Makerere University gives 2020 internship programs the go ahead

The Makerere University senate has agreed to allow students continue with the 2020 internship program as earlier planned as long the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are observed.

The university has been closed since March 2020, a move that interrupted the academic calendar and distorted plans for internship and recess term.

In a letter addressed to The Principals, Deans of Schools and Colleges of the University, the Senate lists a number of guidelines to be followed during the internship process.

Theses include:

  1. Allow students with ready placements to proceed with their host institutions, in observation of COVID-19 SOPs
  2. Organize students to undertake practical activities, working remotely with the host institutions
  3. Students work in small groups or as individuals on industry/work – based assignments and present before internship Committees’
  4. Engage organizations to propose projects/ problems that can be worked on by students remotely to provide solutions
  5. Students undertake own designed projects in accordance with deliverables approved by internship supervisors
  6. Students participate in staff-led projects to undertake activities with clear deliverables approved by College Internship Committees.
  7. Allow students to carry out projects to test classroom knowledge and applicability from their environment and write extended essays to be presented and graded.
  8. That the University shall coordinate with the Ministry of Education and Sports on the matter.

Various organisations such as Vision Group and the Uganda Communication Commission cancelled their internship and graduate training programs for 2020 due to restrictions caused by the pandemic.

Check out the full statement below.