The Social Enterprise Development Centre (SEDC) at the Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB) has launched its 6 week trainee programme that will enhance the capacity of students interested in the development sector. The trainee programme has commenced from June 5th 2017.
The programme is designed for LUMS’ students with an interest in policy issues related to development and fact sheets on specific issues that the Centre is working on. The internship will hone technical writing skills and provide exposure to those seeking to enter the development sector post-graduation. The programme have 3 modules with deliverables at the end of each:
1) Policy Brief writing skills development
2) Fact Sheet writing skills development
3) Immersion: Practical work experience
Students will also be engaged in the development of project proposals and marketing activities that the Centre has in the pipeline.
Policy Brief Writing Module:
The 2 week policy brief workshop will have a 1 hour interactive workshop sessions during the span of these 2 weeks. These training sessions will equip the students with the skills needed for writing an effective, precise and impactful policy brief. At the end of the 2 weeks, the interns will be required to submit their deliverable; a policy brief to demonstrate the skills learnt.
Fact Sheet Writing Module:
The 2 week policy brief workshop will have a 1 hour interactive workshop sessions during the span of these 2 weeks. This will equip them with the technical skills required for writing fact sheets. At the end of the workshop, the students will be required to submit their deliverable; a fact sheet to demonstrate the skills learnt.
Immersion: Practical Work Experience:
In order to provide practical experience to the students, the SEDC trainee programme will place them at organizations in the development sector for 2 weeks. The students will be exposed to a professional work setting and will be able to gain first-hand experience in a development sector organization. The students will also be required to write a report after successfully completing their term at the organization.
The internship will culminate in a September Policy Forum, where students will be given an opportunity to present their policy briefs to policymakers, development sector professionals and academics. This will also provide students with critical networking opportunities.
SEDC’s trainee programme will serve as a launching pad for students hoping to work in the nonprofit sector, industry or the policy world.