LoYAC Jordan has recently organized the “Darb Corporate Orientation” for companies participating in “Darb” 2013. Darb is LoYAC’s main program that offers paid summer internships for university students.
Darb is a win- win arrangement for both students and companies. Companies enjoy increased productivity and cost effectiveness and have the chance to screen and train potential employees. On the other hand, students get the exposure of a real professional environment that relates to their field of interest and embark on building a professional network while gaining work experience. The number of trained students doubled this year to reach 2300 students. Darb has also secured 1300 internship opportunities for the summer of2013.
Attended by many company representatives, the orientation started off with a brief overview of LoYAC’s programs. The participants learned about the success of “Darb”, which started in 2008, in terms of the yearly increase in the number of hosting companies - both in the public and private sector, the number of applicants, the hours of community service and number of trained students. Darb has also managed to enhance the quality of the program through constant revision of the training materials as well as by monitoring and advising the students throughout the program.
The participants were divided into groups to discuss the different benefits “Darb” offers for students, companies, and the community as a whole. Moreover the companies’ representatives shared the problems and obstacles they faced in previous experiences and discussed ways to overcome such problems.
The orientation featured the success story of Abla Khalifeh who shared her experience at Darb and its impact on her personality and career. Abla worked hard during her internship, proved herself and was offered a full time job at Midas Jordan, the company where she interned through the Darb program
The workshop concluded with recommendations on how to take advantage of the opportunities that “Darb” program offers for both participating students and companies.