Uwezo Youth Empowerment is a Local youth with a disability-led organization that empowers children and youth with disabilities. We envision A society where children and youth with disabilities and other disadvantaged live independently and enjoy a dignified life.

Our mission is to serve as a platform for children and youth with disabilities to share their experiences and to support them build their capacities and aspirations.

We are located in Kimironko Gasabo District in Kigali Rwanda see our website:

About the call

About the Connect Internship

In 2014, through funding from VSO International Rwanda, UWEZO initiated the “Connect Program” a 6-month paid internship program for university graduates with disabilities from different disability categories and professional careers. 

Between 2015 and 2018, 3 cohorts of 45 youth with different disabilities were placed in various employment institutions ranging from public institutions, international and local NGOs, disability organizations as well as companies.

For the past 3 years, over 100 youth with disabilities have secured employment at different levels as a result of the CONNECT Experience, reference with potential employers and open job markets.

In addition to CONNECT Experiences since 2018, Over 200 youth with disabilities from 10 districts of Gasabo, Kicukiro, Nyarugenge, Musanze, Nyanza, Huye, Rutsiro, Kirehe, Burera and Ngororero had the opportunity to serve as volunteers and mentors across various projects implemented by UWEZO for a period of 6 months to 3 years.

Our Impact

To date, more than 100 youth with disability graduates secured employment in their internship, linkage with potential employers and through acquired employability skills provided by UWEZO and our stakeholders.

These young professionals with disabilities are demonstrating various talents in their attributed responsibilities as well as challenging systemic barriers, societal institutional barriers limiting full and effective participation of youth with disabilities in the mainstream workforce.

This life-changing experience provided youth with disabilities the experience to explore opportunities, engage in community-based advocacy and as well changed their socio-economic status in various ways.



Duration: This is a 6-month professional Internship which can increase based on the host

Internship slots available: Only 20 interns shall be placed in one cohort. The number may increase based on additional placements secured.

Payment: This is a non-payable internship. However, the intern will be provided with a reasonable transport fee to facilitate them do their internship.

Host institutions: This will be any government institution, local and international NGOs and companies. Placement will depend on career fit and potential learning and employment opportunities provided by the institution.

Pre-placement training: Interns should be able to adapt to a multicultural working environment and in diverse settings. All selected interns shall be trained in effective communication, basic computer, assistive technology and independent living.

Deadline: There is no specific deadline for application. However, we encourage early applications since we only take 20 interns per cohort.


Below are a few eligibility criteria:

Applicant must:

  • Be a Rwandan youth with a disability aged between 22 – 35
  • Holder of a Bachelor’s Degree in any field from any recognized University
  • Not participated before in UWEZO Internship Phase I

How to apply

For youth with disabilities

Interested youth graduates with disabilities should apply by filling out the following form For employers

Would you be interested to host young professionals with disabilities in your institution?

Do not hesitate to reach out to us for further discussions.

Email us at: or visit us at  for more details.

‘Let’s Explore Job Opportunities for Youth with Disabilities


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