Internships are a boost for both students and firms
Students can contribute to business
Giving students the chance to work on internships is a win-win situation for both the private sector and young people, firms have said.
More than 50 companies are taking part in this week’s Kafa’ah Internship Fair, at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The event is seeking to match up students and prospective employers.
Clare Woodcraft-Scott, CEO of Emirates Foundation, which promotes youth development in the country, urged companies to give students access to the workplace to help develop their career.
She said: “More than ever now you need young people to have access to mentoring to help them figure out where their passion lies.”
Start-up firm Gulf 3D Technologies, which develops technology for virtual training guides, believes students can contribute a great deal to the business.
Founder Quay Fahnestock said of his business: “It’s like training by video games. So if you think about [learning about] an engine, or an MRI machine, normally you’d train someone using a PowerPoint and then you’d go over the equipment.
“Well here, you can see interactive animation and then you can do the procedure virtually.
“We’re looking for students to be 3D artists, modellers, and programmers to build our applications.
“So they’ll work on a lot of virtual reality and video game developing kits.
“The internships usually take four to six weeks.”
Haneen Aweidah from Injaz UAE, a non-profit education organisation, said they are able to give students a flavour of a professional workplace. She said: “When we recruit interns they get to taste the flavour of each department, even if we recruit them just for website management and social media.”
‘When we recruit interns they get to taste the flavour for each department.’ – Haneen Aweidah, Injaz UAE