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Safaricom plans to hire interns to expand tech skills to woo more women in the field.

Kenyan operator Safaricom has announced plans to recruit 62 interns by January 2017 as it progresses its agenda to woo more women to the technology field. The internships will target forty female university students under its Women in Technology initiative, with a further eighteen internships open to all university applicants and an additional four internships that will be filled through the Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya.

40 slots will be open to only female university students, 18 slots will be for everyone, while the remaining 4 slots will be filled through the Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya. The high number of female students is in fulfilment of Safaricom’s plan to get more women into technology.
Started in 2013, Safaricom’s 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 percent in 2013 to 20 percent today.

To date, more than 320 students have undergone the technology Internships, with Safaricom absorbing twenty-two former interns to full-time positions with more than thirty others employed by other industry players.

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. 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 will close on 28th November 2016.

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