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Daraja Academy   |   Nairobi, Kenya   |   Log in or register to see the closing date

Communications Intern

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Media, communications, languages
  • Intern or trainee
  • Full Time
  • Temporary

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Job Summary

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.

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!


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

June – August
September – November
January – March
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.
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 the given email.

General Information

Salary rangeNot specified
Additional informationNot specified
Contract type: Temporary
Job type: Full Time
Location: Nairobi
Area of work: Media, communications, languages
Seniority: Intern or trainee

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: none
Required skills: Written communication; Multimedia; Digital content development and editing (social media, blogs, etc.); Print layout and design; News writing and production
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)

Daraja Academy

Education, academicCompany size: 100-500 people

Every girl has the right to learn. This is the idea behind the founding of Daraja Academy. When Jason and Jenni Doherty – educators from the Bay Area – visited Kenya in 2006, they were struck by the degree that gender determined opportunity. For families living in deep poverty, access to education was already limited, but sons were still far more likely to attend secondary school than daughters. Girls were left behind. Without secondary education, girls in Kenya are often condemned to early marriages and pregnancies, and are unlikely to find any professional opportunities that enable economic self-sufficiency. Education is the fastest bridge out of poverty, and so many girls have no hope of crossing it. The Dohertys realized they could contribute to the solution, and resolved to establish a school for exceptional girls who had no other means of continuing their education. They found partners Victoria Gichuhi and Charles Mbuto, Kenyan educators, who today serve as Principal and Dean of Academics, respectively. Together, they conceptualized a boarding school that would see to a girl’s physical needs (including food, housing and medical care), provide her with a rigorous academic curriculum, and empower her as a woman and leader. They named the school Daraja, which means bridge, and sought to fill it with girls from all over Kenya whose potential would otherwise be lost. The Dohertys took this vision back to California, where they found hundreds of generous people willing to give the gift of education. These intercontinental efforts were realized in 2009, when Daraja Academy welcomed its first class of 26 students.