Communications Intern

Looking to break into non-profit or international development work? Start your career at a girls’ secondary school in Kenya!

About us: Daraja Academy is a secondary boarding school in Kenya provided at no cost to exceptional girls living in material poverty. Each year, we recruit 30 girls from all over Kenya who have no other means of continuing their education. The girls receive free room & board, a robust academic curriculum, and participate in numerous clubs and activities on campus. Now in our 10th operating year, we’re looking towards expansion.

About the job: This is a 3-month Communications Internship at our Kenya campus, available during the following periods:

September – November 2018

January – March 2019

April – June 2019

June – August 2019

(these dates are somewhat flexible)

You will be responsible for writing blog posts, contributing to social media, and editing and managing the student newspaper. You’ll live on campus, and spend a lot of your time getting to know the girls and mentoring them. You’ll work closely with our U.S. office to provide them with regular campus updates, and to provide material needed for marketing. Start and end dates are flexible and will be finalized in the interview phase, but we have placements available throughout the year.

About you: You have at least an undergraduate degree and have a strong interest in non-profit or international development work. You’re an excellent communicator and highly proficient at social media. You’ll be sociable, outgoing, and eager to spend lots of time with the girls. You have an “all hands on deck” personality and are willing to chip in wherever is needed. Ideally, you have spent time working or living abroad, preferably in the developing world.

Compensation: You will be provided with free room & board for the entirety of your stay. You’ll have your own room in a campus “banda,” and will be able to eat all of your meals with the girls in the campus mess. You will receive a $500 stipend to offset some of your travel costs.

You should know: We’re in a remote location and access to transportation is somewhat limited. Your living conditions could best be described as rustic. Although we often have volunteers on campus, you will be the only intern.

Further perks: There are a lot of fun activities and adventure nearby! The town of Nanyuki is a 35 min. drive away and has some fun nightlife and markets to visit. We’re also near Mt. Kenya, where you can embark on some epic hikes. We can recommend several nearby safaris that you’ll never forget. We also have links with other non-profits in town if you want to spend additional time volunteering or gaining further experience. In addition, the “Global Platform” program has a base on our campus that is usually home to about 20 volunteers, which can provide an opportunity for an expanded social life!


Please write a 250-500 word blog post on the following subject: The biggest mistakes in non-profit marketing: How words and images can hurt the communities they mean to serve.

Send your blog, resume, and dates of availability to Janelle Lamb at [email protected]