1. How to apply

Q.How do we apply?

A. Please register online using the company registration form on our website.

2. About application requirements

What kinds of companies are eligible to apply?

Please confirm the requirements here.


2. About application requirements

Q. Can we apply even if we don’t speak English? Can interns speak another language?

A. Yes, you may apply even if nobody in your company can speak English, while it is not guaranteed that Interns can speak local African languages. According to the statistic of 2018, about 85% of the participants were able to speak English at a daily conversation level or higher. For details, please check "Interns’ linguistic abilities" listed on “Performance Report”.


2. About application requirements

Q. Can we participate even if not for the purpose of overseas business development?

A. Yes, you can. There were many companies with the outcome in new business development and inbound business in the past. For details, please check "Introducing Case Studies in New Business Development/Innovation."


3. About after application

Q. What kind of burden(cost and time) will the host companies have?

A. The host company must bear the costs required by The Youth Cafe for the intern to participate in the internship, including the intern’s accommodation and commuting expense from the accommodation to the work place, and company person's travel and hotel expenses (if needed) when it comes to attend the trainings. For details, please check "Main responsibilities of host companies."


3. About after application

Q. Can we take interns on overseas business trip?

A. Unfortunately, you can't take interns on business trip overseas during internship period.

3. About after application

Q. Do we need to pay the intern a salary?

A. No. The host company does not need to pay a salary. They will pay the allowance as living expense.

3. Priority sectors

Q. What Areas of Work is Available for the internship?


  • Programme and Policy: Adolescent Development; Communication for Development; Renewable Energy; Environmental Conservation; Youth, Peace and Security, Protection; Youth Development; Entreprenuership; Education; Emergencies; Gender; Health; HIV / AIDS; Human Rights; Innovation; Knowledge Management; Monitoring & Evaluation; Nutrition; Programme Management; Policy Analysis & Planning; Social and Economic Policy; Statistics and Monitoring; WASH

  • Operations: Finance and Administration; Human Resource; Internal Audit Management; Information Communication Technology; Legal; Operations and Business Management; Supply / Logistics

  • External Relations: Alliances and Resource Mobilization; Communication / External Relations; Private Fundraising and Partnerships; UN and Multilateral Affairs

4. Other inquiries

Q. What is the training content? Is it mandatory to attend all the trainings?

A. There are two kinds of cross-cultural management training for host companies and they are mandatory: Pre-training at the start of the internship, and follow-up training during the internship. For details, please check this content as described in "Running Internships" in the “Internship Process”.


4. Other inquiries

Q. Is it possible to select interns?

A. The Youth Cafe conducts document-based reviews, primary interviews, and secondary interviews of interns in order to narrow down the candidates. The Youth Cafe recommends prospective candidates based on preferences and requirements for acceptance, and the content of the internship that depends on each company. Eventually, the host company is responsible to the selection of the Intern. For details, please check the “Internship Process”.


4. Other inquiries

Q. Which accommodation type would be suitable for intern?

A. We believe that the safety and privacy must be considered as the most important factors when the host company prepares accommodation for intern. In the past examples, there are employee dormitories, monthly apartments, guesthouses, homestay and so on.

4. Other inquiries

Q. On what purpose are interns going to apply this program?

A. Many of them hope to work in their countries, other African companies or work globally in the future.