Business & Professional Skills Internship

We work with some of the best organisations in the country to make sure that interns gain work experience that will create a solid foundation for their careers.

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TRUSTED AND RECOGNISED

Our team has been the first Zimbabwe-based turnkey provider of cross-cultural exchanges through volunteering, and internship placements at matched organisations.

Visiting other parts of the world clears up your understanding of not just the places you visit but most importantly, of yourself. Consider coming to Zimbabwe for your MBA work placement and get to work with people who are completely different from you, in an environment that is completely different from your own.

Shake things up in your career and everyday life and get to understand why successful people invest so much time and money in travelling. You will certainly have one up on your business school classmates with unique work placement and volunteer work in Africa!  

Background to Programme Placement Sites

Tiritose Sustainable Travel is an organisation that organises international programmes for overseas students to come to Zimbabwe and explore the country for learning and adventure purposes. We start with a seamless application and placement process, then a comprehensive pre-departure orientation to help you prepare. We welcome you from the time you get off the plane, arrange your accommodation, entertainment and help you achieve your trip goals. For MBA students or business undergrads, we have come up with 3 business internship programmes that you can participate in, either as part of your study programme or for work experience. Why not rough and tough it out with unforgettable volunteer work in Africa?

Some of the areas you can expect to work in are as follows, although this is not an exhaustive list:

Non-Profit Administration and Management

MBA students and graduates from business school have a unique opportunity to work with non-profit organisations in Zimbabwe. The local staff is very passionate about helping vulnerable children, however, lack the necessary business skills to apply for grants, allocate available resources as well as use those resources in a responsible/sustainable way. Business school students and graduates are able to come on board and help staff with identifying potential funding streams, and then writing proposals acceptable by donors. 

As part of the business & professional skills internship, you will be able to take organisations through the growth cycle, and then develop ways to keep them sustainable even after you have long left Zimbabwe. You will be able to look back at an internship that helped make a lasting impact on the vulnerable section of the population in Zimbabwe, while you would have advanced your resume better than anyone in your graduating class.

MicroFinance Operations

This placement will expose you to consumer credit financing, cementing your knowledge of development finance and the ins and outs of credit retail distribution networks. The flexibility of this placement is like no other – you will be able to rotate between financing for energy products, furniture, electronics, home appliances, hardware, and clothing. There are over 100 stores in Zimbabwe, in very different parts of the country – and the locations bring their own challenges that will demand a different skill set, which you would have to learn during your work placement. 

Talk about finding purpose in life: you can rest easy knowing you have made a difference through improving people’s standards of living by implementing innovative and easily accessible credit solutions. Through the work you would have done during your business work placement, you will help local Zimbabweans who are financially illiterate develop a credit history, which they may use to purchase their first homes as well as secure other lines of financing in the future.

Highlights of the Business & Professional Skills Internship Programme
    1. Full experience of a developing economy work life: It’s quite unfortunate that Zimbabwe’s economy has declined in the past two decades, nevertheless, you won’t find a better place to learn how to do business and how not to do it (which is equally important). You can’t learn everything you need to learn in a place where everything is going well. You need to live through a failed business administration to get first-hand experience of how the other half lives. At the same time, walk on the streets of Zimbabwe and see how Zimbabweans have created business opportunities out of what would seem to be impossible circumstances. You will learn how to do business in a dog-eat-dog environment - resulting in some of the most unique volunteer work in Africa.                                                                                                    
    2. International networking opportunities: You can have as many LinkedIn connections as possible, but nothing beats working side by side with students and professionals from all over the world and learning from each other. You will meet people from countries you didn’t know how to locate on the world map, and they will teach you things that you could never learn from your usual circle of connections.
    3. Experts assisting you in mapping out your career: The decision about what you want to focus on for the rest of your life is not one that can be made lightly. Getting out of your usual environment and going away to clear your head is the best thing you can do when you are still studying or have just graduated. It’s even greater to have experts in your field to help you see things from a different perspective. It wouldn’t hurt to go and see some wild animals and unique pieces of art in-between your thinking and working sessions too! That is the charm Zimbabwe has to offer and Tiritose Sustainable Travel experts will make sure that you go back home surer of your life goals than you were when you came. 
    4. Tangible results: We want you to see as much of Zimbabwe as you can while you are here, but we will never let you forget the reason for your trip. You will be assessed and we will attest to your conduct as well with a recommendation letter and certificate of participation. We created these programmes in order to mould you into an exemplary professional and we will stand by our word. Your study/work trip to Africa will be one of the most beneficial experiences of your career.
    5. Exposure to a different work culture: Nothing “opens up” the mind like seeing how other people live and how you conduct yourself in a different setting. You will be exposed to a whole new culture, different languages, food, animals, weather and lifestyle. The fun activities and Zimbabwe’s tourist attractions will blow your mind. Everyone who has interned in our care has had a great story to tell and yours will be the best yet. 
Here's a layout of a typical day in the programme

It is true that ‘African time’ exists, and phrases like ‘there is no hurry in Africa’ pretty much sum up the lifestyle. However, the business environment is slightly different because showing up late to a meeting is frowned upon, perhaps not as much as other parts of the world. What this means is you need to bring with you a whole lot of patience, as things don’t typically happen when they should, and the best survival tip is ‘just roll with the punches

TimeActivity
07h30 Hearty breakfast
08h00 Arrive at work & get cracking
10h30 Tea Break
11h00 Staff Meeting
13h00 Lunch Hour
14h00 Continue cracking on the tasks for the day
16h30 Home Time
Where will you stay?

ACCOMODATION

Intern accommodation is in a leafy suburb of Mt Pleasant in Harare. It is a shared house with communal areas such as the kitchen, dining room, lounge and the garden. There is a swimming pool, an orchard, borehole water, solar hot water boiler, washing machine, Wi-Fi and cable satellite TV with over 100 channels.

We really make sure that you feel at home, and smoking is only allowed in the designated areas away from the house.

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What do you need to apply?

Tiritose supports volunteers and interns coming to Zimbabwe and ensures that the experience is equally rewarding for yourself and our programme. Our application process is split into two categories:

Volunteers – require some of the following:
  • Degree / Masters / PhD in business, finance or a related field
  • Significant experience in business, either as an entrepreneur or senior-level employee
  • Confident with planning, setting strategy, implementing and evaluating initiatives
  • Passport valid for at least (6) months from the date of your intended stay in Zimbabwe
Interns – require some of the following:
  • Enrolled in a business or finance-related educational programme
  • Experience within a business or finance-related field
  • Skills: Communication, organisational, strategy, accounting

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WHY SHOULD YOU APPLY?​

Visiting other places changes your perspective on your professional life as well as enhance cross-cultural awareness, all of which contribute to a well-rounded business person. Come to Zimbabwe for your business and professional skills work placement and immerse yourself in an environment that is vastly different from your own. Shake things up in your career and everyday life. See for yourself why successful people invest so much time and money in travelling. You will certainly gain a unique advantage through this work placement in Africa.

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