The student internship was six weeks long and during this time the students stayed with local families and participated in community events. As part of the Arc Initiative they mentored young entrepreneurs who were participating in the “Business Ideas Competition” and were active participants in the Business Skills Workshop. The primary component of their internship was a placement with a local company or organization. (insert link to internship video) The Phalaborwa 2010 team included two alumni who worked with a women’s sewing co-op and presented material during the Business Skills Workshop .
The third element of the Arc Initiative was the Business Skills and Leadership Workshop which was attended by 60 local business people and aspiring entrepreneurs from the community. The three-day workshop covered several key topics with the focus on financial management, leadership, strategy and marketing. The format was interactive and culminated with a case analysis on the final day. Participants solved the case and then presented their analysis and recommendations to the entire group.