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Millennium Villages Project Internships: Application Open for Summer 2015


The Millennium Villages Internship program provides an excellent opportunity for students to gain on-the-ground experience in public health, business development, agriculture, infrastructure, and other development interventions though firsthand participation. The MVP is a unique project, where interventions are implemented through a multi-sectoral, community-based model. Students will be placed in one of the 10 MVP sites that are located in 10 countries across sub-Saharan Africa, or at one of the regional centers in Nairobi or Dakar.

Students provide assistance to the MVP site teams and NY- and Africa-based technical advisory staff who are overseeing interventions. Students will gain knowledge, tools, skills and experiences that they can apply to their coursework as well as to their future professional pursuits. Students will have a rewarding and challenging experience and make a genuine contribution to achieving the Millennium Development Goals in sub-Saharan Africa.


We welcome applicants who have an interest in sustainable development, demonstrate a commitment to working with underserved
populations, and are interested in living in Africa for a short period of time. Please note that these internships are only open to Columbia University graduate students.


Internship placements are made based on the needs of the site. MVP site teams will identify projects and/or tasks for interns. Applicants should identify their preferred site placement; however, there is no guarantee that these requests can be met.

The Earth Institute offers a limited amount of funding for these internships. Students should also indicate if they have other sources of funding for the internship, including the amount of funding.

The MVP sites are located in Ethiopia (Koraro), Ghana (Bonsaaso), Kenya (Sauri), Malawi (Mwandama), Mali (Tiby), Nigeria (Pampaida), Rwanda (Mayange), Senegal (Potou), Tanzania (Mbola) and Uganda (Ruhiira). The regional centers are located in Dakar and Nairobi. Please note that proficiency in French is required for placement in French-speaking countries (Senegal and Mali). Please also note that placements in any country may be revoked due to political instability and safety/travel warnings. For more information about the MVP and these sites, please visit


Summer Session (from May/June to August/September 2015)

  • Application Deadline: February 20, 2015
  • Acceptance Date/Assignments FInalized: ~ March 13, 2015
  • Interns are expected to commit at least 2 months (8 weeks)

Please note that the six-month Public Health Practicum is no longer offered.


Please complete all sections of the application thoroughly.  Your application must include all of the following to be considered:

  • Internship Application 2015
  • Résumé/CV
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (If possible, please include a letter from a previous employer. These can be sent from the applicant or the person providing the recommendation)

ALL applicants must email their materials to:

Natalie Unwin-Kuruneri
Associate Director, Education
Office of Academic and Research Programs
The Earth Institute, Columbia University

Applicants from the Mailman School of Public Health should also email their applications to:

Applicants from the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons should also email their applications to:

Krystyna Cukrowski
Program Coordinator, College of Physicians & Surgeons
Office of Student Affairs


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korobe mary
korobe mary
7 years ago

thanks so much for the information
but I was inquiring if you provide also intern places in karamoja.I do community health bacholars but need field attachment for two month to attain some practice in the field.

Turyamureba Dickson
Turyamureba Dickson
7 years ago

would you be offering internship training to fresh graduates? dickson turyamureba, Kabale district, south western Uganda

Turyamureba Dickson
Turyamureba Dickson
7 years ago

we appreciate the work done by the millennium village project in ruhiira, isingiro district. keep it up. together we will achieve sustainable development