Around 50% of university graduates in Lebanon are unemployed.
While these students are floundering in their quest for a job, their hopes suddenly deteriorate as soon as they know that the position they have applied for requires the equivalent of “five or three years of experience” on their curriculum vitae. “Where do I get experience if no one is willing to hire me?” The answer is simple: Get an internship!
In this context, the Makhzoumi Foundation(MF) and the Lebanese American University(LAU) signed a cooperation agreement on the Internship and Civic Engagement Program at the “Martyr Fouad Fayad Makhzoumi” auditorium at the Foundation’s headquarters in Mazraa, in the presence of Honorary President Dr Fouad Makhzoumi and President of LAU Dr. Joseph Jabra, The President Mrs. May Makhzoumi, the Director General of MF Mr. Samer El Safah, among the foundation’s staff, group of deans and university proffessors.
“The partnership between Makhzoumi Foundation and LAU, is a longstanding academic collaboration that started with the school of medicine, the school of pharmacy and the School of Arts and Sciences in its nutrition program,” said El Safah. “Makhzoumi Foundation’s story with internships is boundless. The Step Forward program is a great opportunity for youth with needed skills for employment.”
In his word, Dr. Jabra emphasized that “The five-year agreement ensures the mutual benefit of the two sides. We both aim to build and maintain Lebanon and work for the people.”
Makhzoumi Foundation President May Makhzoumi said: “It is an honor for the Foundation to cooperate with you for several years. Through the training program, we aim to build students’ abilities in their application of what they have learned academically and provide a high professional atmosphere through enhancing their skills in various areas such as health management, micro credit programs..etc.”
In his speech, Dr. Makhzoumi stressed on the importance of “focusing on an economical developmental project that will secure a better future for our children so that they will stay in Lebanon, and encourage the Lebanese abroad who have achieved important international achievements to return to their country and start investing in it.”