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2nd phase of power ministry internship kicks off

Second phase of Young Bangla’s revolutionary internship scheme with Bangladesh government’s Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources (MoPEMR) kicked off on Tuesday, April 10, 2018.

A total of 165 fresh university graduates are participating in the first of a 3-slot internship program at various utilities under the ministry located in different parts of the country from April to July.

The scheme was formally launched at an orientation program at the Bidyut Bhaban in Dhaka on Monday, April 9, 2018, organized by Centre for Research and Information (CRI), the secretariat of Bangladesh’s biggest national youth platform Young Bangla, in collaboration with MoPEMR.

The new interns were briefed on the kind of workplace and the nature of work they are going to deal with during the course of the coming four months as part of the internship.

In addition, 100 engineers from the first phase of the internship in 2016, were given certificates for successfully completing the program.

“It [internship with the ministry] was a great opportunity for us. We had some valuable exposure by working at the field level and got to apply our academic learnings at work,” said Monisha Poddar, an intern from the 2016 phase.

Young Bangla’s Vision 2021 Internship program is the first ever in-job pre-employment training opportunity for engineering graduates with the various ministries and offices of the Bangladesh government – that too without taking part in any competitive examination.

This opportunity is exclusive for the members of Young Bangla. CRI, as the secretariat of Young Bangla, invited application for the program in November 2017 and received more than 2,000 submissions – all from within the Young Bangla network.

“The applications went through rounds of vigorous scrutiny and background check,” said Israt Farzana, research officer at CRI.

In 2016, a staggering 26,500 Young Bangla members did internship with various public and private sector organizations including MoPEMR, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ICT Division, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, Microsoft Bangladesh and Aamra Companies. Of them, 100 worked with the MoPEMR.

“We are planning to accommodate at least 500 interns this year under the Vision 2021 Internship of Young Bangla,” said Nasrul Hamid at the orientation program.

Later this year, on completion of the first round, at least another 400 engineers will work in two more subsequent four-month slots with MoPEMR.