We are conducting an experiment to see whether our agency would benefit from an internship programme and in return, use the opportunity to empower young black people. We want to give newly graduated creatives a chance at gaining work experience to grow them in a practical environment while boosting their portfolios. This may be uncharted territory for us, but we are eager to see the results and observations. We spoke to our first ever intern, Asithandile (Asy) Mbalu to hear how she felt about the opportunity.
How does it feel being our agency’s first intern?
There’s so much pressure on me to not disappoint and actually make sure the programme is a success and that Kaitoma doesn’t decide that the internship venture was a loss on their end and they shouldn’t do it again.
Why did you want to join the programme even though you have some agency experience?
The last internship I did was not a fun or exciting one. See, I enjoy the field I’ve chosen and I am super eager to work, but I didn’t get much opportunity there to grow and learn. I was stuck mainly doing copy checks and tedious work that others didn’t want to do. It got to a point where I was miserable. I applied for the Kaitoma Internship programme because I thought maybe combining my copywriting with social media would broaden my portfolio and definitely be an exciting line of work.
What are your aspirations within the company?
I am honestly hoping they hire me! They have an amazing and super supportive team working here, and I want to be part of something so awesomely unapologetic. The overall vibe of the company is super cool. Everyone is exceptionally hardworking, but there’s always time for a bit of fun. From hilarious conversations in the canteen at lunch to the passionate debates in the studio. Working at Kaitoma Creatives would be an honour, and I’d definitely have the envy of my peers.
What would you say to someone considering the Kaitoma Internship Programme?
If you come with a can-do attitude and tons of energy, you will not only learn and grow, but you’ll also have a positive outlook about agencies as a whole. Maybe they’ll let you join the family if you, as Paul likes saying, “pay your dues”!
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