SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTING AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Name of Author Oganga Lance.
Registration No. I17/1576/2007.
Degree Programme Bsc (Computer Science).
Title Industrial Attachment Report.
Period of Attachment June 2010 – Aug 2010.
Placement Company Kenya Industrial Estates Ltd., Nairobi. Co-operating Officer Mr. Njuguna J.G.
Report submitted to Mr. Waithaka, Academic Supervisor. Date submitted: September 24, 2010 | |
Internship is engaging students in service activities primarily for providing them with hands-on experience that enhances their learning or understanding of issues relevant to a particular area of study. Internship can assist students to bridge the gap between the academic learning process and the practical reality. The internship programme contributes significantly and positively towards enhancing the knowledge base and motivational level of students. The rationale in offering the internship attachment as part of the academic programme is that students benefit from these internship experiences and exposure. Benefits include improvements in career-related direction, improved marketability of graduates, job expectations, interpersonal skills, leadership and understanding of the business applications of classroom learning. The most commonly agreed benefit of internship attachments for students is in providing a valuable learning experience that complements their coursework. Students have described internship attachment as a bridge between the theory of the classroom and the world of practice. Internship programmes are perceived as a valuable way to acquire broad competencies where the practical knowledge obtained supports and complements the theoretical studies learned in the classrooms. Empirical research in cognitive psychology has established that prior experiences are able to enhance the performance in complex learning and problem solving tasks. The internship experience is argued to be beneficial in socializing the student through training, teamwork assignments, meetings with clients or employees, and various events hosted by the organization they are attached to during their internship. Its reported that graduates with practical experience report positive changes in feelings of personal and social efficacy and show a greater sense of responsibility and career development. Interns have successfully developed their personal skills, particularly relating to information technology, time management, communication skills, teamwork, specialist knowledge and ability to prioritize tasks. Internship is perceived as the most effective strategy for the employment opportunity. Practical experience and exposure gained during the internship programme are found to be helpful in improving career decision making. Internship is the best way for students to explore the suitability of a particular job. Internship may pave the way for permanent employment upon graduation as well as providing an in-depth understanding of actual business practice. Students who are through an internship attachment tend to secure their first jobs faster than graduates without internship experience do. Graduates with internship experience are likely to get conspicuously higher starting pay and report greater job satisfaction compared to their non-internship counterparts. Students hope to receive monetary rewards and they be treated as regular employees. However, employers are not willing to treat interns as regular employees and, thus, normally assign duties that are more appropriate for college students. Employers are not suppose to treat interns as part-time employees as this will result in an unsatisfactory internship and will most likely damage the relationship between the employer and the universities. Universities should be responsible to ensure that...