I’ve been giving a lot of mention to volunteering, internship programmes and how it’s important to be involved in them. Some of the questions that may arise are, “What is this internship thing?” and “How do I get involved?”
An internship is the position of a student or trainee who works in an organization, sometimes without pay, in order to gain work experience or satisfy requirements for a qualification. (Yes I know, the no pay part sounds bleak. But think of those figures you’ll be earning once the hard work pays off)
As university students, the internships will help you gain work experience and in some cases satisfy certain requirements for a specific qualification. This means there are various internships according to your field of study. In some disciplines, it’s compulsory to do internships for example, in Medicine – To become a doctor.
On the 20 April 2017, the Career Service, at the University of Cape Town, had their Annual Internship Expo.
The purpose of this event was to display a range of different internship opportunities that students are able to grab. Career Services describes it as “a festival where you can interact with employers and discuss their ‘for-real’ internship opportunities”. They encourage you to start getting involved from your 2nd year of studies. The various internships were stationed in small booths, where many students gathered to explore the internships they could get involved in and what would benefit their field of study.
Here are the names of the companies that were present:
- Bain & Co.
- Deloitte & Touche
- Delta Partners
- Effcomm SA
- Frontier Lab
- IQ Business
- LED Lighting SA
- McKinsey & Company
- Procter & Gamble
- Rhino Africa
- Standard Bank
The opportunities are there, ready for you. All you have to do is build up the courage, don’t over think it and grab hold onto your future and life!
” To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions” – Benjamin Franklin