3,500 a month to cover such expenses, but in that case it is generally not possible to receive SU simultaneously (see this ruling by Ankenævnet for SU). Duration of the internship is six months. The intern will be responsible for financing travel documents, visa, insurances and vaccinations. The interns are expected to share a furnished apartment about 10 minutes’ walk from the Embassy at the cost of app. USD 333 per month per person plus utilities.

You can find the specific guidelines for interns at Danish representations here.

How to apply and deadlines
Please send application, CV and recommendations electronically to in one pdf file. The application must be in English and at a maximum of 1 page. Note in the subject for application; Internship (Team).

The deadlines for application are respectively the 15th of March and the 30th of September.

Ask an intern
Please do not hesitate to contact our current intern if you have any questions regarding the internship and life in Kampala; you can find the contacts here