SEI Africa: Research internship opportunities

Deadline: As soon as possible




  • Kenya


The SEI Africa internship program provides a unique learning opportunity for postgraduate (MSc and PhD) students and recently graduated students from diverse academic backgrounds.


SEI values diversity and encourage qualified women and men to apply. Our internship programme is part of capacity building activities and is designed for talented and motivated individuals who would like to gain knowledge and learn skills in the field of environment and development, and in particular, SEI’s thematic focus areas. It allows selected candidates to gain insight into the work of SEI and provides training and experience in various professional fields.

What we offer

SEI Africa provides a hub for SEI’s engagements across the continent, and works actively to make connections with research and policy organizations. The centre work has a focus on four key areas: Energy and climate change; Natural resources and ecosystems; Health and environment; and Sustainable urbanisation. We also have an active communications team with expertise in project communication strategies, writing and social media.

Through these five areas, interns at SEI Africa can benefit from exposure to a wide range of pertinent environmental and development issues in Africa, achieved through research activities, science and policy processes, and field work that allow them to gain valuable work experience and insights.

Internship period

We currently offer two internship periods each year: January to June and July to December. Exceptions can be made based on individual discussions should the applicant or SEI research team have special requirements concerning the timing of the internship.

The internship period is 6 months and can be only extended once, for an extra 6 months – based on individual performance and organizational needs.

Internship type

While the specific design of the internship is individually based, there are two general types. One is mainly based on initiative from the applicant that falls within the core interests and expertise of SEI. This could include the writing of a Master Thesis. The other is project based with clearly defined internship tasks within the scope of our ongoing work.

Application procedure

  1. Send the following documents to
    • A letter of application, highlighting relevant background, qualifications, desired internship period, research interest area (i.e. Energy and climate change; Natural resources and ecosystems; Health and environment; Sustainable urbanization; or communications) and expected achievement at the end of the internship (maximum 2 pages).
    • Curriculum vitae (maximum 2 pages).
    • Recent writing samples if any (not mandatory but would be appreciated).
  2. Before the beginning of each internship period, shortlisted applicants are invited for a short presentation and interview.
  3. Selected candidates are informed per email.

Stockholm Environment Institute
– bridging science and policy

We are an international non-profit research and policy organization that tackles environment and development challenges.

We connect science and decision-making to develop solutions for a sustainable future for all.

Our work spans climate, water, air and land-use issues, and integrates evidence and perspectives on governance, the economy, gender and human health.

SEI’s approach is highly collaborative: stakeholder involvement is at the heart of our efforts to build capacity, strengthen institutions and equip partners for the long term.

We make sure our knowledge and findings are clearly communicated and accessible to decision-makers and civil society. We publish our own open access material, and in leading academic journals, and repackage our research to offer effective decision support.

To promote debate and share knowledge we convene decision-makers, academics and practitioners, and engage with policy processes, development action and business practice throughout the world.

We are committed to transparency and believe that full disclosure of our finances and funding builds trust in our work. The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) is our largest single donor, but we also receive broad support from other development agencies, governments, NGOs, universities, businesses and financial institutions.

Opportunity is About


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate

Who can apply

The internship opportunity is for people who wish to gain more knowledge and experience in the environment and development sector. Interns should describe their interest and state their preference for one of SEI Africa five work areas (as mentioned above).

Who we are looking for

  1. You hold a master’s degree in a field related to our work or are currently studying a related master’s course;
  2. You have an interest in one of SEI Africa’s work areas, i.e. Energy and climate change; Natural resources and ecosystems; Health and environment; and Sustainable urbanisation or communication;
  3. Minimum internship period is 6 months;
  4. Fluency in spoken and written English. An additional language especially French and Portuguese is a plus; and
  5. Priority is given to candidates from Sub-Saharan Africa.


Deadline: As soon as possible

Cost/funding for participants


For applicants from the sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region, we offer a stipend of Kenyan Shillings 50,000 per month (approx. US$ 500) for the duration of the internship.

Internship applications from outside SSA are also welcomed, however, if accepted, the intern will be responsible for obtaining their own funding and insurance for the full duration of the internship period at SEI.

Please note that SEI does not provide housing, and can unfortunately not assist in finding accommodation. We will, however, assist you to obtain a Kenyan visa that will allow you to do your internship for that duration.

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