Internships in Kenya as Great Career Launching Pads

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Why internships in Kenya are a great career starting point

Internships in Kenya are all the rage now, with many companies starting internships programs to equip fresh graduates with job-relevant skills. As a fresh graduate with no experience and with employers asking for working experience as a minimum requirement, an internship can be a good starting point. Whether the companies offering internship should pay, i.e, give a stipend as you are offering your skills or not, is subject to debate.

An internship is much easier to secure than a job and often times, it leads to a job either within the company or in other companies. You can even consider taking an internship while still in school as it gives you a good opportunity to put theoretical knowledge into practice. A good internship actually gives you a chance to do as much and measurable work as a full-time employee. So, why should you consider an internship as a good place to launch your career?

  1. Get the elusive experience

You know how employers slam the door on your face with the “no experience sign” written on the door? Well, you might just make them listen to you with a little experience from your internship. It has become increasingly hard to find a job that does not require experience mainly because employers do not want to invest time and money to train fresh graduates.

An internship is a great opportunity to gain invaluable experience as you get to solve real business issues while at it. Additionally, you work under experienced professionals who train you on how to go about solving day-to-day business problems. This experience will help you enrich your CV and land your next job.

An internship in Kenyacgives you an edge over your fellow graduates who may only have education on their CVs. So, take the internship and gain the experience you need for your next job.

      2. You can get a mentor

A mentor is important for your career. He/she holds your hand and helps you navigate the corporate world with much ease. Your mentor offers guidance, criticism and challenges you to become a better version of yourself.

The challenge comes in when you have to choose the right mentor, especially those who do not know people from the same career background.

During your internship, you can identify a person who helps you grow and who challenges you and make him/her your mentor. This is a person you would not have otherwise met had you not taken the internship.

A good mentor can even help you establish a career roadmap or networks which can help you rise up the career ladder much faster than you would have done on your own.

So, take that internship after school and you might just get a mentor who might become the best thing that happens to your career.

      3. Shorter route to a job

Getting a job with no experience is hard but getting your foot through any door is a lot harder in the competitive world that is today’s life. Internship recruitment is often done on a very neutral basis and it can be your safest shot at a job.

Some companies recruit interns and train them and after the internship period elapses, they evaluate the interns and offer them permanent jobs. If you are finding it hard to get your foot through the door, how about getting an internship first as this might just be the chance you need to prove that you can do the job and you deserve a chance.

Additionally, an internship in Kenya may be a temporary position but it gives you a chance to showcase your skills. If a chance arises while you are still interning or in future, you might just be considered since the employer is already aware of your skills and capabilities. This is your chance to get visibility amidst all job seekers gunning for the same jobs.

      4. This is your chance to evaluate possible career paths

Most people are not sure of the career paths they would like to take when in school and others take a while to choose a career path. An internship in Kenya offers you a chance to actually have a feel of what it is like to take a certain career path.

This is what will help you make an informed choice before you settle down on a career that you do not like. If you are still trying to decide what career path you want to take, you can intern in different capacities so that you can make an informed decision.

Today’s internships are typical jobs where you get to be involved in actual work activities. This experience helps you to become more practical and know what exactly it takes to succeed in different career paths. As a fresh graduate, this offers you an excellent opportunity to make informed choices for a successful career. Take the internship opportunity as a test drive.

      5. You build your network

Networking helps one get a job quickly in the professional world. This is because some vacancies are advertised internally and some people look for candidates in their networks before looking elsewhere. When you take up an internship in Kenya, you get to network with people in the industry who can help you get a job in the long run.

These networks also help you grow in your career as you get to learn about the industry and what it takes to grow. It is easier to build networks while you are in the industry than while you are in school. As you intern, you meet people from different companies and backgrounds and these contacts can help you as you look for a job or for growth.

      6. You might earn a higher salary than other entry-level candidates

One of the things that employers pay for, apart from your skills, is your experience. Once you take an internship, you gain some experience which you can leverage on, when negotiating for an entry-level pay.

An experience helps you to negotiate for a higher pay as you have already demonstrated that you are capable of doing the job and doing it well. Some employers consider candidates who have taken internships to be good quality hires and they are willing to pay more to bring them on board.

      7. You develop your skills by putting into practice what you learn

What you learn in class is just a small percentage of what happens in the real world. An internship helps you to identify and fill these gaps for a wholesome career which is full of knowledge and expertise. While on internship, you can also find out what professional development courses (linkback) you can take to fill the gaps between the real world of work and your course work.

Additionally, you develop such important skills as communication skills, interpersonal skills, negotiation skills, teamwork and problem-solving, which are very critical in the modern workplace.These are skills that you won’t learn in any classroom but which play a critical role in your career development.

