Get out of the classroom and into the community! Immerse yourself in Ghanaian culture, gain invaluable hands-on experience, and learn how policy issues relate to the development process.
The NYU Accra Internship Program is an unparalleled opportunity to explore the city and discover how organizations address key issues facing Accra, Ghana, and West Africa. Learn more about Ghanaian society and culture through placements with agencies addressing important social issues. There is probably no better way to understand the challenge of development than through internships with the public, private, or non-governmental sector. Interns are placed with organizations working on a variety of issues including the arts, aging, AIDS, healthcare, micro-finance, and more. You must be flexible, open minded, adaptable, and ready for the challenge of new situations. If you are, we encourage you to apply for the NYU Accra Internship Program.
Potential Internship Placements
NYU Accra has two great ways for students to get involved in the community.
1) Academic Internship Program
If accepted into this competitive program, students will participate in an internship for a minimum of ten hours per week for twelve weeks and earn academic credit by enrolling in a required 4-credit seminar course: NODEP-UA 9982/INDIV-UG 9050 (application required, details below).
2) Volunteer and Community Service Program
This program is open to all students and generally involves fewer hours per week than the academic internship program. Students who select this option will not enroll in an academic course or earn academic credit related to their internship.
Experiential Learning Seminar - NODEP-UA 9982 or INDIV-UG 9050 - 4 points
Enrollment by permission only; application required (instructions below)
An internship in Ghana will undoubtedly provide you more interaction with Ghanaians than any other experience of your semester abroad. Most of you will be placed in non-governmental organizations (NGOs) often concerned with development. The seminar course will address what is meant by “development" through readings and discussions that will help you better understand the historical and social questions about the work of NGOs and the private and public sector.
Objective of Internship course
• To facilitate learning of and appreciation of development process in Ghana
• To acquire new skills in a professional working environment
• To understand the role and mission of civil society organizations in the development process in Ghana
• To apply the practical skills acquired in the work environment of NGOs to development theory and analysis
This course is also designed to complement your internship fieldwork, exploring many different aspects of your organization. The goal for you is to have you finish the semester with an in-depth understanding of your agency, its approach, its policies, its programs, and the context in which it operates. You will also spend time reflecting on the internship experience itself as a way to better understand your academic, personal, and career goals.
How to Apply
Detailed Application Instructions
Visit the NYU Study Away Apply page for instructions on submitting an NYU Study Away Application. Following submission of your study away application, you will be prompted to complete an Internship application. The internship application requires you to answer a series of questions designed to help you think systematically about what you would like to learn and accomplish from an internship experience in Accra, and to indicate three internship placements of interest based on the offerings listed on this webpage.
Students must indicate on the application if they intend to participate in the internship program on a for-credit or a non-credit basis. Students wishing to participate in the program for credit must enroll in the 4-credit Internship Seminar and Fieldwork course (NODEP-UA 9982/INDIV-UG 9050).
Students seeking a Non-Credit Internship must also complete the online application and will participate in an internship fair to learn more about internship opportunities after arriving in Accra.
Note: All applicants must have their resumes reviewed by a career coach at the Wasserman Center using this Resume Review Form. Completion of this form is a required part of the application process. You will also be required to upload a personal statement and a resume in .pdf or .doc format.
The application deadline for students seeking an internship for the FALL semester is March 15, 11:59pm New York time (and rolling after, space permitting).
The application deadline for students seeking an internship for the SPRING semester is October 15, 11:59pm New York time (and rolling after, space permitting).
Questions? Email email@example.com
Wasserman Center Global Internship Grant - Spring 2022
Apply for a $1,000 grant!
DEADLINE: Thursday, April 07, 2022 at 11:59PM EST, Job ID 5654556
Pursuing an unpaid internship at a not-for-profit organization or within an industry that does not traditionally pay interns (arts, entertainment, media, nonprofit, education, etc.) this spring? Apply now for the Internship Grant! Check out our website for more information.
** Info for Summer and Fall internship grants coming soon**
Responsibilities vary by agency, but we require all students to be involved in projects that contribute to their understanding of the organization and its approach to social issues. This might include project implementation, participation in relevant meetings, research, and production of documents or other materials.
The following is a preliminary and tentative list. Flexibility is important. Also, note that, tasks for interns may change depending on current needs of the organization.
Stop TB Partnership Ghana
The Stop TB Partnership Ghana (STBGH) is the Umbrella (network) organization that coordinates the activities of CSOs in TB control In Ghana. STBGH is a member of Stop TB Partnership, Genava.
Since its its incorporation in 2008, it has led initiatives to create awareness about TB and helps to reduce stigma associated with TB disease. The STBGH has over 150 active member NGOs spread across all the 10 regions of Ghana. As an implementing partner to the National TB Control Programme (NTP) of Ghana Health Service, their office is located in the building of NTP at Korle Bu, adjacent the School of Hygiene/ Public Health on the first floor Room 18.
