Africa's Promise

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Africa’s Promise is a new initiative from the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) to empower African youth by providing internship opportunities supporting the implementation of MCC compact programs across Africa. Approximately 60 percent of Africa’s total population is below the age of 35.

Interns will learn technical skills, leadership skills and project management best practices – including financial and public sector management – in the local country context while helping to advance MCC’s mission to reduce poverty through economic growth. Interns will support the large-scale development projects that make up MCC-funded compact programs and get exposure to targeted professional development and networking opportunities in both the public and private sectors.

Africa’s Promise internships will be established and run by the host government implementing entity for MCC compacts, typically known as a Millennium Challenge Account (MCA). Internships will start in the summer of 2017 in MCC’s respective MCA offices across Africa, which may include countries like Benin, Ghana, Liberia, Malawi, Morocco, Niger and Zambia. Interns will support the implementation of MCC projects in areas like clean water, electricity, land rights and education. Through its investments, MCC expands access to vital services and connects people to jobs, markets and opportunities.

Program FAQs

Who can apply?

African youth ages 18 to 35.

When will internships begin?

Summer 2017.

Where will internships be located?

Internships will be located in MCA offices across Africa, which may include countries like Benin, Ghana, Liberia, Malawi, Morocco, Niger and Zambia.

How will interns be selected?

Interns will be competitively selected by a process established by each Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) ­­­– the host government implementing entity for MCC compacts.

How can candidates apply?

Each participating MCA will publish the vacancies on its website with application instructions.