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Internships

Ethiopian Heritage Foundation (EHF) offers an internship program for young professionals and those studying at, or recently graduated from University. The aims of the internships are to develop the next cohort of activists and to equip them with the research and professional skills necessary to develop their careers.

What do we offer our interns?

  • The opportunity to work with some of the most informed and distinctive Ethiopian/African-focused professionals
  • A strong introduction to the professional life and business of an non-for-profit organization; learning to contribute to both the research and administration of the organization
  • The opportunity to define and undertake new research related to EHF’s programs, and with our guidance, develop this into publishable-quality material
  • An opportunity to meet researchers and activists, develop networking connections, and attend conferences, seminars and other events on behalf of EHF
  • At the end of the internship, we would give you a reference for any future employers. We will also be able to respond to reference requests after you have left us

What experience do I need to be an Ethiopian Heritage Foundation intern?

You don’t need any professional experience to be a Ethiopian Heritage Foundation intern. What you do need is enthusiasm and an interest in human rights and social justice. A lot of our interns will have a Master’s degree in a related field; but this is not mandatory. We would normally expect you to have a Bachelor’s degree, be studying for a Bachelor’s degree, or have some form of experience or knowledge of Ethiopia, Africa or the issues. You would, however, need to be computer literate (email, internet and Microsoft packages)

How long does an internship last?

The internship can last for three or six months, depending on the intern’s preference, and in negotiation with EHF

Where is the internship based?

The internships are based in Los Angeles and Washington, DC.

When do you take interns?

We take interns quarterly – in January, April, July, and September. We recognize that a lot of applicants will want to work during the summer vacation, and so we can be flexible as to when they start.

What programs can I intern on?

Generally we aim to have an intern on each of our programs in each quarter.

Are all applications accepted?

This depends on the demand for internships. The demand will be highest for summer and September places, and lower for January and April. We reserve the right to offer internships to all those that we think suitable, even if this means having more than one intern at a time on each program; but if we have more applications than places, we will have to choose the best candidates

Do you send interns to Africa?

No. We don’t have the resources to do this. However, a number of our former interns have gained opportunities from jobs, or universities or competitions to visit or work in Africa; and we are always ready to learn from their experiences and help them with any plans for their work

Do you have to be Ethiopian, or of African ethnicity, to be an Ethiopian Heritage Foundation intern?

No you don’t; but we would especially welcome your application if you are, and if you felt that this would enhance the knowledge and experience that you would bring to EHF.

Do you pay your interns?

Unfortunately, our funding does not allow us to pay our interns. However, you will a free access to all our events and receive our eternal gratitude.

Am I too old or young to be an intern?

You would need to be at least 18 years old to be an intern. We have no upper age limit

Can an internship count as college credit?

If your college is willing to accept the internship as credit, then you may do so, but this is up to you to arrange. We do not participate in any schemes where college credit is guaranteed by an internship. We can supply any paperwork necessary for your college if they agree to you earning credit this way.

Can you suggest where else to be an intern?

You can try our partner organizations EINEPS and TSEHAI Publishers.

How do I apply?

You need to send us your C.V. with a one-page letter detailing yourself, your background, your interests, the program and round that you would like to intern on and why you wish to intern with us. When you have these documents, send them by email attachment to the internship Program at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . IMPORTANT: please include your desired round (Jan, April, July or Sep) and program choice in the subject of your email as it makes us much easier for us to sort through applications. You can apply at any time, but you stand the best chance if you apply between three and six months before you would like to start.

Mission Statement

The mission of EHF is to empower the Ethiopian American community through education, advocacy, service and the development of community-based resources; to build a new social, economic and political community in North America; and to promote the culture and history of Ethiopia.

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