We had been planning this internship program for three months now. The goal of the internship is to build a pool of capable people for projects and operations management in the healthcare programs we run. This ensures we have the manpower to grow, the interns can use their skills to get good jobs and make an impact in other areas of healthcare. Thirdly, the skills they learn are useful outside of healthcare and so position them generally for better employment. The first two points are more central and relevant to our organisation and our supporters, while the third point is a collateral benefit for the interns.
The internship program fits into our calling to transform lives. Through the program the selected interns gain professional exposure; office productivity, project management and operations management skills. The internship is a perfect mix of teaching, training, coaching and project work. We are hopeful that the interns will be better positioned for productivity in health care project planning and operations management.
When fully trained, the interns will be deployed to field works on primary healthcare centres monitoring and repositioning projects, and the maternal and infant healthcare program. They will also be involved in the capacity development of health care workers and traditional birth attendants.
The focus areas on the program include:
1) Project Planning
2) Operations Management
3) Office Productivity tools
4) Project site visits and involvement
5) Seminars and Workshops
Your continued support helps us sustain our involvements in Nigeria. We consider this internship program as the beginning phases of something bigger – capacity building for the Nigerian healthcare support ecosystem.