Career Development


Most universities start speaking to their graduates to think about life after graduation in their final year of the program. It is an unnerving position to be in – asking deep reflective questions about yourself to understand your strengths and interests – and also have to plan for the next step applying for opportunities with little credibility.
At ALU, our students begin their career development journey from day 1, using their 4 years at university to lay the right foundations for their 40 year careers after graduation.
Our approach to career development is centered on these five pillars that research, top global employers, and entrepreneurship incubators have said are key to thriving in the professional world.

  • Building a core character that is resilient, proactive, excellent and humble
  • Developing 21st-century skills that are relevant and needed
  • Building experience to show your skills have tangible value
  • Gaining perspective on how the workplace’s expectations are changing
  • Building a powerful network

Professional Development

What ALU promises is a world-class outlook on careers and resources to help students make the right career choices now in the context of their larger career plan.
Between professional branding and development modules and exposure points through Guest Speakers, the #MyFirstJob series, the Career Development team exposes students to the character and skills needed to excel as professionals in the 21st-century.



Work experience is so crucial we’ve made it part of our curriculum.

As young leaders who will carve new career paths to solve African challenges, our students recognize that the most rewarding internship for them may not necessarily be a large organisation or with a big brand name. In fact, in finding a professional environment that will transform and put their leadership skills to the test, may be with an NGO, a growing SME, an academic research internship or even working on their entrepreneurship venture where they can gain valuable exposure to the evolving world of work.
Selling government bonds through mobile money in Ghana. Launching social media campaigns for L’Oreal in their Paris office. Coordinating healthcare research agents in Lesotho. Researching the breadth of the Private Equity industry in Africa from Swaziland.
Our students don’t wait until graduation to achieve great things. Through the internship programme, they get a head start on learning about being excellent professionals and making an impact in the workforce in Africa and beyond.
While we provide access to a network of employers, our students take ownership in the process of securing an internship that best helps them grow as young leaders.

Read about our students’ internship experiences.

Employer Partners

Here are a few facts and figures from our employer partners who have hosted ALU interns:

  • +17 countries including countries outside of Africa – China, France, Italy, Spain, and the USA
  • +10 industries including venture capital, consulting, telecom, healthcare and education, NGOs, start ups, government bodies, universities
  • +88% of partners requested another intern next year
  • 30% of students finding their own internships

Intern Snapshots

Name: Nana Yaw Richard Adu-Poku
Nationality: Ghana
Employer Partner: Ecobank
Internship Location: Accra, Ghana
Time: September-December 2016
During his internship with Ecobank, Richard increased the number of customers buying government bonds through mobile money by 25%. Due to this success, his manager tasked him with training the entire Ecobank call center on his sales method. Richard later had the chance to share this experience with Dr. Bawumia, Vice President of Ghana when His Excellency visited ALU campus the following semester.

Name: Elizabeth Mwangi
Nationality: Kenya
Employer Partner: Graça Machel Trust
Internship Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Time: May-August 2017
Elizabeth was responsible for producing a “Case Study of Innovative ways to Empower Women” booklet and which she, too, was astounded by. Coming back to school, she was sure about one thing and that’s to leverage her writing skills into something even greater. She currently working with a team of students to produce the first gender-based report in ALU, under a student-run organisation that was born a few weeks ago, Women lead ALU.