DSTI Fellowship Program

The Fellowship program contains local and international staff embedded within DSTI to design and deploy solutions/projects over a defined period. Initial focus areas for Fellows are:

  • Equity and Innovation Fellow
  • Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Fellow
  • Design and Interaction Fellow
  • Data for Decisions Fellow

For more details, please contact our team. The Fellowship is open to people of all nationalities.

DSTI Internship Program

Interns are either students or recently graduated students working in the areas of training relevant to DSTI. Interns work closely with teams and are embedded in DSTI on specific projects with specific outputs. Such outputs can be thesis work, academic papers, demos or start-up ideas.

Our objective is that by the end of the internship or fellowship, each participant would have gained three things:

  • Learned something new
  • Integrated within a network of practitioners in Sierra Leone
  • Implemented a project of societal impact at scale

For more details, please contact our team. The Fellowship is open to people of all nationalities.

How to apply 

There’s no minimum degree requirement. All you have to do is send us your profile including a CV, a cover letter and a portfolio of projects/activities you’ve done. We want to see an evidence of integrated theory and practice in your work. We shall invite you for a series of group case interviews to ensure that we are aligned on work culture, ethics and principles. And maybe we will even send you homework beforehand so that you create something to bring to the interview. Some of the qualities that successful applicants have are: initiative, passion, grit, integrity, humor, and tact. Contact us at dsti_recruitment@statehouse.gov.sl with any questions or for submission of materials. Recruitment is on a rolling basis. All positions open to Sierra Leoneans at home and abroad.

We believe that Sierra Leone is best served by a diversity of different perspectives, so we eagerly welcome people of all regions, faiths, tribes, gender identities, ages, abilities, and skills to apply for open positions.

Intern Testimonials 

Working at the DSTI has been the best internship experience I have ever had. One of the greatest things about working at DSTI was the creative freedom I was given to come up with solutions to problems.And you’re not just the typical intern solving arbitrary problems; rather, you are given important tasks that have the potential to improve millions of lives across Sierra Leone. It was a truly incredible experience that made me a better scientist.

Ansumana Bangura
INTERN, CORNELL UNIVERSITY

The workspace is really great and the vibe just breeds creativity. You’re knee-deep in work from the very first day. It’s not easy, but it’s exciting! I mean… who doesn’t love a challenge? It’s even more exciting when u realise how much of a difference you can make when you push through and do something great that positively impacts the lives of the people who need it the most. Need help? Everyone’s always willing to help. Ask as many questions as you can. No one runs out of patience here, and that’s the #dstiway!

INTERN, LANCASTER UNIVERSITY

It has been an honour spending my summer interning at DSTI. The working environment was so welcoming and everyone there is always ready to help. During my time there I worked with the education team mainly on the machine learning and data science  projects. I am so grateful for this opportunity because working at DSTI has given me the chance  to apply the skills acquired at university in the real life projects.

Abubakarr Turay
intern, lancaster university

DSTI works on impactful projects that are trying to improve the access citizens have to resources by aiding the way government makes decisions, and many other things. DSTI works at the highest level of government in the Office of the President informing policy decisions.

Banti Gheneti

Intern, MIT

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