Demonstrate your commitment to a worthy cause with an internship

Every year we create openings for Internships. Internships are important since you are provided with the opportunity to learn and gain experience. Our organization offers a vibrant and learning oriented environment where ideas are respected and full support is provided to ensure that the interns achieve their academic goals during the tenure of the internship. Use this opportunity to explore and learn so you are prepared for the development world when you graduate. Make an effort to shine and constantly challenge yourselves. We recommend that you look at the parts below on how you can become a successful Intern. In the last 5 years we have produced Interns who have gone on to score distinctions in their projects and or dissertations while some have also found employment with us and other NGOs.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Application
Interview
Confirm your program place
Pack your bags!

First, you must send us a Letter of Interest and a reference letter from your university/college. Include basic information and a copy of your resume/CV. You will then be taken to our calendar to book an interview time with our admissions team. Please ensure to complete this step. Your application will not be considered otherwise. Also note that due to volume, we are not able to contact each interested job or intern seeker. If selected for consideration, you will be contacted by a member of our team to discuss our recruitment process.

In a 20-minute Skype/phone interview, we will ask you about your background experience, goals, and motivations. We will also discuss the opportunities available within your desired program destination and career goals. This is your chance to shine and show us why you would be a good candidate for our programs.

If you are successful in your interview with us, confirm your program place

After your interview, you will be informed within 3 business days if you have been successful in your application. Successful applicants will then be formally offered a place in our programs. You will be asked to confirm your place on the program by sending us an acceptance email.

Collaborative internship placement process & pack your bags!

Once we have received your acceptance email your place in our programs is confirmed.

Your internship role will typically be confirmed 4-8 weeks prior to your arrival (this is a guideline and may differ during peak seasons).

How to become a successful Intern

The four parts that you may want to consider as an intern before you begin your internship are:
• Displaying willingness and curiosity;
• Going above and beyond;
• Communicating well;
• Getting support;
• Community Q&A.

We recommend that you use this as a basis of a pre-internship student self-assessment audit.

GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND
  1. Challenge yourself to no end. Step out of your comfort zone. Finish projects fast and accurately, then ask for more work.
  2. Figure out how you can add value to your team. Network with your co-workers, introduce yourself and find out what they are working on. See if you can do what they're doing, or get involved in some way to contribute to the team. What does your team need? Figure that out, and make it happen.
  3. Shine above everyone else. Make your presence known.  Smile, dress professionally, and perform well.  Exceed expectations on your work and never just settle for the minimum.  Be an over-achiever; pay attention to details and exceed expectations.
  4. Do not be afraid to fail. As an intern, you will make mistakes. However, take responsibility and learn from it.  Do not let failure hold you back from challenging yourself.  Remember that as an intern you are not expected to know everything, so make an effort to learn.
COMMUNICATING WELL

Always follow up on emails and tasks. Keep your managers informed on your progress with current tasks. Let your team know of any hardships you are facing, perhaps they will have a suggestion.

GETTING SUPPORT

Find a mentor who is willing to help your career growth, perhaps the most beneficial learning experience.

Learn everything you can from this person. Use this mentor as a resource for questions and learning new skills. Refer to your mentor for advice (especially during hardships).

TIPS
  • Be friendly and professional towards your colleagues.
  • Realize that people are watching you at all times, quietly assessing whether you'd fit in longer term.
  • Maintain a positive attitude toward your duties as much as possible. No one likes someone who complaints about the things they must do, but people love it when people are willingly and uncomplainingly work hard. This shows that you are a mature, unselfish, hard-working person.
SELF EVALUATION

Self-Evaluation

  • Ask yourself if you have skills in problem solving, for example: Trouble shooting and Decision making.
  • Do you have analytical skills – systems and process thinking, creativity and innovation and do you consider team work – to delegate, motivate, and do you have tolerance and receptiveness?
  • Are you flexible and do you have cultural awareness?
  • Do you have community and stakeholder awareness?
  • Are you good at planning and estimation?
  • Do you work out your scheduling and time management?
  • Do you know what Monitoring and Evaluation is?.
  • Are you assertive and practice confidentiality, as well as data protection?
  • Are you an active listener?
  • Can you write reports?
  • Do you have financial awareness?
  • Are you diligent, punctual and responsible?
  • Are you adaptable and do you have concern for quality and do you practice your professional code of practice.

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For more information on Ntengwe’s internship policy see the attached below:

INTERNSHIP POLICY

INTERN TESTIMONIAL

Pascaline Lisa Ndlovu Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) in Development Studies student , Lupane State University
In my third year I had to go for work-related learning.  My work related learning with Ntengwe for Community Development was a period where I was expected to acquire and develop certain skills in the area of placement related to my development studies. My internship was from 2016 to 2017 under the women’s economic empowerment program. I gained a lot of experience and practical knowledge vis-à-vis my theoretical. I had never embarked on any professional field of work, this was a very great opportunity for me in exploration of new things and now I have acquired a year of experience as a field officer. I have developed quite a number of skills that will market me on the labour market. Skills gained and learnt include report writing, community development, importance of decision making, pressure and stress management, finance and administration as well as team work spirit.  I was happy working with the Ntengwe team as they welcomed me with opened arms.  My strengths were their happiness and my weaknesses were their concerns, they never gave up on me and always created an opportunity for me to learn and experience different projects.  Thank you ever so much Ntengwe!