Friday, January 16, 2009

World Vision Offers Internships for Khmer Students

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

World Vision, a Christian relief organization, active amongst the children of Cambodia, and serving the poor of the world in general, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender, has agreed to provide internships for poor students in Cambodia.

Haidy Ear Dupuy, Advocacy and Communications Manager of World Vision Cambodia (WV), said that her organization has a long tradition of helping Cambodian students realize their full potential by offering internships to pupils and graduates every year throughout the nation.

She said that more than 10 students from different universities, institutes and colleges will be offered vocational training in areas such as Administration, Human Resources, Finance, Information Technology and Advocacy.

“Last year, the organization offered about 10 internships for students, covering periods from six months up to a year,” she said. “We now plan to recruit a further 10 interns for 2009,” she told the Cambodia Weekly.

She stated that the main purpose of the internship program for students is to provide vocational training that builds upon and supplements the intern’s academic qualifications. This is in accord with the drive to develop the full range of national human resources and will provide the individual with experience and an improved chance of finding well paid work after graduation.

She said that interns work closely with the organization’s Managers and receive practical advice to help them reach their goals. It is a mutually beneficial arrangement with both staff and students working towards a better future for everyone.

“We hope that through learning to work from internship it will provide the experience to enable our students to find real jobs with national and international companies, and organizations in Cambodia as soon as they have graduated,” she said.

From 2002 until now, there have been a total of 75 Cambodian students serving with the internship program in various capacities for World Vision Cambodia, according to the Communication Manager Ear Dupuy.

She said that approximately 80 percent of the interns who had been working with the Organization have now become full-time staff members whilst other interns also found employment with private companies, NGOs and international organizations in Cambodia.
Regarding the selection criteria, she said that the organization’s internships are open to all students and graduates in Cambodia.

“We use the usual set of recruitment criteria for all staff except in cases where we consider that students or fresh graduates have no industrial experience,” she said. “All students who apply for internships with the organization will be examined and must pass the tests set out by our Human Resource Officers.”

Khan Rethiya, 23, a Program Officer with World Vision, and also a former student from the Royal University of Phnom Penh, said he became a World Vision intern, serving for one year before he got a job with the organization in 2007.

“I applied for work as an intern with the organization in 2006 when I was studying at the Royal University of Phnom Penh. When I started with the organization, I noted the difference between theories presented in schools and the reality on the ground,” he said.

He continued, “I have learned a lot from my time with World Vision, especially about job responsibilities, effective communications, networking, and hostility. I was delighted to be offered a full time position with the organization in 2007.”

Rethiya is optimistic that World Vision provides the right environment for him to continue learning new lessons, both for his own benefit and more importantly, for the benefit of Cambodia as a whole.

Hout Rithy, Administrative and Finance Assistant of the Western Management Institute (WMI) in Phnom Penh said that in 2006, he too was an intern with World Vision.

Rithy, who graduated from the Royal University of Law and Economic Sciences in Phnom Penh in 2006, said that he secured employment with WMI following the completion of his year-long internship with World Vision early in 2007.

“I think that because of current working conditions and job opportunities, internships or voluntarily work with local or international NGOs is the best way for students and fresh graduates to find jobs in the future.”
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