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Kenya Medical Research Institute Internships: Vacancies, Application Process, Salary, and Other Tips

KEMRI is a government parastatal that creates employment opportunities for Kenyan job seekers and runs an internship program for the recently graduated.

The research institution advertises internship openings every year to offer graduates a chance to build a career foundation they can use to secure permanent or contract jobs in the country or beyond the borders. 

However, KEMRI internships do not come easy because applicants need to meet the requirements for consideration.

Also worth noting is the attention the internship attracts, implying that you should expect competition from other graduates looking for a similar opportunity.

So, are there available KEMRI intern openings, and how do you go about with the application?

What are the requirements, and how much do interns earn monthly? 

KEMRI Internship Requirements/Qualifications

The requirements for a KEMRI internship vary in different disciplines, but some apply to all.

The following are general requirements that applicants should meet for the internships:

  • Should possess a Degree or Diploma certificate from an accredited university
  • Should not be above 30 years old
  • Should possess a certificate of good conduct
  • Should be proficient in computer applications
  • Should not have undergone another internship or have employment experience
  • Should possess admirable interpersonal, analytical, and communication skills
  • Applicants should also pass the integrity test

KEMRI Internship Vacancies

If you are a graduate looking for career exposure, KEMRI may offer that opportunity if you prove eligibility through your application.

KEMRI internships revolve around the following disciplines but are not limited to:

  • Bachelor/Diploma of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Bachelor/Diploma of Science in Public Health
  • Bachelor/Diploma of Science in Biochemistry
  • Bachelor/Diploma of Science in Epidemiology
  • Bachelor/Diploma of Science in Bioinformatics and Biotechnology
  • Genetic Courses
  • Bachelor/Diploma of Science in Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor/Diploma in Procurement and Supply Chain Management

KEMRI internships last one year for Degree graduates and six months for Diploma graduates without room for an extension, subject to budgetary allocation.

 KEMRI would also like interns to note that it does not guarantee employment after the internship.

KEMRI does not accept late applications. So, always watch out for vacancies on the KEMRI website or social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook). 

After completing the internship, you can look for vacancies at the KEMRI e-recruitment portal.

KEMRI jobs are either contractual or permanent and pensionable.

Additionally, you can increase your chances of working at KEMRI by enrolling in a postgraduate course at their Graduate School for professional training in fields like Public Health, Medicinal Chemistry, Biomedical Services, and Epidemiology.

Available 2023/2024 Internship Vacancies

KEMRI has advertised two internship positions, requiring seven interns for its Kisumu and Nairobi research centers.

The two openings have an application deadline of May 2nd. 

Find more information below regarding the two posts:

I. Center for Global Health Research Entomology Department Kisumu (4 Interns)

This opening is looking to recruit four interns. The location is in Kisumu and Siaya. These are the qualifications;

  • Applicants should have Kenyan citizenship
  • Applicants should be below 30 years old
  • Applicants should have a Bachelor’s in Biomedical Sciences, Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics, Biological Sciences, and Biochemistry.
  • Applicants should possess a certificate of good conduct
  • Applicants should have graduated in possession of their final Degree certificate

II. Research Interns (3 Interns)

KEMRI is looking to station three interns in its Nairobi and Kisumu centers.

Qualified interns will report to project investigators. These are the qualifications for interested candidates;

  • Applicants should have graduated with Bachelor’s in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Genomics, and other related disciplines from accredited Kenyan universities. 
  • Applicants should have basic knowledge of microbial culture techniques and epidemiology.
  • Applicants should have familiarity with carrying out comprehensive literature reviews. 

KEMRI advises interested candidates to apply for the above openings via post.

Certificate and transcript copies should accompany the application letter.

Also required is an updated CV with your real name and current contacts (email address and phone number).

Proceed to post the letter by addressing it to:

Deputy Director,


P.O Box 1578-40100,


How to Apply for KEMRI Internship

KEMRI internship application is quite straightforward. Follow these application steps:

  • Write a formal application letter addressing it to the KEMRI Director or Deputy Director, or as advised.
  • Indicate the vacancy number and the field of study
  • Include your updated CV with your name, phone number, email address, or both.
  • Include copies of your certificates and transcripts
  • Post the letter to the address provided
  • Online applications only apply when requested

KEMRI Internship Salary

A government institution of KEMRI caliber is expected to compensate its interns monthly.

The one-year internship period is longer than the six months most agencies operate with.

Degree Interns at KEMRI earn Ksh. 25,000-35,000 monthly stipend for 12 months, while their Diploma counterparts earn Ksh. 15,000-25,000.

 The salary helps them cover transport, accommodation, food, and other utility expenses. There are no additional benefits besides the paycheck.

Additional Information Regarding KEMRI Internships

There is more information you should know concerning KEMRI Internships as you proceed with the application.

Bear in mind the following information:

  • KEMRI only contacts shortlisted candidates
  • KEMRI directs its interns to take personal accident and health insurance covers
  • KEMRI does not ask for any fees during the application process. It encourages applicants who encounter such incidents to report
  • KEMRI is an equal-opportunity employer that encourages persons with disabilities, youth, women, and individuals from marginalized areas to apply
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