Become an intern at the Royal Danish Embassy in Kampala and gain unique experience in development and foreign policy from a developing country.
The embassy offers three internships each semester.
You get this out of the internship:
A unique insight into the political and economic development of Uganda.
Concrete experience of foreign and development policy in practice.
Insight into the factual tasks of a Danish embassy.
Motivated colleagues who are ready to guide and involve you in daily life at the embassy.
Personal experiences from an exciting country.
Possibility of credit transfer of ECTS points.
What we expect from you:
That you are studying at a Danish bachelor’s or master’s programme.
That you have a great interest in working in a developing country.
That you are outgoing, willing to learn and ready to help with both strategic, independent tasks, as well as practical, day-to-day work.
That you possess a great degree of cultural awareness.
That you have strong English skills, both linguistically and in writing.
Competences in areas such as numerical processing, IT, communication and SoMe are an advantage.
The Danish Embassy in Uganda offers three internships each semester from 1 February to 31 July and from 1 August to 31 January.
Application deadlines are:
Spring Semester (Feb.-Jul.) – September 20
Autumn Semester (Aug.-Jan.) – March 1
More about the posts
Two trainees will be assigned to the Embassy’s Economic And Political Team. One of the trainees will be assigned to the embassy’s communications officer as well as the ambassador.
As a communication trainee, you will assist the embassy’s communications officer. The work will consist of updating and maintaining the embassy’s continued activity on digital media, including social media and websites, and also as an intern you will have to contribute to the implementation of the embassy communication strategy. You will be able to be creative and come with ideas on the internal and external communication within the Embassy and to our stakeholders.
Green economy is responsible for the Embassy’s work within the private sector development, agriculture, climate change and environment, overseeing a budget of DKK 600 million. The team supports Danish companies operating in Uganda. A business delagation is planned for April 2023 and supporting and participating in this will be a part of the internship.
It will give you insight into how Danish development works to increase agricultural productivity, climate resilience and agro-business. You will see how Danish companies operate in the African market and how we help promoting this.
The perfect candidate for the team has a special interest in the interface between climate change/environment on one part and business/economics on the other. Competences in business, trade and marketing are an advantage. Self-motivation, drive and excellent Danish and English writing skills are essential.
We imagine you study something related to societies, business, climate change or nature. This could be business administration, environmental and natural resource studies, agronomy, political science, African studies, or something related.
Politics and Governance
As an intern in the ‘Politics and Governance’ team, we expect you to have interest and competences in development and political analysis. The team reports on the political developments to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Copenhagen and is responsible for the country programme’s good governance program called UPGRADE – Uganda Programme for Governance, Rights, Accountability and Democracy. The team’s work consists largely of active dialogue with like-minded countries, which also deal with anti-corruption, democracy and human rights, just as EU coordination and cooperation with Danish and Ugandan civil society organisations is a high priority.
Qualifications and requirements
We imagine you are studying political science, economics, development studies, Africa studies, public administration, finance, communication, journalism or something similar. It is expected that you can work independently as well as in collaboration with the team. We expect you to have a great interest in working in a developing country and a desire to understand how an embassy works.
In addition, it is important that you are outgoing, willing to learn and possess a great degree of cultural awareness. Good phrasing skills are essential as well as flexibility and a positive attitude to the wide range of tasks the team works with. It is a requirement that you have strong oral and written skills in Danish and English, and good IT skills (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) are an advantage.
To be considered, you must be enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s programme at a Danish or foreign university and remain enrolled throughout the internship. In addition, to apply, you must either be a Danish citizen or have an address in Denmark, have lived in Denmark for a minimum of three years.
The internship is unpaid, but the embassy reimburses documented expenses related to the internship (e.g. airfares, vaccinations, rent and insurance) up to DKK 3,500 per month. Alternatively, the intern can choose to receive DKK 3,500 fixed monthly, but thus give up the possibility of SU (read more via the Appeals Board for SU). The stay lasts six months and the trainee is responsible for financing tickets, visas, insurance and vaccinations.
You can find the specific guidelines for interns at the Danish representations https://um.dk/da/om-os/stillinger/praktikpladser-paa-repraesentationerne/.
How to apply?
Send application, CV and any recommendations for email@example.com in a single PDF file. The application must be in English and must not exceed 1 page. In the subject line, type which team you are looking for: “Internship (Team)”. Feel free to apply for more teams.
The application deadline for the upcoming autumn semester is March 1st.
If you have further questions about the internship or daily life in Kampala, you are welcome to contact our current interns, you will find their email addresses here: