Havas Group India has rolled out a unique six-month long internship opportunity for freshers. Called ‘Havas SPARK’, it is aimed at providing educational and career-development opportunities through practical experience in a professional work environment at Havas, that can lead to exciting career prospects in the future.
This initiative will allow Havas Group India to not only tap into young and talented individuals with new-age skills and fresh perspectives on business issues, but also discover future business leaders capable of making a meaningful difference.
The programme, spread over six months, will involve both formal and on-the-job learning opportunities, giving the freshers a chance to work on challenging live projects, and gain full-time employment once the internship is completed.
Fifteen 15 freshers will be inducted in the first year, for training in the emerging fields of media, advertising, data & analytics, digital marketing, and e-commerce. After the intense six-month on-the-job experience combined with virtual and classroom sessions, assignments, job rotations, live projects, and final project submission, these interns will undergo a rigorous filtering process. An online aptitude test, a role-specific assignment and personal interviews will be part of the selection process. The objective is to absorb maximum number of interns as confirmed employees in the various Havas agencies and disciplines. The entire batch will have individual mentors and will enjoy ample opportunities to interact with senior management and team of leaders.
Rana Barua, group CEO, Havas Group India, sees this as “an opportunity to calibrate the right talent, groom them and help them get a strong and solid footing in the advertising, media and digital world.” Barua feels it is time for “professionals, established agencies and networks o ttake on the talent scarcity challenge and help groom young, bright talent who need guidance, direction, and overall mentorship to ignite the spark that can create magic in our industry”.
“The program will provide a fantastic opportunity for young millennials to get exposed to the ups and downs of a profession. Learning by doing is so much more valuable than learning through textbooks,” points out Vandana C Tilwani, CHRO, Havas Group India.