The four University Scholarship Program scholars (USP VII Cycle 3 scholars Elyana Meli and Fatima Karaki, and USP VIII Cycle 1 scholars Ahmad Ghandour and Mahdi Matout), all majoring in Computer Science, chose to intern with the Orphan Welfare Society (OWS) during the 2021 summer break. The OWS aims at providing a nurturing environment and quality education to orphans, underprivileged children, and individuals with special needs.
To build on their academic knowledge and to bridge theory with practice, Elyana, Fatima, Ahmad, and Mahdi supported OWS’s IT department in carrying out a variety of tasks that included: conducting software and hardware maintenance of computers and related electronic devices used across different departments; assisting in equipping the computer labs with all necessary tools and devices in preparation for the upcoming academic year; supporting in developing the database access program to store relevant information pertaining to OWS's donors; and helping in monitoring and troubleshooting network issues.
Reflecting on their learning experience, all four scholars agreed that this opportunity enabled them to complement classroom lessons, obtaining critical workforce skills that strengthened their expertise in their field of study.
Photos 1 and 2: Ahmad Ghandour during the community-based internship with OWS
Photo 3: Fatima Karaki during the community-based internship with OWS
Photo 4: Fatima Karaki and Elyana Meli during the community-based internship with OWS
Photo 5: Mahdi Matout during the community-based internship with OWS