The Internship Program is designed for one year, which includes six months of in-class training with the Afghanistan Civil Service Institute. This training is then followed by three months of on-the-job experience for two target groups: female university graduates in Kabul and high school graduates in the provinces of Kandahar, Jalalabad, Herat, and Mazar-e-Sharif. The interns will also receive three months of leadership and soft skill training through the USAID Promote: Women’s Leadership Development (WLD) program before or after they enter the Afghan civil service. For both groups, USAID Promote: Women in Government will coordinate closely with relevant ministries and independent agencies to identify internship hosts at all levels of government, and to support potential government employment offers at the close of the internship. Both target groups will receive a stipend for the duration of the internship to cover transportation expenses.

Through the training of 3,000 young women in the two target groups over the next five years, the project will increase the number of female civil servants in all Afghan governmental entities by providing them the opportunity to work in grades three, four and five of the Afghan civil service.