The Exchange Program

An exchange student building the foundation of a building at MPC South

An exchange student building the foundation of a building at MPC South

SASOL Foundation is open to researchers, academics, students, innovators and all like-minded individuals and organizations who share similar interests for development. Since 2000, SASOL has provided internship opportunities in multi-disciplinary fields for over 400 Dutch students and 250 Kenyan counterparts in what we refer to as the Exchange Program. The Exchange Program differs from conventional volunteerism program in that it is a value-for-money process. It is a win-win situation whereby the student gains practical experience in a multi-cultural setup, and the local communities benefit directly or indirectly from the student’s work.

The SASOL exchange platform provides diverse opportunities for foreign student internships. We offer internships for students in mid-level colleges, higher learning institutions, and universities. Relevance and quality of assignment are the main deciding factors in developing each internship position. In discussion with SASOL, the student is guided to select an assignment that fulfills both school competencies and personal goals.

Our primary partner is Ex-changethe profit of learning, a Dutch non-profit organization that screens Dutch students that want to complete part of their education in Kenya.

Approximately 400 Dutch students and 250 Kenyan students have benefited from this program so far.

Length of Internship

Average fieldwork takes about 3 months; September – November, or February – April. It is possible however to leave one or two weeks in advance and/or to stay 2, 4 or 5 months.

Types of internship

Depending on the timing, feasibility, availability of resources, and student interests the assignment can take the forms of:

  1. Academic and Action Research
  2. Feasibility studies
  3. Project designing
  4. Project implementation
  5. Evaluations

Levels of Internship

After the student has chosen his/her desired field of study in discussion with SASOL, he/she will also decide at which level the project should be pursued. The student can select to study at:

  1. The Macro Level: global and policy perspectives.
  2. The Meso Level; intermediary and institutional arrangements.
  3. The Micro Level: household grassroots intervention.

Please visit our Thematic Areas page for more information on project opportunities.

Profile for Possible Interns

  • Students in Higher Education / University levels that are studying anything relevant to the previously stated Internship Thematic Areas
  • Students must possess an enthusiastic attitude toward learning and be able to adapt to the SASOL working environment.
  • Interns must have good communication skills, be able to speak and write in English, and be able to work well in a team.
  • Able to adapt to an international, multicultural environment, and be physically able to do field work.
  • Good analytical skills and a willingness to move assignments from theory into practice.

SASOL’s role:

SASOL staff and the Exchange coordinator will ensure that the interns are oriented to Kitui town and the surrounding areas. We will also share expertise and experience with the interns to assist in understanding and fulfilling the requirements of each position.

Organization & coordination

  • The Intern will be assisted in his/her research, monitored, and coached in close relationships with the SASOL supervisor, the exchange coordinator, and the entire SASOL team.
  • The Intern is expected to report regularly on his/her assignment. The format of these reports will be communicated by the supervisor.
  • The supervisor/coordinator will ensure that the Intern has a clear understanding of the activities assigned to him/her. The supervisor will also act as a guide to the Intern for smooth running of activities leading to production of good quality results and a well-constructed final report. The Intern will be supervised by the SASOL Development Officer that specializes in the specific area of his/her assignment.
  • A detailed plan of work will be discussed between the SASOL team and the Intern with clear outputs and targets before the placement starts.
A group orientation to town

A group orientation to town

Supervision and guidance

Evaluation and progress meetings are done after every two weeks by the assigned SASOL supervisor


SASOL offers no compensation or payment for the period of fieldwork. Further details according to the program of Ex-change: The profit of learning.