NetHope Academy - Next Steps in Kenya




The Kenya ICT Board is pleased to announce the launch of the NetHope Academy Intern Program in Kenya!  The goal of the program is to help tech savvy, unemployed youth find work in the ICT sector by providing practical work experience, training (technical and soft skills), and mentoring needed to be successful.  The target audience is recent graduates, those who are about to graduate from university/college in an ICT related field, and those who have demonstrated a strong passion for technology. Based on recent successes in Haiti, NetHope is expanding the program across Africa.
The program gives entry level IT professionals the chance to expand their knowledge beyond the classroom by providing the practical hands on experience needed to be successful in the field. NetHope works closely with world class technology sector partners including Cisco, Microsoft, Accenture, ESRI, Global VSAT Forum and others to bring their best offerings to the Intern Program. Interns also receive ongoing coaching, mentoring, and soft skills training throughout the six month long program.  Employers find this to be one of the most important elements of the program.
The number one goal is helping unemployed youth find jobs.  NetHope is only offering this program for those who are unemployed and able to take full time work within 90 days of completing the program (i.e., they are not going back to school and do not already have an IT job).

NetHope is currently accepting online applications from now until February 26 via this link:

Successful candidates will have:

  • A strong and demonstrated passion for technology and desire to pursue a career in IT.
  • University or College degree or diploma in an IT related field such as Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Management of Information Systems, Telecoms preferred but not required.
  • Ability to speak, write, and understand English.  All IT training will be given in English.
  • Positive attitude and good work ethic
  • Ability to commit to 32 hours/week of work at host organization and 8 hours/week of study for 6 months starting in April 2012.
  • Able to attend two week training session in the late March/early April timeframe.
  • Preference given to women and those coming from severely disadvantaged backgrounds and rural areas.

The Kenya program timeline is as follows:

Application Process Open: Now – February 26

Online application can be found here: .Successful applicants will be notified if they are moving on to the next round of interviews by March 2.

In-Person Interviews and Technical Assessment: March 9-10.Successful applicants will be notified if they have been selected to participate in the program by March 14.

Boot Camp Training: March 19-30.Successful applicants must be able to attend this mandatory training from 8 A.M. – 5 P.M. every day during this two week period.

Internships Period: April – September 2012.All interns are required to work 32 hours per week and complete at least 8 hours of self study per week.  NetHope will arrange for these internship placements and will provide ongoing support to interns, IT Mentors, and host organizations.

NetHope is running this program in Kenya in conjunction with their implementation partners, the African Centre for Women in ICT given their success managing similar job placement programs for young women.  Please direct questions to Kenya Program Director, Benson Masero ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or to Africa Program Manager, Lisa Obradovich ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Nethope is also looking for organizations that are in need of additional technology support to host interns for a 4-6 month period beginning in April 2012. Contact Kenya Program Director, Benson Masero ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) to provide host organization references, sign up to take on interns, or to learn more about the program.

Additional Program Information & Press Releases

  • Video Features of NetHope Academy Interns




Downloadable Information

Net Hope Academy - Overview of Kenya

Net Hope Academy - A brief description