The 2nd most populated country on the African continent, Ethiopia is also one of the earliest documented locations of human existence.

With such a long history, the country boasts several “must-see” historical sites and artifacts, including Lucy, the 3.5 million year old hominid skeleton. Aside from Ethiopia’s various associations with exciting historical and archaeological events, the modern country is a beautiful and dynamic place to visit. In addition to boasting delicious and authentic Ethiopian food, Ethiopia is home to an extremely diverse population comprised of over 80 ethnic groups. Getting an internship in Ethiopia is a great way to learn more about the Ethiopian people, immerse yourself in the culture, and gain professional experience at the same time.

Healthcare/Medicine: Interning in Ethiopia at a local hospital or health care center is a great way to gain more medical fieldwork experience. As a developing country, Ethiopia has a constant shortage of qualified medical experts and resources. Medical interns are always welcome to assist doctors with a variety of tasks in clinics from administrative work, to performing basic medical tests or even helping out in a surgery room. Nevertheless, immersing yourself in an Ethiopian hospital is a great way to learn more about health services in developing countries and interact with patients as well as medical professionals.

Community Development:Several smaller rural villages in Ethiopia need extra help to rebuild their communities and foster a sense of ambition to drive them forward. As a social work intern in an Ethiopian orphanage, you may be able to directly impact the lives of numerous Ethiopian children. The 3rd world country has already shown rapid economic growth, but many educational and social programs are far behind. Interning in Ethiopia at a local education center or non-profit organization will give you the chance to use your skills to make a difference in the community.

When and Where to Look for an Internship

Internships in Ethiopia are available year-round, but most opportunities open up in the summer season. For those looking to work with international non-profit organizations, it is easiest to contact the organization directly via email. Otherwise, you can apply for an internship program through a program provider that has already established connections with local hospitals and organizations. These internship program providers usually make the planning process much easier, as they also provide housing and transportation for interns in the program. Either way, think about what type of internship you want to pursue first, and then reach out to potential internship opportunities right after.

Cost of Living in Ethiopia

The cost of living in Ethiopia is low compared to the rest of the world. However, many local Ethiopians complain about high living costs relative to their salaries. As inflation continues to increase, the prices of many goods are prone to be unstable. Hopefully, the economic trends will stabilize in the near future. Below are some examples of living costs in Ethiopia. Although the Ethiopian birr is the official currency, the prices are listed in USD to help you get a better gage of the costs.

  • 1 bedroom apartment in City Center: $400
  • 1 inexpensive meal: $3.70
  • 1 way transportation ticket: $0.30
Work Culture in Ethiopia
  • Etiquette: Ethiopian culture is heavily based off of the strong ties within the extended family. In fact, the Ethiopian family’s needs are often put before business responsibilities. As a result, it is common to inquire about others’ families and health during a prolonged greeting. Overall, the work culture in Ethiopia is based on respect, trust, and courtesy. Ethiopians tend to be more soft-spoken in business, and avoid confrontation at all costs.
  • Language: While over 80 different ethnic languages are spoken in Ethiopia, English is most commonly used in both daily life and in the workplace. Some locals may speak Amharic or Oromifa, but there isn’t much of a need to learn these for an internship.
  • Networking:Networking can be extremely important in Ethiopia. Since the society is based off of the extended family, people build their trust for others over time. If you are participating in an internship program, it is very likely that you will have the opportunity to network with other international interns. Otherwise, feel free to look into official professional networking groups in Ethiopia such as Ethiopian Professionals Network. Don’t expect too much though, since these groups tend to be geared towards more seasoned professionals.
Work and Labor Laws in Ethiopia

Ethiopian labor laws set basic guidelines for employee’s rights and labor contracts. International interns are also protected by these statutes, but they must work on a volunteer basis.

Internship Programs in Ethiopia

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Omprakash EdGE
Intern in Africa with Omprakash
Multiple Countries
10 •3 reviews

Omprakash creates supportive & educational relationships between...

Cross Continental
Intern in Ethiopia with Cross Continental!

The population of Ethiopia is estimated to be more than 80 million...

Living and Learning International
Global Virtual Internships
Multiple Countries

Through the Global Virtual Internship by Living and Learning...

International Organization for Migration
Internship at IOM

IOM has developed an INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME which targets young...

African Union Commission
AUC Internship Program

The purpose of the Internship at AUC is to provide graduate students...

Cross Continental
Ethiopia Volunteer & Intern Programs

Available locations of Ethiopia Volunteer& Intern Programs include but...

Volunteer Programs in Ethiopia

Volunteering is also a great way to gain working experience in Ethiopia
  • Iko Poran Volunteer Abroad - IKPVA
    Safe & Responsible Volunteer Programs in Ethiopia
    9.67 •3 reviews

    IKPVA offers a wide range of safe and responsible volunteer programs...

  • Bhubesi Pride
    Volunteer and Teach Ruby Throughout Africa
    Multiple Countries
    9 •6 reviews

    After a hugely successful 2014 project in which we worked with 46...

  • Cuso International
    Professional Volunteering Overseas
    Multiple Countries
    8.67 •3 reviews

    Cuso International works collaboratively with overseas partner...

  • Do Good as You Go
    Volunteer with Youth and Families in Ethiopia!
    9 •1 review

    Ethiopia is one of the oldest locations known to man. Rich in a...

  • Cooperating Volunteers
    Volunteer Projects in Ethiopia

    Volunteers in Ethiopia may participate in any of our projects...

  • MovingWorlds
    Experteer Your Engineering Skills Anywhere You Want to Travel
    Multiple Countries

    If you have engineering skills, we want to help you find a place to...

  • Blessing the Children
    Work with Children & Give Hope to the Hopeless

    Do you love children? Do you have a heart to help the poor and needy...

    Volunteer at an Orphanage and School in Ethiopia

    For school: * Being an assistant to the teachers * Organize after...

  • Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge
    Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge: Volunteer Program

    SFEL combines an Eco-Lodge, Restaurant, Farm and Permaculture Design...

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