GAICAM International Professional Internship Program

GAICAM International Professional Internship Program (GIPIP) is an annual professional skills acquisition opportunity for university students in search of professional internship placements to carry out their academic internship. Since the inception of the internship program in 2016, it has influenced the careers of many university students, especially those in their final year, developing their professional and leadership skills. The program has positioned many students for their desired professional aspirations.

GAICAM realized that thousands of students across the globe annually find it difficult to be integrated into institutions to carry out their academic internships due to a lack of orientations, inadequate information, and also because many institutions do not like offering opportunities to students to carry out internships in their institutions because of privacy, internal policies, and others. We believe that these students need to be given the opportunity to blend the theories they learn in school with the realities of the world of work, giving them the opportunity to be oriented, trained, and equipped with the competences they need to penetrate the labor market or create their own enterprises or community initiative programs to contribute to societal development while living their professional aspirations.

Besides the opportunity we offer students to gain professional knowledge, we also build their capacities in the course of their internship. We give them the opportunity to participate in real-life innovation management, venture creation, and an action-based internship. Students who participate in this professional internship program are put in the driver’s seat to experience professionalism firsthand.

These students don’t just attend the internship; they learn by acting, creating, and reflecting. They go through intensive training on some of the highly sought-after skills in today’s world of work. We engage the students in a week-long volunteerism and community activism program where they participate in different community activities designed to enable them to give back to the community. At the end of the session, we organize a cultural and community night for students to share personal experiences of giving to the community and to display their cultural heritage.

Our internship students take part in professional field visits to some partner institutions, where they meet and share with experts in the field. While on the field visit, students obtain first-hand field information about their career goals as well as ask questions on important topics to enable them to gain enough field experience.

The students equally take part in industry and career experience field work designed to enable them to gain extensive field experience. We group and place students in different partner institutions to enable them to blend some of the theories they learn in school with practical field work.

We host weekly defense sessions to help the students build their leadership capacity and their public speaking skills while building their network and getting a better internship experience. We give the students the opportunity to assess innovative ideas and work on real projects.

The Objectives of GIPIP

The preoccupation of the GAICAM International Professional Internship Program has always been:

  • To expose students to a professional atmosphere that enables them to acquire professional and valued skills to help them live their professional aspirations.
  • To annually give university students the opportunity to blend the theories they learn in school with the realities in the field and help them build better careers.
  • To give every student the opportunity to validate their academic internship course while developing their professional skills to help them live their career aspirations.
  • To orient, train, and equip university students with the competences of today’s work to enable them to access the labor market, as well as create their own enterprises or community initiative programs to contribute to societal development.
  • To give students the opportunity to participate in real-life innovation management, venture creation, and action-based internships where they are placed in the driver’s seat to experience professionalism firsthand.

The Target Audience (who is eligible to attend the event)

The GAICAM International Professional Internship Program is open to students of higher institutions of learning following departments and programs:

Any student wishing to participate in GIPIP:

  1. Should be aged between 16 – 25 years
  2. Must be a current student of a higher institution (university).
  3. Should be resident in Cameroon, or willing to travel to Cameroon for the time being of the fellowship.
  4. Should be ready to work collectively and cooperatively with others from diverse backgrounds.
  5. Must be of good character, ready to respect regulations and the management authorities.
  6. Should be willing to learn and experience new things.
  7. Should be from either of the following departments and programs;
  • Mass communication
  • Law and political science
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • Agriculture and Agro-Industrial Foods
  • Human Resource
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Economics and management
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Computer and software engineering
  • Arts and others

The Current Impact of GIPIP

The GAICAM International Professional Internship Program, which offers both internship and volunteer placement opportunities for university students and fresh graduates, has, since its inception, served as a suitable platform where students and young graduates gain skills and practical knowledge about the world of work and entrepreneurship innovation.

This program has, for the past six years, received and equipped the capacities of 213 interns from different universities across Cameroon.

Since the inception of the GAICAM International Professional Internship Program, it has influenced the careers of many university students, especially those in their final year, by developing their professional skills, building their leadership skills, giving them a competitive edge in the search for permanent job opportunities, strengthening their personal character, opening more doors in their professional aspirations, and helping some of them start their entrepreneurial course.

Program Highlights

  1. Special Skills training
  2. Professional field visits
  3. Industry & career experience
  4. Games and entertainment
  5. Weekly defense
  6. Volunteerism and community activism
  7. Community and Cultural heritage night
  8. Governance and peace building activities
  9. Environmental awareness campaigns
  10. Professional field visits.
  11. Students and expert sessions.
  12. Leadership and Entrepreneurship session.
  13. Internship report review
  14. Signing of internship reports
  15. Cultural activities.
  16. Internship graduation
  17. Award of internship certificates

 

Skills Benefit for Participants

Responsible use of technology, internet and social media to foster peacebuilding, Community Development and the Fight against Climate change

    1. How to write impressive motivation letters.
    2. How to write a professional internship report.
    3. How to develop an outstanding career portfolio.
    4. How to develop a curriculum vitae and respond to job openings.
    5. How to penetrate today’s job market.
    6. How to write community project proposal
    7. How to write a grant project proposals
    8. How to write business plans
    9. How to write a business proposal
    10. Corporate communication and public speaking
    11. How to draft administrative correspondences
    12. How to write administrative reports,
    13. How to professionally multitask
    14. How to plan, budget, and effectively manage personal finance.
    15. How to apply for national and international scholarships.
    16. How to access global opportunities available for students.
    17. Counseling and mentorship sessions.
    18. Career orientation and the world of work.
    19. During the first week of internship, students will go through general orientation and an intensive training on the following; Office management and administrative protocol.

Fellowship Timeline

  • Saturday, July 6, 2024: Application deadline
  • Saturday, July 20, 2024: General Virtual Internship Orientation
  • Monday, July 29, 2024: Start of Internship Activities
  • Thursday, August 29, 2024: Signing of internship reports
  • Thursday, August 29, 2024: Presentation of internship certificates
  • Thursday, August 29, 2024: graduation and end of internship activities

Fellows Commitment

The GAICAM International Professional Internship Program is fully funded by GAICAM and Partners, covering expenses such as training, mentorship, training material, placement costs, and other internship-associated expenses.

Nevertheless, there is a token registration fee of $42 (26.000xaf) which each admitted internship student is required to pay to participate in the program.

Contact us if you encounter any challenge

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Email: yaprof@gaicam.ngo