Internship Programme

SEforALL always looks worldwide for innovative and enthusiastic young professionals enrolled in postgraduate programmes or recent postgraduates. Interning at SEforALL is an excellent opportunity to gain real work experience and develop competencies in an international environment within the energy access sector. The internship programme aims to expose interns to the energy and development space and provide them with meaningful assignments directly contributing to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7.


Why being an intern at SEforALL

To build a wide set of skills

To meet dedicated people who share your interests

To gain direct access to decision-makers

To be valued and recognized as a professional


Become an intern at SEforALL

Internships are for a minimum of three months and up to a maximum of twelve months in total, depending on the teams’ needs. The initial date of the internship shall be set based on interns’ availability dates and the SEforALL hiring teams’ schedules. Interns are expected to work full-time (40 hours/week) or part-time (less than 40 hours/week) to carry out the duties assigned to them by their supervisors.

Only a limited number of internships are available for each term. The needs of the SEforALL teams and budget availability will determine how many interns can be recruited in each period. Internship selections are based on eligibility criteria, academic background, expertise, and motivation. Previous work experience is considered an asset. The HR Team will contact only shortlisted candidates for an interview. In some cases, depending on the requirements, the interview may be accompanied by a written test.

While working at SEforALL, interns are not considered to be staff members, and there is no expectation of full-time employment as a regular staff member with SEforALL during or following completion of the internship. However, the same regular staff rules and obligations bind interns.

Are you the one we are looking for?

Applicants to the SEforALL internship programme must be committed to SEforALL’s mission and demonstrate a passion for sustainable development. At the time of application, they should also meet the following requirements:

  • Education: candidates must be enrolled in a relevant Master’s or PhD degree programme or have recently graduated with a Master’s degree or PhD.
  • Language: candidates must be fluent in written and spoken English. Knowledge of French, Arabic and other UN languages is highly desirable.
  • Availability: candidates must be available for a minimum internship of three months, and then can be spread over up to a maximum of twelve months.
  • Skills: candidates should be capable of working in a multicultural and international team environment and have good communication and IT skills.
  • Family relation: candidates should not be a family member of an SEforALL employee who is under any contract (fulltime staff contract or consultant contract).

Other requirements:

  • Most internships require no work experience. However, previous experiences may be an advantage in the selection process.
  • Qualified female candidates and candidates from developing countries are strongly encouraged to apply.

Teams and Duties

Successful candidates will be recruited to work within one or more of SEforALL’s work programmes, depending on SeforALL’s needs. Current SEforALL teams include:

External facing programmes:

  • African Carbon Markets Initiative
  • Clean Cooking
  • Data & Intelligence Unit
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Energy Transition Office (Nigeria)
  • Energy Transition and Investment Plan
  • Gender & Youth
  • International Engagements
  • Mini-Grid Partnership
  • Policy and Regulatory Framework
  • Powering Healthcare
  • UN Energy
  • Universal Energy Facility
  • Universal Integrated Energy Planning
  • Renewable Energy Manufacturing Initiative
  • Sustainable Cooling    

Support programmes:

  • Communications, Campaigns & Events  
  • Executive Office
  • Finance and Operations
  • Human Resources
  • MEL, Data and Research
  • Partnerships & Development     

For more information on SEforALL teams, please visit this page

Additional information you may be interested in

Selection process

The selection process consists of six main stages:

  1. Call for applications from interested candidates.
  2. Online application: CV and motivation letter.
  3. Pre-screening: all applications are screened by the Human Resources Team followed by the hiring managers, and suitable candidates are placed on a shortlist made available to SEforALL Human Resources for subsequent recruitment and selection steps.
  4. Interview and/or Written Test: hiring teams invite candidates to a face to face or virtual interview. This step may include an online written test or exercise.
  5. Offer letter: The successful candidate/s receive an e-mail with their internship offer letter from the SEforALL Human Resources team.
  6. Onboarding: HR and the hiring teams manage the onboarding activities for the successful candidate/s.


Interns are provided with a stipend calculated as a daily fee. The amount of the intern’s fee is fixed and not negotiable and dependent on the duty station. SEforALL will fund any business-related travel expenses during the internship according to existing travel policies applicable to regular staff. No additional remuneration or other benefits of any kind are paid to interns.

How to apply?

Throughout the year, SEforALL will advertise on its website the calls for applications for internships based on SEforALL’s needs and timelines. When the calls for applications are open, interested applicants should submit their application via the Visit the Call for Application web page.

The application will require the applicants to submit a copy of their latest CV accompanied by a motivation letter and respond to a few administration-related questions. No applications will be accepted after the set deadlines.

For more information, interested interns are encouraged to read the FAQs before submitting their applications.

Note to applicants

SEforALL does not keep a roster of applicants. If your application is unsuccessful, you are welcome to apply again to subsequent vacancy publications. Please closely monitor our website for further application.