By Sharon Atieno Onyango
Published September 17, 2015
Internship is an opportunity offered to students to acquire practical skills in a work environment related to their fields of study. This is aimed at equipping participants with the skills to help them gain employment.
In today’s world, anyone graduating without practical skills is grossly disadvantaged. According to a survey by the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA), only about half of the more than 50 000 students who graduate from university annually in Kenya are suitable for employment; more than half are not even suited to their career choice.
Lola Kenya Screen has since 2005 been offering learn-as-you-do internship to final year university students in creative and cultural entrepreneurship through media and information-related disciplines: video production, mass media, communication, journalism, information, creative writing, graphic design, website development, public relations, mass communication, print production and literature.
“We are fully equipped with the required technology used in the various fields in which we offer the programme,” says Ogova Ondego, Managing Trustee and Creative Director of Lola Kenya Screen. “Unfortunately we take only four interns per quarter after a pre-internship placement interview.”
It therefore goes without saying that there is stiff competition from the more than 30 applicants who send in their application on any particular day for the 12-week programme whose participants are assessed by both Lola Kenya Screen and the university concerned; the grade attained counts towards the student’s graduation.
“The vision of Lola Kenya Screen,” says Ondego, “is to help turn the creative and cultural sector of eastern Africa into a sustainable industry through different but inter-related platforms.”
Alright, how does one get selected?
To be accepted, one must send in one’s application consisting of one’s Motivation, Curriculum Vitae, Cover Letter, Introduction/Request Letter from school, and Samples of one’s work to director(at)lolakenyascreen(dot)org.
Interested? Go on. Apply. If you are a final year university student!