The key among other solutions to unemployment in Nigeria is the investment in practical skills. Government should make available the platforms for increasing students’ practical skills. Students and graduates likewise should be willing to go under trainings and see themselves more as problem solvers, entrepreneurs and innovators. Students should acquire more of practical- real life- knowledge than mere theories that are neither applicable nor relevant in the field of work.
A simple way to acquire these practical skills is through the internship training programme. The internship training is a unique programme that offers practical knowledge to students. It is more important for practical-based professions such as Engineering, Medical, Management, Science and technology etc. Practical experience is required in these fields to back up the theoretical knowledge students gain from class rooms.
What do we mean by internship? An internship is a training programme that is offered by organisations or vocational training institutions to students or potential employees to provide the trainees with practical work experience or to help them satisfy requirements for a qualification.
In Nigeria, internships come in various forms i.e. practicum and industrial training (IT).
In this kind of training programme, an organisation or training institution enters an agreement with the students to provide them with experiential practical knowledge. It is more like a work experience for the trainees which is related to their various courses of study in school or in alignment with their dream jobs.
SOME COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT INTERNSHIPS AND ANSWERS
WHAT IS A PERSON UNDER INTERNSHIP CALLED?
A trainee or student under an internship training programme is usually called an Intern.
WhYo CAN BE AN INTERN?
Internships are chiefly for undergraduate and post graduate students. A fresh job seeker can also apply for an internship since it is more like a transition from study to work.
DO I GET PAID?
Many companies pay stipends to their interns as a motivation while most interns are not paid by their various trainers. Whether an intern is being paid or not is dependent on the organisation in charge and the position or field of the intern.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN INTERNSHIP AND A JOB?
An internship training programme is apparently different from a job. An intern is not an employee of the host industry (trainer). An Intern does not necessarily get paid which is contrary to an employee that is under a job. Internship lasts for a particular period of time, as agreed between the trainee and the trainer which is usually between three to six months.
However, some companies give full-time job offers to outstanding interns. That is why it is for an intern’s good to be diligent, hardworking, reliable, willing to take on special projects and to pay attention to details during his/her internship.