Intern at Alsama


We are looking to hire motivated and competent Strategy and Development interns to join our HQ and enrich our educational offering. You will use your expertise to drive impactful work as part of a professional, community-orientated and ambitious team in Shatila Refugee Camp, Beirut. You will also be given the chance to design and teach a project you are passionate about to our students.

With two ex-McKinsey consultants in our C-Suite and a board governed by partners from leading law firm Skadden, the charity maintains strong links to some of the most reputable companies in the world, offering exciting opportunities and pathways to its interns.


This role is based in Alsama’s HQ in Shatila Refugee Camp. You will work alongside the senior management team to shape the development and strategic direction of a rapidly-growing NGO. We offer compensation through a monthly stipend.



You will use expertise and innovation to plan and implement projects which are integral to Alsama’s development. Your tasks will depend on your skills and the current needs of the organisation. These might include:

  • Fundraising: Expanding our donor-base and creating grant proposals.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation: Using Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint to organise student data and produce progress reports, ensuring that Alsama’s impact is communicated professionally.
  • Creating and updating policies: Ensuring Alsama’s policies are up to date and fulfil the requirements of third-party organisations.
  • Communications: Designing strategies in collaboration with our Comms team to raise Alsama’s profile through social media, press and conferences.
  • Finance: Using Microsoft Excel tools to ensure Alsama’s financial records are regularly updated.
  • HR: Managing Alsama’s recruitment pipeline to ensure that its workforce aligns with its growth.
  • Academic teaching: Providing support in Maths, English, IT, or Professional Skills for our students.
  • Education Project: Planning and running a project for an incredibly ambitious and hard-working set of children. For project ideas, please refer to page 3 of the document.


  • A proven record of academic excellence.
  • Experience with Management Information Systems & similar tools, in particular proficiency in Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Sophisticated and effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent collaboration in a team.
  • Ability deliver outcomes for specific deadlines.
  • Must be flexible, detail-oriented, and a fast learner.
  • Readiness to go outside your comfort zone and a tolerance for working in a challenging environment.
  • Proficiency in Arabic is welcomed but not essential.



  • You will gain key skills that will serve you for the rest of your career, whether in finance, consulting, marketing or law.
  • You will take on on projects for multiple departments within the NGO, making this a uniquely diverse internship programme.
  • Working for Alsama is extremely fulfilling. You will be surrounded by incredibly ambitious, kind, and hard-working students, and will have the opportunity to teach them a project about which you are passionate.
  • You will join a dynamic and highly experienced team, including two former McKinsey consultants and a former publishing entrepreneur.
  • Well-networked founders can assist with future job recommendations and career advancement.
  • Opportunity to live in Beirut, a vibrant and culturally diverse city.
  • Arabic lessons provided through Alsama’s social-enterprise language school.



Alsama’s internship programme is run in 5-month cycles:

  • September 2024 to January 2025 (applications now open)
  • January 2025 to June 2025

Even if you cannot do the full dates, we would still love to hear from you.



Our application process is highly competitive and comprises two main stages:

  1. Application Form & CV submission.
  2. Two-hour virtual interview in which we will be evaluating your soft skills, Excel and Powerpoint capabilities, and verbal and written competencies.

The closing date for September applications is 8 July 2024.

Please complete the form below and email your CV as a 1 page PDF to

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