A one day seminar has rounded off in the University of Bamenda Organized by the Department of Communication and Development (CADS) Saturday June 12, 2021. The seminar under the theme Internship Orientation, according to the Organizers was to redress several issues as students of the department go out for internship. The way they dress, their manner of approach, and the manner through which they write their internship report were some of the reasons that prompted the organization of the seminar.
Addressing the students before the real business of the day was the Head of Department for Communication and Development Studies Professor Robert Akoko who challenged the students of both level 300 and 400 to keep the flag of the school raised high everywhere they find themselves.
According to one of the seminar trainer, Dr. Ndonko Peguy who doubles as a lecturer in the department who says due to several complains received in the past years about CADS students during internships, it was therefor appropriate to organize the seminar. ‘’the images of the University and that of the Department is under threat and to clear this immediately, we have to organize this seminar to tell the students what they ought to do while carrying out their duties’’, he said.
According to Dr. Tanwie Gilbert, a lecturer in the department and one of the lead experts during the seminar, what they have been expecting from students as their reports are concern after internship is something wanting. ‘’when you read their reports especially the area where they have to talk about the actual work done during the internship, it usually very sketchy which gives the impression that they go to the field ill-prepared or they don’t know what is expected from them’’, he added.
He said the students are not out to sell their face, dresses or body but they are out to sell the talents in them and that should be their priority.He expressed satisfaction with the massive turnout by the students and hope that this year’s batch of students going out for field work will do something great as their behavior, dressing and report writing are concern.
According to Anchimbom Noela, a level 300 student who will be going out this August to carry out internship on Communication, she came with a lot of expectations and at the end of the seminar, was so happy to have been part of it. ‘’Coming to this seminar I had a lot of expectations and I am happy that all of them were met. When I will be going out for internship, I will know exactly what to do as per the knowledge gathered here today’’.
The ball is now in the students court to play it very well to make their teachers proud.