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. 

Mariam Pandam Alhassan, Research Associate

Mariam Pandam Alhassan is Research Associate at WACCE. She graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) with a major in Bachelor of Arts in History and a minor in Sociology. Before joining WACCE, Mariam worked as Teaching and Research Assistant at KNUST in the Department of History and Political Studies from 2021-2022 during which period she developed a strong foundation for conducting literature reviews, data collection, analysis and report writing.

At WACCE, Mariam is working on research projects that seek to unravel the drivers of radicalization and violent extremism in West Africa. Her work also involves research and program coordination relating to youth and governance. Working with a team of researchers, Mariam brings on board a passion for learning new things, teamwork, research, and coordination skills essential for the successful execution of projects.

Salihu Mohammed, Research Associate

Saluhu Mohammed is a Research Associate Intern at the West Africa Centre for Counter-Extremism (WACCE), where he helps to conduct research on thematic areas of security in West Africa. This includes gathering, reviewing and writing research reports on governance, development and drivers of violent extremism in West Africa. Before joining WACCE, Saluhu served as freelance social researcher focused on the health sector in Ghana. 

Saluhu is a performance and results oriented individual with excellent communication skill and an excellent team player who can also work with little supervision. He brings to the WACCE team, experience in field and desk research and data collection; capable of working well with other professionals at both individual and team levels.

His goal for this internship is to leverage his passion, interpersonal and analytical skills to make a difference that would make him an asset to the country and the global community in the security space. The internship will offer him the opportunity to unlearn and relearn valuable skills and experiences from the WACCE team, its partners, and his colleagues.

Saluhu Mohammed holds MPhil Planning from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi and B.Sc. (Hons) Planning from the University for Development Studies, Tamale.

Yehowada Oddoye, Research Associate

Yehowada Oddoye is a Research Associate (intern) at the West African Centre for Counter-Extremism (WACCE). Yehowada graduated from the UGBS with a bachelor’s degree in E-commerce and Customer Management. Before joining WACCE, she worked in research at the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS) for 3 years. Yada considers her internship at WACCE as a springboard into a new field of research and an opportunity for her career growth in security research.
At WACCE, Yada is responsible for conducting research on the drivers of violent extremism in West Africa. Her role includes providing programmatic assistance for capacity building programs as well as sensitization and awareness creation around violent extremism and conflicts in West Africa. Relying on her digital skills as a part-time blogger, Yada will work to strengthen WACCE’s social media presence.

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.