As part of efforts to bridge the gap between the gown and town, Daystar Christian Centre, Lagos says it has commenced an intense internship programme for Nigerian students and fresh graduates.
In a brief graduation ceremony recently, for the first batch of interns in Lagos, the church said deliberate efforts needed to be geared towards making education in the Nigerian system competitive and relevant to time.
The church said “our Internship Programme is designed to provide a platform for the organization to build a pipeline of next generation home grown talent. This fits into our talent resourcing strategy which aims to provide the organization with talents who are fit for the unique career paths in our organization, not just for the short term, but also for the long term.”
In addition to the above, the church also wishes to use this avenue to give back to the society by investing into the lives of these young ones, preparing them to lead effectively in the society, in line with our vision of raising role models.
The church said the programme will help to groom young talents and imbibe in them esteemed national values and culture of excellence right from the early days of their career.
According to the church, “Through this internship program, young graduates will have a first-hand experience of what it feels like to work in a structured environment. Young graduates who sense a calling of God upon their lives for full time Ministry work will get the opportunity to stay, work and learn in an environment that will help them gain clarity about whether they truly have the calling of God unto the Pastoral Ministry or not. Similarly, young graduates who have a passion to work as professionals in the Church Organization will also gain the opportunity to see and experience how things work in a corporate environment; while others who wish to explore other industries would have been equipped with the requisite skills to thrive and lead, wherever they find themselves.
Represented by one of the associate pastors, Boye Oloyede, the Senior Pastors, Sam &Nike Adeyemi charged the graduating interns, who had four weeks first hand and practical work experience with the church, not to relent in their drive for excellence, quality work and passion for humanity.
He urged them to preserve their experiences, pass the same to their friends and approach life from a total commitment to their careers.
On why the church decides to venture into the internship, Amara Ugochukwu, Head of Human Resources and Office Management, said that in addition to being part of our talent resourcing strategy, it is also one of the ways the church wants to contribute to the society as part of our corporate social responsibility, stressing “the future of work depends on practical value a graduate offers not certificate presented”.
Some of the interns spoke glowingly of their practical learning experiences in the last four weeks and promised to make their learning count.
“It is a privilege to be here today. I learnt a lot with the practicality of what was taught in the classroom. To cap it all, these four weeks of intensive coaching, mentoring and learning, was offered to me free. It exceeded my expectations and I am grateful to the church” Daniel Udoh
Another intern Wuraola Alao speaks “When I applied for this free internship programme, I was clueless. But today, I am grateful I found direction for my life. I got mentorship for free plus my self esteem has improved. It has been a journey of self-discovery and I promise not to fail”