Five student interns from Norwegian embassies on retreat in Tanzania

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Interns from Uganda, Malawi and Mozambique standing outside the Norwegian Embassy in Dar es Salaam. Photo: RNE.

Last week, the interns at the Norwegian embassies in Africa south of Sahara met in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The gathering aimed to provide an understanding of how other foreign missions operate at country level, learn more about these African countries, their embassies and areas of work and various assignments that are given to the interns. This gathering is organised by the interns themselves, and it has become a tradition that is highly appreciated.

Over the years, student interns in the region have taken the opportunity to exchange experiences with other interns during their internship at a Norwegian embassy. This year the interns came from the embassies in Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda and two in Tanzania. In addition to discussing their experiences from living and working in these countries, the interns also introduced the background of the embassies and areas of work as well as key facts about the countries.

The one-day workshop provides unique insight in the work of the Norwegian Foreign Service, including the Norwegian cooperation in the region. The program also included useful insight in the Embassy in Dar es Salaam’s work, especially related to anti-corruption – one of the important priorities for Norway.

Norwegian Embassies and Delegations around the world offer exciting half-year internships for Norwegian students. The work will typically include information- and cultural related work, facilitating visits and events, assisting in writing political, economic analysis and following up on development co-operation and participating in field trips to development partners.

As the workshop took place at the end of the week, the interns choose to spend the following weekend at Zanzibar to continue the sharing of experiences and socialise. Having an internship in such exotic surroundings brings certain advantages.