Join us in Lebanon

 

Giving your time and energy to Alsama on the ground is a wonderful way to engage with our students and support our work. Joining the Alsama team in Lebanon is also a great way to gain valuable experience and develop your CV.

Our core principles – commitment, collaboration and ambition – are at the heart of our work. Whether you are a volunteer, an intern or a full-time employee, everyone at Alsama is  and are encouraged to drive their own projects.

There are two main ways to get involved with Alsama: volunteer as a project lead or intern in our HQ.

At Alsama, I am constantly immersed in a challenging, but highly motivating environment and a lot of that motivation comes from my students. Working with them is not only about teaching. It's also about establishing connection with them and being inspired by their desire to invest in a life outside the camp.

LUDOVICA RADICI, ON-GROUND INTERN, ITALY, 2021

Volunteer at Alsama

Volunteering at Alsama is a the best way to enrich our students’ education by helping Alsama expand its extracurricular offering. We warmly encourage volunteers to propose a project that allows them to share their passion for a subject/activity with our students. Past projects have included chess, musical theatre, opera, public speaking and more!

At Alsama, we always strive for excellence and delivering clear and identifiable changes to our students’ lives. All our work is underpinned by our three values: Commitment, Collaboration and Ambition. We ask that projects have a specific and ambitious – but achievable – goal that encourages our students to strive for excellence throughout the project.

We ask that you dedicate some time and thought to your project proposal.

To give you an idea of what to expect on the ground, please read our volunteering guidelines and look over an example of a project that was completed successfully in 2022-23; Tales of Art.

For any questions, please email intern@alsamaproject.com

Max - a previous volunteer with us leading the Alsama Running Club

Intern at Alsama HQ

Twice a year, Alsama hires Strategy and Development interns to work as paid employees in our HQ in Shatila Refugee Camp, Beirut. With this internship, we offer dedicated and competent people an opportunity to join a professional, community-oriented, and motivated team in supporting and growing Alsama. Interns will also be given the chance to teach a project you they passionate about to our students.

With two ex-McKinsey consultants amongst its C-suite and a board members including senior partners from firms such as Ernst & Young and Skadden, Alsama is an exciting organisation for prospective interns to be a part of.

THE ROLE:

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.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

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.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 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.

 

BENEFITS:

  • 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.

 

DATES:

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.

HOW TO APPLY FOR THE NEXT CYCLE:

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 20 May 2024.

Please complete the form below and email your CV as a 1 page PDF to intern@alsamaproject.com.

For any questions please email us at intern@alsamaproject.com.

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