The Hinckley Institute of Politics has partnered with Engage Africa to increase the number of internship opportunities on the continent of Africa. Engage Africa is passionate about creating opportunities for others on the continent through the work we do. Through our Health is Wealth Competitions, we connect budding health and wellness innovators to resources, a global audience, and mentorship to sustain their proposed solutions to reducing NCDs in their communities.



Engage Africa Foundation was created to fight the rising trend of non-communicable diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancers, strokes, and chronic respiratory diseases in Africa. In 2015, chronic diseases are projected by the World Health Organization to be the top killer diseases in Africa. 80% of the global chronic disease burden is already found in developing countries such as African countries. We aim to halt and reverse this trend through our work investing in innovations that prevent non-communicable diseases on the continent, through social media advocacy, policy entrepreneurship and being a reliable source for relevant data on non-communicable diseases prevention and control on the continent.

Interns in this program will engage in data collection and policy research on health and non-communicable disease. Interns may also assist in public outreach and education related to the Foundation's work.


There is no language requirement.


There are no prearranged accommodations


  • Travel, Housing, and Living Expenses 
  • Academic Fee: $300
  • University of Utah Tuition
  • $6,150. Fee does not include flight or visa.


International interns are eligible to apply for the Hinckley Global Scholarship offered through the Hinckley Institute. Information can be found here. The Hinckley Institute also offers a low-interest loan program found here. In addition to funding through the Hinckley Institute, scholarships are available through the Center for Learning Abroad.


Internship dates may vary depending upon location but are based around the academic calendar:

  • Fall Semester: September-December
  • Spring Semester: January-April
  • Summer Semester: May-August


Students are required to register for a minimum of 3 HNKLY credit hours and a maximum of 12. International interns are required to submit 4 reflections and 10 weekly updates throughout the semester, as well as write a final policy paper, which is due 4 weeks after the end of the semester.


Students are required to attend a pre-departure orientation, which provides cultural and safety training and explanation of academic requirements. Students also meet with the program manager upon returning from the internship.


Please submit the Hinckley online application before the deadline and then email Global Internship Manager Jean Oh to set up an interview. During the interview you will receive more information on program specifics.