Join the African Federation of Emergency Medicine (AFEM) Team.

Applications accepted NOW through 30 NOVEMBER 2015

AFEM is seeking outstanding candidates for 1-year internship positions in global emergency care development. AFEM Interns will receive a small living stipend and be based in Cape Town, South Africa for the 2016-2017 year. Below is more detailed information about the positions. Please read it carefully before applying!

General responsibilities of all AFEM interns include:

  • to assist with the day-to-day running of the organisation
    to assist with planning and development of annual conferences;
    to develop, manage, and drive AFEM scientific projects throughout Africa;
    to build and maintain relations with sponsors and donors;
    to do research and apply for funding opportunities for AFEM projects;

In addition, successful applicants must be able to contribute to one or more of the following AFEM priority areas:

Media and Communications: Managing and developing AFEM’s online presence, including the website and all social media; liaising with AFEM representatives to promote the organisation throughout Africa and globally; communicating with new and current AFEM members and creating and disseminating promotional materials.
Scientific: Developing and coordinating curriculum materials and educational packages; creating and editing scientific documents; and managing and analysing data, particularly for AFEM’s Trauma Data Registry.
Nursing: Assist with nurse-specific training curricula/courses; develop the agendas and bolster representation of nurses/mid-level providers at conferences; and work on securing funding for nursing-specific research.
Out of Hospital: Assist with EMS/pre-hospital training curricula/courses; work on securing funding for Out of Hospital-specific research; and generally support the promotion of out of hospital activities w/in AFEM.
Journal: Act as technical editor for AFEM’s African Journal of Emergency Medicine, responsible for pre and post-production processing of submissions; journal expansion and promotion; working on setting up the podcast and assisting the editor-in-chief as required.
Executive: Administrative duties such as planning conferences and events; assisting with AFEM finances; creating documents and promotional materials; and communicating with representatives, project managers, and potential AFEM contacts.
Operational: Furthering of AFEM as an international non-profit from any number of angles: computer/IT/web development and analytics, business/management, or fundraising.


The only qualities a candidate must have in order to apply are:

A bachelor’s degree or equivalent
A strong interest in global emergency care and the development of emergency care systems
Spoken and written fluency in English
Good computer skills
Excellent communication and organisational skills, and a strong work ethic

What we’re looking for:

The strongest applications will demonstrate plenty of initiative, team spirit, and a commitment to developing emergency care across Africa. AFEM is a young, rapidly growing organization, so it is particularly important that interns have the ability and desire to work in a dynamic environment requiring them to not only contribute new ideas, but see them to fruition. Interns will have the opportunity to conduct independent research in their area of interest within emergency care development, while being expected to further the activities of AFEM and contribute to operational duties as necessary.

The needs of AFEM are myriad, and applications from students or recent graduates of medical, public health, business, computer science, international development, and media/marketing are all encouraged to apply. Medical research experience, language skills, web design, funding connections, epidemiology training, and an interest in finance, media, or marketing are added advantage

How to Apply:

1.Go to our website ( to download and complete the application PDF
2.Attach a one page; single-space statement (font 12, times new Roman) to your application telling us:
Why you want to work for AFEM for one year;
Which of AFEM’s priority areas you’re most interested in and how you can best contribute to the growth of the organization;
Your future professional, personal or academic goals and how you foresee this internship helping you achieve them.
Anything else you’d like us to know about you in relation to your application.
3.Email the application, a current CV, and the personal statementto Please indicate “Internship Application” in the subject line to ensure it ends up in the right hands. Please also make sure your surname is included in file name of every attached document.

Applications will be reviewed in the weeks following the closing date, and interviews requested by the 18th January, 2016, to allow sufficient time to accommodate the absurd visa application process, all decisions will be announced by early 30th January 2016

Successful candidates will have an opportunity to do a Master’s program in the area of the interest within Emergency Care. Please note that no application shall be accepted after the closing date and only the shortlisted candidates shall be acknowledged.

Deadline for 2016 -2017 Internships: 30 NOVEMBER 2015