The Centre for Business & Society (CBS) held an Internship Fair at LUMS to introduce students to the public sector and civil society organisations of Pakistan. Representatives from 33 public sector and civil society organisations were present to introduce their organisations and answer the queries by students on their respective stalls. Some of the organisations that participated are National Assembly of Pakistan, Higher Education Commission, NADRA, Ministry of Interior, Naya Jeevan, Aik Hunar Aik Nagar (Ministry of Industries and Production), National Police Bureau, Aurat Foundation, Finance Department (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Balochistan Rural Support Programme, National Rural Support Programme, Society for Empowering Human Resources (SEHER), Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA), Alif Laila Book Bus Society, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), Ministry of Foreign Affairs United Nations Division, Sindh Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (SPPRA), Energy Department, Government of Punjab, Assessment & Strengthening Program – AiD.
CBS made an effort to call high profile public sector institutions to introduce their working to young students as these need the infusion of fresh blood. Senior executives like CEOs, Director Generals, HR heads and directors represented their organisations at the stalls set up at the LUMS Academic Block. Students were very keen to know about the functions of different organisations and showed deep interest in doing internships at the organisations. The representatives shared that it was a very well executed fair which attracted a lots of students and gave them a chance to explain what kind of projects they will be offering to the interns. Internships are a paid activity and stipends will be given to interns by CBS.
Chief of Party CBS, Dr. Zafar Iqbal Qureshi congratulated the CBS team for organising such a successful event and wished the students luck and hoped that it would be a great learning experience for them to work at these esteemed organisations which will enhance their exposure and professional experience. Many students who visited the fair were also taking minor courses in public management which the CBS offers at the undergraduate level.