HESPI recently initiated an internship program for post graduate students from the IGAD and internationally

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The Horn Economic and Social Policy Institute has initiated an internship program for post graduate students and economics undergraduate students from the IGAD and internationally.

Recent Participants on the HESPI internship program, wrote the following:


Marleen“My name is Marleen Spieker. I am currently enrolled in the Master of Science in International Development Studies at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. In the past few months I have been in Ethiopia to conduct research on gender and urban poverty among young rural-urban migrants in Addis Ababa as part of the master’s programme.

HESPI has been my host organization which assisted me during my fieldwork period. I would like to thank everybody working at HESPI for sharing their thoughts and ideas about my research, for helping me to overcome the challenges which I have faced, for providing me with a convenient space to work, the necessary letters for government institutions and all other facilities, and for helping me to adapt to the Ethiopian culture and become familiar with the way of life in Addis Ababa.”

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HESPI research team with Ms. Marleen Spieker (Intern)




"My name is Aziza Abdurrahman Ahmed, and I am an upper class undergraduate studying economics at Hawassa University. I was a summer intern in HESPI for two months, doing a research paper on IGAD and its functions. HESPI helped me a lot giving me a place to work on, and assisting me on how I should be conducting analytical research on my internship within the institute. I would like to thank all HESPI staff on how well they treated me through my stay and offering a comfortable work environment."