Internship with the Pan-African Parliament (South Africa)

First, please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Digal Haio and I am second year law student at Osgoode Hall law school in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I enjoy working in the fields of community activism and advocacy, and have been involved with such groups as the Canadian Somali Congress, the Canadian International Peace Project and the Somali Women and Children’s Support Network. I have also been a long standing contributor to the ethnic community newspaper, the Somali Press where I have launched a youth section aimed at addressing issues pertaining to Canadian-Somali youth and Canadian youth in general.

I am currently conducting an internship program with the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), an organ of the African Union (AU), in Johannesburg, South Africa from June 22nd 2009-Augut 26th 2009.

Pursuant to Article 17 of the Constitutive Act of the African Union, The PAP is an institution informed by a vision to provide a common platform for African peoples and their grass-roots organizations to be more involved in discussions and decision-making on the problems and challenges facing the continent and also ensure the full participation of the African people in the development and economic integration of the continent. Currently, the PAP has 46 Member States, of which there are 5 MP’s per Member State and exercises consultative and advisory powers only.

While I am here I have been keeping a journal which highlights all of my personal and professional experiences during my internship. I have uploaded this journal into a blog that will better allow me to share these experiences with the general public and in particular with anyone who may be interested in interning with the PAP or a similar African institution in the future.

The blog can be accessed at:

Also for more information on the PAP and their mandate please visit:

About the Author

Digal Haio
Miss Digal Haio is entering her second year of legal studies at Osgoode Hall law school. In 2006, Digal completed her Honours B.A. in International Development Studies with a Minor in African Studies from York University.

3 Comments on "Internship with the Pan-African Parliament (South Africa)"

  1. I’m doing public management and i only have two subject left for next year so i’m looking for an internship if you have same can you please send me an email

  2. Casmir (From Nigeria) | April 21, 2012 at 8:22 pm |

    I have a pending application for the programme come July to December session, 2012.

    Your narratives were so inspiring and educational to me. Congratulations my dear and to God be the glory.

    I pray to be shortlisted for the up-coming session.

    I have similar academic background like you – at the moment I have recently concluded my postgraduate studies in International Law and Criminal Justice at the University of East London. Besides, I also intend to run an MSC in NGO and Development Management commencing by late September, hopefully after the internship.

    Please, I will be very appreciative of any further tips you may give to me at this stage regarding my application for the internship. I just submitted the application materials, but have not heard from them.


  3. Casmir (From Nigeria) | April 21, 2012 at 8:27 pm |

    You may contact me as follow:

    Phone: +4470404650539

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