Have a question about STIP?
Can I join? Am I eligible?
If you are a passionate, self-motivated student or recent graduate, looking to take the first step towards a professional career and are committed to self development, you already fulfill half the criteria to join STIP. Also, ask yourself:
Are you between 20 - 24 years old?
Have you completed at least one year of your Bachelor's degree?
Can you commit to the full tenure and timings of STIP?
Do you have a reliable internet connection and a laptop to work from home, and conveyance to attend meetings and events (Islamabad or Karachi) twice a week?
Are you prepared to face all challenges thrown at you head on?
If the answer to all of the above is yes, you are eligible.
What is the duration and timing for STIP?
The duration and timings of the program depend on the session you join.
Summer Session (July - September):
Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(You may be called in for Saturdays for work in case of events, training, meetings or tight deadlines)
14 - 16 weeks
STIP participants work virtually from home at flexible timings during the week, with the exception of:
one 3-hour meet-up any day between Monday to Friday every week, and
one full-day (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) meet-up every Saturday.
While working from home, STIP participants are required to be available over the phone on predetermined timings, regularly check e-mail and submit work on given deadlines.
Note: Meetings schedules during COVID-19 times may be different from the above.
What is the application processing timeline?
STIP: Cohort 30
Interview notifications rolled out
Offer letters rolled out
Saturday, October 13
Tuesday, October 15
Saturday, October 17
Tuesday, October 20
Saturday, October 24
Saturday, February 6
Can I skip the meetings or work entirely from home?
The summer batch is an on-site batch and attendance at work through out the week and during events is mandatory.
Meet-ups twice a week are a mandatory part of STIP. Most of our meeting venues are set along or close to the Metro route to facilitate participants. If you think you still will not be able to make it to meetings, trainings and events, you will not be able to continue with the program. A lot of learning and network building takes place at events we get you access to.
Note: Meeting schedules during COVID-19 may vary.
What training do I receive during STIP?
The most important component of training is the one you receive through hands-on experience working on real-life projects and problems. However, during the course of the program, we identify problem areas of participants and offer a mix of formal and informal training to help develop a stronger skill set.
Workshops conducted for each batch vary with our assessment of the need for training. Some of the trainings we have offered to STIP participants of earlier batches covered MS Office, written communication, presentation skills, graphic design, leadership skills, public speaking, personal branding, research and writing, design tools, digital marketing and other organisational skills.
What will I be asked to do during STIP? What will I be working on?
We induct people across several functions including business development, content writing, digital marketing, human resources, visual communication design, UI/UX and more.
For details on currently available options, click here.
Will I get a certificate at the end of the program?
On successful completion of your STIP tenure, not only do you receive an experience certificate, you also get acknowledged for all the workshops and training you have attended during your time at Minerva.
Successful completion of STIP, however, means that you complete the full term of the internship program and do so successfully i.e. do well in performance evaluations by performing the tasks assigned to you to the best of your abilities, meet deadlines and handover projects and any other intellectual property or assets of Minerva provided to you.
What career prospects does STIP offer?
STIP participants may be offered full-time opportunities with any of Minerva's running projects. However, job offers are subject to available vacancies, participants' performances and their suitability and availability for the vacancy. We may also refer participants to hiring organisations giving them leverage over other candidates.
Joining STIP in itself, however, is not a promise or confirmation of employment.
What if I am unable to complete the program?
If, for any reason whatever it may be, you have to quit the program without completion of the internship period, no experience or training certificates will be issued.
In what circumstances can my internship be terminated?
Interns get regular feedback on performance - good and bad. If an intern continuously underperforms and / or is unable to meet deadlines, he / she is issued a warning. Inability to improve performance subsequent to the warning can result in termination. The contract may also be terminated if the intern is guilty of misconduct, harassment, bullying, any kind of discrimination or is generally in breach of the internship contract.
I might miss the first few days of STIP (because of classes, travel or other reasons)
The first few days of STIP are crucial to performing well during the rest of the period. Therefore, those who do not available during any of the first 2 weeks are dropped from the program.
My exams fall between the STIP session. Do I get some days off?
STIP offers significant flexibility so the chances are you will be able to manage - just like many others before you.
You are, however, entitled to:
3 days' leave during STIP's Summer Session but not within the first 2 weeks
10 days' leave during STIP's Regular Sessions but not within the first one month
What if I am not satisfied with STIP?
At STIP we conduct regular reviews and feedback sessions. These sessions work both ways - the mentors provide feedback to the interns and interns provide feedback to mentors. If you are not satisfied with the opportunities provided to you as part of STIP, you should point them out at the earliest possible review session so your concerns can be addressed timely.
We also encourage that you understand the purpose of STIP and how it works completely before making the decision to join.