LOYOC Professional Internship and Fellowship for Emerging Young Leaders (PIFEL – Programme)

LOYOC Professional Internship and Fellowship for Emerging Young Leaders (PIFEL – Programme)

Local Youth Corner Cameroon invites highly motivated young people (aged 15 to 35) from Cameroon and abroad to gain hands-on experience in Development, Peace and humanitarian work to join our team.

About the Initiative

The LOYOC Professional Internship and Fellowship for Emerging Young Leaders (PIFEL) is a global inclusive professional development program that offers young students and Young Professionals with an interest in development, peace and humanitarian action from Cameroon and abroad the opportunity to join LOYOC’s team in any of the offices in Buea, Yaounde, Bamenda or Maroua to acquire hands-on experience on; design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and learning of development, peace and humanitarian initiatives as well as acquire skills in organizational management and operations.

Since the inception of the pilot phase in 2016, the program has successfully produced over 50 alumni who have become a strong pipeline of young talented women and men working in the space of International Development with several international organizations, governments, think tanks, and academia.

The program offers three-month fellowships for practitioners and two-month internships for students to improve strategies and techniques to champion development, peace, and humanitarian efforts. Interns and fellows will build on their experiences to engage in design and implement initiatives; network; engage with stakeholders; conduct research and writing; consider best practices and lessons learned, and develop professional relationships within the national and global youth movements. They will also be expected to complete a written product relating to their proposed area of interest. The programme will culminate in a formal presentation where interns and fellows will share their learnings and showcase their initiatives developed.

Application Procedure

Prospective applicants may apply on either the practitioner or scholarly track.

  • Practitioners Track (Fellowship)- Three Months

The practitioner track is intended specifically for activists, civil society leaders and scholars. Applicants applying for the practitioner track are expected to have substantial practical experience working to promote peace, prevent violent extremism, and prevent conflict. There are no specific degree requirements for the practitioner track. The program will focus on typically mid-career professionals with at least a year of voluntary experience working in the field of international development.

  • Students Track (Internship) – Two Months

This track is basically for students either studying in related fields of international development or peace studies from any university from across Cameroon. Applications for this track are primarily for academic or professional internship opportunities.  Applicants are expected to present a letter from their university, requesting an internship opportunity. The program is preferably for postgraduate students.


Eligibility Criteria

  • Young Cameroonians between the age of 18 to 35.
  • A practitioner with at least 2 years of voluntary or work experience in community and international development or peacebuilding-related activities.
  • Students currently undertaking postgraduate or doctorate degrees.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in English and French Languages.
  • Be available to commit at least 40 hours physically a week for the entire duration of the program in one of our offices across the nation.
  • Must be based in Cameroon.


Application Requirements (to be submitted on the application platform)

  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • Letter of internship request from University/ Institution (for Student Track Internships).


  • Project design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and learning
  • Grants application, resource mobilization, and fundraising
  • Conducting evidence-based research
  • Procurement and logistics management
  • Strategic communication and advocacy
  • Drafting and managing budgets for development initiatives
  • Administration of Non-profit organizations
  • Stakeholder mapping and engagement
  • Public speaking
  • Non-profit management and operations

Apply using the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1AYt-_0IbqAMc-a6hyJ1fS8fN1MjkyWVuCm7yUV3mYio/edit?chromeless=1#responses

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