20 April 2018

Kenya: Getting Internship in Kenya Is 'Mission Impossible'

It's an imperative requirement by institutions of higher learning that final year diploma and degree students undergo industrial practical attachment, also called internship.

They are required to work at private companies or government institutions affiliated to the specific course of study being pursued so as to get hands-on experience in the field.

However, getting an internship in any government or private institution has been a higher hurdle than even getting a job.

BRIBEAt most of the government institutions that I have visited seeking internship, the officials have demanded that I bribe them to be favourably considered.

In the private sector, most of the firms respond thus: "There is no vacancy at the moment. Just drop off your CV; we will contact you in due course."

I request the relevant heads of government institutions and the captains of industry to intervene and offer the qualified youth internship opportunities.

That will help to eradicate the unemployment disaster in which our country is drowning.

The youth would also want to acquire practical skills so as to be more valuable when they join the career of their choice.

President Uhuru Kenyatta said his government will reserve space for college and university graduates to be interns.

We are waiting, Your Excellency.

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