Not a typical kind of internship

Speeches Shim

Wednesday, July 6, 2022
Agribusinesses in Uzbekistan are in dire need of qualified specialists to support the competitiveness and growth of their enterprises.
Kudrat Karimov

 A story of a veterinary student landing a job at one of the leading livestock farms in western Uzbekistan

In Uzbekistan, most higher educational institutions that specialize in agriculture require students to complete internships with agribusinesses. In many cases, the institutions connect interns with agribusinesses that do not match their interests and often the skills of the student interns do not meet the needs of the agribusinesses. 

To better serve the needs of students and agribusinesses, the USAID Agribusiness Development activity launched an innovative internship promotion program. USAID, together with partners at five agricultural institutions of higher education, has revamped the intern selection process. Initially, USAID identifies agribusinesses that are interested in hosting student interns and posts announcements at institutions of higher education. These announcements describe the internship requirements in detail. Interested students, in turn, are required to include their career objectives and internship expectations in their applications. The agribusinesses review the applications, interview shortlisted applicants, and select students whose interests and skills best fit the agribusinesses’ needs.

One student who recently completed an internship is 26-year-old Kudrat Karimov. “I come from a small village in western Uzbekistan, where there are many cattle farms. Growing up, I witnessed a growing demand for veterinary care. Veterinarians were well respected by cattle farmers and made a good living. I always dreamt of becoming a veterinarian one day.” 

“I learned about Panayev Farms at a training organized by USAID at my institute. I was instantly interested, since this farm is thriving despite a harsh climate. During my internship, I gained practical experience in so many different areas. My day starts in the early morning. I milk and feed the cows, followed by disinfecting the milking pails. In the afternoon, I mostly assist the farm’s veterinarian – taking care of newborn calves and performing vaccinations and other treatments. One day, I had the opportunity to assist a cow giving birth and then I took care of the newborn calf. This was one of the most memorable experiences of my internship.” 

Because of Kudrat’s high energy, passion, and commitment, Panayev Farms offered him a full-time job as an assistant veterinarian at the end of his internship. “I could not believe it! I have not even graduated, and I already received a job offer. Now, I am planning to start working fulltime at Panayev Farms, while completing my final year of studies at the institute. Because of my internship at Panayev Farms, I now know that this is where I see myself in the future. I want to help farmers in my region to better manage their livestock.” 

 

Last updated: July 19, 2022

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