UNICEF Lebanon and Generation Unlimited - empowering a young generation to support students

“Being a student in Lebanon is hard enough without not knowing who to turn to at critical stages of life. We want to highlight the importance of trust and transparency in this society”.

Simon Balsom
Three youth smiling
UNICEF/Lebanon 2018/Stephen Gerard Kelly

25 February 2019

A trio of bright and highly engaging pharmacy students, currently studying at the Lebanese University’s Beirut campus, are turning lessons learned as a result of personal challenges into opportunities for a generation of the nation’s youth to secure appropriate and useful internships. It’s a promise that will benefit students and companies equally in turn.

"Based on our own trying experiences when searching for internships, we are determined to find a way to connect students with the perfect placement. Too much of the information currently out there is vague, unreliable and sometimes untrustworthy to the extent of being false. Today's students study hard, they all deserve to be treated with honesty and respect when it comes to selecting internships.

Too much currently relies on good luck. A lot is through knowing the right people. We know this will always be the way – not only in Lebanon but around the world and indeed throughout life – but we believe the search for an internship can be democratized in some way.

"Being a student in Lebanon is hard enough without not knowing who to turn to at critical times of the early stages of life. We believe Intern will make a massive statement through highlighting the importance of trust and transparency in this society”.

We’re creating an online platform to connect students to companies or NGOs with whom they may want to work. This is the focal point of our plan. 

We'll sign agreements with entities who are looking for interns. They'll provide full information concerning their company and give specifics about the internship they are offering. The critical thing about the way we'll approach it is that we will verify all the information provided. We'll take references, and we'll look for background and corroborating information.

We want to become the reference for internships in Lebanon, and we’ll do this by building trust on all sides.

“Students study hard and deserve to be treated with respect.”

Equally, our students will be questioned – what are they studying, what's their experience, have they interned before? All answers will be verified, and we'll take up references.

It will work both ways – students searching for companies, and companies searching for students with specific qualities – it will be the first time this has been offered in Lebanon.

During and after an internship, both sides will have the opportunity to ‘rate’ their partner. We’re creating a valuable database of trusted partners – something future years of interns will be able to turn to and rely on.

Being a student in Lebanon is hard enough without not knowing who to turn to at critical times of the early stages of life. We believe Intern will make a massive statement through highlighting the importance of trust and transparency in this society”.