Afghan Women's Rights

8 Female Afghan Engineers and Architects Completed the USAID Internship Program

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Pajhwok Afghan News reported that eight female Afghan engineers and architects completed the USAID Internship Program for Afghan Women in Engineering and Architecture at Kabul University and Kabul Polytechnic University, the agency said in a statement on Tuesday. USAID said that 23 women completed the internship program, which was established in 2011. The program provided internship opportunities for female students in architecture and the civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering fields. During the internship program, the female students were exposed to the practical aspects of architecture and engineering and were provided with opportunities to strengthen their professional and interpersonal skills. “The effects of this programwill extend beyond the intern’s graduation date,” said USAID Mission Director Herbie Smith, adding, “We are creating a network of successful and skilled women within Afghanistan who will work to build an empowering future for Afghan women in engineering and architecture, as well as Afghanistan’s future.” The interns were provided opportunities that included design and collaborative processes, field visits, program management, and project implementation. They were also assisted with and encouraged to apply for job opportunities within their fields of study. Seven of the interns were hired to work on USAID programs after completing their one-year internships. Zulaikha Ahmadi, a USAID intern, said, “The Internship Program has given me a clear vision for my professional career.” The internship program was scheduled to run through 2019. TOLOnews and Wadsam also issued similar report.