Safaricom has announced plans to recruit 62 interns by January 2017 as part of its agenda to woo more women to the technology field.

Internships are open to Kenyan applicants, preferably those in their 3rd to 5th year of study in ICT related fields including Computer Science, Information Technology, Electrical and Electronics Engineering or Telecommunications Engineering. Applicants must not have graduated.

The internships will target 40 female university students under Safaricom's Women In Technology initiative, with a further 18 internships open to all university applicants. An additional four internships will be filled through the Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya.

Started in 2013, Safaricom’s Women In Technology initiative seeks to empower women and girls to take on technology-related careers, which are currently dominated by men. The program targets graduates and undergraduate ladies, who are taken through an assessment process before placement in the programme.

The Initiative aims to facilitate a platform to create awareness and interest in technology among girls by mentoring them and encouraging them to take up careers in technology.

To date, the Women In Technology initiative has contributed to more female engineers joining Safaricom, lifting the ratio of female to male engineers in the company from 9% in 2013 to 20% today. To date, more than 320 students have undergone the technology Internships, with Safaricom absorbing 22 former interns to full-time positions with more than 30 others employed by other industry players.

β€œOur technology internship program is built on the knowledge that in order to continue Transforming Lives, we must continue to invest in building capacity to manage cutting-edge technologies,” said Thibaud Rerolle, Director of Technology at Safaricom.

Successful applicants will job shadow Safaricom engineers in their roles, before being assigned practical projects and duties. Applications for all internships are open on the Safaricom Careers portal, and close on 28th November 2016.

Cover Image: Previous Safaricom Women in Technology Initiative participants at a past event

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