The STBGH is managed by an Executive Board of seven members representing CSOs - 4, Academia, Private Sector and public sector. Currently, it has only two staff: the Executive Secretary and an Accounts Officer.
· Assist in the organization of meetings and/or conferences of stake holders in the fight against the spread of tuberculosis
· Assist in editing and compiling our draft Strategic Plan into a complete document; and some other governance documents under review.
· Work with other partner organizations of Stop TB Partnership Ghana
Agoro Mmutae (Creative Zone)
Agoro Mmutae (Creative Zone) is a community-based organization that is committed to giving opportunities to young people to develop their skills in photography and to express themselves artistically.
The organization’s activities include teaching young people how to use cameras, developing and printing of films, writing skills, how to make a story book, how to make a wall hanging, how to organize a photo shoot, and how to combine computer skills with photography. ‘Agoro Mmutae’ is an Akan expression meaning “learning with a purpose”.
University Of Ghana Hospital Dietherapy Unit
The University of Ghana Hospital, popularly known as the Legon Hospital was built and commissioned in 1957 and is officially owned by the University of Ghana. It was set up almost the same time as the University was founded in Achimota School West Compound. One of the units within the hospital is the Dietherapy unit.
The Dietherapy Unit
The Dietherapy Unit of the University of Ghana Hospital is a specialist clinic established in October 2015, through the partnership of University of Ghana Hospital and the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics of the School of Biomedical and Allied Health Sciences of the University of Ghana.
The core mandate of the Unit is to apply the science and art of nutrition in the prevention, management and treatment of nutrition and diet-related diseases. The unit’s primary focus is to serve the university community and its environs.
Assist in routine tasks at the unit. These include taking records of BMI of clients, recording of clientele data, etc. Assist in resolving dietary issues for patients
BASICS International is a non-governmental organization (NGO) and a 501 c (3) in the United States. Since the year 2000, BASICS has been committed to fighting child labor, trafficking and illiteracy in Ghana. BASICS programs are designed to improve the quality of life for those children living in extreme poverty or being subjected to activities which deprives them of their human rights (school, housing, food and parental care)
Located in a fishing village in the capital city, BASICS sponsorship program places over 200 children in school yearly and provides a social intervention and after school center to over 150 children daily. Academic and vocational training is provided, along with extracurricular activities, such as ICT, cooking, Library, Visual and Performance Arts, Photography/Videography and Sewing.
Common tasks for interns
Potential Project Ideas for Project-based Interns and Volunteers
· Help Children with homework, and help improve their English, Math, Science, and French Skills)
· Grant writing ( Researching potential sources of grants, both local and international)
- Fostering relationships with existing donors and becoming a BASICS representative for potential donors. (Utilizing our Cloud or other tools)
- Assist Executive Director and/or Program Coordinator with daily admin duties.
Partnership strategy (Public Relations)
- Expanding BASICS’ professional network by forging and maintaining contacts at various universities and churches, both local and international
- Maintaining computer lab and teaching children computer literacy
- Update and maintain database (Access) which track child’s accounts
- Update website and social media sites.
- Basic Accounting procedures, utilizing QuickBooks.
Creating Self Sustainable Projects
- Designing and sourcing branded BASICS merchandise (e.g., souvenirs, calendars, etc) for volunteers and visitors to purchase
- Implementing other idea
· Creating community based project to sensitive and educate the community at large on issues to promote development.
Media and Music and Performance Arts
· Work with BASICS Audio and Sound Studio; teaching children about music and sound engineering
· Creating internet based radio show where children will produce PBS on issues in their community and life.
· Teach dance, Poetry, or other creative arts activities for extracurricular activities.
· Teach Photograph /Videography/Movie Making.
BASICS International is located at Chorkor, a fishing community, about 45 minutes drive from the academic center. Please click here to learn more...
Beacon House Orphanage
Beacon House is a home for biologically orphaned children (that is children who have lost both parents). Presently, there are 20 children living in the house and their ages range from 3 to 11 years.
It is not an institution and the atmosphere in the house is that of a home with many children. In order to provide the children with a warm, secure, and caring environment, the home has two house mothers (one for every 10 children), a cook, a housekeeper, a driver, a gardener, and security men for the night time.
Operation Smile Ghana
Operation Smile is an international medical charity whose global network of thousands of credentialed medical volunteers from over 80 countries is committed to helping improve the health and lives of children from more than 60 countries. Since 1982, we've worked with local medical professionals, governments, hospitals and other NGOs to deliver the safest care to each of our patients, and have established care centers wherever possible to give children ongoing medical treatment. Operation Smile continues to provide training and education for local medical professionals so they can provide care within their own communities and help others around the world. To date, they have provided more than 240,000 free surgeries for children and young adults born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities.
