WACCE welcomes passionate, innovative and talented interns who crave learning new skills and aren’t afraid of tackling the unknown. Our internship program welcomes dynamic individuals who are able to work on their own initiative across a small team of researchers. Our internship program offers valuable work experience to people who are seeking to make a positive impact in security. Our interns have come from the University of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, University of Developmental Studies, University of Michigan (USA), University of Reading (UK), Coventry University (UK), City University of New York (USA) and Stockholm University (Sweden).  

Below are the profiles of our incumbent interns. 

Micaela Parker, Research Associate

Micaela Parker, MPP, recently graduated from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver with a Master degree in Public Policy with a concentration in Human Rights and Social Justice. Whilst at the University of Denver, she served as the President of Social Justice Solidarity Series, Graduate Student Government’s Director of Inclusive Excellence, Communications Coordinator for the Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of (in)Equality, and more. 

Micaela has strong interest in Public Policy, Security and Governance issues and especially America’s Foreign Policy and how it relates to Africa. Previously, she was in Nairobi, Kenya conducting research with Professor Ambassador Maria Nzomo regarding diplomacy, gender, and international policy. Currently, Micaela is a Research Assistant with the West Africa Centre for Counter-Extremism (WACCE), where she will help contribute to research on Ghana and West Africa’s security and governance.

Swalaha Ali-Kumbasi, Programs Assistant

Swalaha holds an honors degree in BA Economics and Mathematics from the University of Ghana. Having honed her skills in Data Analytics across both public and private sectors, she now channels her skills and expertise towards WACCE’s program formulation, monitoring and evaluation, research and office administration. As Programs Assistant, Swalaha provides programmatic assistance, planning, design and implementation of programs. She is also responsible for providing administrative support to team members throughout the planning and implementation of programs. Her dynamic team player attitude, combined with her continuous efforts to refine her data analysis abilities, has been instrumental in driving efficiency and success in numerous ongoing WACCE projects, making her an invaluable asset to the organization’s growth and impact.

We are excited to work with you in any ways convenient and valuable to the security and stability of West Africa. There are various ways to work with us; as research fellow, intern, undertake collaborative work, funding or donations.

Click here to apply for WACCE 2023 Internship Program (Research Associate) WACCE Internship Program – Ghana 2023

Role: Research Associate (Intern). Deadline: February 10, 2023.