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Interns Graduate with Practical Skills in Road Construction
Afghan interns sit in chairs listening their instructors encouragment as they graduate from the four-month engineering internship program.
Students listen to their instructors who wish them well as they graduate from the four-month engineering internship program.
Twenty three engineering interns from Afghan universities graduated in early April from the capacity building program under USAID’s Afghanistan Infrastructure and Rehabilitation Program where they participate in laboratory and field work related to road building and maintenance. Ninety one students have graduated from the program since its inception in 2007.

The program provides instruction in materials testing and quality assurance. Students conduct tests on natural rock and soil found in road beds, and they evaluate the quality of asphalt used by contractors in road construction. It is important for engineers to understand how the environment affects different materials as well as the safety and durability of the road. Some roads, for example, must bear the weight of many trucks while other roads experience lighter and less traffic.

“When we came as trainees, we were so happy to work with the lab staff and supervisors,” said one of the graduates. “Now we can do all of the physical testing of soils and materials, and we can go to the sites to do quality assurance.”

Many of the interns are employed by construction firms after their graduation from the program.

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