Rwanda has a population of approximately 11.3 million people which is dominated by young people with a median age of 19 years and a population growth rate of 2.6%. The GDP of the economy is 4,685 Billion Rwanda Francs (at constant 2011 prices) with an average growth rate of 7.12% over the last 5 years.

Rwanda Youth Internship program

About the Program

Internships provide tangible work experience required by most employers. The Youth Internship Program provides opportunities for students to gain valuable work experience and eases the transition between school and the workforce. It also contributes significantly to improving employability skills whilst at the same time helping address the human resource constraints. Interns are placed in public and private institutions related to their area of study for a period not exceeding 6 months. This Program is an active employment program and is in line with the National Employment Policy, the EDPRS, Capacity Building and Employment Promotion sector plan and the Youth Employment Network mandate.


The overall objectives are skills development and practical experience. Skills development includes: Capacity reinforcement – theory to practice; learn through performance; strengthen competences; Develop professionalism, communication, interpersonal and organizational skills; Build expertise - learn more about the subject matter studied and develop an expertise at a different level than possible in a classroom; Create a positive work ethic amongst youth - effective work competencies and employability skills for workforce development; and Help gain valuable experience increasing marketability after internership.

Beneficiaries and Selection

The Program is open to all unemployed Rwandan young graduates however priority is given to Sciences and Technology graduates; Each Ministry, Public Agency or Private institution interested in hosting a university graduate should specify the number of interns required, the duration of each placement; specify the departments and required profiles. They must meet specific education and language requirements.

Apply for internship or request for interns as a hosting institution

New: Graduates and hosting institutions or companies have the possibility to register online: To apply for internship or request for interns as a hosting institution click “here