Mobile Communication – Thousands of students complete internship programme in Cellular sector
KARACHI (August 26, 2011) : Telecommunication industry of Pakistan particularly the expanding and flourishing cellular sector is the workplace of highly qualified and talented people of diversified field. Thousands of people are looking for employment opportunities in foreign cellular companies having excellent reputation for working environment.
The cellular sector is also a dream place for hundred of thousands of students from different universities, who wish to start their career in the booming industry.
A large number of students seek internship opportunities in these companies every year in different disciplines. Recently, a significant number of students have completed their summer internship programmes successfully in different cellular companies. The period varies from a minimum of 6 weeks to 8 weeks, however, few operators allow students to work on six months long projects as intern.
Interns are mostly hired from different metropolis such as Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad, Faisalabad and Multan and get opportunity to work in different field including Marketing, HR, Finance, Engineering and Radio Frequency, Network Operations, Business Intelligence, and Sales and Distribution
Every year the industry get a large number of applications from students wanting to intern in cellular sector and most of these internship applications are received during the summer, when students have a off from their universities, and they want to gain professional experience to kick start their careers.
Interns are usually students who have completed their third year of undergraduate studies or the first year of their Master’s course and a majority of them come from LUMS, IBA, NUST, Bahria University, ISRA, Iqra, Comsats, LSE, SZABIST GIk, GC, Punjab University, etc.
Telenor Pakistan claimed that it received around 10,000 applications for internships via its online application process so far in this year that shows the importance of internship in cellular sector. All interns are paid with commensurate stipend, whereas a certificate and company’s experience letter is provided to them at the completion of the training programme. At Warid students are paid Rs 5,000 per month in the internship period.
In the cellular sector, few operators provide opportunity for employment to bright students who performed extraordinary in the internship period, whereas few of them get adjusted in case of any open vacancy.
Mobilink allows students to compete for open positions thereby paving the way for many to begin a career with the company. Mobilink earmarks high potential interns and place them on it database to be evaluated against open positions.
The internship programme is a way of preparing a new generation of telecom professionals, who will drive the future of Pakistan’s cellular industry. Internships have traditionally served as a form of industry-academia bridge and it has indeed come a long way. Through internship students get a holistic taste of the demands of the corporate sector and experience the unique culture of telecom sector.