AFLI participants will have the option to participate in an official internship administered by American Councils. The internship component of the AFLI program is designed to enhance each participant’s language ability and to offer the opportunity to gain experience using Swahili in a student’s field of interest. Participants work closely with the AFLI Internship Coordinator in Tanzania to find and secure a substantial internship with a company, organization or institution. Participants are expected to conduct their internships in a Swahili-based setting, using their high-level language skills.

Students are also encouraged to start researching and networking for possible internship sites before arriving in Tanzania.

The aim of the internship is to provide students with additional opportunities to apply their linguistic and cultural comprehension in a Swahili professional setting. The AFLI Internship Coordinator is available to support and guide students as needed throughout the process. Expected outcomes may include but are not limited to:

  • The ability to apply professional Swahili language skills in a broad range of communicative functions such as negotiations, presentations and representation of the internship provider in a range of venues
  • Comprehension of social interactions, behavioral norms and perspectives, as well as administrative, commercial, and political processes in Tanzania
  • The ability to appropriately interact in a professional setting in Tanzania
  • Professionalism and independence in an immersion environment

Internship Requirements

All internships must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be conducted in a target language-speaking professional setting. From a linguistic perspective, the most beneficial work environments for AFLI interns are those with the least number of colleagues who are native-level English speakers.
  • The participant may not be teaching English as a primary job responsibility. Maximum hours spent teaching English should be kept to two-three hours per week.
  • Must correspond to the student’s field of interest and abilities, subject to certain political or cultural limitations. Certain internship locations are highly discouraged due to safety concerns.
  • All internship activity must take place in Arusha


Alongside the internship, students will continue to take advanced language courses at TCDC and will receive the following credit from Bryn Mawr College at the end of  the spring.


AFST 204: Advanced Intermediate Conversation II: Swahili  (1.5 Units)

AFST 206: Advanced Intermediate Grammar II: Swahili  (1.5 Units)

AFST 425: Global Internship Experience (Zero credit)


AFST 551: Advanced Intermediate Conversation II: Swahili  (1.0 Units)

AFST 561: Advanced Intermediate Grammar II: Swahili  (1.0 Units)

AFST 525: Global Internship Experience (Zero Credit)

Note: One Bryn Mawr undergraduate academic unit is equivalent to four undergraduate semester credit hours.

List of Internship sites in Arusha

Below is a list of potential internship sites.  The list is not exhaustive. American Councils continues to identify other viable organizations.




DSW (Deutche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung)
Foundation for World Population 

Focuses on achieving universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), which is fundamental to improving health and fighting poverty.

Arusha Appropriate Technology Project (AATP

Domestic Biogas program.


Community Aid and Small Enterprises Consultancy ( CASEC)

CASEC promotes human and social development as the foundation for tackling poverty and injustices through participatory assessments, evaluations, trainings, technical advisory services, and community support in kind and money.

Global Sustainable Partnerships (GSP)

Transfers knowledge and skills through training and education in the construction and maintenance of the Hydraid bios and filter and the overall education of health, sanitation and hygiene practices for children in primary and secondary schools, households and health care facilities.

Holy Ghost Fathers Health Center 

Provides Medical services-MCH, HIV testing including pre & post IV testing, TB testing & treatment, nutrition, home care.


Maasai Women Development Organization (MWEDO)

Maasai Women Development Organization (MWEDO) is a non-governmental women-led organization established in the year 2000. MWEDO Empowers women to enhance sustainable equitable and human development for Maasai women through access to education, women economic empowerment and maternal health and HIV/AIDS education.


MS Training Centre for Development Cooperation(MS-TCDC)

Focused on development training and strengthening ability of civil society organizations and other stakeholders to empower people.

Nkoaranga Lutheran Hospital

The Nkoaranga Lutheran Hospital is a government-run hospital in the rural village of Nkoaranga, in Mount Meru region. The medical and nursing students on the MedOutreach team participate in morning rounds, bed making, medication delivery, wound care, baby deliveries, minor procedures such as mass removal, and major procedures such as c-sections, cyst removal and tubal ligation.


