Engineering a Better World Internships

Apply now to EaBW InternshipsApplications for students to intern with Africa Prize alumni are now open, and will close on 2 March 2020. Please contact the Africa Prize team with questions.


Please note that only engineering students from the following universitities may apply: Brunel University London, Churchill College, Cambridge, The University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow, Heriot-Watt University, University of Hertfordshire, University College London and University of York.

For more information on eligibility, please contact your university.

The Engineering a Better World Internships place groups of talented engineering students from UK universities with members of the Academy’s Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation alumni for four to eight weeks over the summer break in order to:

  • Support the entrepreneurs with technical assistance
  • Enable the exchange of knowledge through partnership
  • Inspire the students to pursue a career in challenge-led innovation for sustainable development.

The Africa Prize awards crucial commercialisation support to ambitious African innovators developing scalable engineering solutions to local challenges, demonstrating the importance of engineering as an enabler of improved quality of life and economic development.

EaBW interns and host entrepreneurs


Interning with alumni businesses, students gain first-hand experience of working in multicultural teams to solve practical problems and using creativity to address real, meaningful challenges. Students learn to live in a different cultural environment and gain understanding of the inside of a startup. 

“The opportunity to work in such an innovative team with a startup culture was fantastic, especially with such a good cause at focus”

Luka, intern summer 2018


An intern working on hydroponic plantsThrough the internship, students use and enhance skills such as:

  • Software development, Javascript and Raspberry Pi
  • AI, machine learning and data analysis
  • Mechanical design
  • Welding and solar Pv design
  • Water treatment and biogass processing
  • Management, strategic advice and proposal writing
  • Graphic design and AUTOCAD

“We really appreciated working with the students who made a meaningful contribution to our business and I am sure benefited from the internship”

Andre Nel, Eco-V, summer 2019

Since launching the internship scheme in 2018, 11 students from UCL and Chuchill College, Cambridge have had successful and rewarding placements with five alumni businesses in Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa.

To see the internships available with Africa Prize alumni last year, ranging from renewable energy systems to low-cost water filtration devices, click the PDF link below:

The Africa Prize alumni: Engineering a Better World Internships 2019 (1.43 MB)

University partners

For the first two years the Academy partnered with Churchill College, Cambridge and University College London.

This year, we are working with:

  • Brunel University London
  • Churchill College, Cambridge
  • The University of Edinburgh
  • University of Glasgow
  • Heriot-Watt University
  • University of Hertfordshire
  • University College London
  • University of York

For any enquiries, or if your university is interested in partnering with the Academy on the next round of internships, please do get in touch.