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KP Women Civic Internship Program

KP Women Civic Internship Program

The KP Women Civic Internship Program is a 6-month program supported by Code for Pakistan, the KP IT Board, and The World Bank. The internship program has been designed to up-skill fresh graduates with technology skills, provide practical hands-on work experience and prepare them for exploring a career in Engineering, IT, and Software Development.

For the first cohort of the Women Internship Program, we have partnered with Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation’s Market and Employment Project (MEP), with the focus of inclusion of women from three underserved districts of KP into the program, which includes districts Bajaur, Mohmand, and Charsadda, where women graduates face challenges accessing career opportunities, as well as social and cultural barriers in seeking employment. The program will facilitate these interns to work remotely and join different sessions and workshops online aimed at their technical and soft skills development.

A cohort of 09 women interns has been selected and the internship program was officially launched on October 20th, 2021. During their 6-month internship, the interns will get an opportunity to work on citizen-facing digital services to improve citizen engagement, automate government processes, and create innovation in public service delivery. These digital services will help solve problems in various public domains, such as economic development, healthcare, open data, citizen engagement, transportation, education, etc. The interns will also be working closely with the Fellows from the KP Government Innovation Fellowship Program and assisting them on various projects which will be developed during the Fellowship Program.

Profiles of the Interns

Fatima Jauhar


Fatima Jauhar is a resident of Charsadda. In 2021, she graduated from the University of Engineering and Technology Peshawar with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Following a recommendation from a friend, she learned about the KP Women Civic Internship Program and decided to apply. Her motivation to join the Internship Program was to expand her knowledge and obtain some practical experience. She was selected for the program as an Intern and is currently working as a graphic designing intern on the Case Management System for the Advocate General's Office. Fatima believes that civic technology provides a platform through which citizens can communicate directly with government officials, and thinks that it's absolutely crucial to design such communication channels in the age of technology. She enjoys reading literature, cooking, travelling, and going shopping in her spare time. She hopes to pursue a career in the civil services and work as a CSP officer in the near future.

Maryam Hashim


Maryam Hashim belongs to Bajaur Agency and did her Masters in Computer Science from Benazir Women's University in Peshawar, in 2020. She was referred to the Internship program by a friend and she decided to apply for it with the ambition to learn more about civic technologies and to gain experience in data sciences. She was accepted into the Internship Program as a Data Science Intern and assigned to work with the Fellows on the Monitoring and Evaluation System for KPITB. She strongly believes that civic technology establishes a bridge between people and the government that helps in improving citizen trust in the government. She has a knack for learning new things and working on novel ideas in the fields of data science and artificial intelligence. In her spare time, she enjoys reading books and travelling. She hopes to pursue a career as a data scientist in the future.

Gul Naz


Gulnaz belongs to Charsadda. In 2019, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Virtual University. Following that, she learned about the KP Internship Program through a Google search. She decided to apply for the program as she considered it a great opportunity to receive hands-on training in software development while also receiving knowledge on up and coming technologies. She was selected for the Internship Program as an android development Intern and is working alongside Fellows with the Halal Food Authority on the Citizen Feedback App. Gulnaz believes that civic technology has the potential to improve the interaction between the citizens and the government. Furthermore, civic technology promotes transparency in government through the use of open-government data, and it enables more individuals from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds to participate and contribute to civic affairs in a way that was previously not feasible. In her spare time, she enjoys assisting others and supporting them in resolving their problems. She aspires to work as a professional android application developer, and she hopes to be able to create her own mobile apps in the future after completing this internship.

Habiba


Habiba belongs to Charsadda, and she earned her Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering from the University of Malakand Lower Dir in 2016. After that, she spent two years working in IT Artificer software house in Peshawar as a web designer, where she created a number of different websites during her time there. Habiba is interested in learning web development, particularly PHP and the Codeignetor framework. She learned about the KP Internship Program on social media. Following that, she applied for the Internship Program to gain experience with new technologies. She was accepted into the Internship Program as a Fullstack development intern and assigned to work with the Fellows on the License Registration System for the Halal Food Authority. Habiba considers civic technology to be important in enhancing the link between the people and the government by providing software for communications, decision-making, and service delivery, among other things. In her spare time, she enjoys learning about new technologies and experimenting with them. She hopes to learn coding and work as a web developer for international companies in the future.

Sana Gul


Sana Gul is a resident of Charsadda. She is currently doing her MSCS from IM|Sciences Peshawar. She learned about the KP Internship Program on Facebook and decided to apply for the program with the aim to learn more about software development and enhancing her skills. She was selected for the internship program as an Android Developer and assigned to work with the Fellows on developing an Online Complaints Redressal system for the Public Safety and Police Complaints Commission. She believes civic technology plays an important role in enabling citizens to participate in civic issues in ways that were previously impossible. In her spare time, she enjoys reading books and doing art projects. She hopes to work as a mobile application developer in the future.

Hajira Asad


Hajira Asad belongs to Charsadda. In 2020, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from CECOS University Peshawar. She learned about the KP Internship Program through an email from a friend, and decided to apply for the program to expand her knowledge and get learning opportunities. She was accepted into the program as a front-end development intern and assigned to work with the Fellows on the Members Registration System for the Sports Directorate. Hajra believes that civic technology is a smart strategy since it makes citizens' lives easier and allows them to solve a variety of problems through technology. She believes that with software, it is possible to improve the interaction between the citizens and the government while simultaneously lowering communication barriers. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the field of front-end development and learning new skills. She aspires to be a successful businesswoman in the future.

Seema Bibi


Seema belongs to tangi charsadda. She is currently living in Peshawar. In 2019, she graduated with a Master's degree in Computer Science from the University of Peshawar. She is well-versed in HTML5, CSS 3, PHP, JavaScript, MySQL, and Bootstrap, among other technologies. She has been working as a coordinator for the Smart School System for the past three years. She got to know about the Internship Program through a friend and decided to apply for it. She was selected as a graphic designing intern and assigned to work with the Fellows on KPITB’s Monitoring and Evaluation System. Seema is of the view that civic technology improves the relationship between the citizens and the government by providing software for decision-making, service delivery, and participation in a democratic and collaborative process. When she is not working, she enjoys doing art and design projects, as well as researching new technology. Her ambition is to pursue a career as a teacher in the future.

Sana Haseeb


Sana Haseeb belongs to Charsadda and graduated with a Master's degree from the University of Peshawar in 2020. She learned about the KP Internship Program through Facebook, and decided to apply for the program with the aim to learn more about software development. She was accepted into the program as a Software Quality Assurance and has been assigned to work with the Fellows on the Mercy Petition System for the Inspector General Prisons KP. Sana believes that civic technology, which includes software for communications, decision-making, and services has the potential to improve the interaction between the people and their government. She also thinks it is extremely important for the general public to be aware of new technologies that are beneficial to them. Reading books, novels, and newspapers are some of her favourite things to read in her spare time. She hopes to pursue a career as a software engineer in the future.

Saima Gul


Saima Gul belongs to Bajaur agency and earned her bachelor's degree from the Institute of Management and Sciences in 2017. She found out about the KP Internship Program through Code for Pakistan’s Facebook page, and decided to apply for the program to restart her career after a gap of 4 years. She was accepted into the program as a front end development intern and assigned to work with the Fellows on the Lab Information Management System for the Livestock and Dairy Research Department KP. Saima believes civic tech is the need of the day and enhances trust among the citizens for the government. As a mother of a young child she enjoys taking care of her baby. She aims to become financially independent, and wishes to pursue a career in freelancing after the Internship.