US launching new middle east business internship for women
Regional-USA, Local, 11/12/2005
Forty women from the Middle East and North Africa -- rising business leaders aged 22 to 32 -- will take part in a program combining graduate-level academic training with internships at some of the most prestigious companies and law firms in the United States, the State Department announced November 10.
The second Women's Business Internship Program, which will begin on November 2005 and end in March 2006, is designed for women who already are active in business affairs, and show promise of taking leadership roles upon their return home, the State Department said.
More advanced entrepreneurs and lawyers will attend a monthlong business course at Emory University's Goizueta Business School in Atlanta. Other women participants will study at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business in Durham, North Carolina.
After their academic program, each woman will enter a three-month internship at such companies as Microsoft, the Boeing Company, and Verizon.
Program participants will meet with senior State Department officials and members of Congress at the conclusion of their internships.
For additional information, see Middle East Partnership Initiative.
US Department of State said:
State Department Bolsters Arab Women's Empowerment through Second Middle Eastern Women's Business Internship Program
Following the success of its initial Women's Business Internship Program in 2004, the Middle East Partnership Initiative is inviting 40 business women from the Middle East and North Africa to participate in a four-week MBA-level academic program followed by a three-month internship in some of America's top companies and firms. The program begins with a three-day orientation session in Washington on November 14, 2005 and concludes in late March 2006.
The program, conducted in partnership with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is designed for women, ages 22-32, who are already active in business in their countries and who show promise of exerting leadership in advancing private sector entrepreneurship upon their return. The program is a unique combination of both the study of US business culture and internships that permit the participants to practice and enhance management and business skills while working in a US business environment. Past alumnae include three women who have started new companies in the 12 months.
A customized executive MBA program lasting one month will be assured by Emory University's Goizueta Business School for the more advanced entrepreneurs and lawyers, and a similar program for newer businesswomen will be conducted at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. The academic programs include US business culture and practice, leadership development, women in business, marketing, accounting, business law and ethics, entrepreneurship, and information technology.
In December, each woman will begin a three-month internship at US businesses and law firms. Some firms such as Boeing, Intel, Microsoft, Verizon, W.W. Grangier and Fulbright and Jaworski are in their second year of participation. The interns return to Washington at the completion of their stay for an end-of-program workshop where they will meet with senior Department of State officials as well as make visits to the Congress.
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