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Africa's first time-bound work experience app for students and young professionals

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Intern-app coined from “Internship” and “Applications”, presents a simple yet fastest way to launch a career that one has always desired. Best part? Absolutely no connection or third party influence is needed! It aims to match skilled African talents to leading global companies and organizations through a temporary work experience program ranging from 3 to 12 months. Up to 10 company brands will be sampled based on the data input and determined by two key facets: Course of study and personal interest like painting, writing, sculpting, et al. A click on submit button will ensure that the completed work experience application is distributed to the selected companies at the same time. Users can work remotely or on-site while their monthly stipends of $100 or more for students and $300 or more for young professionals will be escrowed via a payment wallet embedded in the cross-platform app which links a user's profile to his/her bank account. Also, there will be interactivity mode which allows a user to communicate with a fellow user or employer. 


We partner with leading companies and organizations worldwide to codesign a workplace learning experience for students and graduates or young professionals to take a chance on themselves, utilizing available career mapping tools to make informed decisions about a working life they find more fulfilling. The technical solution design will help achieve sustainable development goal 8 of UNDP which is full and productive employment, and decent work for all men and women.

Define three specific objectives that you would like to achieve with your proposal.

At InternApp, we are poised to achieve the following:

  • Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8 of UNDP which is decent work and economic growth 
  • Intertwine the relationship between academia and industry 
  • Empower more people to ignite their dream careers 

What problems (particularly in value chain competitiveness and global disruption) are your community’s stakeholders facing due to the Covid-19 pandemic?

From personal experiences to weekly potential user surveys, I compiled the problems community stakeholders are facing at present:

  • Massive retrenchment and paycheck slice of employees ushered in by the novel Covid19 
  • Difficulty in choosing a workplace that is in consonance with the field of interest 
  • Distance from place of residence to workplace is usually farther apart 
  • Connection or third party influence is often required to secure a work placement or job

What minimum viable solution(s) are you proposing to address the challenge(s) in your community?

We refined the solutions thoroughly and validated it to meet the market needs as represented below;

  • Companies and organizations affected by the global health crisis will benefit from our very affordable time-bound talents to help mitigate their financial loses 
  • For each application, workplaces are sieved based on two key facets - course of study and personal interest 
  • Option to work remotely or on-site will be available to accommodate everyone 
  • No third party influence is required as we are connecting leading companies and organizations via the app

Share your story (your narrative)

Prior to the global health pandemic, securing work experience placement as a student in Nigeria was daunting. For me it was worse! I had to think of my ideal work place: Employee-friendly; close to place of residence; timely disbursement of allowances and where my field of study was in line with company’s practice. However, I encountered a major problem — one that left me bewildered. Almost all the front desk officers I had met confessed to me that I needed to have a connection or a third party influence to boost my chances of being considered for a spot. Some were kind enough to show me cartons that contained stack of torn papers which was internship letters and resume of people that did not have connections.


As companies orchestrate massive retrenchment and administer paycheck slice of their employees due to the global health crisis, Internapp was hatched to help mitigate their financial loses.

Please provide any additional relevant information that you would like to share.

The market size is perched at $100B in Africa which constitute the highest population of unemployed people in the world.


These are our lists of program involvements:

  • Internapp has been selected for ITU magnet accelerator program in Turkey. 
  • Internapp got accepted into Mozilla Builders Incubator Program. 
  • Joined United Nations youth SDGs network in Nigeria for Decent Work campaign. 

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Sunday Bawa 2 months ago

Hello. Hope you're good. Nice work! But how is this different from jobberman.com ?

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Israel Abazie 2 months ago

Thank you so much for your response.

Jobberman focuses mainly on permanent recruitment. And often times people don't get accepted or recruited on their platform. But as we are codesigning a workplace experience program which ranges from 3 to 12 months with leading global companies and organizations, there's a greater chance 99% of people to get staffed.

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Israel Abazie 2 months ago

Your votes would go a long way chief. Thanks alot for your constructive feedback

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Sunday Bawa 1 month ago

Okay. Are interns able to chat with each other in app?

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Israel Abazie 1 month ago

At Internapp, we envision a world where academia and industry have an intertwining relationship.

That said, there will be an interactivity mode between academia (i.e. colleges, students) and industry which will occasion a virtuoso cycle: refining skills and trends to integrate them into academic curricular timeously.

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Alex Carle 2 months ago

HI. Interesting and the need is clearly established and important. It would be useful to see more about the solution. What stage are you currently at. Is there a MVI? does it target all areas of employment? how does it work for the casual labour which is so common? thanks a lot

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Israel Abazie 2 months ago

I appreciate you for your constructive feedback.

We are currently developing the MVP android and IOS. Basically, internapp aims to provide early exposure to the workplace and career guidance for students and young professionals across Africa. It targets people who would want to work at any leading global company or organization but on a temporary or time-bound basis. By extension, casual workers are the biggest beneficiaries.

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Patrick Obumselu 1 month ago

How are you going to implement this solution considering the new realities of the covid-19 pandemic.

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Israel Abazie 1 month ago

I'm sure you are aware countries are reopening their economies?

Optionally, users can choose to work remotely (Work from home) and still optimize their workflow

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Samantha Dean 2 weeks ago

Hi I think your idea is very interesting, fun and innovative. I support you 100%. Stay motivated and keep the ideas coming. See you at the top.

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Samantha Dean 2 weeks ago

You almost can't avoid third party influencers. I've also seen sites like indeed and employers do like assessment test and run background checks to make sure their skills are up to date and I haven't heard you mentioned any of these. What sets your idea part from these guys?

