Philip Morris International, a company in the United States with successful business operations in 180 countries, brings their internship initiative called INKOMPASS to the Philippines.
Knowing that INKOMPASS program was already present in 11 countries and is already making steps to enhance the level of internship, the company still plans to launch in 4 more within this year. Unlike the other internship programs, this one is composed of two cycles, which will later on help the students start easier with their careers.
Also, there are things that makes INKOMPASS program different among the rest.
Building real world skills, being active in live business projects and interacting with some of the best minds from the company’s international team are some of it that makes them unique.
The INKOMPASS first cycle sees the interns participating in local business projects with a potential for best performers to work on regional projects in their second cycle. What this translates into is cross country collaboration, brilliant networking opportunities and a chance to experience internationalism, first hand.
Another integral part of the program is to equip bright, energetic and curious college sophomores with skills that can help them succeed in life. This is done by assigning a project coach to every intern.
“We believe every intern is unique—it is their experiences which will allow them to understand their development areas while discovering their strengths.” says Jaya Venugopal, Director Talent Acquisition Brand Building. “This is why quality feedback and coaching are a critical part of the INKOMPASS program. It is also something we believe is mandatory in building portable skills. When I say portable skills, I mean skills that an intern can take with him or her throughout their career.”
A Program That Understands You
INKOMPASS understands, at this early stage it’s difficult for students identify what they like doing and what they do not. This is why the INKOMPASS program is structured in a manner that will provide interns with cross functional exposure.
A Continuing Relationship
INKOMPASS believes that learning is a continuous process and therefore likes to maintain its relationship with its interns even after they’ve completed the program.
“There’s a very strong connection that we keep with the interns because we believe when they go back to school, their journey of self-discovery continues,” explains Ms. Venugopal. “They now have the opportunity to keep in touch with us and us with them. It’s mutual learning. They can count and trust us for help, for inputs when they are doing their university projects and we can learn a lot from their creativity and passion.”
Currently, INKOMPASS is open to residents of the Philippines who are in their second year of undergraduate study. To apply, interested students can visit www.INKOMPASS.global.
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