In­tern­ships are a boost for both stu­dents and firms

Stu­dents can con­trib­ute to busi­ness

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Shab­nam Bashiri @shab­nam­bashiri

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

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