University of Ghana launches internship policy for students
The policy will enable them to apply for internship opportunities with organisations and institutions while in school.
It seeks to prepare students for the world of work as they learn on the job through their internships.
Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, Vice Chancellor of UG, said the policy aimed to enhance students’ employability skills and afford them opportunity for continuous learning.
She said that would enable them to align their career goals alongside their studies.
Prof. Amfo said the policy would structure students’ internship by ensuring proper documentation of records, effective monitoring and evaluation system, and enhanced collaboration with industry.
“Our students will gain additional advantage with this policy in their internships. They have an opportunity to work in related fields, secure future employments, and boost their resume,” she added.
Mr Ignatius Baffour-Awuah, Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, in a speech read on his behalf, said the initiative was an important milestone to educational development.
He said it would help address employers demands for graduates with hands on skills on the job, as well as enhance partnership between academia and industry.
“The internships will help them learn corporate ethics and expose them to the world of work.”
Dr Evans Aggrey-Darkoh, Head of Civil Service, said the policy would help enrich the University’s academic curriculum and enhance classroom discussions.
He added that employers would have enough pool of talents to choose from for future employments.
The internships will be administered at the College level, where applicants will choose organisations relevant to their area of studies.
It is open for both undergraduate and graduate students for a period of six to 10 weeks per academic year and between six to 12 months for Doctoral Experiential Learning.