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The KAIPTC Internship Programme

KAIPTC offers internships to graduates and post-graduates from the West African region and abroad. For 2011 and subsequent years, the programme hopes to attract a new crop of interns - PhD students and visiting fellows. Since its inception, the internship programme has attracted nationals from Ghana, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, France, Canada, and the United States of America (USA).

Interns work under the supervision and guidance of the Research Department where they perform a variety of duties ranging from conducting research and developing training materials to producing documents for publication. Internships are usually 3 months in duration and can be extended depending on the performance of the intern and the availability of resources. Internships at the KAIPTC are voluntary, unpaid positions and Interns are required to provide for their own subsistence needs while working at KAIPTC. Interns are subjected to an internship policy that they receive and sign before joining KAIPTC.

Programme Objective

The goal of the internship programme is to provide interns with an opportunity to learn from the various areas of expertise offered by KAIPTC's staff, as well as the various research projects of the Research Department. These projects are subject to change based on the work programme of the Research Department, but an appropriate match will be found that will both challenge and effectively utilize the capabilities that the intern brings to the Centre. Decisions on all internship placements are based on the expertise and personal interests of the intern, as revealed in and derived from resumes, with a view to the mutual benefit of both KAIPTC and the intern.

Intern Benefits

Interns enjoy flexibility and derive many benefits from their work at KAIPTC. Work at Centre affords interns the opportunity to explore research topics related to their interests and expertise. KAIPTC provides interns with a work station, computer, and access to internet and shared files on the Centre's public domain for the duration of their internship. Interns also have access to KAIPTC's Electronic Library, which provides ready access to a variety of sources on conflict resolution and other peace and security related issues, with a particular focus on the African context. KAIPTC will assist in the furtherance of the intern's personal study through the provision of contacts and/or networks where possible.

KAIPTC encourages and appreciates the contributions of interns' initiative, creativity, and resourcefulness at all stages of the programme design and development. KAIPTC will further provide the intern with a report or letter of reference, as well as a certificate of service, upon the successful completion of the internship. In most instances, interns at KAIPTC will be placed within the Research Department although there are rotational programmes designed to lead to ensure they learn  with the Training department. Service with KAIPTC will involve both administrative and research tasks.

KAIPTC Advisor

For the purpose of providing a comprehensive training experience, each intern will be assigned to a member of the KAIPTC staff who will act as an advisor for that intern. The advisor will co-ordinate the intern's work, supervises efforts, ensure productive use of time, and provide guidance and feedback to the intern.

Behavioural code

KAIPTC staff frequently interact with diplomats, senior policymakers, and senior officers from a wide range of countries. All interns are therefore expected to dress and behave in a professional manner, particularly during conferences and other events where they are expected to participate in the social programme of the Centre.

Confidentiality and Copyright

Interns are expected to treat the contents of all files, correspondence and documents, written and electronic, as confidential. Also all research and work products developed during the internship shall be the property of KAIPTC.

Application Procedure and Requirements

Applications should be sent via e-mail to and The letter of application should be accompanied by a CV or resume, and clearly state proposed dates for the internship, as well as specific research interests to be pursued during this period. Two (2) writing samples must also be enclosed.

For additional information and clarification please contact:

The Coordinator of the Internship Programme:

+233(0)302718200 ext 2001