Industrial training is something every Nigerian undergraduate looks forward to. We want to feel the work environment, expand our professional network, learn beyond textbooks class notes. For some of us, it’s a good time to save good money or take breath-taking selfies.
The Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) was established by the Industrial Training fund in 1973. The aim is to expose students of tertiary institutions to the industrial work experience. The duration ranges between 2-6 months to a year.
Getting a great IT place is the dream of undergraduates. The sad news however is that at the end of the day, not everyone gets one. With good preparation and foresight, you can be among the lucky ones. Not all companies take IT every year or even at all. Listed below are ten companies that take IT students every year.
Accenture is one of the largest consulting companies in the world. They provide a wide range of professional services. The Accenture Nigeria Internship program runs for 2-6 months and is open to students of all disciplines. Application is done through the Accenture Nigeria career page when the vacancy opens.
The Shell undergraduate internship programme is open to students of various disciplines. Application is done through the Shell Internship website. Students are required to take online tests, phone interview among other screening methods. Successful interns of the Shell internship stand a good chance of being recruited by Shell after graduation. Note that it is not an express ticket to employment in the future.
Total Nigeria operates two batches of undergraduate internship annually. The first batch starts by March with the second in September. Applications can be submitted at Total Nigeria office. There’s a much greater chance of your application being considered when it is submitted by a Total staff. Look at it like someone being a surety for you before the company. A written tests is usually conducted.
The KPMG Undergraduate Summer Internship is open to smart students from all disciplines. Interns are put through a lot of training in the audit and financial planning world. See the KPMG internship page for more information.
Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas is Nigeria’s ambitious gas transportation project. The NLNG internship scheme is advertised on the internet and application is done online. Like most IT applications, advertisements usually comes around the last and first trimester of the year. Students write an online test.
Schlumberger is one of the premier Oil Servicing Companies in the world and accepts undergraduates from science and commercial disciplines. Students are subjected to texts and other screening processes before being picked. Application can be started on the Schlumberger internship page.
Over the years, I have met a few who did their internship at Chevron. It’s not as advertised as others but holds all the same. To apply mail your school IT letter and CV to the Lagos branch.
8.) Guaranty Trust Bank
Last year Guaranty Trust Bank advertised its SIWES programme and we believe this will continue. Applications are from various disciplines but seeing the industry, roles will be more likely for arts and commercial students.
A very popular IT destination for many Nigerian students, Mobil internship has been around for a while. Mobil internship is well advertised when it starts.
10.) APM Terminals
APM Terminals is a leading shipping port and container terminal operator. APM Nigeria internship scheme is open to students of Engineering and Technology related disciplines. The internship also comes with a one year scholarship for successful candidates.
There are countless other companies and small firms that take interns too. It is important to keep your ears open from the first semester of your IT year.
Know any IT places I may have missed, share with me in the comments below