Common tasks for interns
Assist the regional manager and the team in the implementation of projects
Write report on projects
Princess Marie Louise Hospital
Princess Marie Louise hospital is a Ghana health service healthcare institution located in Accra, within the Ashiedu Keteke sub metro of the Greater Accra region that provides medical care services, pursues diseases control and offers reproductive and child health (RCH), family planning (FP) and nutrition services.
In 1915, Dr F.V Nanka-Bruce an imminent Gold Coast Physician and statesman brought to the attention of the government the very high infant and maternal mortality in the country. The necessity for a specialist children hospital was proposed to curb the high infant and maternal mortality in the Gold Coast Colony.
It was after a decade (1915) when the Governor of the Gold Coast, Sir Gordon Guggisburg, took a stand and considered the importance of a children’s hospital. In the event, her Highness Princess Marie Louise, granddaughter of Queen Victoria, queen of the British Empire visited the gold coast colony. During her visit, her royal highness, Princess Marie Louise laid the foundation stone for the specialist children hospital, which was consequently named after her when the hospital was commissioned in 1926.
Assist the supervisor the recording of out patient cases. Assist in taking of medical data, organizing and compiling report. Assist in any order duties as requested by the supervisor
City of Refuge Outreach
City of refuge Outreach was founded by Johnbull and Stacy Omerefe in 2006 with the main aim of reaching out to orphaned and abandoned children in Ghana and West Africa. The mission of the City of Refuge is to liberate children from modern-day slavery and give them a home and education. As well as to educate others about human trafficking and motivate individuals and groups to get involved in stopping this injustice towards the vulnerable.
The Foundation for Contemporary Art-Ghana (FCA Ghana)
The Foundation for Contemporary Art-Ghana was founded in 2004 by 23 members representing artists, gallery owners, academics and patrons of the arts. Its founding was initiated by Virginia Ryan (Australian-Italian Artist/Writer) and the Late Prof. Joe Nkrumah (Anthropologist/Conservator/Curator). FCA is an active network of artists and offers a platform to promote of contemporary art in Ghana.
· Assist supervisor with program planning, management, and implementation.
· Generate ideas to improve project implementation.
· Assist with external communications. Please click here and learn more..
Ghana Coalition Of NGOs In Health
The Ghana Coalition of NGOs in Health (GCNH) is a reputable not-for-profit Civil Society Organization (CSO) established in 2000 as an umbrella and coordinating body of activities of all registered NGOs/CBOs in the health sector in the country. GCNH currently has a membership of over 417 registered local civil society organizations with regional branches and offices in all the 10 regions of Ghana.
The Ghana Coalition of NGOs in Health operates in 201 M/MDAs in Ghana. Currently, it is liaising with districts and the Ghana Health Service (GHS) in health service provision. These are: HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria, Water and Sanitation, Non-communicable diseases, mental health financing, building health facilities and holding health workers accountable to improve service delivery. Specific ongoing activities are as below:
Post monitoring of maf accountability project supported by star Ghana. Re-organizing for scale up of universal access to healthcare. Creating demand for immunization services in 33 districts in 6 regions. Participation of ICC and TWGS meeting. Participation of annual health summit and regional health forum. Click here for more information.
Assist in report writing. Assisting in the monitoring of projects including the malaria control program, halting the spread of tuberculosis, mental health, etc. Assist in project evaluation and other tasks assigned by supervisor/s.
Ghana HIV/AIDS Network (GHANET)
GHANET is a group of non-profit organizations, community-based, public institutions and individuals living with HIV/AIDS. They have come together to form what is known today as the Ghana HIV-AIDS network (GHANET). The idea of a network was conceived in May 1996, when stakeholders in HIV / AIDS prevention in Ghana felt a gap in the co-ordination of HIV/AIDS activities, funding and program planning, with the result that there was gross duplication of efforts and waste of human and material resources. Access to information was also very difficult at the time. GHANET, as it is constituted now provides a forum mainly for information and experience sharing towards effective programming planning especially at the grass-root level. Members are encouraged to also share their human and material resources.
Background of Media Response
Media Response is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) established in Ghana in June 2002. The organization was incorporated under the Ghana Companies Code, Limited by Guarantee with Registrar General’s Certificate No. G.9870; Department of Social Welfare Certificate No. 2338; Accra Metropolitan Assembly Certificate No. A.026/10/102.
Programme Areas – ECOWAS Regional Integration/Free Movement; Health and Social Communications; Media Production and Programming, ICT and Governance Research, Advocacy and Community Mobilization.
Typical tasks for interns
- Collate information about ongoing activities of NGOs working for the Stop TB Partnership for publication in TB News
- Collate information relevant to ECOWAS and Regional Integration for publication in ECOWAS Front
- Regularly update organization's website and social media sites
- Assist in proposal development and report writing
- Review and edit reports, letters and other important documents
- Design an integrated records management system (manual/electronic) for effective records and information management
- Attend events/seminars on behalf of the organization and report back to management
- Any other assignments deemed relevant to the operations of the organization.
