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Public administration is the bedrock of government, where decisions that affect citizens are made. You can choose to leave. You can also choose to stay and transform the way this is done.

From one crisis to another, Lebanon finds itself today at a crossroad. The country is struggling, whereas historically, it had one of the most prestigious public service in the Arab region. Many Lebanese public administrations were hubs of excellence and an inspiration to other countries: The rocket “ARZ”, the scientific research council, the “Inach”, the cadastre, the port of Beirut which inspired leaders such as Lee Kuan Yew to build Singapore’s port.

Let’s revive this tradition! Let’s re-capture the State: our State.

ENGAGE

Engage with a team of believers, former students like you who took the challenge, and with the “champions” from within, the public servants who are struggling to curb corrupt practices, enhance the performance of the Lebanese public sector and provide better services to taxpayers.

BOOST

Boost public institutions with your innovative solutions, analytical thinking and expertise. Challenge the status quo in support of a more accountable, transparent and responsible political and economic governance in Lebanon.

TRANSFORM

Transform the Lebanese public sector by leaving a footprint. Contribute to ongoing projects aimed at digitizing services, improving citizens’ lives, producing relevant public policies, public communication, transparency and accountability.

ABOUT
WHAT IS THIS PROJECT ABOUT?

We are offering 20 full-time internship opportunities for a duration of 2 months (equivalent to 4 ECTS credits) in the fields of technology, communication, social sciences, and others, to eligible, committed and enthusiastic students.

WHO’S BEHIND THE INITIATIVE?

The internships are designed and planned by a group of USJ alumni currently working in public sector reform at Siren Associates and Siren Analytics in collaboration with USJ faculty members and the Central Inspection.

WHAT WILL YOU GAIN?

4 ECTS Credits
A per diem
A certificate of accomplishment
A set of new knowledge, skills and attitudes

Knowledge

  • A more thorough understanding of contemporary issues related to public governance and citizen centered approaches.
  • Ability to analyze main risks and structural challenges to public governance in Lebanon.
  • Ability to comprehend and use relevant indicators and data sources that measure the current state of governance and use international comparisons and benchmarks.
  • Situate public governance issues in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in particular SDG 16 (peace, justice and effective institutions) as a catalyst objective.

SKILLS

  • Share information, collaborate, maintain networks.
  • Deal with rapid and multiple changes, identify your room for maneuver and act accordingly.
  • Ability to mobilize around a project, engage dynamically in a team, manage the unforeseen and emergencies, and move forward despite the complexity and uncertainty.

Attitude

  • Open up to new perceptions and reasoning other than your own.
  • Develop interest in public affairs and espouse the values of “public service”.
  • Become an engaged citizen, committed to state reform, capable of constructively questioning the status quo and making a contribution to better public governance.

WHO CAN APPLY?

– USJ undergraduates who have completed their second year.
– USJ graduate students pursuing a higher degree.
– Both interested in analytics and data-driven decision, with a desire to boost and transform the public sector for the better, with general computer skills and presentation programs.

WHERE CAN I APPLY?

You can apply here

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WHEN CAN I APPLY
AND WHEN’S THE DEADLINE?

Applications are open till the May 20, 2022 midnight.

I applied; how will I know if I’m selected?

Applications will be evaluated by a selection committee. You will be contacted by email or phone call to attend an interview with the selection committee. Selected candidates will be announced on the 8th of June 2022.

I GOT SELECTED WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

The selected students will follow an induction training. They will co-sign an internship contract specifying terms of engagement and expected deliverables. They will then be assigned a coach on site to guide and supervise their work among the group of alumni working with Siren Associates and Siren Analytics .  The pedagogical follow-up will be provided by a teacher from the USJ who will co-sign the contract and provide substantive guidance and follow-up as well as validate deliverables.

WHEN DO I START?

You will be assigned to one of two groups:

  • First group: 10th of June till 10th of August 2022.
  • Second group: 10th of July till 10th of September 2022.
I APPLIED; BUT I DIDN’T GET SELECTED

No worries! You can apply again next year. This initiative is only going to get bigger as it will include more public administrations and universities.

LET’S RE-CAPTURE THE STATE: OUR STATE.

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