NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 14 – 532 students who scored a mean grade A (plain) and A- (minus) in the 2018 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) Examination have joined the Equity Bank’s paid internship program.
The 532 students including 160 scholars from the Wings to Fly program and 363 top students from across the country will intern at various Equity Bank branches across Kenya.
During their internship, the students will benefit from structured mentorship and training to build work ethics and leadership skills.
The internship is part of the Sh393 million leadership program.
Additionally, the interns will have an opportunity to receive support to secure scholarships in leading global universities.
Speaking to the students during the induction and commissioning, Equity Group Holdings Managing Director and C.E.O James Mwangi urged the students to be agents of change and build networks that can address national challenges.
“As you begin this transition from secondary school to the work environment and eventually to institutions of higher learning, it is important for you to realize that our expectations of you are very high. You are the future leaders of this country,” he said
The 2019 cohort is joining a network of 14,524 Equity Leadership Programme members.
“This will be your biggest asset in your career, because out of this group will emerge, captains of industry, leaders of business, the public service and other sectors,” added Mwangi.
On personal and career development, he advised the students to embrace competition with themselves and set goals that are ambitious and achievable.
“I urge you to pursue a career path that matches your personality and one that you are passionate about. Compete against yourself, and continuously set goals that are ambitious and attainable.”
Started in 1998, the internship program seeks to address the challenges of employability and leadership among young people.
ELP includes secondary graduates from Equity’s Wings to Fly program.
Equity Group developed the ELP with the aim of creating a community of transformative leaders who work together across borders and various sectors to drive sustainable economic growth and social progress in Africa.
489 alumni of the program have gained admission and scholarship to global universities in the US such as Harvard, Yale and Stanford in addition to other universities in countries like Canada, China, France, South Africa, Ghana and the United Kingdom.
The deployment of the student interns follows an intensive 2-week residential induction program. The induction was designed to acquaint the over 500 scholars with the Bank’s operations before they commence the paid internship at various Equity Bank branches countrywide, as they wait to join universities locally and abroad. Each of the scholars will earn a stipend of Sh40,000 per month, part of which they will save and use the balance for their upkeep.
ELP provides an opportunity for the brightest students across Kenya to build their professional skills while earning enough money to put them through their first year of university.
Some ELP Scholars are working both locally and globally among them David Wainaina who went to Ashesi University and is working as a Technical Support Specialist at IBM Kenya; Phoebe Akumu, who went to Harvard Business School and currently working at Open Capital Advisors -Nairobi; Doris Mwendwa Mbabu, who went to Williams College and is currently a Business Associate at Wellington Management, in Boston, USA, among others.
The Program has also produced a team of 5 doctors who have spearheaded the launch of Equity Afia clinics in Nairobi and its environs with plans to expand the franchise into other parts of Kenya.