The Foundation partners with Massar International on the Massarak Program, a pioneering work-study initiative offering internships to local and international university students. The program allows students to apply theoretical knowledge in a hands-on working environment, whilst learning valuable skills that can help with their future employment opportunities. Interns receive monthly stipends and are placed according to their field of study within Massar International’s network of 30+ subsidiaries. The program places a strong emphasis on equal gender opportunities.
Designed to specifically serve Palestinian university students and recent graduates. These young trainees bring energy and vitality to the workplace and in return are able to explore their chosen field under the guidance of seasoned professionals. Participating students also undertake specialized training courses to augment their learning experience.
Since its inception, more than 350 students and graduates have participated in the program, 60 percent of whom have been female. 70 percent of the interns are subsequently hired for permanent positions at companies within Massar International.
Placing students pursuing advanced degrees from leading international universities within a Massar group company or affiliate for three months. The program is an opportunity for these companies to benefit from the assistance of highly qualified students specialized in various fields whilst giving international students the opportunity to work in a truly unique environment and learn more about Palestine.
The program has been running since 2013 and in that time it has hosted more than 100 students from leading universities including Harvard Business School, Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government; Tufts University; Yale University; Georgetown University; Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business; Cornell University; the University of Oxford; the University of Cambridge; King’s College London; and the London School of Economics.
Massarak International provides international interns with comfortable accommodations, a monthly stipend and reimburses travel costs to and from Palestine.