​​​International Internship Programme​​

Welcome to the Aga Khan University's International Internship Programme

The UPO’s International Internship Programme are a group of impact-driven programmes focused on equitable knowledge, resource, and experiential exchange between students, faculty, and staff at both AKU and its international partner institutions. The programmes encourage cross-cultural collaboration and have produced fruitful exchanges for all participants in the past and present.

Since 2008 the programme has offered unique and meaningful internship opportunities in 8 countries within East Africa, Central, and South Asia. These students have been placed at 7 agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network namely – Aga Khan University (AKU), Aga Khan Education Services (AKES), University of Central Asia (UCA), Aga Khan Foundation (AKF)​, Diamond Trust Bank (DTB)​, Serena​, Industrial Promotion Services (IPS).

The programmes aim to provide a critical learning opportunity that ​goes beyond simple work experience and instead focuses on thinking outside of the box, developing strong leadership skills, being critically reflexive, and learning new ways of doing things in new environments.​

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International Internship Programme - Onsite
Programme provides a meaningful opportunity to international interns to work at AKU and other AKDN agencies. On-Site placements help students to gain critical skills, intercultural competency, and problem-solving abilities to real-world challenges.
Due to COVID-19 pandemic, ​​​On-Site placements​ are ​postponed.
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​Virtual Internship Programme
Virtual Internship Programme (AKU-VIP) provides you with a one-of-a-kind virtual placement to build valuable skills and enhance your cross-cultural competencies through work opportunities with diverse teams in more than 14 countries.
The placements are offered in East Africa, South and Central Asia, Europe and North America with the international development agencies of The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).
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Reciprocal Virtual Internship Programme (RVIP)
To promote more equitable bi-directional mobility between students from the Global North and the Global South, the RVIP provides virtual opportunities for AKU students to work with AKU’s partner institutions.
The projects are carefully selected which can enhance students skills and make them actively learn outside of their local context.
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INTERNSHIP DAY ONE