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Ghana: Intern Abroad in International Education

Intern for six weeks in Accra, Ghana this summer where you will acquire hands-on experience and develop professional skills and networking relationships within the international education field. This internship is primarily designed for students in the International Education graduate program, but is open to non-International Education students contingent on the following: (1) you have reviewed the course syllabus (see here) and understand that the course is geared towards MA International Education students, but you are seeking a job in the field as it is broadly defined; and (2) you have received approval from your academic adviser before applying.

There are many organizations in Ghana that are committed to international development and/or education in Accra. Opportunities include formal and informal education, international organizations, local and community-driven development, and a position at NYU Accra. Projects may involve health and education programming for laborers, rural education programming for girls, microenterprise training, child rights awareness, and women’s empowerment initiatives.


Accra, Ghana

Program Dates:

June 10 - July 25, 2020 (Tentative)

Application Deadlines:

Priority Deadline: December 1, 2019
General Deadline: February 1, 2020*
*Admission continues thereafter on a space-available basis.

Who Can Participate:
  • NYU graduate students in International Education
Suggested Majors/Professions:
  • International Education

The Intern Abroad: International Education opportunity is open to  NYU graduate students only.


Students register for the Summer 2020 course listed below: 

  • INTE-GE.2802.098 (class #TBD) Field Study and Seminar in International Education (3 or 4 credits)

Important Note: All program applicants are encouraged to meet with their academic adviser to determine if and how this course may be applied towards their program requirements and degree completion.

Sample Syllabus 


Based on individual academic and professional interests, applicants should identify in their application essay the type of organization for which they would like to intern, from the following list of options:

  • Formal & Non-Formal Education
  • International Organizations
  • Local and Community-Driven Development
  • Study Abroad & Cross-Cultural Exchange — intern at NYU Accra (1 internship)

Elisabeth King, Associate Professor of International Education


2020 Graduate Tuition: $1,795 per point plus registration and services fees.

NYU students: this course counts toward your Summer 2020 course load and tuition

Tuition will be due based on the Bursar's Payment Schedule.

See Bursar’s payment deadline dates.

Learn about scholarship opportunities.

Other Costs:

2020 Housing and Activity Fees: TBD

Housing and activity fees are billed through the NYU Office of the Bursar and are due in accordance with the Bursar billing schedule.

International airfare to and from the program location is not included in the program fee. Students must purchase their own round-trip tickets and are responsible for their own accommodation for travel beyond the program dates.

Students will be notified when to book flights. We recommend comparing tickets on multiple sites to ensure the best fare. Past participants have used the following flight search engines: KayakHipmunkVayamaGoogle Flights and Student Universe for student rates.


Students will stay in shared-occupancy housing at the NYU Accra academic center, arranged by Global Affairs.

Your accommodation arrangements are included in your Housing and Activity Fees.

Group accommodation dates correspond with the program dates listed above.

Flight, Travel, and Visa Information:

Flight: Students book their own travel to coincide with program dates. Please keep in mind that flights into Accra typically depart New York a day in advance. 

Passport: All participants are required to have a valid passport, which must be valid at least six months beyond the intern abroad program's end date.

A visa is required for all US citizens, which requires a copy of a valid yellow fever vaccination card. Learn more through the Ghana Consulate in New York. Further details and instructions for obtaining a visa to Ghana will be provided during the program orientation.

Helpful links: US State DepartmentCenter for Disease Control, Lonely Planet Guide

Weather: In Accra, temperatures in June and July tend to be similar to those in New York, and are usually in the 80°s, Fahrenheit. See the current weather forecast for Accra