The Co-Operative Education Directorate at Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) hosted an internship reflection programme to reflect on internships rolled out as part of the 2022 Presidential Youth Employment Stimulus (PYES) programme, which began in March 2022.
More than 50 interns attended a workshop which was hosted the by Co-operative Education Directorate. The Director of Co-operative Education at MUT, Dr Fundiswa Nofemela addressed the interns on the significance of the internship and its impact on increasing the employment rate. She also encouraged the interns to have an entrepreneurship mindset, and to stay on the lookout for opportunities that will solve society’s challenges rather than wait for job opportunities.
Dr Nofemela explained how other graduates have become entrepreneurs using the skills and knowledge gained through their time in university. She also urged the interns to be aware of the challenges brought about by the Fourth Industrial Revolution and how to thrive through these by not limiting themselves.
Job Placement Officer at the Co-Operative Education Department at MUT, Sibongile Bulose, highlighted how the host departments were impressed by the general attitude of the students, work ethic, as well as technical knowledge of the interns.
All the interns reflected on their six months internship with enthusiasm.
Luyanda Msani said: “I was a placed at the Department of Public Administration where I assisted with WIL admin duties, preparation of requisitions for the department, collating audit evidence and taking minutes at Advisory Board meetings.”
Sicelo Buthelezi, an intern at the Academic Administration Department, said: “I found the whole experience very educational and productive, both on a personal and professional level. I applied almost all that I learned during my years as a student. The experience given by Coop was very beneficial because I have grown into a more professional individual in my field of study and am grateful for that.”
The purpose of the PYES, which was implemented by Universities South Africa (USAf), was to give graduates a chance to experience a real working environment through internships and empower them to take charge of their careers.
At Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) Co-operative Education Directorate used this opportunity to pilot a structured internship program within the university to enhance staffing capacity within the university.