THE Securities and Exchange Commission of Zimbabwe (SECZ) recently recognized excelling students at the Internship Innovation Challenge Awards ceremony, held on 30 September 2019 at its premises in Borrowdale, Harare. The Commission honoured interns for their innovative ideas on what to improve at the Commission during their internship, if given an additional year at the commission.
The internship innovation challenge gave student interns at SECZ an opportunity to showcase their innovation and creativity by working on concepts that are originally theirs through proposing new and improved ways to implement what they would have picked out during their internship at the Commission.
The introduction of the internship innovation challenge reflects the organization’s commitment to enabling students to gain access to employment, while contributing to capital market development. It is envisaged that the challenge will strengthen relationships between tertiary institutions and the capital markets in preparing students in their chosen field.
In the challenge, all student interns at SECZ were to submit a written report of not more than 1.500 words and do an oral presentation demonstrating how their innovation and zeal in performing assigned tasks aided the Commission. This was assessed by a technical committee comprising of the SECZ staff who then combined the scores to determine the winner.
Interns were also given an opportunity to work in teams of not more than two people in which they had to develop and pitch a technological solution that could aid the Commission. Teamwork is a cornerstone in the work industry and team projects help the interns develop essential skills such as problem solving.
Of the 8 students who participated in the challenge, 4 emerged winners in various category.
Takawira Liberty Bote won the first prize of Best Overall and walked away with a trophy, laptop and 1000 dollars. He also won another prize of 500 dollars for presenting the best written project. The first runner up was Raynold Kativhu, who was awarded 800 dollars, whilst the second runner-up, Delight Muromba got 600 dollars. There was also a prize of 600 dollars for the best presentation, and this was awarded to Mary Chareka. All winning students were awarded certificates.
The event was attended by dignitaries from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, capital market players, members of the media, as well as students’ respective institution lecturers and their parents.