Global Media Alliance Limited
Global Media Alliance Limited is an International Communications Company founded in 1998 in South Africa. GMA is a corporate member of the International Public Relations Association (IPRA). The company is specialized in the provision of a broad range of communication services to clients including:
Public Relations, Political Analysis and Positioning, Corporate Affairs Public Affairs, Events Management, Media Relations, TV Productions, Corporate Documentaries, Program Distribution, Media Consultancy Services, Community Relations, Publishing of Marketing and Promotional Materials, CEO Reputation, Management and Crisis Management.
GMA promises exciting vacancies for interns/volunteers in events organization, newsletters/publications, CNN monthly reports on Africa, a new TV production dubbed “The Nation Builders” etc.
Human Rights Advocacy Centre (HRAC)
The Human Rights Advocacy Centre is a not-for-profit, independent, non-partisan, research and advocacy organisation set up to advance and protect human rights in Ghana.
The National Governance Programme works in collaboration with the donor community, NGOs involved with governance as well as government institutions eg. The Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice, The Serious Fraud Office, National Commission on Civic Education, The Parliament of Ghana, Centre and Federation of African Women Lawyers etc.
Volunteers have the opportunity to work with most of these organizations to better understand how their work enhances democracy and governance in Ghana.
The Legal Resource Centre (LRC)
The Legal Resource Centre (LRC) is a non-profit, non-governmental human rights organization with significant community-based initiative and national level policy influence. The LRC is the conceptualization of two Ghanaian lawyers who saw the need to demystify law and promote human rights awareness at the grassroots level in Ghana.
Micro-Finance and Community Development Organization (MFCDO) and Open-Heart Solution Agency (OHSA)
Micro-Finance and Community Development Organization (MFCDO) is a non-governmental organization committed to poverty alleviation, community development and small-scale entrepreneurship through micro-finance services. It works in collaboration with its Community Based Organizations (CBOs) involved in various forms of community work. Our principal implementing partner is the Open-Heart Solution Agency (OHSA), which has been practicing micro-finance and community development programs and seeking to promote the culture of savings through what is known in Ghana as ‘Susu’. ‘Susu’ is a savings mobilization from the informal sector in Ghana.
The Morning Star School
The Morning Star School was founded in 1965 by the late Mrs. Esme Praah Siriboe. It began as a pre-school with seven pupils and has blossomed over the years into one of the best first cycle Christian Schools in Ghana. It is located in the serene Cantonments-Labone suburb of Accra on four acres of land and currently offers an excellent quality of education to pupils from Kindergarten to Junior High School Levels (KG – 9th grade). The academic year begins in September and ends in July.
Keba Africa Is one of the civil society organizations (CSO) on the consulting team tasked to develop the TB/HIV concept note for Ghana, a key requirement for the New Funding Mechanism of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.
The organization was founded on February 24, 2004.
Mission statement: To be the number one promoter of sustainable human development Vision: To create a more vibrant, equitable and informed society through economic, social, health and legal education.
Regions of operation: Keba Africa operates in the following areas: Greater Accra, Central, Western, Eastern and Brong-Ahafo regions.
Target populations for Malaria program: pregnant women, school children, parents/caregivers of children under five years, chiefs, opinion leaders, PLHIV, religious leaders. Traditional birth attendants traditional healers.
Malaria intervention areas of interest:
Support community mobilization to enhance uptake of malaria interventions (increase knowledge and awareness among community members on malaria prevention and control)
Carry out house to house sensitization visits on malaria interventions
Identify and follow up on pregnant women on IPTp uptake
Organize malaria educational talks in schools, churches and market places
Monitor and evaluate activities of CBAs
Develop short project write ups
Update content monthly
Design fund raising and implement one community base public health campaign.
Osu Children's Library Fund
The first Osu Children’s Library was founded in 1990 under a tree in Accra, Ghana’s capital. Canadian Kathy Knowles was posted to Ghana with her husband, John, who worked as an accountant for Sikaman, a gold mining company. She enjoyed reading to her four children but noticed that Ghanaians did not have the same opportunities. So each Thursday afternoon, she carried a basket of books into their garden and offered story times to six neighbourhood children.
Word spread and more and more children came to the Knowles’ garden. To accommodate the increased numbers, Kathy transformed their garage into a library, filled it with shelves and small stools, and looked for more books. She hired Harry Lartey, a University of Ghana student, to read to the children and trained her housekeeper, Joanna Felih, to be the first librarian. She called her refitted garage the Osu Library after the street where they lived. Before long, 150 children were lining up each week to explore the magical world of books.
State School for the Deaf
State School for the Deaf is a public school within the Ghana Education service set-up. The School was established at Osu in 1965 by Dr. Seth Tetteh-Ocloo who is deaf and now resides in the U.S. The school was then known as Osu Deaf Mission Center. It was later taken over by the Government in 1969 and was renamed State School for the Deaf. The school is currently located at Ashaiman near Tema.
