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Join the AFEM Team!

AFEM is always seeking outstanding candidates for volunteer internship positions (up to 6 months) in global emergency care development. AFEM Interns are primarily based in Cape Town, South Africa, but may request placement in a number of other African countries. They will be directly involved in the operations of the organisation as well as special projects matched to areas of interest and expertise. Below is more detailed information about the positions; please read it carefully before applying!

Please note: AFEM also offers several competitive, year-long internship positions per year. The application period for 2017-2018 internships will be open 18 November - 9 December, 2016.  To learn more or apply, visit the AFEM Internships page. 

General responsibilities of all AFEM interns include:

  • 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 research and apply for funding opportunities  for AFEM projects;
  • other duties as required by the organisation.

In addition, successful applicants should be willing to work on a single, circumscribed project in emergency care development during their time with AFEM. This could be research design, data collection or analysis, grant writing, project implementation, program evaluation, etc. AFEM will work with incoming interns to ensure the proposed project is suitable and useful to both AFEM and the intern. It is common for students from overseas institutions to complete a practicum or field experience in health systems development with AFEM. Please note that these positions are not clinical in nature, although we can facilitate visits or clinical shifts for qualified individuals in local facilities. 



Qualities a candidate must have in order to apply are:

  • A strong interest and relevant experience in global emergency care and the development of emergency care systems
  • Spoken and written fluency in English 
  • 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 organization, 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. 

The needs of AFEM are myriad, and applications from students or recent graduates of medical, nursing, public health, business, international development, and media/marketing are all encouraged to apply. Medical research experience, language skills, web design, funding connections, epidemiology training, and an interest in finance, media, or marketing are all or particular interest to AFEM. Short term interns are typically either interested in a broad-scope introduction to operations of an international medical non-profit, or looking to gain research or implementation experience in a particular area through work on a single, circumscribed project. 

How to Apply:

1. Download and complete the application

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

  • Why you want to work for AFEM;
  • How much time you would like to commit (minimum 6 weeks)
  • 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. 

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

Then what? Applications are reviewed on an on-going basis. You can expect acknowledgement of receipt of your application within two weeks, and strong candidates will be invited to interview within four weeks of application. We do aim to be as efficient as possible in reviewing applications, to notify successful applicants with sufficent time to make travel arrangements. 

Ready to apply? Here's the application: 

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.