Many internship offers are available for foreigners in Senegal. Find out how to access to these in this article.
Senegal is very open towards young graduates and professionals seeking new opportunities in West Africa. Moreover, performing an internship in Senegal can be a very enriching experience in terms of culture and professional experience. The country is also deemed to be a bridge between Africa and Europe. Hence, it should not be difficult for you to find what you are looking for.
As a foreigner, you are more likely to find internship prospects in the following fields: agriculture, agribusiness, tourism, seafood, aquaculture, information and communication technology, tele-services, health, renewable energy, mining and geology which are deemed to be the country's main economic growth sectors.
Find an internship
Senegal hosts not only major European and international subsidiaries but also many national and local companies. Hence, internship opportunities may be available anywhere and not just in the country's major cities. Moreover, many Senegalese have also managed to set up their own business due to their strong ambition and determination.
Les Grands Moulins de Dakar (GMD), the Senegal Chemical Industries and the Senegalese Sugar Company are some of the major companies you will find in Senegal.
Apply for an internship
To apply for an internship, sending a motivation letter to the company's Human Resource Department is not compulsory. In fact, you are more likely to get in touch with them by phone or by fax as letters could easily get lost. You might as well send them an email, but a personal contact should be more appropriate, especially to show your interest in the company.
The BAPESS is a specialized internship organization which provides assistance not only in finding internship but also in finding coaching courses. Feel free to contact Messrs Hubert Laba NDAO (Tel. 221 77 616 48 83) and Hamidou BA (Tel. 221 33 864 09 90) for more information.
Senegal has signed a reciprocal agreement with many countries across the globe in terms of visa. Hence, you are advised to inquire beforehand whether your home country is one of these with the Senegalese embassy or consulate. This agreement indeed stipulates that you are in possession of a biometric visa.