Communications Summer Associate

African Leadership University

About ALG
African Leadership Group (AL Group) is an ecosystem of institutions which share a common vision: transforming Africa by developing and connecting a new generation of ethical and entrepreneurial leaders. These institutions are driven by a bold and ambitious mission to transform Africa by improving the state of its current and future leadership through innovative peer-to-peer learning models, project-based learning, and student financing models. Our ultimate objective is to develop 3 million game-changing leaders for Africa and the world by 2035. To this end, we are building campuses across the continent to deliver this new model of higher education.

We have been recognized by CNN as “the Harvard of Africa,” The New York Times as 1 of 8 places in the world where history is being made, and one of the most innovative companies in Africa by Fast Company.

About the US Team
The US-based Strategic Initiatives team is currently comprised of four full-time employees in the San Francisco office, who are responsible for a wide portfolio of projects including: development and external affairs, growth strategy, financial modeling, and investor/donor relations. This team supports over three hundred additional employees working in Eastern and Southern Africa.

About the Role
ALG’s US Office is looking for a part-time Communications Summer Associate to help manage donor and investor relations in support of an annual $10M revenue goal. This role will support our donor and investor-facing team, so you will have tremendous exposure to ALG’s US business development. You will be responsible for:

Creating visual materials that contain impactful and inspiring content and are consistent with our brand and mission
Delivering various collateral to help advance and enhance key partner engagements and relationships
Supporting research efforts related to growing and managing our pipeline of prospective and current donors/investors
Assisting in various event planning, coordination and on-site execution, as necessary
Identifying new opportunities to innovate and improve current operational and programmatic systems and processes
Analyzing data while helping maintain clean and updated internal records Supporting the remainder of the Strategic Initiatives team as needed including but not limited to scheduling, travel and expense reports, ad-hoc research, data collection and analysis drafting.

You’re going to enjoy this role if you:

Are passionate about high-speed, high-scale innovation in Africa, and excited to be at the forefront of one of the fastest-growing social enterprises in the world.
Believe relationships matter, can be open, constructive and work well as part of a diverse team.
Have demonstrated experience with various public relations methods and tools
Are an independent self-starter who takes intelligent risks, with an ability to rapidly adapt to changing circumstances in order to get things done.
Are detail-oriented, have a good design aesthetic, and have highly-developed written and oral communication skills.
Are able to work in a fast-paced, high performance startup environment
Are inquisitive and driven: not accepting of the status quo, but instead asking questions such as “Why are things like this?” and “How can I do this better?”
Respond effectively and appropriately to constructive feedback
Are optimistic, have a good sense of humor and can roll with the punches

Candidates that are recent graduates or are pursuing a bachelors or masters degree in art, design, communications, public relations, business management or other relevant fields are encouraged to apply.

Preferred candidates will have demonstrated experience working with Salesforce, Keynote and Adobe Creative Suite. Graphic Design and Public relations knowledge is a plus.

Compensation for the summer internship program is given as a competitive monthly living stipend. You will be expected to work a minimum of 25-30 hours per week for 10 weeks or more.

This opportunity is for those located in (or willing to relocate to) the San Francisco area only.

Start Date
June 3, 2018

To apply, please submit your resume and 1-2 paragraphs on why you might be a good fit for this role to Tom at Please include the position you are applying for in the subject line.

We highly value an international culture at AL Group and encourage international applicants to apply. However, AL Group does not provide financial reimbursement or sponsorship for international visas for this role. If you are are an international applicant, we highly encourage you to obtain a visa prior to applying.

Opportunity type



Entry Level

Job function

  • Communications / Marketing
  • Creative/Design
  • Editorial/Writing

Areas of impact

  • Social Entrepreneurship