INTERNSHIP INFORMATION

1.       Objectives of Internship
The objective of the internship programme is to promote, among graduate students, a better understanding of international competition policy and law matters, and to provide an opportunity to contribute to the inter-disciplinary (law and economics) analysis of competition matters.

The programme in turn provides COMESA Competition Commission (the Commission) with the assistance of outstanding young students or recent graduates specialising in law, economics, international relations or another competition law related discipline.

2.       Eligibility
The following criteria determine eligibility for the internship programme:

-          Applicants should be enrolled in a degree programme (i.e. masters or graduate level) in a graduate school at the time of application and also during the internship, or have recently completed a graduate programme (application to be made within one year of graduation);
-          Applicants pursuing study in countries where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and graduate stages, should have completed at least three years of university study;
-          Interns are usually no more than 30 years of age.

  1. 3.       Application Procedure

Graduate students or recent graduates who are interested in doing an internship at the Commission must submit a complete application form. Part I should be completed by the applicant and Part II should be filled out by the University / School and / or the nominating institution. The application form is available, on request, from compcom@comesa.int . An up-to-date curriculum vitae should also be attached to the application.

Applications should be sent to the following address:

The Director and Chief Executive Officer
COMESA Competition Commission
Kang'ombe House, 5th Floor-West Wing
P.O.Box 30742
Lilongwe3, Malawi

OR

 Scanned and e-mailed to:
compcom@comesa.int

 Applicants will be informed of the outcome well in time before the commencement of the internship.

 4.       Supervision and Monitoring
Interns will be monitored and supervised by a professional staff member.

5.       Status of an Intern
While working at the Commission, interns are not considered as staff members.

  • 6.       Duration of Internship

The minimum duration of an internship with the Commission is two months, and the maximum is one year.

  • 7.       Working Hours and Absences

7.1.1. This is a full-time programme.  Interns spend 5 days a week (8 hours a day) from 08:00 to 17:00 at the Commission, working on a programme or assignment under the supervision of a professional staff member.

7.1.2. The intern accrues leave of absence at the rate of 2.5 days per month. This leave may be taken at any time during the period of internship, but not on the last day.

7.1.3. The intern must provide notice in case of illness or other unavoidable circumstances that might prevent him or her from completing the internship.

  • 8.         Information

Interns must keep confidential any information obtained during the course of the internship programme.

  • 9.         Insurance

Interns are required to bear all costs related to medical and life insurance and candidates are required to provide proof of valid insurance coverage on the application form.

10.    Transport, Accommodation and Upkeep
10.1.       Interns must arrange for their own transport to and from the Commission.

10.2.       Interns must arrange for their own accommodation and upkeep for the duration of the internship period.

10.3.       The Commission will only arrange airport transfers from and to the intern’s place of residence.

11.   Liability
11.1.1.         The Commission shall not be liable for any injury, disability of death suffered by an intern or for any    medical or hospital expenses which may be incurred in the course of his/her internship.

11.1.2.         The Commission shall not be liable for any damage or loss which an intern may incur or suffer in person or in property in the course of his/her internship.

11.1.3.         The Commission shall not be responsible for any physical or material damage that the intern may cause a third party, except the said damage occurred in the exercise of duties as assigned by the Commission.

11.1.4.         Interns will be required to sign a waiver, indemnifying the Commission from all costs arising from accident, injury, illness, damage or loss that may occur during the internship.

12.   Termination of Internship
12.1.        If the conduct of the intern does not prove to be satisfactory, the Director following a discussion with the intern and the immediate Supervisor may at any moment decide to terminate the internship.

12.2.        An intern may upon request to the Director terminate his or her internship.

12.3.        He or she will be requested to reimburse that part of the financial assistance which she or he may have received relating to the period after the termination date.

13.   Report
At the end of the Internship, an intern must report on his or her activities during his/her internship period to the Director.

14.   Questionnaire
At the end of the internship, the intern is expected to complete an evaluation questionnaire on his or her assignment.