Applications for the 2020 internships will open in the New Year.

EaBW interns and host entrepreneurs


The Engineering a Better World: Internships place groups of talented UK engineering students 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 programme encourages ambitious and talented sub-Saharan African engineers from all disciplines to apply their skills to develop scalable solutions to local challenges, highlighting the importance of engineering as an enabler of improved quality of life and economic development.

Alumni from this programme are invited to apply for the internship to host groups of UK students who work with them and their teams on innovations such as:

  • Low-cost water purifiers
  • Biogas cooking systems
  • Sustainable power supplies and meters
  • Affordable healthcare innovations
  • E-learning, transport and agricultural platforms
  • Machine learning and data analysis

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

The African entrepreneurs benefit from hosting students with skills such as AUTOCAD, Javascript, Raspberry Pi, welding, biogas processing, and proposal writing. At the same time, students will benefit from the opportunity and challenge of living in a developing country, working in teams to solve practical problems, and using creativity to address real, meaningful challenges.


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

How to apply

The 2019 round of the scheme is now closed for applications. Applications for the 2020 scheme are expected to open in the New Year.

For the past two years the Academy has partnered with Churchill College Cambridge and Unviveristy College London. This year, we are looking to extend

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