Bolt’s internship programme returns to help women in South Africa develop their careers

03 May 2023

Bolt’s internship programme returns to help women develop their careers

As of 2022, women hold only 26.7% of technology jobs. And compared to entry-level roles, top-management positions have an even lower representation of women. We want to drive change and support strong, ambitious women entering the tech industry. 

To help, we’re excited to announce the return of our internship programme, The Bolt Outternship, designed to help women kick-start their careers and create a more equal and diverse tech future in South Africa.

To give you a better overview of the Bolt Outternship, we asked last year’s participants to share their thoughts, worries, highlights, and words of encouragement for applicants. If, after reading the article, you feel inspired to apply, you’ll find an application link at the end of the article.

Now let’s hear from our previous interns.

Mimi Ampofo

Mimi came to Bolt as an Operations Coordinator Intern for ride-hailing and got a full-time job!

Mimi studied Actuarial Science and had little experience in the tech industry: “I always wanted to work in data science and was looking for the opportunity to gain some experience in the tech world before venturing into the world of data science,” she says.

Over the next five years, Mimi wants to deepen her understanding of the data world and strengthen her skills by furthering her education. She’s a great example of a young woman with little experience who’s persistent about making her way in the tech industry. 

“It’s not about being perfect or knowing it all,” says Mimi, “It’s about making an effort, taking things one day at a time, and adding value to yourself. Many girls have done it, and I believe you can, too.”

Elizabeth Chukwu

Elizabeth’s background is in accounting and finance, and when she applied, she had no previous experience in the tech industry. She interned in the Operations department, specialising in fraud.

“During my internship, I saw how important data is. It’s not a good approach to work based on assumptions if you want to build a sustainable and lasting product or service,” says Elizabeth.

Elizabeth is a university student, and she shared that, every day, she can apply the knowledge she gained during the internship — especially in problem-solving.

“Not to sound like a Nike ambassador, but just do it! Don’t underestimate yourself — you’ll be surprised what you’re capable of when you go for what you want!” she says. 

Sara Badru

Sara interned in Bolt’s Marketing department, having never worked at a tech company. But she does have a marketing background, which helped with day-to-day tasks during the internship.

“I wanted to be part of the group of incredible women making big breaks in the tech industry. I also saw the internship as an amazing learning experience, and I’d get so much knowledge from it,” says Sara. 

Sara’s presenting and public speaking skills strengthened thanks to frequent project presentations. She also became more confident in expressing her ideas. 

Sara’s currently taking time to learn more about marketing and the tech industry. “The experience at Bolt brought things into perspective. I want to participate more in the tech industry, and I believe I can only do so if I continue learning,” she says.

“If you’re considering applying for an internship or university, go for it! Believe in yourself and never sell yourself short. Even though you’re already good enough, never waste any opportunity to become even better,” says Sara.

How to apply

The application period starts on May 3 and lasts until June 2. There will be four stages in the recruitment process: 

  1. You begin by submitting a form where you’ll have to answer a questionnaire, select your area of interest and submit your CV;
  2. Selected applicants must submit a video of themselves responding to our case study in less than 2 minutes;
  3. We’ll conduct interviews with selected applicants;
  4. We’ll send offers to 5 successful candidates.

This year, the Bolt Outternship runs from July until September. It’s paid, and we don’t expect you to have a strong background in of our offer areas — we all start somewhere.

Know someone who might be interested? 

If this opportunity doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, but you know someone who can benefit from it, share the application form with them!

Help your friend, a fellow student, or a beloved family member kick off their tech career!

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