Aga Khan University Internship Program

This internship opportunity is part of the Aga Khan Development Network.

The Aga Khan Development Network stretches across 30 countries and 4 continents and runs an internship program that brings students to work with researchers and experts across the network across a diverse set of thematic areas to do with development. Students work on real-world projects in real time and gain access to diverse netowrking opportunities, skill development, cross-cultural research collaboration and social innovation.


Key information


Virtual: Pakistan, India, Kenya, Switzerland, Canada, UK, UAE, Portugal, Tanzania, Syria







Program type


Application information

Application status



Summer 2021 applications

Deadline April 15, 2021

University-specific additional requirements

Personal Statements and resume - see the Eligibility section below.

Summer 2022 applications

Anticipated opening Nov 2021

Program details

There are multiple placements available across several internship streams such as Communications, Marketing & Finance, Data Sciences & IT, Policy & Partnerships, Education, HR, Environmental Science & Sustainability, Health Sciences, Nursing, Research and University Advancement.

Interns must be able to commit to at least 15 hours per week and open to work with flexible time zones.


June 7 - August 27, 2021

  1. Costs

    The virtual program costs $800USD for UCalgary students. (This is the discounted cost for partners.)


  2. Funding

    AKU offers limited scholarships based on financial need or merit

    Successful applicants are eligible for a UGo Virtual Global Learning Award ($600CAD)

N/A on virtual program.

  1. Eligibility requirements

    • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate (2nd year or above), Master’s, or Ph.D. programme from an accredited university.
    • Have good academic standing (minimum of 2.5 GPA or its equivalent).

    • Able to commit at least 15 hours a week.

    • Open to work with flexible time zones (internship positions could be with organizations from different continents).



  2. Application requirements

    Please go to and log in using your UCalgary username and password. After creating a profile in the online application system, use the Study Programs tab to search for the program you are applying for, and then click "apply". Please indicate your area of interest and your first/second placement choices in the courses section of the application.

    Required documents for this application include:

    • a personal statement
    • cover letter
    • resume
    • your official transcripts (please order early to allow for mailing times and processing delays)

Have questions?

Global Learning 101

Please watch this short YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.

Watch Global Learning 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below. Appointments are currently on zoom.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.

Book an appointment

The exchange advisor for this program is: Tara Jorgensen

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.