The school has as its objective the education of the deaf who for their severe hearing impairment, their educational needs, appropriate educational programs and other related services cannot be provided in the regular school. The State school for the deaf‘ program begins at the pre-school level and continues through Primary to the Junior Secondary school (JSS). Essentially, the academic curriculum is the same as that of the regular public school programs. Strong emphasis however is placed upon language and communication. The regular academic program is supplemented and reinforced by a pre-vocational program.
It a great site for students who wish to do their internship on deaf communication and other related learning activities with deaf students.
The West African Dispute Resolution Centre (WADREC)
The West African Dispute Resolution Centre (WADREC) is a civil society organization established in 2000. WADREC seeks to promote Conflict Management and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in the West African Sub-Region. WADREC is committed to encouraging the use of Conflict Management and ADR techniques in the early settlement of legal, business, traditional and community disputes in order to enhance the delivery of justice in communities in the Sub-Region, thereby promoting a peaceful environment for development.
United Way Ghana (UWG)
United Way Ghana (UWG) is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to build community capacity for sustainable development in the areas of health, education, and income generation through collaborative efforts of all stakeholders.
UWG works with both donors and charities and is therefore, in a unique position to support the needs of both groups. For many corporate institutions, supporting communities in need is very much part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). United Way Ghana works through community based organizations to offer structured services to underprivileged communities. Through our Corporate Partnership Program, we custom tailor interventions to fit the level of community investment a corporate body wants to deliver.
UWG is a member of United Way Worldwide (UWW). Headquartered in the United States, UWW is a global network of 47 member countries with 4500 affiliate offices developing models for sustainability impact at the community level.
X-plore was established in July 2003 to provide opportunities for people to study, work, or live abroad. The company continually strives to create new prospects for people to explore the world. The vision of the X-plore is driven by a multinational team of qualified and experienced individuals. From their agents to the management team the company knows how an interaction with a culture different from one’s own can enrich a world view.
Currently, X-plore have agents in the US, UK, Ghana, Benin, Congo, Cote D’Ivoire and Togo. They also have partnerships worldwide.
Provide affordable and exciting opportunities for people to study, work, live or travel abroad.
Interns will be involved in routine tasks as assigned by the supervisor. Aside this, the intern is expected to be working on the following:
· Client reception-answer client enquiries on phone or direct them to appropriate staff
· Assist work on clients’ file
· Be attached with marketing team for both off and on field work
· Online research work
· Be engaged in brainstorming session
Al-Rayan International School
Al-Rayan International School (ARIS) was established in September 2003. The mission of the school focuses on providing world class standards in education. This involves the combination of inclusive (rather than elitist) admissions policy with internationally orientated curricula, an ideal framework for achieving all-round excellence.
Students are supported wherever and whenever support is needed, and at the same time challenged to achieve their maximum potential. ARIS is an authorized Primary Years Programme (PYP) school, since April, 2016. The institution also adopts the Cambridge International curricula for older students, offering an extensive range of IGCSE subjects. In May 2015 an authorization was given to offer the full IB Diploma Programme (IBDP), completing the final two years of the students' secondary level education, prior to university.
Step by step, as practitioners of the IBDP, the ARIS team is now realising the enormous potential it has for their students and their future lives. They are committed to inspiring students to attain their fullest potential through a broad-based curriculum that promotes critical thinking, fosters self-motivation, and encourages self-development.
ARIS is dedicated to the upbringing of creative, resilient, independent and socially responsible young people having the knowledge and skills necessary to be active contributors in the global community. Within a caring, multicultural and inclusive environment, the school is committed to instilling in each student, a desire to learn, to take appropriate risks in venturing new ideas, to accept personal responsibility, and to face challenges with optimism and determination.
Assist the class teacher in teaching and other classroom tasks. Designing of extra curriculum activities at the school. Identify activities in class that could be incorporated into the school’s academic curriculum and of considerable benefit to the students. Assist in other related tasks as required by the institution
Street Girls Aid
Street Girls Aid (S.Aid) is a Ghanaian NGO set up in 1994 primarily to assist girls who live and work on the streets. S. Aid hopes that by providing various programmes to the girls and their babies, it will help them achieve their life goals and eventually they will leave the streets. This long painstaking journey must be taken one-step at a time.
- Temporal residential facilities for young mothers
- Day care facilities for children on the street
- Outreach programme to the streets of Accra
- Skills training for girls
- Information and education on reproductive health and other issues.
At the House Refuge operated by Street Girls Aid, teenage mothers receive support and care in a non-judgemental environment. Support provided includes antenatal, delivery and postnatal as well as temporary shelter. Counseling and social education forms a major part of the activity with the girls. The guiding principle in all these activities is to be able to reduce the incidence of the following: unwanted pregnancies, abortion, unsafe deliveries and child abandonment. In addition, the services help a long way to prevent maternal and child mortality amongst girls living in the streets of Accra.
