Ebru TV Charging Ksh15K For Internship Slots

  • Ebru TV is offering a three months incubation program for students who are currently studying and need attachment or internship in a media-related field.

    In a statement released on Tuesday, September 14, the media house announced that the slots were limited and those interested were required to pay Ksh15,000 upfront.

    The station added that the opportunity would help the learners grow their experience in media and related fields.

    An image of Nairobi job seekers waiting to hand in their applications to an employer in 2020
    An image of Nairobi job seekers waiting to hand in their applications to an employer in 2020.
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    "Are you currently studying? Is attachment/ Internship part of your course? Are you looking to grow your experience in media and related fields? Look no further, Ebru TV is offering a 3 Months incubation program, don't be left out," reads an excerpt on the poster.

    The station promised an eight weeks additional bonus within the internship with an aim to help the learners refine their skills.

    Those who will benefit from the opportunity should aspire to work in the following fields; TV director, TV content developer, sound technician, reporter, TV scriptwriter, TV Studio Camera Operator, MCR (master control room) operator, vision mixer operator and set up studio lights. 

    The development comes after a few years after a heated online debate where a section of netizens criticised free internship programmes as a form of exploitation.

    Some media houses have responded to the discussion by offering stipends to interns while others like the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) and the Kenya News Agency continue to charge Ksh1,500 for internships.

    According to the latest Economic Survey 2021 by the National Treasury Cabinet Secretary, over 740,000 Kenyans lost jobs in 2021.

    The number of employed people fell to 17.4 million from 18.1 million at the end of 2020.

    The wage employment in the private sector declined while that of the public sector increased. 

    The informal sector which employees the majority of Kenyans, saw the employment opportunities shrink to 2.9 million jobs.

    KBC main office entrance located along Harry Thuku Road, off University Way in the Nairobi city centre.
    KBC main office entrance located along Harry Thuku Road, off University Way in the Nairobi city centre.
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