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Join the AFEM Team!

The application period for 2017-2018 internships is now CLOSED.

AFEM is seeking outstanding candidates for 1-year internship positions in global emergency care development. AFEM Interns will receive living support and be based in Cape Town, South Africa for the 2017-2018 year. Below is more detailed information about the positions. Please note that the application period for 2017-2018 internships closed on 9 December, 2016. Unfortunately no more applications will be accepted. Thank you to all who applied!

Please note: AFEM accepts volunteers for 3-6 month internships to contribute to general operational duties or pursue a single, circumscribed project in emergency care development. To learn more about these opportunities, visit the Volunteer Internship page. 

General responsibilities of all AFEM interns include:

  • to assist with the day-to-day running of the organisation
  • to assist with planning and development of annual conferences;
  • to develop, manage, and drive AFEM scientific projects throughout Africa;
  • to build and maintain relations with sponsors and donors;
  • to do research and seek out funding opportunities for AFEM projects;

In addition, successful applicants must be able to contribute to one or more of the following AFEM priority areas:

  • Marketing and fundraising: Managing and developing AFEM’s online presence; liaising with AFEM representatives to promote the organisation throughout Africa and globally; communicating with new and current members; creating and disseminating promotional materials; researching and seeking out funding opportunities; managing conversations with current or potential stakeholders and donors.
  • Scientific: Developing and coordinating curricular materials and educational packages; creating and editing scientific documents; managing and analysing data; and overseeing the research activities of the Scientific Committee
  • Nursing: Assisting with nurse-specific training curricula/courses; developing the agendas and bolstering representation of nurses/mid-level providers at conferences; and working on securing funding for nursing-specific research.
  • Out of Hospital: Assisting with EMS/pre-hospital training curricula/courses; working on securing funding for Out of Hospital-specific research; and generally supporting the promotion of out of hospital activities within AFEM.
  • Business Development : Ensuring AFEM’s operational activities align with its vision and stated priorities; Assessing AFEM as an international non-profit to improve sustainability and facilitate growth; and identify and pursue opportunities for special interest groups and the organisation as a whole to expand.
  • Executive: Administrative duties such as planning conferences and events; assisting with AFEM finances; creating documents and promotional materials; and communicating with representatives, project managers, and potential AFEM contacts.

See what our current interns are up to on the Intern Page


The only qualities a candidate must have in order to apply are:

  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • A strong interest in global emergency care and the development of emergency care systems
  • Spoken and written fluency in English. French is advantageous. 
  • Good basic computer skills (Office Suite, Google Suite, etc.)
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills, and a strong work ethic

What we’re looking for:

The strongest applications will demonstrate plenty of initiative, team spirit, and a commitment to developing emergency care across Africa. AFEM is a young, rapidly growing organisation, so it is particularly important that interns have the ability and desire to work in a dynamic environment requiring them to not only contribute new ideas, but see them to fruition. Interns will have the opportunity to conduct independent research in their area of interest within emergency care development, while being expected to further the activities of AFEM and contribute to operational duties as necessary.

The needs of AFEM are myriad, and applications from students or recent graduates of medical, public health, business, computer science, international development, and media/marketing are all encouraged to apply. Medical research experience, language skills (particularly French, Arabic, Swahili, or Portuguese), web design, funding connections, epidemiology training, and an interest in finance, media, or marketing all earn bonus points. 

How to Apply:

1. Download and complete the application. You may either complete and return the fillable PDF, or the Word document. Please no handwritten applications. 

2. Attach a one page; single-space statement to your application telling us:

  • Why you want to work for AFEM for one year;
  • Which of AFEM’s priority areas you’re most interested in and how you can best contribute to the growth of the organisation;
  • Your future professional, personal or academic goals and how you foresee this internship helping you achieve them.
  • Anything else you’d like us to know about you in relation to your application.

3. Email the application, a current CV, and the personal statement to Please indicate "Internship Application" in the subject line to ensure it ends up in the right hands.Also make sure your surname is included in the file name of every attached document. 

Applications will be reviewed in the weeks following the closing date, and interviews requested by the 20 January, 2017. All decisions will be announced by 16 February, 2017.

The deadline for 2017-2018 internships has now passed. Please note that additional applications will unfortunately NOT be accepted. 

South Africa

South AfricaSouth Africa

EMSSA represents a group of enthusiastic healthcare professionals dedicated to the development of quality emergency care throughout South Africa. Emergency Medicine has only recently been recognized as an independent speciality, although this country has always had a large burden of patients presenting to our pre-hospital and hospital emergency services with experienced and passionate personnel rendering much needed care.



The Emergency Medicine Association of Tanzania (EMAT) was formed in May 2010  by doctors and nurses with active involvement in emergency care in Tanzania. The President is Dr Hendry Robert Sawe, of Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences(MUHAS)-Dar es salaam. The objective of EMAT is to Pioneer, promote and advocate for dissemination of emergency care in Tanzania, through Teaching, research and education of emergency care.



The Botswana Society for Emergency Care (BSEC) held it's foundational meeting in November 2010, and was officially registered as a society in Botswana in September 2011. BSEC's mission is to promote advocate for emergency care in Botswana through teaching, research, and education. BSEC liases with partners from EMSSA and AFEM, and supports the emergency medicine post-graduate training program at the University of Botswana School of Medicine. Since it's inception, BSEC has hosted seminars on emergency triage, pre-hospital care, and acute care needs in Botswana.



The Ethiopian Society of Emergency Medical Professionals was formed in 2012. The President is Dr Sisay Teklu, of Addis Ababa University. The objective of ESEP is to assist in development of hospital and Pre-Hospital emergency care.



LEMA will encourage and promote professional excellence, advance the science and practice of emergency medicine, and serve as an advocate for patients, their families, the public, the profession and the ER physicians. It will offer to the interdisciplinary team the necessary tools for the interaction with the critically ill patient and their families from a holistic perspective.



SEMPON held their inaugural scientific conference in September 2014, themed: "The State of Emergency Care in Nigeria: the Way Forward". The objective of the organisation is to evaluate the state of emergency care in Nigeria, and engineer cooperation and partnership among key stakeholders.



The president of the Egyptian Society for Emergency Medicine is Dr. Hussein Sabri. It was formed in 2012, and is dedicated to improving patient care by advancing the science and practice of emergency medicine. It is an interdisciplinary organisation whose members are involved in the provision of emergency care.