The House of Refuge is seen as an extension of Street Girls Aid’s work. Staff that walk the streets daily interact with the girls in their own environment. This makes it possible for many girls from S. Aid (without even having to come to the refuge). Working on the street also involves sharing information on the reproductive health issues and equipping the girls with strategies to enables them to cope and survive in the environment and most importantly in the larger society.
Core to our activities is the importance of the child. S. Aid operates Early Childhood Care and Development Centers for children of young women who live and work on the street of Accra. The centres provide day care in a safe and healthy environment where the children are stimulated, fed and prepared for later stages of their education. Currently, the centres are located near the market areas where many of the mothers try to earn some income. For many of the mothers these facilities give them a piece of mind. Records that have been compiled on the girls show that majority of the girls are barely literate. S. Aid therefore organizes literary lessons and interested girls participate in the programme. This has helped many girls in our skills training centre to do better in their particular skill.
In addition, S. Aid operates the ‘Community School’ programme that provides street children who want to go back to school the opportunity to be integrated in the main stream after actively participating in the year of intensive school work.
So girls who desire to leave streets are motivated to take part in the skills training programme of the organization. The skills training offered to the girls are dressmaking, hairdressing, cookery, batik tie and dye, etc. These centres open daily and are structured with the needs of the mind. Girls are awarded certificates after training.
Assist in the care giving of babies and toddlers at the organization’s daycare center. Assist in teaching of the children at the center. Interns are expected to utilize their skill in other fields of discipline e.g. public health, nursing, etc to assist in the care and management of the center. Other tasks may be required at the head office of Street Girls Aid the.
Street Girls Aid day care is located at Accra central Tudu about 45 minutes drive from the academic centre.
Ghana Global Career Center
Ghana Global Career Centre (GGCC) is a social enterprise that empowers young people by deepening their access to knowledge and opportunities. The organization aims to improve postgraduate employment rates, increase experiential learning opportunities and empower students and alumni with lifelong career skills.
Assist to manage our mentoring program Terms of Reference:
-Develop event budget and all event planning documents
-Assist with creation of event flyer, programs and invitations.
-Engage with mentors and mentees for feedback on program Timing and Reporting
-Weekly presentations on progress status
-Final presentation at end of project Support and Environmental
-GGCC resource person to provide guidance and framework
-Evaluation on project and interns on completion
-Fieldwork required in Accra only.
-Work related transportation costs will be covered. Vehicle will not be provided Competencies • Marketing • Good writing skills • Planning and Project management • MS Office • Research skills • Analytical skills • Presentation skills
The organization's office is located at Adabraka, Accra, Ghana, where their first Career Centre can be found within 2 miles of more than 20,000 higher education students, at least 35 minutes drive from the NYU Accra academic center.
Development Unity, Nurturing Knowledge (DUNK)
DUNK stands for Development Unity, Nurturing Knowledge. It is a youth led community based non-governmental organization and registered by the office of the Registrar General and Department of Social Development under the laws of Ghana.
The mission of the organization is to create safe spaces for at-risk children and women aged 8-19 years living in deprived communities to play, learn and grow through sports (basketball) after school support, life-skill and vocational training.
DUNK empowers its members to enable them become agents of change in their communities. Its operation is centered on three pillars: sport, education and personal development.
Sports - This is the first pillar that allows DUNK to appeal and reach out to children in their targeted and adopted communities. The organization provides children with free sports equipment and friendly coaching as this has been a barrier for them to exercise their rights to play. So far, eight teams have been established with two all girls teams.
Academic Development- This second pillar allows DUNK to monitor member’s performance at school. Through partnering with schools and parents support, members reports/grades are collected and assistance are given to students with lower academic performance at school. On the other hand, excelling students are also granted school supports in the form of supplies or fees paid (Scholarship). So far, about twenty-five of the members have received school support.
Personal Development - This final pillar encompasses all activities that targets advance preparations for members as they prepare to face reality of the world and exit the DUNK program. Members are required to participate in practical and theoretical sessions on five carefully selected values using sports as a tool for social change.
Typical tasks for interns
Although tasks may vary depending on the needs of the organization, some of the typical tasks intern will be expected to work on include:
· Sports couching-assist in organizing and training of the children/members in basketball
· Assist in education of children whose academic performance is falling and need help to enable them improve their grades
· Provide support in the life couch and personal development aspect of the program
· Work on website development as well as social media. Please Click here to learn more about DUNK.
