Careers

Fellowships

Internships

Hackathons

We provide job readiness support and training to undergraduates right from their first year of entry into colleges of education, polytechnics and universities. These trainings and support include Fellowships, Internships and organization of hackathons


Newsroom Fellowships

Each year, Eastern Metropolitan selects 10 graduate journalists and trains them for 12 months. They become professional copywriters, writers, graphic designers and marketers at the end of the fellowship. Typically, we select our fellows from graduates wishing to use their one-year national youth service scheme to hone their skills in journalism’s many tasks in print, broadcast, online, and multimedia production areas.

Fellows are taking through a thorough process of training for the positions they wish to pursue as a career. We train fellows to become valuable staff and freelance support to print, broadcast and online businesses in the country.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the eMetro Fellowship?
It is a programme to train multimedia professionals. Our overarching goal is to help Nigeria overcome many subsisting skill and ethical deficiencies that affect packaging and presentation of media and communication content.

Who can apply for eMetro Fellowship?
The Programme trains recent graduates of universities and polytechnics about to enroll for their one-year NYSC programme. The lucky fellow kills two birds with a stone; they perform their primary assignments in our company and get the necessary training and experience which make them job ready at the end of the fellowship.

How long is the fellowship?
The fellowship is 12 months. Fellows who join from the NYSC orientation camps must commit to stay and complete the 12-month Fellowship program.

When do applications open for the fellowship?
Fellowship applications open in July of each year. Fellows join from the January Stream of the NYSC service year. By special arrangement, Eastern Metropolitan can arrange with NYSC to to have call up for a selected fellows deferred to the January window. In this way, the five confirmed fellows resume at the same time.

Are fellows paid like staff?
Although Fellows are made to work like staff, we cannot legally pay them salaries without presenting their NYSC certificates. For the period of the service year, they receive monthly allowances and other staff work allowances. In addition to the monthly minimum wage allowance of N30,000, Fellows are enrolled as if they are staff to company pension and health insurance plans. They can take these to their future employers to leverage their future heath and retirement goals.

If the NYSC program winds up before the Fellowship ends, what happens? Who takes responsibility for paying them in the remaining months?

Fellows must commit to completing the full 12-month program regardless when their service year ended. Because the program usually ends about two months after they wind up their service, they are paid salaries of entry level staff for those remaining months. Additionally, they are paid transport allowances to return to their various homes at the end of the Fellowship

How many fellows are in the program?
We typically accept about five (5) fellows per year. The number will increase as we expand to other regions in Nigeria.

Who chooses the fellows?
The Board of Eastern Metropolitan Foundation, which sponsors the programme, makes the final decision on who is accepted into the programme.

Do fellows have a chance to be hired into staff positions?
They do. However, each fellow must know that we expect them to be top notch in every aspect of the criteria we use in our staff employment program.

What kind of work will the fellows perform?
The fellows perform as full-time writers, broadcasters, graphics professionals, and marketers. They are given assignments like every other staff of the company and held to the same standards and deadlines after successfully passing out from an intensive 60-day training program.

Which offices do the fellows work in?
All Fellows will resume at our Enugu headquarters for the 60-day training. Each fellow will however spend two months each in the remaining four states of the Southeast, working with the Bureau Chief. In all, each fellow spends four months in Enugu and two months each in Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi and Imo.

Is housing provided for fellows?
Fellows are provided housing when our guest houses are available in Enugu. Otherwise, they are expected to decide for their housing. For out-of-station work experience they will be given shelter by EMF-member families in the states they are posted to.

What kind of experience should the fellows expect?
In all the states they will work, Fellows are attached to mentors who are top journalists or professionals in radio-television, print and online organisations. They also attend quarterly workshops where they hear from top media and business managers and leaders from around the nation. A resourceful Fellow should be able to build a rich portfolio that makes it easy to find work at the end of the program.


