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Why do Industrial Attachment?

Industrial Attachments are an excellent way to:

  • learn more about a career
  • find out what it's like to work in your potential career
  • gain valuable experience to build your resume
  • get to know employers and make a solid network
  • receive credit for real world experience

Definition and Purpose of an Industrial Attachment

An Industrial Attachment is a structured, credit-bearing work experience in a professional work setting during which the student applies and acquires knowledge and skills. It involves the application of learned skills in an organization related to the students' major. An Industrial Attachment should challenge the student to examine the values of the organization involved in the experience, and to assess the student's education as it relates to the Industrial Attachment.

Other benefits of an Industrial Attachment include: 1) exploring career interests, 2) learning new skills, 3) gaining work experience, 4) developing a professional network and 5) understanding workplace expectations.

At the end of their 3rd year of undergraduate study, students participate and complete a minimum requirement of 8 weeks at one service site. They must:

  • Collect an Introduction Letter from their Faculty attachments coordinator.
  • Download and fill in the both sides of the Details Form and present it to the Faculty attachments coordinator prior to commencing your attachment using the available channels indicated.
    • The IA List highlights where students have completed their attachments previously, but it is not exhaustive. If you have an organization not on the list, kindly consult with us before you begin your attachment.
  • Download the Report Guidelines and present the Attachment Report your Faculty attachments coordinator 2 weeks into their 4th year course work.

Students who have just completed their 2nd year are encouraged to participate for their benefit, however, this will not count towards their Industrial Attachment to be undertaken at the end of their 3rd year.

Characteristics of a Strathmore Industrial Attachment

A site supervisor (a qualified professional) and a faculty supervisor (usually from the department of the student's major) are responsible for supervising the intern. The faculty supervisor, in consultation with the site supervisor and the student, is responsible for maintaining the academic quality of the Industrial Attachment. Maintaining the academic nature of the Industrial Attachment is essential because academic credit is awarded for the experience (i.e. volunteering and work-for-pay, although worthwhile experiences may not be academically sound).

Industrial Attachments may be paid or unpaid. Any payment should be arranged in a separate agreement between the site and the student intern.

The Industrial Attachment Relationship

Industrial Attachment Site: The organization providing the Industrial Attachment opportunity.

Site/Host Supervisor: The person at the Industrial Attachment site who is directly responsible for the intern and his/her substantive work experience.

Student interns are supervised by a staff person employed by the site organization. Typically, the site supervisor has experience and expertise in the area in which the student is interning.

Host supervisors are responsible for interviewing interns, determining qualifications for the position, orienting interns to the organization, supervising, directing, and evaluating their work. The ideal host supervisor will serve as a mentor, sharing the pros and cons of a career in the field and giving suggestions for entering the profession. S/he will also have sufficient experience in the field to draw from and will share that experience with the student intern. The host supervisor meets with the intern on a regular basis to guide performance, answer questions, and provide background information and resources related to the intern's work. No written forms are required by SU for this periodic feedback, but they are encouraged to provide an evaluation in written form at the end of the internship. A host supervisor may also help by recommending ways to enhance the intern's learning.

Intern: The student intern is responsible for selecting the attachment. The intern is also responsible for meeting with the host supervisor prior to the internship to clarify expectations and responsibilities, complete a Details Form, working the required number of hours, seeking out supervision on site as needed, and completing the academically-related tasks which are agreed upon by SU and intern (such as a journal, supplementary research, and a paper). In addition, the intern maintains high standards of professionalism while at the internship site.

Faculty Supervisor: The faculty member responsible for visiting and addressing issues raised by the attaché and/or site supervisor based on the student's performance and completion of previously agreed upon assignments and marking the Industrial Attachment Report.

The relationship among the student, the site supervisor, and the faculty supervisor is perhaps the most influential factor in determining the success of the Industrial Attachment experience. This partnership exists in order that the attaché will achieve the learning and the rewards that result from this experience.

Faculty Attachments coordinators Role
The Faculty attachment coordinator ensures that students are supervised during the internship and updates the assessment marks on AMS.

Termination of Industrial Attachment
If the intern, site supervisor, or faculty supervisor is unable to continue or complete the internship, participants must be notified immediately. Cancellation of a credited internship is processed by the Faculty attachment coordinator.


Our internship program is designed to help you:

  • Contribute to local industry
  • Develop work-based skills
  • Establish industry networks and contacts
  • Improve your cross-cultural communication skills
  • Learn about work culture

Host Organization Information

Strathmore University invites your organization to become a partner in providing internships.

Supporting one of our interns is a great way to:

  • Access future international and local graduates of the highest caliber.
  • Benefit from a multicultural perspective within your organization.
  • Develop educational and industry links with Strathmore University.
  • Engage in a cross-cultural exchange.
  • Provide an unpaid, motivated intern with the opportunity to contribute to your organization.
  • Undertake projects that would not otherwise be completed due to limited human resources.

Course Code


Bachelors' Degree




IBA 3200

Leadership and Management

IBA 3200

Finance & Applied Economics

BBS Actuarial Science

IBA 3200

BBS Finance

BBS Financial Economics

Information Technology

Business Information Technology

IBA 3200


IBA 3200


IBA 3200

Tourism & Hospitality

Tourism Management

IBA 3201
IBA 3202

Hospitality Management


Details Form
This form completed prior to beginning the attachment, defines mutually agreed upon learning objectives to inform the attachment coordinator of their service placement. It must be signed by the Student, Site Manager and the attachment coordinator. This form must be submitted to recognize these service hours as part of the industrial attachment requirement for graduation.

You can download the details form here.

Report Guidelines
Student comments are solicited at the end of the Attachment regarding the service, service site and the Faculty Attachment coordinator. The Guidelines will contain the Service Log or Daily Diary of a record of hours served (8 weeks minimum) and specific activities each visit. Form is typically kept on-site. If a site requires a separate sign-in, the student should ask who will fill out the Service Log.

You can download the report guidelines here.


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