Cisco launches 2014 UAE undergraduate programme

Network firm announces annual internship scheme; focuses on home-grown talent, female students

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Cisco launches 2014 UAE undergraduate programme Many interns advance to long-term careers with Cisco.
By  Stephen McBride Published  July 13, 2014

Cisco announced today the launch of its annual university undergraduate internship programme in the UAE, designed to help boost the job skills and employability of young talent.

Departments at Cisco that will be open to interns include sales, engineering, finance, human resources, business operations, and marketing. Following a rigorous recruitment and selection process, successful candidates will join Cisco on assignment for a period of between three to 12 months depending on college commitments and Cisco's hiring needs.

The main criteria for consideration will be that students must be enrolled at an accredited university and be pursuing an undergraduate degree course during the period of their internship. Interns can be part time or full time depending on business requirements.

"Across the Middle East, and especially the UAE, there is a strong demand for young talent, to drive innovation and creativity, especially in the ICT sector," said Toneya Sarwar, human resources manager, Middle East, Cisco.

"Our internship programme will give students in the UAE the opportunity to dive right into exciting technology-related and non-technology related projects in order to gain the skills needed to successfully enter the job force," added Sarwar.

"A large proportion of our interns advance to long-term careers at Cisco, and we are particularly committed to diversity in supporting local talent and increasing the number of women in the workforce. We are also working with universities to identify high-potential young talent who can become Cisco brand ambassadors of the future."

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