For the third consecutive year, Bolt has launched its Women in Tech internship program.
The ‘The Bolt Outternship’ internship program this year, which will run for three months starting in July 2023, aims to empower young women by giving them the opportunity to begin their careers in technology.
Bolt started the #WomeninTech program in 2021 with the intention of supporting young women who are considering professions in the tech industry. By providing positions across several sectors, including Operations, Engineering, Public Policy, PR, and Marketing, the initiative aims to mentor, develop, and empower young women. The young women will also be partnered with Bolt leadership women who will serve as their mentors and coaches throughout the three-month program.
In a statement, Linda Ndungu, country manager for Bolt, said: “We are thrilled to be starting the third edition of our internship program that is designed to inspire young women to take the lead and further their careers in the tech industry. We are sure that the internship program will give young women useful job experience and hasten the development of their careers. We firmly believe that more women in computing will help to foster a more open, varied, and forward-thinking society given the historically male domination of the field.
Bolt provided 4 young women with the opportunity to participate in the internship program in 2022, giving them the chance to support the expansion of the ride-hailing market by working in a variety of departments.
“As an intern working with the Bolt Food team, I learned a lot,” said Leah Wambui, one of the 2022 interns, when asked about her experience. I improved my capacity to analyze and interpret data, which is essential for making plans and decisions. I also improved my capacity for planning and task management, as well as my capacity for teamwork, improved communication, powerful presentation, and most crucially, data analysis. My ability to assess data and offer better suggestions based on my perceptions has been my greatest success.
“This initiative also shows that Bolt as a tech company is committed to the impact it has on the communities it operates in. We are not only empowering young women with an extraordinary opportunity, but we are playing our part in mending the gender gap in tech.” added Linda Ndungu.
The application process for this year’s internship program will begin in May, and 20 seats will be made available for women in Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, and South Africa to develop vital skills in operations, public policy, account management, public relations, and marketing. The paid internship will last for three months, from July to September 2023.
Candidates who are interested in the program should click on this page and adhere to the instructions. A buddy can also be put forward for the program. In June, after reviewing all submissions, the Company will get in touch with the selected applicants.
Offering women in the ride-hailing sector opportunity to make money is another goal of Bolt as a company. Bolt supports women to engage in the ride-hailing industry by providing safe, financially feasible options for them to work independently and with flexibility, and by doing so through the women-only category on the platform.