Newcastle University Business School

Internship - Tanzania


Suitable for Stage Two students from all degree disciplines.

Internship info


During the summer of 2020 you have the opportunity to experience life in Tanzania and to work on a research project, to help better the local community. You will be based at The Elizabeth Centre and will perform research focused on expansion and improvement of services provided to the local population. 


The Elizabeth Centre is located in Kolila village, close to Arusha, Tanzania. The Elizabeth Centre provides primary school education, housing, clean water, maize and creates jobs for local people. You will be carrying out research on behalf of the Dutch charity Florentina Foundation which is one of two charities which fund the Elizabeth Centre. The Florentina Foundation carries out research and implements projects which boost economic development in the area, so that the Elizabeth Centre can ultimately become self-sufficient.


You will be staying in Kolila village (where the Elisabeth Centre is), close to Arusha, Tanzania.


The internship will commence on Monday 06 July and last 4 weeks.


You will be carrying out a research project alongside students from our partner Groningen University. You will be assigned an academic project supervisor from Groningen who will oversee your research and offer guidance on your project. This project requires you to be proactive and to think for yourself. Not everything in Africa is clear cut and neatly planned, so be prepared.

The project:

This year the research project will focus on healthcare needs of the local population and how the Elizabeth Centre can provide such care. Research performed in 2019 showed that the local population is in need of more and better healthcare. They indicated that the Elizabeth Centre would be a prime location for them to seek medical aid, but currently there are no real medical facilities available. Your job, together with three other students, will consists of performing research amongst the population, assess their needs and in the end write a report containing advice on which healthcare services are most relevant and how to possibly implement them at the Elizabeth Centre. 


You get the chance to experience how to conduct search in a local community. This is about REAL research which will make a REAL difference to the local community. Working in Tanzania will be an experience like no other and living in the village will showcase your adaptability skills, which are highly valued by graduate employers. 

Of course there is more to experience outside of your project. Tanzania is a beautiful country and exploring and experience it’s beauty is something that you can not afford to miss.

How many places are available?

2 places for Newcastle University Business School students

2 places for Groningen University FEB students

What are the costs?        

Flights: Approximately £600 - £700

Accommodation and meals: Approximately £600

What did previous students say?  

“Not only will this internship be hugely beneficial for the Elizabeth Centre and its local community, but already it has had a huge impact on me. This includes the skills that I have developed, accompanied by an increased awareness of the hardship some people in this world face, and thus I hope to continue this new, more ethically aware stance into my career. In the short term I strongly believe that being so heavily involved with a project focused around economic development, I will be able to transform my experience into the classroom and enhance my studies, especially as one my modules is looking at economic development.”

Additional Information

This project will also give you the opportunity to volunteer in the village, teach English in the primary school and play sport with the children in the village. In previous years there were students that took part in a safari!

Florentina Foundation website