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Internships

In areas with high youth unemployment rates, SPARK uses internships to address the gaps in the skills of young people and their access to jobs. Gaining the necessary ‘employability skills’ is difficult for young people, especially in conflict-affected or fragile regions because higher education institutes do not provide adequate training.

Gaining the necessary ‘employability skills’ is difficult for young people, especially in conflict-affected or fragile regions because higher education institutes do not provide adequate training. In addition, companies are often not willing or do not see the long-term benefit of investing in training potential employees. 

CV writing, interview techniques or soft skills such as languages are skills that help graduates stand out from the crowd. By equipping students or recent graduates with these skills, they are able to transition into the world of work. SPARK partners with hundreds of private sector companies to create internship opportunities for these youth in the Middle East, Kosovo and Somalia.

We worked with Somaliland’s Ministry of Education and Higher Education to help embed internships into national policy. Now, every university student must complete an internship or apprenticeship as part of their studies. 

Download the SPARK internship manual for our approach to implementing internship programmes in fragile and conflict affected regions.