Al Salam Bank-Bahrain, the pioneering Shari’a-compliant bank in the Kingdom, held an exceptional induction gathering at the Sheraton Hotel Bahrain on July 2nd to welcome 26 young Bahraini university students into its 13th annual summer internship program, a training and development initiative designed to shape the future leaders of Bahrain’s banking industry.
The students are currently completing their respective majors in Business Management, Islamic Banking & Finance, Information Systems, Human Resources, Accounting, Law, Islamic Studies, Fiqh amongst other fields at the University of Bahrain and other local and international private universities. Over the next two months, they will undergo comprehensive training within key departments at the Bank, including Retail Banking, Shari’a Compliance, Operations, Risk Management, HR, and Marketing and Communications, amongst others.
Welcoming the interns, Al Salam Bank’s Head of Human Resources and Administration, Ms. Muna Al Balooshi, said: “As the pioneering Shari’a-compliant Bank in the Kingdom, Al Salam Bank-Bahrain is dedicated to supporting and developing Bahraini talent through its Corporate Social Responsibility program. During the yearly internship program, students acquire a wealth of knowledge through expert mentorship, gaining valuable experience and practical skills that will help them to excel once they join the Kingdom’s workforce.”
Ms. Al Balooshi added: “The summer internship program has gone from strength to strength and continues to attract a growing number of applicants each year. Thanks to the practical feedback we received from previous participants, we are able to consistently improve the program, which now includes an intensive career planning and development session. The session plays a major role in building our intern’s expertise and gives them a broader idea of the career opportunities available to them once they graduate.”
This year, the program will include a one-day workshop with Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF) Center for Leadership & Management lecturer Manal Al Khan. The interns will gain insight into the importance of team building, time management and develop more effective problem solving and communication skills. In addition, representatives from KPMG, one of the most recognized accounting firms in the world, will conduct a technical session that will further assist the interns to progress in their careers. The 2019 program will also include a visit to Bahrain Fintech Bay, where the interns will develop a broader understanding of the latest digital incubation platforms.
The Bank has successfully run its summer internship program since 2007 and has welcomed more than 300 interns to date.