National Dialogue Forum awards 3-weeks internship fellowship to UOL students

Participants gained industry knowledge, soft skills and insights of professional life

Rabia Hanif

With the aim to promote social cohesion and economic inclusiveness through engaging young people, the National Dialogue Forum (NDF) Islamabad, conducted a fully funded three weeks outstanding opportunity for young leaders across the country. The internship was a jam-packed box of opportunities where the participants gained industry related knowledge, learned soft skills and insights of professional life.

Three out of the 31 interns, Rabia Chawdhary (Pharm-D, 9th Semester), Afnan A.Ghaffar (BS-Social Sciences, 4th Semester) and Haris Walid (BS-Social Sciences, 8th Semester) were selected from The University of Lahore, Defence Road Campus.

The interns benefited from the training modules on project management, civic engagement skills, digital communication skills, proposal writing, research skills, and analytical reasoning & critical thinking.

Kiran Afzal (World Bank), Tobias Becker (Country Director GIZ Pakistan), Manuel Duran (Ambassador of Spain), Maen Khreasat (Ambassador of Jordan), Iona Thomas (UK Diplomat), Bilal Gilani (Executive Director of Gallup Pakistan), Deputy Head of EU Commission, UNDP Team, and Harun Kuckaladagli (Country Director, Turkish Maarif Foundation) delivered informative lectures on their respective fields as the guest speakers.

With the aim to widen the exposure of the participants, study tours were also conducted to the National Incubation Centre, PM Secretariat, National Assembly of Pakistan and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The interns were involved in other social and sports activities including hiking and cleanliness drive in the neighborhood.

NDF is a non-partisan advocacy organization striving to promote peace and social cohesion through dialogue. NDF’s flagship, the Youth Development Program (YDP) is creating young champions of social change and has three main components; skills development, social engagement and political engagement.

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