World Education Ghana
World education is a registered private voluntary organization. It has worked in more than 50 countries in, Africa, Latin America and the USA. The organization’s program focuses on the following: girls' and women's education; reducing human trafficking and child labor; HIV and AIDS prevention and care; savings, credit, and micro enterprise; sustainable agriculture; and strengthening the adult basic literacy system in both the United States and abroad. By promoting local ownership, World Education directly involves communities in programs designed to benefit them, which is key to sustainable development and effective self-governance. In Ghana, World Education staff are seasoned education and development professionals who have extensive capabilities in the following areas:
-capacity building for increased performance
-HIV & sexually transmitted infection (STI) education
-behavior change communication
World education is located close to the academic center of NYU Accra
-Work with the supervisor/s on the review of research information on educational policies
-Assist in field research activities.
-May assist in on-site field work at some schools in the suburbs of Accra. Please click here to learn more..
Ghana Micro finance Institutions Network (GHAMFIN)
The Ghana Micro finance Institutions Network (GHAMFIN) was registered in 1998 as a company limited by guarantee. It is a network of Apex Associations and their member institutions engaged in micro finance services. GHAMFIN also has associate honorary members who provide services to the industry. It comprised diverse Micro finance actors including, Apex bodies such as the ARB/ARB Apex Bank Ltd, Association of Financial NGOs, (ASSFIN) and Ghana Cooperative Credit Union (CUA). Others include: Ghana Cooperative Susu (savings) Collectors (GCSCA), Ghana Association of Savings and Loans Companies (GHASALC). Ghana Association of Micro finance Companies (GAMC) and Money Lenders Association of Ghana. (MLAG). The other actors are Business Development and Technical Service Providers.
GHAMFIN offers a range of products and services centered around the four core pillars: policy/advocacy; transparency; capacity building and consumer protection to its target markets which includes; policy makers; donors; regulators; investors and research institutes.
To build an inclusive and responsible financial sector in Ghana
To be a financially sustainable umbrella institution for the micro finance sector in Ghana unifying the work of all Apex Associations and their members
GHAMFIN’s office is located in Ashongman, about one and half hours drive from the academic center
Typical tasks for interns:
-Interns may be attached to any of GHAMFIN’s members and work with loans officers and other departments of the company/member
-Interact with customers of the micro finance company in the field (markets, stores and other locations in the city of Accra)
-Compiling and processing data and information of clients
-Interns may be placed at the GHAMFIN office where they will be working on micro finance research projects, data processing, analysis, training programs and other tasks as assigned by the supervisor. Please click here to learn more about GHAMFIN..
Priorities On Rights And Sexual Health (PORSH)
In November 2013, Priorities On Rights And Sexual Health (PORSH) was officially registered as a non-profit organization to get legal backings to undertake interventions in the fields of HIV, gender, sexual and reproductive health events, human rights and other interventions for key populations in Ghana and beyond. PORSH has a nationwide network of key population members and strong affiliations with other key members of the general population.
To reduce the impact of the HIV epidemic on key populations, families and communities through tailor-made interventions and our passion for humanity and their full rights on earth. Promote sexual health, human rights and lessen the impact of the HIV epidemic on key populations, families and communities through cutting edge projects, initiatives and human-centered efforts.
The pursuit of excellence in sexual health/human rights initiatives, prevention and linkage HIV related infections
The scope of PORSH's operations span across a number of disciplines. Its main activities are divided into the following key areas:
- Referrals for HIV Testing and Counseling
- Prevention Education on STI/HIV
- Adolescent Health Promotion
- Behavioral Change Communication
- Men’s Health Issues
- Online HIV /STI Mobile App Services
- Health rights for Key Populations
- HIV related opportunistic infections
- Sexual Health Initiatives
- Human Rights Advocacy
- Gender Initiatives
Typical tasks for interns:
-Assist in projects aimed at reaching out to key populations including PLWHAs, LGBTQ, and prostitutes an educating them on the prevention of STIs
-Assist in research, data processing and analyses
-Work with supervisor and other volunteers on other tasks as may be assigned by the supervisor. PORSH is located at Abeka, about 45-60 minutes drive from the academic center. Its website is currently under maintenance.
Environment360 is an Accra based NGO that creates corporate and community recycling programs to help raise funds for environmental education for children in coastal and urban regions in Ghana. The items collected through Environment360’s recycling program are resold to third parties and then those funds are invested into their educational programming.
The organization currently works in 30 schools in five (5) different areas of Accra. Through their programming more than 15,000 children are exposed to green careers and technologies, creative ways to reuse waste and education that empowers them to become environmental change agents in their communities.
The organization is best known for its Evolve Community Recycling program, which is a collaborative effort between Environment360 and Voltic Mineral Water, the largest water company in Ghana. The program places recycling containers at vantage points throughout the city. Residents can then use these containers to responsibly and ethically dispose of their plastic waste. The program on average collects 2.5 tons of plastic per month through its containers.
Environment360 is also the implementing partner of Pick-It, a collaborative project between FanMilk, WIEGO, MIT and Environment360. The project is the first inclusive waste system project in Ghana and uses the informal sector to deliver efficient waste services to the TemaNew Town area. As the implementing partner, Environment360 is responsible for the financial oversight of the 1.8 million Ghana cedis project, as well as working with the community and waste pickers to create a sustainable system.
