The hashtag ‘interns are not beasts of burden’ is the top trending topic on Twitter on Friday evening (December 29), with Kenyans taking to the social media site to urge companies to treat students on internship with respect and appreciation, especially as the new year nears.
Below are some of the top tweets posted under the hashtag ‘interns are not beasts of burden’:
Lord Pretty Flacko (@OvitakenEravo) tweeted: “Nothing really disappoints like interning for a multinational company yet you still ask your parent for transport allowance.”
JaaSit (@jkarumba) said: “An intern is a colleague who is able to do whatever they trained for, just short of lengthy experience. Treat them with respect and accord them the necessary support to learn, grow, contribute and challenge status quo.”
Embakasi East MP Babu Owino tweeted: “Internships are fast becoming tools of modern day slavery in Kenya. Most university interns never get absorbed by the institutions that promise them jobs upon their graduation. Something must be done.”
Weru Erastus (@welah_era) said: “Interns will become your boss one day and therefore they will be accorded highest level of respect. Take care.”
John (@wick254) tweeted: “You cannot start blaming firms of exploiting you yet you are willing to be exploited! How can you be working in an internship position for one year? That degree is not a limitation of your thinking capacity.”
King of the North (@LehmanFestus) said: “Just had to weigh in. Clinical officers undergo a one year internship programme in which they are paid. No one cares, no one listens.”
Cyrus Mwanzwii (@blessed_cyrus) tweeted: “Interns are forced to work more extra without pay in Kenya in search for a positive recommendation.”
Yule Msee (@fredrick_kavoo) said: “The Kenyan stinginess has seen organizations having accountants doubling up as admin and the HR. There is a reason we have HR practitioners. Let them do their job and see the wonders in proper manpower management.”
Timothy Ndiritu (Timothymaina4) tweeted: “Our sisters have a different story to tell of what happens during internship.”
Michael Gwei (@michaelgwei) said: “Just like corruption, the culture of misuse is cultivated and the cycle never stops. Most, if not all, are victims. Some things need to change for the sake of a better tomorrow.”
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