Elimisha Kakuma

About Elimisha Kakuma

Elimisha Kakuma provides access to higher education opportunities for high school graduates living in Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya. Students receive intensive academic instruction, exam preparation, mentorship with current college students, and guidance through the college application process. As more refugees gain access to higher education, their long-term life outcomes will be improved and their communities will be strengthened. 

We are looking for individuals who are passionate about educational access to higher education for refugees, and have experience or are interested in areas such as grant and blog writing, fundraising strategies, and curriculum development.

Application deadline: Varies

Responsibilities & compensation

  • Seeking out grant opportunities and writing grant applications
  • Blog and newsletter writing
  • Creating fundraising plans and working with marketing team to support event planning.
  • Developing curriculum with the Academic Director and maintaining Canvas sites for course offered by Elimshuka Kakuma.
  • Interns are expected to work 10 hours a week through the semester


Although Elimshuka Kakuma does not provide financial compensation for their student interns, students have access to a wide variety of funding opportunities through Indiana University. 

Academic Credit

Students have the option to receive academic credit for their internship via SGIS X373, Internship in Global and International Studies (1-3 cr). 


  • Currently enrolled student at HLS
  • Interested in refugee issues
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Flexibility and initiative

Contact Information & Application Process

Please submit a resume and cover letter addressing your motivation in becoming an Elimisha Kakuma intern, which particular role(s) you are interested in, as well as relevant past experiences and future goals. All application materials should be sent to Robin Banks, robabank@iu.edu.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.