Kepler and Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) Opening Doors to Employment: Internships and Workplace

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Source: Connected Learning Consortium | Original Article Link

Kepler Kiziba has a robust employment pathways model, which focuses dually on the development of relevant skill sets and competencies for employment as well as in-programme work experience. Through SNHU’s competency-based Degree, students gain globally competitive skills that are locally contextualised through Kepler’s supplementary curricula. In addition, students are required to complete internship experiences after finishing their Associate Degree programmes – the midway point of the overall Degree – and before continuing into their Bachelor’s Degree work. The programme relies on strong employer partnerships built by Kepler with local and national employers in Rwanda, in order to find and offer internship placements to students. Students must apply to internship opportunities that they are interested in, and utilise professional competencies by submitting their cover letters, CVs, and expressions of interest to employers. Students are incentivised to apply and successfully complete their internship, in order to move on to their Bachelor’s Degree. Kepler Kiziba supports students to succeed in their internships and in the workplace
by supporting the development of professional competencies and the development of key skills needed for developing economies, working with employers to identify key labour market gaps and to supply targeted training and skills support.

One refugee student who has recently completed his Associate Degree is working for a tech start-up in Kigali, developing an online platform to host a digital curriculum that he developed to teach professional and safety skills to motorcycle taxi drivers in Rwanda. Another refugee student is completing an internship as a technology assistant at the Kepler Kigali main campus, where he repairs computer hardware and helps maintain the technology in Kepler’s centre. These internship experiences and work experiences that focus on professionalism are critical for student job placement afterward.

Story provided by: SNHU/Kepler