Kenya’s largest integrated telecommunications outfit, Safaricom has announced applications for its 2017 internship programme are now open.
The programme, which will now be known as the Safaricom Technology Academy, will see 63 university students selected, with at least 40 being females, and four persons living with disabilities.
The selected students will take courses on IP Networking, Application Development, inter-personal skills, personal finances and job readiness skills. This is in addition to the hands-on internship experience.
“Our Technology Academy reflects our commitment to building local capacity and equipping Kenyans with the skills to keep up with fast changing technology. We have carefully designed the structure of the Academy to ensure participants are well prepared to tackle Kenya’s demanding technology sector,” said Thibaud Rerolle, Director – Technology, Safaricom.
Students interested in the programme are to apply by February 26, 2017. This year’s programme is especially targeting people living with disabilities in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics fields.
Started in 2012, the internship programme has been completed by more than 360 students to date. The programme has been instrumental in bridging the gender gap in the mobile operator, with female engineers now numbering 164 from 92 in 2013.