Allyson Clark was a staunch supporter of Daraja Academy and Makindu Children’s Program, both dedicated to helping poverty-stricken youth in Kenya. Allyson spent countless hours helping these organizations succeed, but unfortunately, she passed away in 2017 before getting a chance to visit either one in person. The Allyson Clark Communication Internship was created to honor her legacy as a professional technical writer and champion of education in Africa.
About the Internship
The Allyson Clark Communication Intern will live on Daraja Academy’s campus in Nanyuki, Kenya while working closely with Daraja’s California office. Daraja Academy is a free secondary boarding school for girls that is funded through donations. The intern’s job is to help improve communication efforts and engage donors by creating social media and blog posts, taking photos and videos, and gathering stories. The intern also provides support to the Daraja staff, edits and manages the student newspaper, and acts as a mentor for the girls.
This internship is an outstanding way to gain nonprofit marketing experience while learning about the unique challenges that face a developing country.
Interns are needed during the following times:
August – mid December, 2019
January – June, 2020
Mid June – mid December, 2020
Final dates can be decided during the interview process. In 2019, the internships will last 4 months. Beginning in 2020, internships will last half a year.
• Own a laptop
• Excellent writing skills
• Native English speaker
• Outgoing and sociable
• Firm understanding of social media applications such as Facebook
• Flexible personality and positive, helpful attitude
• Able to juggle multiple tasks at once
• College student or recent college graduate
• Preferred: international experience, familiarity with photography and video editing, and social media marketing experience.
Thanks to the generosity of donations made in memory of Allyson Clark, interns receive free room and board, a roundtrip flight, and a $500 stipend.
You should know
Daraja is located in a remote area and access to transportation is somewhat limited. Living conditions are best described as rustic, and interns should be prepared to experience life “in the bush.” However, interns have plenty of access to restaurants, safaris, and other cultural excursions. Interns will pay for travel and souvenirs, but our volunteer coordinator will help plan and schedule any non-work trips for free.
We also have connections to other non-profits near Nanyuki for interns who wish to spend additional time volunteering or gaining further experience. Global Platform has a base on our campus that often houses about 20 volunteers, which can provide an opportunity for an expanded social life.
How to Apply
Applications will be reviewed by a small hiring committee. Your application should include a resume and cover letter addressed to the Allyson Clark Internship Committee. Be aware that the committee may ask for additional documents during the interview process.
Send your application to:
Questions about the internship can also be sent to Bethany.
Help Fund this Internship
This internship is made possible by generous donors who want to help a young person gain valuable life and job experience and/or who are donating in memory of the late Allyson Clark. If you’re interested in helping fund this internship, please click here. Thank you!