Graduate Internship Provision (GRIP) Facility
The GRIP Facility is a programme designed to address the problem of employability of graduates through internships in SMEs and larger private companies. The Facility is sponsored by DANIDA and is implemented by the University of Dar es Salam Business School. Currently a two-and-a-half-year pilot project involving UDSM graduates only is in the pipeline, but eventually it will be open to all other graduates of higher learning institutions in the country.
The overall objective of this facility is to enhance the knowledge and skills required by graduates to become employed or self-employed. Specifically it is to enable graduates, through these internships, to:
- Gain an increased awareness of skills, attributes, personal qualities and values.
- Increase their networking and employability opportunities;
- Develop transferable skills, such as problem solving, teamwork, communication, decision making, autonomy and flexibility;
- Increase independence and self-confidence;
- Find out what it's like to work in a business environment.
- Enhance their CV and work portfolio to make them stand out from the crowd.
- Apply classroom theory to the real work situation.
- Investigate organizational cultures.
- See if a selected career path is the one graduates truly wish to follow.
- Become more knowledgeable about general work functions in particular fields.
Activities and Services Offered by the GRIP Facility
- Counselling and training students and graduates in career and soft skills before they are placed in an internship position.
- Providing specific follow-up for interns inclined towards self-employment.
- Lobbying for internship positions and placement in private sector organizations and SMEs
- Promoting the concept and benefits of internship positions to students, graduates and the private sector, particularly SMEs.
- Liaising and networking with companies to increase the number of internship positions available in medium-to-large firms where graduates might become salaried employees.
- Liaising and networking with SMEs to increase the number of internship positions available in SMEs.
- Establishing a tripartite arrangement for the GRIP Facility.
Benefits of the GRIP Facility
a) To the Graduates
Internship resources are provided by Career Connections to reveal viable career paths through hands-on experience in various areas of interest. Completing an internship allows students to explore and experiment while gaining professional experience and exposure. Additionally, internship helps participants develop essential skills and build their confidence to secure a job or become self-employed.
b) To the Companies
Enhancing growth and strengthening organizations as graduates may contribute productively to business management; marketing and innovation are considered major benefits to the host companies. Other benefits include:
- Interns can offer new perspectives on the business of beneficiary companies.
- Interns can focus on areas where companies were previously unable to deploy resources.
- At the pilot stage, there is no placement fee for host companies and so it is a cost-effective source of labour.
- Flexibility of staff deployment and increased productivity.
- Increased awareness of current developments in the particular field of study.
- Breakthrough thinking (not blinkered or stereotyped).
- Generating goodwill in the educational community.
- Paying back (putting something back into the community).