International Internships – apply by April 15

Aga Khan University

Through a partnership with UW’s Population Health Initiative, Aga Khan University (AKU) makes international internships available to UW students. Applications for in-person/on-site internships in Nairobi/Kenya and in Karachi/Pakistan that start in Summer 2022 (start date July 4, 2022) and in Fall 2022 (start date September 15, 2022) are being accepted until April 15, 2022.

Details of all onsite internships can be found here.

AKU has a variety of internship opportunities. Successful UW applicants will receive financial support from AKU (living stipend, visa, and accommodation). All other internships besides the two funded ones will require the student to cover flight, accommodation, daily living costs, and all other applicable expenses.

Application period: Apply by April 15, 2022

Applicants must complete TWO separate applications as part of this process. They should be submitted at the same time:

  1. Internship application directly to AKU (apply here)
  2. Independent Learning application to UW Study Abroad (apply here) to maintain full-time enrollment at UW during the internship


Interview dates: April 16 – May 5, 2022

Final intern selection and onboarding: May 5, 2022 – May 15, 2022 (if selected you must enroll in Independent Learning as required by the UW’s Official International Student Travel policy.

Placement start date: July 4, 2022 (Summer) and September 15, 2022 (Fall)

If accepted into an AKU internship you must maintain your status as a student at the University of Washington for the duration of your placement by enrolling in Independent Learning through UW Study Abroad. The fees for Independent Learning, which includes registration for up to 12 credits can be found here. As part of Independent Learning students will register their travel and purchase the UW Student Abroad Insurance before departure and for the duration of their placement. Students applying for internships in high-risk destinations (as defined by the U.S. State Department) will be prompted by UW to submit a travel waiver request. Students’ ability to participate in any internships is contingent on the approval of their travel waiver request.

Students applying for internships in Karachi, Pakistan or Nairobi, Kenya will have their travel waiver request reviewed by the UW’s travel risk and safety committee, as well as the Provost. Depending on a student’s background and familiarity with the destination the waiver request may be denied by UW.

The University reserves the right to cancel or alter, at any time, any international program, internship or activity when, based on a review of the relevant information and resources, it is determined that there is undue risk to the health and safety of students in a particular destination.

  • Questions about the specifics of individual internships should be directed to the AKU Programme Coordinator at
  • Questions about UW policies and procedures related to Independent Learning or the Student International Travel Policy should be directed to
By Jessie Smith (She/Her)
Jessie Smith (She/Her) Assistant Director of Employer & Community Connections