Student Internships

Job Readiness Training

The Eastern Metropolitan admits 10 OND and university undergraduate students each year for a 12-week paid programme. Interns typically serve at Enugu headquarters. We deploy interns to serve at our bureaus in Abakaliki, Awka, Owerri and Umuahia.

The Programme admits students with diverse interests – in technology, advertising, marketing, product and design, and data journalism.

Frequently asked questions

Who can apply for the internship?
We accept applications from university and polytechnic students enrolled in degree and diploma programms in the areas of journalism, graphic arts, advertising, public relations, and marketing.

What about recent graduates? Can they apply?

No. If you are a recent graduate waiting for call-up to the mandatory national youth service program, consider applying instead for the eMetro Newsroom Fellowship Programme. Additionally, we welcome those who recently completed their national service to apply as Affiliates or watch out for and apply for our job recruitment openings which as advertised in Enugu Metro.

When can I apply?

We follow the academic programmes of partner academic institutions to publish our internship openings. Our catchment area is the Southeast and South-south regions. Students studying in institutions in this region are welcome to apply. Therefore, kindly follow us on our social media pages and on this site to see when the application window opens. Or apply directly at any time.

Do you accept students on SIWES program as interns?

Yes for the 3-month SIWES program.

Can one seeking for a place to learn during the mandatory 12-month post-ND work experience apply?

For diploma students seeking placements for their one-year work experience, it’s a tough call. Consider applying for the Fellowship program if you are confident in your abilities. We expect you to be exceptionally talented, attain an upper credit or higher grading in the ND program, and pass our evaluation test. All of this will enable your Fellowship application to be considered alongside degree and higher diploma applicants.

Can I work remotely as an intern?
No. However, residents of Southeast and South-South states may apply to do the programme in these states. All must attend scheduled in-plant trainings in Enugu or other states during the period of internship.

Are interns paid?

No, they are not. We pay them through intensive training that gets them job ready. Interns however receive weekly transport allowance. They also earn most generous commissions on deals that they successfully close for the company. We also pay give those who successfully passed our practical tests transport and out–of pocket allowance


Hackathons

Job Readiness Training

Hackathon, aka codefest brings computer programmers together and other interested people to build a software or improve on one. Hackathon is a combination of two words, hacker (programmer) and marathon (endurance event).

Enugu Metro organizes seasonal Hackathons, usually during the holidays for students interested in Tech to compete on different projects. Tech Companies sometimes sponsor some of these projects while others are from tertiary institutions within the zone.

The goal of Enugu Metro Hackathons is to help build the careers of youths interested in tech and potentially open them up to opportunities in their future career. Employers also attend hackathons where they hope to find new recruits or also sponsor projects that they wish to develop as products for their companies.

Frequently Asked Questions

What age group do you admit for hackathons?

There are no restrictions on age groups. As you know distinct types of hackathons exist for all ages and experience levels, from beginners and kids to very experienced programmers. We would normally advertise the type of competition we organize, and experience levels required.

Having said this, participants under the age of eighteen must get their parents to contact us and request for a waiver. We may ask them questions about sponsorship – travel and feeding – for you before signing them to the programme.

Can I pitch a business idea for a Hackathon?

We will normally accept companies that want to develop a new software to collaborate with us on a marathon designed to build or improve a model. We will strive to brings experts, professionals, specialists with technical background to further develop the concept or collaborate to develop a solution.

What skills do I need to participate in an Enugu Metro Hackathon?

Hackathons are competitions where teams get down to provide real solutions to real life problems. The following specializations come in handy for each team: domain expertise, design expertise, frontend development, backend development, and project management.

How much will it cost my team to participate?

Participation is free. Team participants may however incur costs in travelling to the venue. If the project will last for more than a day, there will be arrangements for accommodation and meals for the participants. However, mentally prepare to rough it out. Feeding is often informal and so are sleeping quarters; many participants make do with sleeping bags on-site!

Can beginners participate?

Absolutely. If you have never coded before, you should attend hackathon to learn from experts, many of whom will usually be willing to help you with any questions you may have. A hackathon goes beyond gathering to implement a solution by coding.