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Career and Job Creation (CJC) Program
To provide career development assistance and entrepreneurial
opportunities to talented African youth.
The NEO Entrepreneurial Support Program is still under
design. We hope to launch this initiative in early 2007 to provide
enterprise seed capital for African youth with exceptional
Our strategy for career development in Africa is to establish
national internship programs, using the U.S. corporate internship
system as our model. Through these programs, we hope to reverse the
prevailing trend in most parts of Africa, where well-connected
students, rather than the most deserving students, have access to
most of the scarce opportunities available for exciting and
rewarding careers. The NEO Internship Program is currently underway
in Ghana, and will remain the primary focus of the CJC team through
2006. Below is a brief description of our ongoing pilot:
Project Description: Ghana Corporate Internship
Target: Small to Medium Enterprises
Status: 3 firm commitment slots obtained
- Candidate Search:
people is no easy task. To alleviate this burden, we hand-pick the
internship candidates for our corporate partners using rigorous
selection criteria. The internship recruiting team comprises
talented professionals who have learned from their own career
experiences with some of the most successful companies in America.
- Sponsored Candidate Tryout:
sponsor a 2-month trial period for the candidate. In essence, we
pay the candidate for the trial period, instead of our corporate
partners - a win-win deal!
- Training and Career Development:
underlying philosophy is to maximize the potential of all our
candidates. Hence, we provide comprehensive training for our
internship participants to help them develop a strong work ethic
and the necessary technical, organizational and/or communication
skills required to make them successful employees. We also match
each intern with a mentor from our network to ensure easy access to
career counseling and other relevant insights from more experienced
- Corporate Advertising and Exposure:
that participate in our internship program gain good publicity,
advertising opportunities and access to our global network of
students and professionals.
How to Participate
Ghanaian-based companies interested in joining our pilot
program are encouraged to contact us directly for more information.
We welcome any ideas that could make this a more effective program!