Extern, Africa


Description: The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) strengthens democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market-oriented reform. In Africa, CIPE’s projects facilitate business-led measures to combat corruption through collective action, capacity building, and through advancing a culture of business ethics and integrity. Through a seventeen-week externship, the Extern will hone their research skills and explore their academic and professional interests. The Extern will conduct studies to evaluate the effectiveness of a business-led initiative to tackle high levels of corruption in the shipping industry in Nigeria. The Extern will present their findings and contribute to a report that will be shared globally and regionally for awareness and advocacy. The Extern will receive a fixed, monthly stipend of US$1,000.00.


Reports To: Anti-Corruption Program Officer & Africa Regional Director

Timeframe: Externs are expected to start by June 3, 2019 through September 26, 2019. Candidates must be able to commit to a minimum of 20 hours.


Learning Objectives:

  • Acquire working knowledge in anti-corruption, business integrity, and collective action.
  • Develop analytical and research skills.
  • Professional development through research, workshops, speaking functions, site visits and other activities.
  • Enhance ability to produce written materials for various platforms including database and briefing.
  • Network and establish professional contacts by attending events held by CIPE and other Washington, D.C. and/or Lagos-based organizations.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Research for a portfolio on Nigeria port reform initiatives.
  • Monitoring and tracking relevant legislation in Nigeria.
  • Conducting independent quantitative data analysis.
  • Collaborating remotely with other externs to collect data from local stakeholders and regional perspectives.
  • Preparing briefs and presentations.
  • Copyediting and writing.
  • Attending CIPE-wide events, brown bags, or staff development sessions.
  • Attend business/professional forums relevant to research topic(s).

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Undergraduate (junior standing or higher) or graduate student majoring in, Economics, or International Relations, International Development, International Business, Law and Policy preferred.
  • Background in international development or relevant fields of study.
  • Extensive experience conducting in-depth research.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Demonstrate strong critical thinking and analytical skills.


Application Instructions: To apply, please submit your resume, a compelling statement of interest, a brief writing sample (2-3 pages), and a letter of recommendation from an academic source in your college, to internships@cipe.org, using the following format for the subject line: LAST NAME – AFRICAEXT.