Boost Your Career
Thrive in an online environment and acquire skills needed to be sucessful in your career path.
Go Beyond Borders
Gain professional international experience from the comfort of your own home.
Learn and Grow Professionally
Be part of a diverse team and work on real-world projects to build your career.
The Aga Khan University’s 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) – One of the world’s largest network that works on programmes dedicated to improving the quality of life and opportunities of vulnerable communities and spans across 30 countries.
Lead projects with a focus on impact in countries such as: Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Egypt, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Canada, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and Portugal.
AKU-VIP mentors work with you to support your internship projects and career goals, provide mentorship, help you network, and build your skills.
Expand your network through organized social engagements and cultural immersion with our community of interns, students, and mentors across
Gain 60+ hours of webinars, workshops, and short courses with AKDN master trainers to equip you with relevant knowledge and skills.
Add to your resume a certificate outlining all professional development training and internship projects you completed.
Gain access to our extensive alumni network and learn about their post-internship endeavors.
Your mentor will provide you professional references to aid you in landing your dream jobs post-internship.
Supporting you through structured programming, professional advising, and our guided online training.
Our programme can work with your academic institution to provide you academic credit.
Learn more about AKU’s Virtual Internship Programme and what our interns have to say about their experiences.
Learn more about the first-hand experiences of our past and current interns!
"My mentor is very resourceful, positive, and always points me in the right direction when needed. She has also given me the opportunity to be autonomous and take on smaller projects to help me build my skill set and confidence."
"I am enjoying my internship tremendously. I am so pleased to be working with such organized, welcoming, understanding, agreeable, and talented colleagues. This is my first time working in a data environment and a key highlight about working with my mentor and the rest of the team is the desire to improve processes."
"VIP was an amazing opportunity to begin understanding how to work virtually in the time of COVID-19. Working through different time zones, technology, & various stakeholders allowed me to improve my communication skillset greatly. I have been able to gain not only public health-specific competencies such as scientific writing, manuscript writing, and literature reviews but also have had the opportunity to improve my skills that would benefit any professional in their career development."