In April 2013 we began the first cycle of our graduate internship programme by recruiting and placing 50 young people with leading employers for six month internships. Interns are placed in Kampala and six districts across Uganda with 21 host employers from the private, public and non-profit sectors in key growth sectors such as agriculture; banking and financial services; and tourism and hospitality.
The programme aims to develop a best practice internship model through which young people are provided with the practical skills, work experience and professional development support they need to succeed. We are already seeing promising results for both employers and interns. This includes several interns securing permanent positions. In addition, programme learning is contributing to the development of a new programme focusing on youth employability currently being designed by the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development.
Internship Programme Coordinator Joshua Wakabi celebrates the programme with interns Doreen and Joel.
Beatrice Nampeera, 24, was placed with Marie Stopes Uganda after an extensive interview process. She said of her internship experience:
"The internship has been an opportunity to prove to myself that I can do any thing if I set my mind to it... I have gained all the basic work and employment experience I need to start my career.”
Beatrice has already been offered a permanent position with Marie Stopes to continue her personal and cereer development.
With the first cycle of interns nearing the middle of their placements, in September Restless Development hosted a three day refresher training to review progress and provide support and advice. The training included skill development sessions led by Price Waterhouse Coopers and Pearl Capital Partners. It also included training on entrepreneurship using a new “Build Your Business” (BYB) curriculum developed by Microsoft and the International Youth Foundation. The BYB curriculum is designed to support young people to successfully launch and grow a successful enterprise. Many of the interns have formed savings groups with support from programme partner the DFCU bank and this training should help ensure that they are able to maximise these funds.
Find out more about the internship programme by reading stories from the young interns:
- Rebecca Ajambo, Intern at SDS, Busia District;
- Beatrice Nampeera, Intern at Marie Stopes Uganda, Wakiso District
- Richard Mpagi, Intern at Uganda Parliamentary Forum for Youth Affairs, Kampala