How AKU’s Reciprocal Virtual Internship Programme, changed my life!​

​Shemei Agaba is a student at the Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications (GSMC) who participated in AKU’s Reciprocal Virtual Internship Programme through a 3-month internship with Presciant in New York, USA in collaboration with our partner Talanta.

 “The programme has been a life-changing experience for me as it equipped me with valuable technical and soft skills, such as communication, presentation, adaptability, and time management skills, as well as providing training on self-discovery, purpose, and digital branding.

The programme's workshops, coaches, and mentors were instrumental in developing these skills. I also had the opportunity to participate in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Open Learning and the MIT Bootcamps, which provided me with valuable guidance and resources from industry experts. These experiences enhanced my knowledge and employability skills, it broadened my perspectives and shaped my thinking.

Furthermore, the programme provided me with an internship placement with Presciant, a branding company that helps organizations strengthen their brands and gain a competitive edge. During my internship, I was given tasks and responsibilities that allowed me to practice my newly acquired skills and further develop my expertise in journalism and storytelling. This placement also provided me with financial compensation to cover my basic expenses and support my personal documentary film projects, which allowed me to focus on my work and school while pursuing my creative interests.

I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to participate in the programme, which I learned about through the Global Engagement Office. I highly recommend this programme to any AKU student looking to enhance their skills and increase their chances of employment.”