February through July 2017


 Ghana and Burkina Faso



The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) /Akosua Afriyie-Kumi (AAKS) and Design for Peace (DFP) are looking for a Design Assistant Intern to join our team. The Design Assistant will assist with design and research, technical drawings and creating three-dimensional prototypes of a home interior product with artisanal groups in Ghana and Burkina Faso. He or She will work closely with the creative director of AAKS in Ghana through the conception of the design project and later travel to Burkina Faso to work on handmade home interior prototypes with artisanal group on a unique project set by the UNHCR and DFP.

 He/She will gain an invaluable experience of working in a small international design company in two different countries while learning about the fields of design, production and international development.


Candidate Profile:

   Textile/ Fashion Student or Graduate

   Knowledge of contemporary fashion design, trends, basketry, embroidery and hand made products.

   Efficiency in conception of design project to its manifestation

   Knowledge and interest in Africa, women’s empowerment and artisans.

   High-energy team player with a willingness to pitch in wherever needed

  •  Strong organisational skills and attention-to-detail

   Quick learner and problem-solver

   Crafty-ness a big plus!

   English/French proficiency

   Ability to adapt to new cultures and simple living conditions

   Computer skills Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator (Highly recommended)


Expected Projects:

Design and research into key trends and ideas

Assist in specification drawings

Work alongside artisans to develop design prototypes in Burkina Faso and Ghana


Dates: February through July 2017


PAID (Stipend) 6 Months Internship


Application Instructions: To apply, please email info@aaksonline.com with: (a) name of specific internship in the subject line (b) your CV, (c) a thoughtful cover letter.