Six Months Internship Opportunities at African World Heritage Fund, South Africa and Ecole du Patrimoine Africain Benin (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline: February 6 2015

VENUE 1: Midrand, South Africa (AWHF) DATE: 01 April – 30 September 2015
VENUE 2: Porto-Novo, Benin (EPA) DATE: 01 March – 31 August 2015
ORGANISERS: The African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) and Ecole du Patrimoine Africain (EPA)
FUNDING: Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African World Heritage Fund

The costs for the internship will be covered by the organisers

Two internships will run in 2015,

AWHF was launched in 2006 to support African State Parties in implementing the UNESCO Convention on the protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage.

EPA ( L’Ecole du Patrimoine Africain)  was established in 1998 and is a post-graduate university institution specialised in the preservation and promotion of both tangible and intangible heritage.

Two interns will be selected to take part in 2 separate internships.

Applicants include students (graduate), professionals or members of natural/cultural heritage and academic institutions (not necessarily within the heritage sector).

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be 30 years of age or below.
  • The project is open to participants from all African countries.
  • Applicants are required to be competent in either English or French, bilingualism is preferable (English/French) and knowledge of Arabic or Portuguese can be an advantage.
  • Eligible female practitioners are encouraged to apply.

Objectives of the internship

  • Provide an opportunity for young African professionals to gain regional experience in
    international heritage organisations.
  • Build capacity and enhance skills in heritage conservation and management for both heritage
    professionals and heritage institutions.
  • Establish an African/international support network for management of cultural/natural heritage
    in order to build the institutional capacity needed to implement the Convention
  • Support the successful implementation of the programme

Expected outcomes

  • The interns have gained experience and knowledge in heritage management and in the
    implementation of projects.
  • A programme and internship report produced by the intern.

Structure of the internship

The internship will be 6 months and be structured as follows:

  • Interns will be mainly based at the work place of the institutions to gain experience in the
    structure and dynamic of heritage institutions and to support the implementation of the
    programme initiatives.
  • There will be a degree of field based learning through site visits of World Heritage Properties
    and/or during the implementation of programme initiatives.
  • The internship system will combine theory and practice in order for interns to get as much
    exposure as possible.


Applying for the internship
All applicants should submit the following application package:
1. The completed application form;
2. A signed letter of recommendation from applicant’s university or administrative authority/supervisor;
3. A letter of motivation by the applicant (1 page);
4. Applicant’s updated curriculum vitae (3 pages maximum).


The complete application package should be sent at the latest on the 6th February 2015 via electronic emails to: AWHF – Pamela Mac Quilkan ([email protected]) with copy to EPA ([email protected]).

For More Information:

Visit the Official Call for the Internship Opportunities


  1. The forms on the main website are not the application forms. One just announces the internship which is apparently the same as the one on this website, whilst the supposedly download button that is supposed to get you the forms, also just downloads the rules of the Heritage. There are no forms for download. Please help


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