CRAN’s Internship Programme

CRAN’s internship programme shall enable you contribute to CRAN’s plan and vision of promoting socio-economic development of the rural and peri-urban poor by working and contributing in a most professional and qualitative manner towards ensuring an improved quality of life for nearly 50% of Ghana’s population who live in mainly squalid and distressed communities.

Based on your scientific interests and academic strengths, you shall closely work with other outlets of CRAN and mainly contribute to the preparation and organisation of proposals for funding, updating technical reports on CRAN’s programmes and projects, planning and organisation of field visits to beneficiary communities, and assisting with the planning of events such as management meetings, board-meetings, and seminars.

During your stay, you will gain experience and knowledge on:

  • Rural development.
  • Traditional/Community-based engagements.
  • Community entry techniques. 
  • Programme and project management.
  • Planning and organisation of events.
  • Ghanaian culture and family-life.

CRAN’s internship programme is unpaid. Eligibility requirements for this internship include:

  • Being a current student in a graduate/undergraduate school programme from a university (It is a plus if your university credits internships as ECTS points).
  • Being a recent graduate (at least have completed studies within the last one year).
  • Having good oral and written skills with fluency in English (a necessity).


Obtaining visas and/or work/resident permits including all associated costs, are the responsibility of the intern.

Living costs in Ghana

Your living costs in Ghana (Cape Coast) will naturally depend on your lifestyle. Travelling around can be expensive, and you may want to consider this when drawing your budget. The Ghanaian currency is the cedi, and its abbreviation is GHS. GHS100 is approximately equivalent to EUR12,50. Kindly check a currency converter for updated rates in your own currency. See an estimation of a monthly budget below. NB: Accommodation and other services listed in the budget shall be arranged for upon request.


Accommodation (per month)

GHS 130 

€ 21.70 / 24.5

Daily breakfast and dinner (per month)

GHS 1,260

€ 210 / 237.5

Utilities (Water and Electricity) (per month)

GHS 50 

€ 8.30 / 9.43

Registered SIM card (Onetime payment)

GHS 10 

€ 1.60 / 1.80

Internet access (per month)

GHS 50

€ 8.30 / 1.50

24/7 emergency Health & safety system stand by doctor for all cases (Onetime payment)

GHS 500

€ 83.30 / 94.3

Programme administrative costs includes pickup from/to airport on arrival & departure (Onetime payment)

GHS 1,100

€ 190 / 207.4


GHS 3,100

€ 523 / $ 576.43

Purchases in Ghana

Cash is commonly used in Ghana. Therefore, you should have some cash upon arrival. You can withdraw cash from any Visa/MasterCard accredited ATM or exchange foreign currency at any forex bureau. However, there are rare instances where you may be required to use your card for payment.