DOWA - Doing Good Work in Africa

About DOWA - Doing Good Work in Africa

DOWA (Doing Good Work in Africa) started as a 501c3 non-profit organization in 2020. DOWA is a free internship placement program for self-motivated, forward-thinking students who seek internships that provide diverse, experiential learning opportunities in high-impact, innovative sectors in Africa, contributing towards developing tech-enabled solutions to improve the quality of life of two (2) billion people in emerging markets.

In addition to DOWA interns engaging for 14 - 16 hours weekly in beneficial learnings from innovators which can be tied to the intern’s formal education program through integrated coursework or the receipt of academic credit, the DOWA initiative ensures access to development opportunities such as ongoing mentorship, cultural immersion, personal and professional development sessions. DOWA’s overarching goal is for the students to support and learn from these organizations that are addressing the various development challenges on the continent, specifically critical technological and infrastructure issues in healthcare, transportation, education, power/energy, agriculture and information and communications technology (ICT).

We offer students project-based summer and winter internships with organizations doing good, scalable and impact work in Africa. We guide students through the internship program, and help provide context.

Some possible roles are in Business Analysis, Research and Strategy, Stakeholder Management, ROI and Data Analysis, Market Research/Industry Knowledge, Commercial Awareness, Mapping Ecosystems, Business Writing & Documentation, User and Customer Knowledge, Market Compliance, Fundraising, Web Development, Organizational Structure, Business Intelligence and Practice-Based Learning.

The DOWA initiative focus is on supporting efforts to address multi-layered challenges related to healthcare, transportation, education, power/energy, agriculture and ICT in Africa. Knowledge-sharing and learning partnerships are important elements for Africa’s path to development and through DOWA, the students will have an opportunity to engage with organizations in Africa doing good, scalable and impactful work.


- To connect talented students to African organizations doing good, scalable and impactful work.

- To engage various stakeholders and foster knowledge sharing between Africans and friends of Africa.

- To build an ecosystem of future innovators and advocates for the continent.


Research and Content Development Intern

June 2020 - August 2020 New York City, NY
“I was able to develop my Quantitative research skills by creating some interesting data models and infographics. I also expanded my knowledge of Africa's tech industry and learned about venture capital.”

Operations Fellow

June 2020 - September 2020 New York City, NY
“Working with Funema gave me firsthand experience in working with the operational side of businesses and a venture capital company. I was able to contribute on many work documents such as a culture canvas, a business model and an operations manual. ”
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