      8. You learn time management

When you are in school, you tend to have the freedom to attend classes if and when you want to. You can even tailor your classes to fit your schedule and time. You also tend to have lots of free time and time management is a challenge for most college students. How many times has a hangover made you sleep through the morning instead of attending a lecture and if the lecturer is tough on signing attendance sheets, there is always that friend who doesn’t miss classes and signs for you?

The working environment is different as every minute counts. You have scheduled meetings and deadlines which must be met despite all other activities involved in your day-to-day work. And you can never ask a friend to sign the attendance sheet for you because the meeting is not being attended by 100 people.

An internship will help you learn how to organize your time so that you can transition from the school to the work environment easily. You learn how to work in a fast paced world and hit your targets through proper time management. This is something that most college students find hard to do and an internship is a great opportunity to put your house in order.

Sample cover letter for internships in Kenya

Dear Sir/madam,

Application for an internship

Your advertisement for an internship position in sales and marketing on BrighterMonday is of great interest to me.

I am in my final semester at University XYZ where I am pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Marketing and I am looking for an opportunity to practice what I have learned in class as well as gain practical skills at the workplace. I believe that a chance to intern in your company will enable me to gain great exposure which will help me grow in my career, as your company is reputable and continues to grow tremendously due to a robust sales and marketing strategy.

I have good communication, interpersonal and teamwork skills, as I am a member of the University’s debate club where I am heavily involved in organizing debate sessions. I am also good at pitching as I am involved in looking for sponsors for the debates, where I pitch to potential sponsors.

I look forward to bringing these skills on board and gaining more skills, which will help me as I grow in my career. I am looking for a chance to learn and I believe that this internship will offer me invaluable experience.

Attached herein is a copy of my curriculum vitae.

Kind regards,

Your full name.

It is easier to get an internship in Kenya, than a job. Most internships require minimal or no experience at all and they are great starting points for those seeking to get into industries where experience is important.

If you are finding it hard to get a job because you lack experience or proper networks or you just don’t know what career path you want to take, consider taking up an internship opportunity. Organizations are nowadays advertising for internships so be on the lookout and grab one that interests you.

Join the discussion on launching your career through an internship here.

 

Njeri Karanja
Njeri is a reading and creative writing enthusiast who is neck-deep in research writing. She is well versed in researching and writing on various topics.
 

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  1. me i have 5months experience as an intern from a hotel..but since last year av been indoors raising my daughter she i now 8months and am now seriously looking for a job between now an January..kindly help me how to go about it..pliiz

  2. I have not graduated but hope to graduate december 2016. how can I get internship. I did BCOM; accounting option. please help me.

  3. I have graduated b.com-procurement and supply chain management option and i have been intern from July and my internship is coming to an end, now i am seriously looking for a job, can you help me?

  4. thanks for sucha great insight. i am in my fifth year of civil engineering undergraduate classes. i rarely come across internship programs for my course. are there any? pls help

  5. Do you have sample cover letters for finance and accounting students. I have been applying for a job/internship since the begining of the year but have not been sucessfull. What might be the reason?

    • Hi Olivia,
      The list below can shed some light on the possible reasons that might have led to your current predicament;
      Do you send applications to job adverts that match your skills?
      Have you updated your CV since last year?
      Do you write a customized cover letter for each application?
      The number of job seekers has gone higher since last year, making the talent pool larger and you have to ensure your CV stands out from the rest.
      Start by editing your CV to reflect all the skills and experience you have gained. subscribe for alerts that are relevant to the career you wish to pursue.
      Update your profile to over 97% to make you more visible.
      The article for cover letter will help you to get tips on how to write a good cover letter. Here is the link https://www.brightermonday.co.ke/blog/cover-letter-writing-and-why-it-should-accompany-a-cv/
      We hope all these measures if you implement, will increase your chances of getting feedback.

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  6. Hi brighter monday! you are realy of great help to many. I have a sister who just finished her campus waiting to graduate on December.can she get an internship programme for her field of study?she did Bsc in Agriculture and biotechnology

  7. Great advice have gotten from this. Am also seeking a intern in construction as a site agent (Building construction) please help.

  8. am dennis have already competed my bachellors in applied statistics with computing from maasai mara university.I have heavily been looking for a internship for five months but with no success,,how can you advise me to get one

  9. you guys are doing a great and tromendous job by giving us this leakage,its of great help thanks alot.God enlarge your knowledge

    • You’re welcome George,
      We value your support and readership.
      Have blessed career and keep writing to us, we would love to hear from you again.

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  10. Thanks so much you people for the encouraging words. I always question myself where do people get experience if not through employments. But now have a learn more from you people, may God bless you as you expand more in brighter Monday

    • Thanks Caroline,
      We are glad now know where to get experience.
      Keep writing to us and from us, we wish you success and a blessed career.

