Deadline: February 16, 2017

Kaduna State in Nigeria,  governed by HKS alumni Nasir el-Rufai, is home to about 9.5 million people and is the third largest state in Nigeria. The 2015 election of Governor Nasir el-Rufai marked a turning point for the state. Inheriting an indebted state with inefficient use of public funds, Governor el-Rufai took a personal 50% pay cut and, within months, launched initiatives to turn the state around, including:

  • Mandating a Treasury Single Account for government funds, closing over 470 bank accounts and recovering N24.7 billion (~$120 Million) in funds.
  • Reforming the civil service, streamlining ministries and removing 13,000 ghost workers from payroll, saving about N50 million per month on wage bills.
  • Launching the Kaduna Investment Promotion Agency and the Annual Kaduna Economic and Investment Summit, ultimately securing a PPP with a multinational company (Olam) to invest $150 million to build Sub-Saharan Africa’s largest integrated animal feed mill, poultry breeding farms, and hatchery.

Since taking office, Kaduna State Government has created partnerships with several prominent partners including the World Bank, DFID, USAID, the UN, Bain and Company, Harvard Business School and others.

Working with the Kaduna State Government provides a unique opportunity to observe a pragmatic, reform-oriented leader in action, learn behind-the-scenes how policy is made, and work with senior leaders to make a truly transformative impact on the state.

Internship Scope

  • Supporting the Governor’s Results Delivery Unit which is responsible for monitoring the Governor’s high priority projects, identifying challenges, and delivering results, to digitize operations and increase efficiency.
  • Supporting the Kaduna Internal Revenue Service in their reform efforts to broaden and widen the tax net and revenue sources of the State.
  • Supporting the Ministry of Education as they launch an assessment, training program, and performance management system for 35,000 primary school teachers in the State.
  • Supporting the Ministry of Health as they continue their partnership with GE to ensure that 255 primary health care centers are operating and delivering high quality services to the majority of the population.
  • Supporting the Kaduna Investment Promotion Agency as they develop market research to incentivize private sector companies to invest in Kaduna State

Students may apply for projects listed above, or may suggest a project based on their expertise.


  • Quick learner, self-starter, entrepreneurial mindset
  • Strong work ethic, passion for public sector delivery
  • Demonstrated experience delivering results in complex environments
  • Experience working on diverse teams (public sector experience a plus)
  • Fluent in English (additional languages not required)
  • Ability to write clear reports and feasibility studies covering complex issues

Application process:  Interested applicants should email their resume and a cover letter to as soon as possible and no later than February 16th , 2017. The cover letter should include why the applicant believes they may be a good fit for the position and whether they are interested in a particular priority project listed above. Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Questions may be directed to .

Timing: The internship time period is May to August of 2017. The internship is full time and should last for a minimum of 8 weeks (10 weeks is preferable).

Location:  The chosen candidate will be based in the Government House in Kaduna or at the relevant Ministry in the State Government.

Compensation:  Kaduna State Government shall provide transportation within Kaduna and accommodation. The internship is unpaid, however for highly qualified candidates a stipend may be provided. Applicants should seek university funding.

Kennedy School Connections:  Interested applicants may contact MPA-ID Joan Gass who has worked previously with Kaduna State Government. She may also connect you with Claire Zhang (MPP ’12) or Jonathan Phillips (PhD ‘18, Government).