The YouthMap Internship Programme seeks to equip young graduates with employability and leadership skills, combined with the practical experience necessary to work, lead and contribute to development and growth. In Uganda Restless Development is implementing the programme and has placed 100 graduates as interns in key growth sectors over the past year. A broad range of partners in the private sector, government and NGOs have been mobilised to offer placements and training as part of the programme. There is clear demand for high calibre graduates as evidenced by the fact that all host employers are contributing to the cost of taking on interns.
The first fifty young people have already completed their internships while a second cohort are currently on placement. Of the first fifty, forty-two have already secured full-time employment, started a business or re-entered formal education. Of these, twenty-nine were retained as by their host employers as permanent staff.
Some of the interns’ stories have been captured on video by our partner the International Youth Foundation. They paint a clear picture of the skills and motivation Ugandan graduates have to offer to potential employers, and the contribution they can make to Uganda’s future.
Below, you can find out about Beatrice Nampeera, who has been employed by Marie Stopes Uganda, Joel Kyobe employed by FICA Seeds, and Rose Wanyana employed by DFCU Bank.
The YouthMap Internship Programme is part of the global YouthMap Programme, an initiative of the International Youth Foundation (IYF) funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Restless Development Uganda is the implementing organisation in Uganda. Later this year we will be building on the programme to offer sector-specific internships, bringing on board partners in higher education as well as the private sector and NGOs.