NO INTERNSHIP FOR LUCT MEDIA STUDENTS
Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (LUCT) media students are struggling to find internships that have to commence next year.
Most of the students complain that they are being sent back by many companies in the country, because the institution did not communicate with them about the internship programme.
“I went to one media house in Manzini asking for an attachment, I did not believe what I heard. They simply told me that nothing was communicated to them pertaining to internships from the institution,” said one concerned student.
As if that was not enough, one media house is said to have boldly told the students that it would not accept them. When they asked why they were being rejected, they were told that they were unfamiliar with basic knowledge so they cannot teach them.
They added that they wouldnotacceptstudents taught by under qualified lecturers.
“We were told that we would be a burden as we do not know basic media stuffandtaughtbyunderqualified lectures,” said another student.
The students wondered about the difficulty they would face in finding jobs after completing their studies when it was this hard to secure an internship. “If we are struggling to find internships, how guaranteed are we that we will be employed after graduation next year,” wondered another student.
One student who is not a media student also stated that he was sent back by one reputable company because the university had not communicated about any internship.
Some media houses did not deny what was said by the students. One media house located in Mbabane boldly said that they do not take Limkokwing interns. When they were asked why, they confirmed what was said by the students. “Nothing was communicated by the institution to us, I cannot accept students if nothing has been communicated to us,” said one media personnel.
LUCT PRO Lucky Mathonsa said their semester five students were expected to start internship next year in February. However, he dismissed the claims that their students were not being accepted by companies. “As of now, we only have semester five students who will be going for internship during their semester six, which commences on February 2019.
We also have a long standing good relationship with almost all media houses that house our students for internship. Of which a majority of our students get projects and employment opportunities from,” he said. Mathonsi concluded by saying they had not received any complaints from organisations about the credibility of their students. “The university is not aware and has not yet received complaints from organisations citing any challenges with regards to the credibility of our students. We would however be glad to have the name of the complainant (company) that lodged the complaint so that we liaise with them and clarify any misunderstanding and queries with regards to students going for internship and LEAP” he concluded.
The Limkokwing internship programme is known as LEAP which is an acronym for the Lim k o k wing Entrepreneurship Acceleration Platform. The LEAP internship programmeallowsindustry projects to be brought on campus and injected into the teaching curriculum.Theprogramme was designed to enhance the spirit of enterprise amongLimkokwing final year students. The programme’s intention is to accelerate the growth of entrepreneurs among graduates so that they think beyond employabilityandembraceentrepreneurship, which will in turn create jobs for others. About 700 students are expected to be part of LEAP internship programme.