Internship Program
January 2018 Applications Open

About the Project


2017 positions have been filled.
Two positions commencing in January 2018 are available.

Commitment:  6-8 hours/ week, 6 or 12-month terms.

- Sydney, NSW
- Monrovia, Liberia
- Northern Uganda
- Worldwide (internship may also be performed from a remote location via video conferencing).

Open to all majors. 
SCA internships are unpaid.

               About Us
              Second Chance Africa (SCA) is a US-based non-profit founded in 2008 to empower communities impacted by war and humanitarian emergencies in Africa by advancing local trauma relief programs. We are currently recruiting interns for the 2017-2018 academic year to join our dynamic international team. Interns can work from anywhere in the world and join our weekly strategical meetings via video conference calls. Interns will learn about the variety and complexity of challenges of operating in post-war regions; the cumulative impact of trauma in African communities; and effective practices of sustainable humanitarian relief.

               About the Project
              Interns will contribute our new project Sankofa. Our goal during the pilot phase of this project is to examine the efficacy of a new curriculum we developed for reducing psychological distress among 1000 Africans affected by war and the Ebola endemic in West Africa and with South Sudanese refugees crossing the border into camps in Uganda. With African teams on the ground and an international team scattered worldwide, our groups will be remotely supporting one another. Our treatment curriculum is built on extensive clinical and neuroscience research, and will be launched as a mobile App to assist local workers to lead support groups in their communities. Testing the functionality of the App and the efficacy of the clinical program in Africa is a first step towards our goal of disseminating evidence-based treatment toolkits across target war-affected countries in partnership with Ministries of Health and local NGOs. Thus, our 2017-2018 interns will have the exclusive opportunity to be involved in the very early stages of a grassroots proposal that has the potential to bring trauma relief to thousands of refugees across Sub-Saharan Africa in the upcoming years.

            Benefits for Students
            Academic supervision, career counseling, and professional networking are available to our interns interested in pursuing careers in mental health (clinical or research), neuroscience, IT, human rights advocacy, humanitarian relief, public health, start-ups and social entrepreneurship. Specific learning objectives and major related tasks will be discussed on a 1-1 basis with each student. Interns of all majors will gain significant project management and leadership skills. Overall, this is a great opportunity for students who want to gain valuable workplace skills in the humanitarian sector, while creating direct impact in the lives of hundreds of Africans in the aftermath of war.

        All interns who complete their term with us and are able cover their own travel expenses are extended a lifelong invitation to visit us in Africa, under the hospitality of our local staff, who will take you to meet project beneficiaries face to face to witness the lasting impact of your internship, while also experiencing first hand the beautiful Liberian culture.

            Interns will collaborate as a team and attend one two-hour meeting via video conference call every week (or in person if based in Monrovia, Liberia, or Sydney, Australia). Meetings will be arranged to accommodate all class schedules during the semester, and will be supervised by SCA staff. In addition to the meetings, proposed tasks and projects may take an additional 6-8 hours per week. 

           Projects Available for Students

  • Interns will be matched with a SCA African staff in Liberia to support them as needed via online communication to help them strategize, meet their weekly outreach goals, and keep track of participation and recovery of each of their groups' beneficiaries.
  • Writing an impact report containing statistical analyses of trauma symptom reductions for our first pool of beneficiaries by December 2017.
  • Editing life stories and photos of program beneficiaries as provided by SCA staff partner for social media.
  • Psychology and science majors will have the opportunity to utilize our data and receive supervision as needed to co-write articles in mental health and/ or technology and development for major outlet media publications.
  • Assist staff to help plan and execute occasional special activities and events.
  • Assist with occasional development projects – publications, mailings, volunteer events, fundraisers, etc.
  • Attend occasional training on specific topics, as recommended by staff.

            Qualifications Required:

  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a recognized university.
  • Availability to commit 6-8 hours per week for a 6 or 12-month term.
  • Interest in trauma, and/or neuroscience, refugees, war, conflict and humanitarian emergencies, Africa, human rights, technology for social change, social entrepreneurship, global mental health.
  • Sensitivity to the needs of individuals affected by adversity.
  • Self-motivation and self-starter attitude. 

    Qualifications Desired:
  • Project management experience.
  • SPSS/ R, Experience analysing qualitative and/or quantitative data.
  • Event planning experience.
  • Graphic Design skills.
  • Social Media Marketing.
  • Interest in IT, App development and coding.