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Many graduates, if not all of them, face a huge hurdle after completing their studies at various institutions of higher learning across the country. The excitement of receiving a certificate, shaking hands with professors in front of parents, friends and other relatives during a graduation ceremony becomes short – lived.

Phuthego Motsatsi (Above), Tshwane University of Technology graduate, commits to learn more during his internship period.

Although some companies have graduate trainee programmes aimed at integrating these students in the work environment, it is difficult to absorb all of them simultaneously. Government advertises many internship programmes every financial year with a view to expedite the process of empowering graduates.

In the past few years, The Mvula Trust has and continues to put some of the graduates on its internship programme to unlock their potential and mould their character for job market. Most of our interns are from either previously disadvantaged families or institution of higher learning.

Explaining how the programme benefited and changed her life, Ayanda Mhlongo, our intern based at our KwaZulu Natal south regional office, indicated how  work exposure at The Mvula Trust has helped her to integrate theory with actual practice.

“I have learned to put theory into practice through the assistance of my colleagues. Teamwork and dedication is important in order produce excellent results,” says Ayanda.

When graduates are placed on the internship programme, not only does it expose them to the real work experience but also it boosts their confidence and prepare them for their next endeavour.

Modjadji Mashao, joined The Mvula Trust as an intern in the Marketing and Communications Unit, echoed the same sentiment about the empowerment she received as a graduate.

“The experience that I have amassed as a Marketing and Communications intern has helped me to have a broader understanding of what corporate communications entails in practice. I was void and clueless but now I feel empowered,” says Modjadji.

Modjadji Mashao (Above) appointed as a Communication Assistant after completing her internship programme.

After completing her twelve-month internship, The Mvula Trust appointed Modjadji as a Communications Assistant on a two-year contract in the organisation.

The Mvula Trust have appointed several interns in its regional offices across the country. The process of increasing the numbers is underway and envisaged to be completed before 31 March 2017.