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Israel Abazie 1 week ago

Thanks for your feedback. Internapp is primarily focused on Africa targeting students and young professionals aged 18-35 years. Our business model amongst other things sets us apart from our competitors

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Nkiru Agomuo 2 weeks ago

Your plan is indeed great. Congratulations is in order! How would you be partnering with the Companies and organizations?

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Israel Abazie 1 week ago

Good question. We do that through our accelerator and Incubator programs participation.

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MBANGE Edmond 2 weeks ago

Hello Israel, that’s a great idea you have there. You presented your idea well. In order to refine the presentation of your idea, I have a few proposals for you.
1. For the start, conduct a pilot project which focuses on Nigeria, considering that you have a good mastery of the situation in Nigeria. This will permit you to easily test your prototype and make corrections if necessary before spreading to Africa. When this is done, backup your problem definition with some clear statistics like the number of schools in Nigeria, the number of students looking for internship and the companies that have internships to offer. You can narrow down to a state like Lagos, if Nigeria is too broad.
2. The stipend the interns or young professionals receive depends on the company that gives them an offer, is it important for you to specify the amount of their remuneration? Or is any compensation going to be given to you as the middle man?
3. What are some of the schools and companies you have talked with already? You can just give an idea if you don't want to cite names..... Are their conditions favourable?
4. You haven’t been easy with the third parties; how are you going to be different from them? How do you intend to get funding for the sustainability of your work?
5. Make your citations as precise as possible in order to ease verification and highlight the validity of your points.
This is what I have for now. Remember we are trying to make the project better so that we can get to as many companies and students/young professionals as possible while using your idea to minimizing the impact of Covid-19.

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Israel Abazie 1 week ago

Hello Edmond, thank you immensely for your feedback. We have conducted user research, validated the idea and it has helped to design our prototype. Having a knowledge of the pains through research and having experienced one myself, it has indeed given us a good mastery of the situation in Nigeria. Currently, we are building out our MVP with minimal features so that we would launch it and with feedbacks iterate and tweak till we reach PMF. I must say, you made a great point and we will add more details on our final submission. On top of our list of GTM strategies is social media marketing given the current state of the economy. We will be onboarding companies via accelerator and incubator programs. Currently we are in two accelerator programs and will be onboarding their portfolio companies. Internapp does not only limit itself with just about students because graduates or young professionals are also part of its target market. About the stipends: we are codesigning a work experience program with would-be partner Companies. $100 is basically what the average student intern gets as stipend in Nigeria. But here, the companies we onboard can pay the minimum $100 or more. We take a meagre 1.5% as a service fee, and will enforce our sustainability. Internapp only provides the platform where students and young professionals launch the career they have always desired. It eliminates influence of third parties or connections and it's gender blind. Thank you once again for your comment. Please vote for my project.

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Obodo Peters 2 weeks ago

Your project has a really great potential and it's simple and implementable. However, you didn't state what your business model is and how you can stay sustainable?

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Israel Abazie 2 weeks ago

Yeah because it wasn't intended for the question. However, we are taking 1. 5% of users monthly stipends to aid us in the sustainability of the company.

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Victoria Masso 1 week ago

Status label added: Mentor feedback received

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Israel Abazie 1 week ago

Thank you so much Victoria.The feedbacks are enlightening and great. Will inject an updated version in the final submission

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Achia Khaleda 1 week ago

Hi Israel, how do you make money from this project as job site is really competitive. In the sametime how do you measure your impact .

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Israel Abazie 1 week ago

Hello Achia. Thank you so much for feedback. Internapp takes a meagre 1.5% from user's monthly stipends as service charge. We will be measuring the cumulative number of users accepted into our time-bound work experience program. Please do well to follow my progress through ITU innovation challenge and Vote for my project. Let's keep building

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Achia Khaleda 1 week ago

nice

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Simon Mbewe 1 week ago

Hello Israel,
How do you position yourself to compete with the already existing platforms offering same or similar solutions? What plans do you have in place to gain big market share of the $100 billion available market.

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Israel Abazie 1 week ago

Hi MbeweS, I appreciate you for commenting here. When it comes to Africa, internapp is unrivaled as other big players are targeting their solutions in American and European markets. However, whatever may be the case, we will ensure we continue to deliver on our value proposition while emitting value to our users/customers. Remember, we are in the service of matching students and young professionals across Africa to leading global companies and organizations in 1 second. Please kindly vote for my project as well as follow my journey through the challenge.

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Simon Mbewe 1 week ago

Thanks

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Emmanuel Noah 1 week ago

Awesome idea Israel! The future of work is digital and the Intern-app is a great step forward in providing a financial safety net to the average student and young professional by connecting them to the global job market. Have you considered how talent onboarded onto your platform can be connected with local Nigerian startups, and MSMEs for short-term gigs i.e research, financial modeling, accounting, etc.

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Israel Abazie 1 week ago

Thank you for this question. We have just partnered with United Nations youth SDGs network in Nigeria. Together we will be meeting relevant stakeholders in public and private sectors to onboard reputable local Nigerian startups.

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Nivashini Rave Rattey 1 week ago

Status label added: Community feedback received

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Nivashini Rave Rattey 1 week ago

The idea has been progressed to the next milestone.

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Augustus Nwangwu 1 week ago

Good jobs! in my opinion

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DJ Koeman 2 days ago

getting youth on the work experience bandwagon is essential, great initiative. What I have learnt is that the pain of these market places is stimulating supply and demand on both sides (students and companies). What secret sauce do you intend to use for that?

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Israel Abazie 1 day ago

Thanks for your comment. We have plethora of users courtesy of our involvement with United Nations youth SDGs network in Nigeria. On the other hand, we will be increasing the demand side through accelerator / Incubator programs portfolio companies we are involved in.

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