EXCITING INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AT THE AFRICAN POPULATION AND HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER (APHRC)

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EXCITING INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AT THE AFRICAN POPULATION AND HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER (APHRC)

Are you a talented young African with a passion for research and a desire to make a difference in population, health, and education issues in sub-Saharan Africa? The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) invites applications for internship positions in various projects for a period of 3 – 6 months starting March 2024.

About APHRC:

The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to conducting high-quality, policy-relevant research on population, health, and education issues facing sub-Saharan Africa. Through its Research and Related Capacity Strengthening (RRCS) Division, APHRC seeks to strengthen individual and institutional research capacity to enable African researchers to fully participate in defining and implementing priority population and health programs on the continent.

Internship Opportunities:

APHRC has internship opportunities available in a wide range of projects, including but not limited to:

  • Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA)
  • Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, Safe lives (DREAMS)
  • Kenya Multisite Integrated Surveillance (KEMIS) project
  • Blantyre Prevention Strategy (BPS) project
  • Challenging the Politics of Social Exclusion (CPSE): National Sanitation Policy project
  • And many more!

Responsibilities:

Successful candidates will be expected to:

  • Work with their assigned supervisor to develop objectives and a work plan for the internship.
  • Provide frequent project updates and reports to their supervisor.
  • Contribute to policy engagement and strategic planning as needed.
  • Deliver at least one brown bag presentation (BBP) about their work at APHRC.
  • Submit a written report at least one week before the end of their internship.
  • Participate in internship follow-up evaluation surveys.

Minimum Qualifications and Experience:

  • Completed bachelor’s degree or ongoing/completed master’s degree in population studies/demography, statistics, epidemiology, economics, social sciences, or related discipline.
  • Quantitative and qualitative analytical skills desired.
  • Open to nationals of sub-Saharan African countries.
  • Hybrid internship, with availability for physical presence as required.

How to Apply:

To apply, complete the short online survey here and then submit the following documents as one PDF via email to aphrctraining@aphrc.org with “2024 INTERNSHIP” in the subject line:

  • Curriculum vitae (2 pages max)
  • Certificate of completed undergraduate degree or master’s degree
  • Other relevant certificates
  • 1-2 letters of recommendation (each 1-page max, with one from a previous or current academic supervisor)

Deadline:

The deadline for applications is March 20, 2024. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Special Notice:

APHRC is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request to support their participation in the recruitment process.


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Expert Tips To Be A Successful Applicant for APHRC Internship:

  1. Tailor your application to the specific project(s) you are interested in, highlighting relevant skills and experiences.
  2. Provide clear and concise explanations of your qualifications and how they align with the internship requirements.
  3. Demonstrate your enthusiasm and passion for research in sub-Saharan Africa.
  4. Showcase your analytical skills and ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  5. Follow the application instructions carefully and submit all required documents by the deadline.
  6. Provide letters of recommendation from academic supervisors who can speak to your abilities and potential as a researcher.
  7. Highlight any relevant research experience or coursework in your field of study.
  8. Be prepared to discuss your research interests and career goals during the interview process.
  9. Show initiative by proposing ideas for potential research projects or contributions to ongoing initiatives.
  10. Follow up with a thank-you email after the interview to express your appreciation and reiterate your interest in the internship opportunity.

SAMPLE COVER LETTER FOR AN APHRC INTERNSHIP POSITION

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State, Zip Code]
[Your Email Address]
[Your Phone Number]
[Date]

[Hiring Manager’s Name]
African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC)
[Nairobi, Kenya]

Dear [Hiring Manager’s Name],

I am writing to express my interest in the internship opportunity at APHRC for [Project Name(s)]. With a [mention your degree or relevant experience] and a passion for [mention your research interests], I am excited about the opportunity to contribute to the important work being done at APHRC.

During my studies, I have developed strong [mention relevant skills] and gained experience in [mention any relevant experiences or projects]. I am particularly drawn to [mention specific aspects of the project(s) you are interested in] and believe that my skills and experiences make me well-suited for this internship opportunity.

