10 Years of International Internship Program

The African Studies Program is excited to celebrate the International Internship Program’s (IIP) 10th anniversary. Over the decade, the top countries students visited were: 1) Japan, 2) Germany, 3) China, 4) Uganda, and 5) Ecuador. Together with IIP, we want to highlight some alumni profiles to see how some of their interns are doing now!

Meet Ellie Anderson, class of 2018. Ellie traveled to Kampala, Uganda in the summer of 2017 to intern with Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farm Enterprises (NUCAFE). Ellie was an Environmental Sciences major with a certificate in African Studies and Environmental Studies. She also studied abroad in South Africa.

Now, Ellie lives in Washington D.C., working for the University of California, San Fransisco to support malaria elimination and work regarding HIV. Read more about Ellie here!


Meet Kyle Edmunds, class of 2012. Kyle was a summer 2012 intern at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital (CMJAH). He conducted research and worked with the University of the Witswatersrand on his project there. Kyle majored in Nuclear Engineering with a certificate in International Engineering and studied abroad in Tours France.

Since graduating, Kyle received his MSc in Biomedical Engineering, at Tufts University, and emigrated to Reykjavík, Iceland, after he was hired for a teaching position at Reykjavík University. Read more about Kyle here.


Meet Samuel Andryk (class of 2015), a summer 2015 intern at the Centro Ecuatoriano Norteamericano in Guayaquil, Ecuador. At UW, Samuel majored in International Studies and Spanish, with a certificate in Afro-American Studies and African Studies. 

Samuel studied abroad in Argentina and currently lives in Amsterdam. Read more about him here.