PAID INTERNSHIPS | ECOWAS Recruitment For College Students

Are you a college student looking to gain valuable work experience while earning some income? The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) offers an exceptional opportunity through its paid internship programs. This initiative is designed to equip young professionals with the skills and experience needed to excel in their careers, all while contributing to the development of the West African region.

What is ECOWAS?

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) ↱ is a regional political and economic union of fifteen countries located in West Africa. Established in 1975, ECOWAS aims to promote economic integration and cooperation among its member states to foster development and stability in the region. The member states include Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo. The organization’s primary aim is to foster economic cooperation and development, ultimately improving the living standards of its people.

Why Consider an ECOWAS Internship?

1. Professional Development

Interns at ECOWAS have the opportunity to work on meaningful projects that align with the organization’s mission. This hands-on experience is invaluable for professional growth and enhances your resume.

2. Networking Opportunities

Working at ECOWAS allows interns to connect with professionals and policymakers from various fields. These connections can open doors to future career opportunities and collaborations.

3. Cultural Exchange

ECOWAS internships provide a platform for cultural exchange, allowing interns to learn from diverse perspectives and contribute to a multicultural working environment.

4. Financial Support

Unlike many unpaid internships, ECOWAS offers a stipend to its interns. This financial support can help cover living expenses, making it easier for students to gain work experience without financial strain.

Internship Areas

ECOWAS offers internships in various departments, including but not limited to:

  • Economic Affairs
  • Social Affairs and Gender
  • Political Affairs, Peace, and Security
  • Legal Affairs
  • Communication and Information
  • Human Resources

Eligibility Criteria

To apply for an ECOWAS internship, candidates must:

  • Be enrolled in a college or university program.
  • Have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies.
  • Possess strong academic performance.
  • Be proficient in English, French, or Portuguese (the official languages of ECOWAS).
  • Demonstrate a keen interest in regional integration, development, and international affairs.

How to Apply

Interested candidates can apply for the ECOWAS internship program through the official ECOWAS Recruitment Portal ↱. The application process typically involves submitting a resume, cover letter, academic transcripts, and letters of recommendation. Make sure to check the portal regularly for updated internship opportunities and deadlines.

Success Stories

Amina, Nigeria – Communications Intern: “I interned with the ECOWAS Communication Department and it was an incredible experience. I worked on various projects, from drafting press releases to organizing events. The exposure to high-level diplomatic activities and the opportunity to contribute to regional integration efforts were truly rewarding. Plus, the stipend helped cover my living expenses.”

Koffi, Togo – Economic Research Intern: “As an economic research intern, I assisted in data collection and analysis for regional economic reports. The hands-on experience I gained was invaluable, and I developed strong analytical skills. Additionally, the multicultural environment enhanced my understanding of the diverse economic landscapes across West Africa.”

Marie, Senegal – Human Resources Intern: “My internship in the HR department was a fantastic learning experience. I was involved in recruitment processes, employee training programs, and policy development. The supportive work environment and the chance to learn from experienced professionals were highlights of my internship.”


An internship at ECOWAS is more than just a job—it’s an investment in your future. By participating in this program, you’ll gain practical experience, build a professional network, and contribute to the development of the West African region. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to kickstart your career with ECOWAS.

For more information and to apply, visit the ECOWAS Recruitment Portal ↱. Good luck!

Note: The information provided in this blog post is accurate as of June. Please refer to the official ECOWAS website for the most current details and application guidelines.