Thank you for considering my application. I look forward to the opportunity to contribute to the important work being done at APHRC and furthering my research interests in sub-Saharan Africa.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Q: What are the minimum qualifications for the internship at APHRC?
    • A: Applicants should have completed a bachelor’s degree or ongoing/completed master’s degree in population studies/demography, statistics, epidemiology, economics, social sciences, or a related discipline.
  2. Q: Are international applicants eligible for the internship?
    • A: The internship is open to nationals of sub-Saharan African countries.
  3. Q: How long is the internship period?
    • A: The internship is for a period of 3 – 6 months starting March 2024.
  4. Q: Is the internship fully remote, or is physical presence required?
    • A: The internship is hybrid, with the expectation that interns will be physically available when required for internship activities.
  5. Q: What documents are required for the application?
    • A: Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, certificate of completed undergraduate degree or master’s degree, other relevant certificates, and 1-2 letters of recommendation.
  6. Q: How can I apply for the internship?
    • A: Complete the short online survey and then submit the required documents via email to aphrctraining@aphrc.org with “2024 INTERNSHIP” in the subject line.
  7. Q: When is the deadline for applications?
    • A: The deadline for applications is March 20, 2024.
  8. Q: Will I be notified if my application is shortlisted?
    • A: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  9. Q: Are there opportunities for career advancement after completing the internship?
    • A: While not guaranteed, successful completion of the internship may lead to future employment or collaboration opportunities with APHRC.
  10. Q: Is there any financial support available for interns?
    • A: Financial support may be provided on a case-by-case basis depending on the project and available funding.

Possible APHRC Internship Interview Questions With Answers:

  1. Q: Why are you interested in interning at APHRC?
    • A: I am passionate about conducting research that has a positive impact on population, health, and education issues in sub-Saharan Africa, and I believe that APHRC provides an excellent opportunity to contribute to this important work.
  2. Q: Can you tell us about your research experience or relevant coursework?
    • A: During my studies, I have [mention relevant experiences or coursework], which have equipped me with the skills necessary to contribute to the research projects at APHRC.
  3. Q: How do you approach working in a team environment?
    • A: I value collaboration and communication in a team environment and believe that sharing ideas and perspectives leads to better outcomes. I am adaptable and open to feedback from team members.
  4. Q: Can you provide an example of a time when you had to overcome a challenge during a research project?
    • A: During [mention specific project or experience], I encountered [mention challenge], but I was able to overcome it by [mention how you addressed the challenge] and ultimately achieved [mention outcome].
  5. Q: How do you prioritize tasks and manage your time effectively?
    • A: I prioritize tasks based on deadlines and importance, and I use tools like [mention tools or techniques] to organize my workflow and ensure that I meet deadlines.
  6. Q: What do you hope to gain from this internship experience?
    • A: I hope to gain hands-on experience in [mention specific areas of interest], develop my research skills, and contribute to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on the communities APHRC serves.
  7. Q: How do you stay updated on current research trends and developments in your field?
    • A: I regularly read academic journals, attend conferences, and participate in professional development opportunities to stay informed about the latest research trends and developments in my field.
  8. Q: Can you discuss a research topic or area that you are particularly interested in?
    • A: I am particularly interested in [mention research topic or area] because [mention reasons], and I believe that further exploration of this topic could [mention potential impact or significance].
  9. Q: How do you handle constructive criticism or feedback on your work?
    • A: I view constructive criticism as an opportunity for growth and improvement. I am open to feedback from supervisors and colleagues and use it to refine my skills and enhance the quality of my work.
  10. Q: Why do you think you are the best candidate for this internship position?
    • A: I believe that my combination of [mention skills, experiences, and qualities] make me well-suited for this internship position. I am enthusiastic, motivated, and eager to contribute to the important work being done at APHRC.

We wish you the best in your application process! APHRC is committed to attracting and retaining the best employees from all backgrounds in our continued effort to become a better development partner. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not charge any application/recruitment fees, whether refundable or not.

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