KARACHI (PR) - Fifteen young engineering and business graduates including one female engineer started their internships at the Guddu Thermal Power Station the other day. The six-month internship program, designed with support from the USAID Energy Policy Project, seeks to provide young graduates with valuable practical experience in the energy sector to help them obtain employment more quickly.

“We hope that this internship program will go a long way in building the capacity of power sector entities by engaging the youth for a brighter future of Pakistan,” said Daniel Vincent, Deputy Chief of Party, USAID Energy Policy Project.

“Through the internship program, the interns will have the opportunity to apply their intellect and knowledge in a real working environment and gain experience which will help them transition to the professional world.”

The interns were selected through a competitive process, consisting of an aptitude test and panel interview with particular focus on merit and transparency. The selected candidates hail from 8 different areas of Sindh, including Sanghar, Khairpur, Hyderabad, Tharparkar, Kashmore, Larkana, Ghotki and Mirpurkhas.

Speaking at the ceremony, Farooq Jamshed, an intern belonging to village Pir Jo Goth, Khairpur said, “I am thankful to USAID for providing me with this great opportunity to learn and build my career. I am hoping to know more deeply and gain experience in the field of electronics and its use in the power sector.”

Other speakers at the ceremony included Aslam Sheikh, CEO Guddu Thermal Power Station, and Munir Ahmed from USAID Energy Policy Project. Earlier this autumn, this USAID program has already placed 28 interns, including seven female engineers, at the Jamshoro and Lakhra Thermal Power Station.