In Makueni County, Kenya, Elizabeth Muli, the County Executive Committee Member (CECM) for Education and ICT, emphasized the significance of internships within various government departments. Muli highlighted that the primary aim of these internships is to equip individuals with the necessary skills to navigate the competitive job market. She made these remarks on Thursday during an event at the Centre for People with Disability (PWD) Wote, where 100 interns from the sixth cohort successfully completed their year-long journey within different county government departments.

The mentorship program, as described by Muli, aims to empower interns and facilitate transformative experiences. Over the course of the year, interns have undergone rigorous mentorship sessions, acquiring essential skills such as crafting effective Curriculum Vitae (CVs) and enhancing their personal branding to stand out in a competitive job market. Muli noted with pride that more than 10 interns have already secured employment opportunities elsewhere, underscoring the program’s effectiveness in preparing individuals for professional endeavors.

During the exit meeting, Muli encouraged departing interns to adopt a strategic approach in their career pursuits. She emphasized the importance of leveraging online platforms for job opportunities, urging interns to actively seek out vacancies advertised on the internet. In line with this, Muli disclosed that the county government plans to advertise intern positions for the upcoming cohort in April 2024. Notably, the application process will be conducted entirely online, streamlining the recruitment process compared to previous years where applications were submitted manually.

Irene Makau, the Chief Officer (CO) of Education, echoed Muli’s sentiments, urging outgoing interns to contribute meaningfully to their communities. Makau emphasized the importance of serving the grassroots population, encouraging interns to utilize their acquired skills to benefit the people they live alongside.

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