The organization employs 11 people and is located at Ritz Junction, Madina in the Greater Accra Region about 45-50 minutes drive from the academic center.
Please click here for more information.
Intern Job Duties
· Assist with supervision and activities of school programs
· Assist with photo taking at events
· Assist in compiling photos and videos to tell a compelling story about Environment360
· Work with staff to help organize school and community events
· General administrative work as requested
· Interact with stakeholders as requested
Creature is a team of individuals well versed in different areas of creative and technical skill. They apply their expertise and experience in the creation and growth of brands. Creatures go past the conventional limits and expectation.
What the organization does: this includes the use of multimedia to solve problems. The services delivered by Creatures cover the following: Graphic designing, signage, brand strategy, content production, social media, web development.
Over the years advertising for clients, Creatures team have learned that, the most influential aspect of advertising is to create an image true to the brand. The phrase ‘true to the brand’ here means that, the brand’s advertised values and philosophy are relevant to their own products and services. Moreover, they immerse themselves in the client’s organization and product in order to express their core ideals in their communication and inspire people to create and grow. They also introduce a culture of contributing their strength to build. They become better at what they do by learning new things and teaching others. With these, Creatures create a new way of approaching everyday situations.
Creatures is located in Cantonments, about 5-10 minutes drive from the academic center. Click here for more information.
Typical tasks for intern
- Assist in the development of multi media tasks in the designing of brand logos, web designing, etc
- Brand building and awareness strategies such as social media marketing
- Assist in other tasks as requested by the supervisor
Hope For Future Generations
Hope For Future Generations (HFFG) envisions that through its interventions, members of its beneficiary communities will be adequately informed and empowered to enable them take critical decisions that will improve their quality of life.
As a gender based organization, the mission of HFFG is to form partnerships that will facilitate and improve the health, education and socio-economic status of women, children and young people through empowerment, rights based approaches, innovative and acceptable participatory strategies.
HFFG recognizes the following core values which reflect its character as an organization.
-Professionalism and Teamwork
-Dedication and Openness
-To build the capacity of communities towards primary health care
-To ensure gender mainstreaming and meaningful participation of women, children and young people at all levels of their work
-To promote sexual reproductive health and rights. To ensure the promotion, protection, respect for and fulfillment of the rights of citizens.
-To promote formal education in underserved communities and among girls.
-To promote and ensure child protection and child survival
Typical tasks for interns
Work with supervisor/s on various projects
Report writing and engagement with target community/group
Other tasks that may assigned by the supervisor. Please click here for more information on HFFG
Concern Health Education Project (CHEP)
Concern Health Education Project (CHEP) is a Ghanaian registered NGO that focuses on promoting Health Issues, Community Development, Human Rights, Environmental and Climate Change.
To send information to the door step of our beneficiary communities in the area of health, good governance, human rights and environment and to ensure that all, including children and the vulnerable, have access to good healthcare, health information mainstreaming on environmental issues, human rights and good governance.
Typical tasks for interns
This may include:
-Interviewing health care professionals/community members and leaders about their health experience in their community.
-Creating awareness for immunization for children under the age of five
-Writing of reports and submitting it to your supervisor
CHEP is located in La, about 10 minutes drive from the student dorm. Please go to this Facebook page to learn more.
Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG)
The Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG) is an NGO and a Member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), and a Leading Provider of Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Education and Services.
Provide the youth with the knowledge and means of exercising their basic rights, to decide freely and responsibly on their SRH as a means of improving the quality of life of Ghanaians.
Typical tasks for interns
As an intern at PPAG, you will be assigned to do a variety of task. These include:
-Work on creating a social media presence on projects such as the Youth Action Movement (YAM) to unify the various branches of the program
-Revising the educational materials/information for peer educators to teach at a workshop
PPAG's main office is located at Latebiokorshie, about 45 minutes drive from the NYU Accra academic center. Please click here or go to their Facebook page to learn more.
Academic Internship Application Deadlines
For Fall: March 15, 11:59pm NY time (rolling after, space permitting)*
The Academic Internship Program requires a separate application. Students can apply for the program only after they have submitted their Study Away application.
*ALL Resume Reviews must be completed in advance of application
For Spring: October 15, 11:59pm NY time (rolling after, space permitting)*
The Academic Internship Program requires a separate application. Students can apply for the program only after they have submitted their Study Away application.
*ALL Resume Reviews must be completed in advance of application
The following Makers of Accra internship highlights were produced by Creátures, a Ghanaian creative communication lab. An NYU Accra student interned with Creátures in Spring 2012 and collaborated on Makers of Accra, a video series featuring Ghanaian businesses and organizations, and some of the many internship opportunities available at NYU Accra. Students wishing to share their Ghanaian internship experiences should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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