An internship is a programme designed to give university and universities of technology graduates an opportunity to extend their academic qualifications through structured workplace exposure and specialised training. Participants are placed on a full-time basis for a period of eight to twelve months in stakeholder companies and government organisations, the purpose of which is to provide the learner with workplace experience that builds on the qualification.
In summary, an internship focuses on practical training; the employer determines the duration and content of the internship, so it can vary greatly; and the specific outcomes are not defined or regulated as in the case of learnerships. Internships are ideal for graduates or those with tertiary qualifications but who lack experience.
The primary benefit for the graduate learner includes obtaining “real world’ workplace experience.
- To fast track high level skills;
- To offer unemployed graduates with needed work experience; and
- To empower graduates with practical knowledge levelling with qualifications.
Benefits of participating in internships
For the learner
Graduates participates in an internship?
Either employed or unemployment persons can get involved in an internship, but the MICT Seta focuses on unemployed graduates. The internship usually involves just the learner, who is a potential employer. Taking note of the learner’s level of education, capabilities and experience, the employer defines the workplace programme that is reviewed with the learner, and both parties agree to the final programme.
There may be instances where the learner has to undergo some additional specialised training. In This case, the training could become a third party to the internship agreement.
On the completion of the internship, the intern will receive a Certificate of Recognition.