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  • Locations: Gashora, Rwanda
  • Program Terms: Summer Internships
  • Restrictions: UPENN applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Program Snapshot

Global Internship Program (GIP): Rwanda Girls Initiative

Rwanda Girls Initiative Logo
The Internship: This internship will allow students interested in education and STEM to work at the Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology (GGAST), which was created in 2009 by the Rwanda Girls Initiative.

Number of Spots Available: 2

Duration: 10 weeks

Start Date: May 15, 2018

The Organization: The Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology (GGAST) is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) school, with a curriculum that compares to the U.S. Advanced Placement program.  They are a government-aided school, which has become part of the fabric of the Rwandan culture and economy, focusing on empowering the country's next generation of leaders.  As the forerunner in education in Rwanda, GGAST focuses on education and supporting the "whole girl" through strong college-prep academics, health and nutrition, social and emotional development, and extracurricular programs.  As a STEM school, their unwavering commitment to excellence and innovation has nurtured students to become leaders in the country in academic and entrepreneurial achievements.

The Location: Gashora is a small village located in the Eastern Province of Rwanda, about 1.5 hours from the capital city of Kigali.  Gashora Girls Academy overlooks Lake Milayi, with amazing views and lots of outdoor space to enjoy views, and is located on approximately 12 hectares of beautiful land.  The campus includes student dormitories, a dining hall with attached kitchen, science and technology labs, a community center, sports fields, and a thriving farm.  The campus is designed intentionally to be environmentally sustainable, echo local architecture, and support a thriving learning environment.

Internship Details

Interns at Gashora Girls Academy will:
  • Work with Gashora students in their areas of study (keeping in mind that they are a STEM-based school)
  • Be involved in extra-curricular activities, either leading or advising both a sport and a club
  • Have the opportunity to develop (collaborating with the school) an effective, useful, sustainable research project that addresses an existing need at Gashora
Interns will work from 8:00am-12:00pm and 3:00pm-7:00pm Monday through Friday (40 hours per week).  Interns can also expect to work occasional weekends and may have the opportunity to accompany clubs and sports to surrounding towns and villages.


All GIP applicants must be current full-time, degree-seeking University of Pennsylvania students who are returning to their degree program full-time in the Fall semester.  All GIP applicants must also be in good academic and disciplinary standing.

The internship at Rwanda Girls Initiative also requires applicants to meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • Adaptive, outgoing, and willing to take the initiative to meet the needs of the school
  • Have the ability to mentor and guide others
  • Currently studying science or technology fields (biology, physics, math, computer science, chemistry, economics)
  • Able to support the school's existing programs and teachers
Priority will be given to applicants who have the following criteria:
  • Experience or training in SAT/ACT prep

Please Note: Students who have participated in this program in the past OR who accepted a placement through this program in the past but then withdrew are not eligible to apply again.


Gashora, RwandaAccommodation is included in the program fee and is provided in the dormitory buildings on school campus.  Each intern is provided with their own individual room and shared bathroom with the dorm matron.  The individual rooms are not shared with others.  The school campus is very secure with fencing and guards.


Money Matters

All students accepted to the GIP will be awarded a Global Internship Program Award.  GIP award amounts vary by student, and are based on location of internship, length of internship, the student's need, and the student's merit. The internship placement application process includes the GIP award application essay.

The program fee* for the Rwanda Girls Initiative is $2,800 and includes the following
  • On-site accommodation
  • Meals
  • Transportation to and from airport (arrival and departure)

The estimated budget for this internship is as follows:
Expense Estimated Cost  Notes
*Program Fee $2,800 10 weeks - accommodation, meals, transport
Round trip airfare $1,800 Estimated cost PHL - RWA
Accommodation $0 Included in program fee
Meals & Personal Expenses $100 Meals included in program fee
Visa $30 For US citizen Tourist Visa
Local Transport $0 On-site accommodation
Other $0  
Total Estimated Cost $4,730  

How to Apply

Ready to Apply?  Follow These Steps:
1. Click Apply Now above to login with your PennKey and password and begin the application
2. Complete all requirements listed in the online application, including:
  • CV/Resume upload
  • Cover Letter or Personal Statement upload
  • Unofficial transcript upload
  • Award essay
  • Required advising appointment with the Global Internships Manager (schedule yours by clicking here)
  • Other program-specific requirements, as needed
3. Once all requirements have been received and checked off, submit your application by the deadline
Don't Forget:
  • You may apply to a maximum of two (2) GIP programs.  You may open your first program application by following the above instructions.  To open a second application, you must first meet with the Global Internships Manager for an advising appointment.
  • Do not wait until the last minute to schedule your advising appointment, as appointment slots may fill!  Advising appointments will not be available from December 23rd-January 1st, so please plan ahead.

Application Deadline: January 10th, 2018 at 11:59pm EST


Schedule an Advising Appointment: Don't forget that meeting with the Global Internships Manager is a required component of applying to the GIP.  Schedule your appointment by clicking here, and don't wait too long, as appointment slots may fill!

Past Participants: Want to connect with a student who participated in the Global Internship Program?  Click here to view a list of past participants and get in touch.

Career Services: The Career Services office on campus can help you in several ways.  You may find the following links helpful: Visas: Depending on your citizenship and destination country, you may need a visa or work permit to participate in this internship.  It is your responsibility as a GIP participant to determine your visa requirements and obtain a visa, if needed. Past participants have found the following resources helpful in determining visa requirements:

This program is currently not accepting applications.