“I’ve learned that if I come to a high government position, I should not be arrogant or selfish. I must be humble.”
- Sousan Hasanzada, a recent graduate of Herat University Faculty of Journalism and a graduate of the six-month Herat Provincial Council internship
Sousan Hasanzada with Herat Prosecutor Maria Bashir and another Herat Provincial Council intern
What would entice a young university graduate to intern with the Herat Provincial Council? Answer: the USAID-funded Support to Sub-National Governance Institutions (SNG) Project which provides technical assistance to Provincial Councils. A particularly interesting project component for youth is that university and higher education students are positioned to learn and assist within the PCs on six-month internships. Recently 13 interns (six women and seven men) in western provinces of Badghis, Farah, Ghor, and Herat completed their internships.
One of the interning stars included Sousan Hasanzada, a recent graduate of the Herat University Journalism School. In an extremely informative, animated and enjoyable exchange, Sousan Hasanzada articulated impressions and accomplishments of her internship. The lively conversation ranged from emergent development policy in Afghanistan, to challenges for Afghan youth moving ahead in transition.
“Six months as a Herat Provincial Council intern was more valuable to me than four year at the university,” Sousan enthused. She admitted that one of the biggest challenges of her internship was gaining trust of the Provincial Council members. She made a vow to be humble and approachable, if she is ever to come to a high government position.
Sousan plans to use her intern experience in her current job as a political reporter for Zohal Radio.
Building the Trust and Career