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  11. hello brights.. am Tabitha av just completed my degree in Business managemnt( banking and finance) and awaiting to graduate am in search of internship in my field of specialization… am also a diploma holder … am looking forwad to hear from you soon.. Regards

  12. Hi, I’m Maurice very gratidude for elaborate support on how to enter job market. I did Diploma in supply chain management and look forward for internship but haven’t secure,kindly please assist me.

  13. Hello ,am Wafula. Am currently pursuing Information Technology and in great need of an internship. Please assist

  14. hi..thanx alot for the helpful information…need an internship in accounting field..graduated some 2YRS back but have never secured a job related to my skills acquired in school i think its due to lack of experience….i need one

  15. Hi thanks for your advance, am Noela a graduate with bachelor’s degree in Business management specialization in finance and banking, am looking for internship which is in my line of career. I also have a diploma in Business administration. Looking forward to hear from you
    Regards

  16. i completed forth form in 2009 and i have basic computer knowledge can i get an internship in any compony as per my qualifications??am desperatley looking for a job in vain due to lack of experience.please help me thank you

  17. Hallo brights.
    Am a long time sales excecutive already working as a sales representative,Am looking for a sales related job in Central Kenya.
    how do i hook for that post,kindly guide.
    Regards

  18. Hello Brighter Monday..;
    I’m Peter Kalii a fresh graduate in Logistics & Supply Chain Management..
    I wish to get the appropriate mentorship, footing and enhance my career growth. I thus would appreciate a been helped to land such an opportunity..

  19. Am Timothy Mosonik i did a diploma in social work and community development. am looking for internship on the same. thanks.

  20. Hi,I’m Stephen mutunga
    I have done a diploma in business management from university of Nairobi.
    I have worked in a petrol station for around 7years where I have gained expertise in that field. I’ve been looking for this kind of a job in brighter Monday but I am not seeing any. Kindly hook me up I have excellent truck record,recommendation from my former employer and experience.
    My no:0710751671

  21. Hi brighter Monday am Agnes, I have done certificate in information technology from Technical University of Kenya am looking for internship in the related field kindly assist thank you.

  22. congratulation BrighterMonday for what you are doing.Am Amos Barasa, am also looking forward for an internship, I do have certificates in accounts pursued from KASNEB,since last year and i have not gotten any job.Please help me.

  23. Hi ,my name is Ronald ,I have completed my course in business information and technology and have been applying for the recent internship advertisements but no luck yet.I have work experience from the Kenya power and lighting company ,where I interned as an I.T. support staff member for three months,kindly hook me up if possible

    • Hi Ronald,
      Thank for you for reading.
      The list below can shed some light on the possible reasons that might have led to your current predicament;
      Do you send applications to job adverts that match your skills?
      Have you updated your CV since last year?
      Do you write a customized cover letter for each application?
      Start by editing your CV to reflect all the skills and experience you have gained.
      subscribe for alerts that are relevant to the career you wish to pursue.
      Update your profile to over 97% to make you more visible.
      If you keenly follow these measures we have highlighted, then you will increase your chances of hearing from employers.

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  24. Hi, I’m CPA 6 currently with degree in agribusiness management. Would like to be connected to any employer for accounts assistant.

    Thanks Brighter.

  25. hi brighter Monday
    am Belinda fresh graduate from jkuat with a second upper in Bsc microbiology i need relevant places to earn an expetexperience in this field.

  26. Hi,i’m a student at vision Institute Of professionals taking my accounting technician diploma am at my last level of the diploma. Is it possible to get an internship at this level…?

  27. Hi brighter Monday,I am faith ,thanks for the advice as this will help not only me but even friends who are looking for a starting point like me,really love this.

    • Your welcome Faith,
      We endeavor to bring our readers relevant and practical tips.
      Stay tuned for more enlightening career advice. All the best and we also encourage you to share the information to your collegues and friends.

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  28. Much pleased with your daily posts.
    Thanks for your great care to young energetic citizens looking for employment

    • Your welcome Mr Langat,
      We endeavor to offer career advice to all our readers.
      Stay tuned for more insightful articles.

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  29. Hi am Henry a graduate from university of Eldoret and looking for internship that best suits my course.i did a bsc applied statistics with computing. Thanks for the information.

  30. Thanks brighter Monday, am Japheth, graduated with a diploma in mechanical engineering industrial plant option in 2012 and for 3yrs I have been doing quality assurance. Can I get internship for this or I switch back to mechanical technician/plant technician.

    • Hi Japeth,
      Thank you for reading.
      With regards to your question, we would advice you to choose the one that you have experience which is quality assurance but an internship would mean that you start all over again and it will eat up your time but if you feel its what you really want, passionate about and have qualification for it.. then go for it but make sure you think critically before reaching your final verdict. All the best.

      ^TM

  31. Iam so glad to reach this site because iam looking for internship and i hope this is the correct
    site for me.

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