Promotion of Rural Initiative and Development Enterprises Limited (PRIDE) 

PRIDE is a micro finance institution involved in the provision of credit to small and micro entrepreneurs in Tanzania.

Radio 5 Arusha

Radio broadcasting programs.

Selian Lutheran Hospital 

Provides competent and compassionate medical care, promoting health development community projects.

Small Scale Industries Development Organization (SIDO

Small industries development organization.

Sunrise Radio

Radio broadcasting programs.


Tanzania Agricultural Society (TASO)

Provides various types of farming training.

Tanzania Breweries Ltd

Tanzania Breweries Ltd. engages in production, distribution and sale of malt beer, non-alcoholic malt beverages and alcoholic fruit beverages in Tanzania.


Tanzania Domestic Biogas Programme (TDBP)

 Small industries development organization.

Tanzania Natural Resources Forum (TNRF)

Promotes quality and equity of governance as fundamental for determining how natural resources are managed and how they support the livelihoods of Tanzanians and the sustainable economic development of the country.

Tanzania Women Lawyers Association (TAWLA)

Provides legal aid services; women land rights; child labor and juvenile justice; research and advocacy.

The Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC)

The Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC) is Arusha's newest and only full-service hospital. Located in the center of downtown ArushaALMC offers general and specialty care in many areas.

The Great African Food Company (GAFCO)

The Great African Food Company (GAFCO) is a mission driven “for-profit” organization founded to sustainably benefit small-holder farmers and the environment. It promotes business-centric approach to providing long-term sustainable solutions in response to the short-comings of traditional development models.

Tropical Pesticides Research Institute (TPRI)

TPRI's role, among others is, conducting research, training and services on management of pests, pesticides, biodiversity for food security.

Usa River Rehabilitation and Training Center

The Center offers young disabled people the opportunity to learn vocations such as carpentry, tailoring, shoemaking, locksmith and bakery.



World Vision, Tanzania

World Vision sponsors 127,113 children in Tanzania. Through child sponsorship, the children, their families and communities are facilitated with shared benefits such as safe and clean water, access to quality education facilities and infrastructure, access to food and nutrition, health care and the chance to live a life in all its fullness.

Urban Environmental Development Association 

Focuses on   environmental preservation and conservation.

Green Arusha Society (GAS)

Focuses on improving the day-to-day life of urban and rural people by imparting knowledge, awareness and skills on environmental conservation and management.


Multi-Environmental Society (MESO)

Focuses on addressing and tackling problems and issues pertaining to environmental dynamics and their social, cultural, economic and ecological implications to humankind.


Maarifa ni Ufunguo 

We advocate for equitable accessible, affordable good quality education, which is ethically managed, promotes social integration, and develops citizens with the capacity and motivation to address problems of ignorance and poverty.

Restoration of Green Environment and Eradication of Poverty in Tanzania (RGEEPT

Focuses on training geared towards environmental preservation and restoration.


Community Counselling Team (COCOTE)

Focuses on enhancing behavior change in youth and society, by establishing offices and center for training and counseling.

Rural Community Network (RUCONET)

Promotes local community and household welfare through improved land, natural resource management and economic opportunities.

Honeyguide Foundation

Honeyguide operates in Community Wildlife Management Areas, national parks, and critical corridors and migratory routes, including the landscapes of Amboseli-KilimanjaroTarangireManyara, and the Serengeti in their conservation efforts.

Mtandao wa Vikundi vya Wakulima Tanzania (MVIWATA

Focuses on strengthening farmers’ groups and networks and facilitating communication and learning among farmers for the purpose of defending the interests of small scale farmers.

Global Cycle Solution (GCS)

GCS works with a network of locally based entrepreneurs who offer a pay-as-you-go (PAYG) solution to their community, enabling customers to pay for their product in installments over 3-6 months. The Company activites aim to support evironment protection by supplying affordable energy to low income community.