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All Palm Institute diploma students must complete a two-month, full time (35-40 hours/week) internship between their first and second year of studies in order to be eligible to receive certification of completion of their respective program.

The purpose of this internship program is to:

  • Learn hands-on skills that are relevant to your chosen career path.
  • Gain insight into different career opportunities and meet/network with working professionals.
  • Apply what you have learned in the classroom to real-world scenarios.
  • Be able to apply what you learn in this internship experience to your 2nd year of studies.

Internship Placements

Students can be placed with our partner, Okantey Consulting, or with a vast range of other companies in Accra. The placement will be dependent on company needs as well as student’s field of study and personal interests. PISL will assist students in securing an internship that suits the student’s interest and career aspirations.

What is expected of Students?

Students are expected to treat the internship like a job. Students should arrive on-time in appropriate attire, ready to work and participate in projects as asked of them by their supervisors.

Before beginning the internship program, students must meet with their supervisor at their respective company to discuss goals and projected outcomes for the internship experience. If a student fails to meet the expectations of the company and PISL throughout their internship placement, they will not pass the class, and will be asked to repeat the following year.

What is expected of companies hosting interns?

In agreeing to hire an intern for a 2-month period, companies and their staff are agreeing to work with students in a hands-on professional environment. Typically, students will be assigned to one particular department, and will observe, learn and assist with one or two projects. While students may assist with other administrative tasks if needed, repetitive tasks (i.e. photocopying, answering phones, and running errands) should take up no more than 25% of the student’s time.

Furthermore, this is a learning and mentoring opportunity for students. Companies working with interns should take the time to teach hands-on skills and enhance professional development as much as possible.