Going virtual – tralac internship programme

Going virtual – tralac internship programme

tralac offers an internship programme to young African graduates with a background in trade and related disciplines. The internship programme provides interns with an opportunity to gain a better understanding of international trade matters, and to contribute to the inter-disciplinary (trade law and economics) analysis of trade and regional integration matters pertaining to African countries.

Trade data analysis equips interns with the skillset to mine, sort, understand and interpret trade and related data from various databases including the International Trade Centre, World Bank, World Trade Organisation, Food and Agriculture Organisation and IndexMundi, among others. Such a skillset enables interns to use different sources of data to complete basic economic calculations to facilitate the interpretation of data to inform and understand trade and related policy decisions and formulation. Find more information on the tralac internship programme at

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown regulations imposed across the continent, tralac’s internship programme for the current intake of interns has gone virtual. Working with the tralac team in residence provides very specific learning opportunities and experiences, and we will resume this programme as soon as it is possible to do so. A virtual programme, however, means that we can expand the programme and some recent graduates who may ordinarily not be able to come to spend time with tralac, can now also participate.

We recently welcomed three interns: Maleehah Khandwalla, Akinyi J. Eurallyah and Bakang Ntshingane. The interns will be working on various trade and related projects with tralac colleagues. They will also be participating in tralac meetings and training programmes, including the tralac Certificate Course on International Trade Law and Policy for Africa’s Development. Module 1 of this course starts 20 April.

Akinyi J. Eurallyah is a Kenyan Lawyer, who holds an LL.M in International Trade and Investment Law in Africa from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Her interests include business and human rights, trade and project finance, dispute resolution, regional integration, economics and international business and politics. She has extensively researched and written on international financial stability in a globalised economy, human rights accountability in the context of global politics, Artificial Intelligence and advancing regional economic integration.

Bakang Ntshingane is a research and policy analysis professional from Botswana with a strong background in the Southern African and Asian economies. He holds a Bachelors degree in Political Science from the University of Botswana, and a Masters degree in Economics from Jeonbuk National University, South Korea. His interests include trade policy and regional integration as instruments of economic diplomacy.

Maleehah Khandwalla is a Final Year Law Student at Strathmore University, Kenya. Her interests are in international trade law and policy, regional economic integration, WTO law, dispute resolution and international investment law. Maleehah and her team won the 2019 John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition on WTO Law. She won the tralac prize for Best Female Oralist of the African Regional Round at the Moot Competition.

Akinyi J. Eurallyah (Intern).   Bakang Ntshingane (Intern).   Maleehah Khandwalla (Intern)