CARDI has explicitly stated its commitment to the development of young professionals in the Region. Through our internship programme, individuals are provided with the opportunity for personal and professional development. Such programmes also support the institutional strengthening thrust of the Institute and its partners.
From July 13-31, CARDI hosted two interns from the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT), at its headquarters in Trinidad and Tobago. They were attached to the Resource Mobilization and Planning Unit. The ladies, Gamali Waldron and Narissa Moonan were both final year students pursuing their undergraduate degree in Agriculture and Entrepreneurship. As a fulfilment of the degree, the interns were required to complete training in the industry, to obtain the necessary work experience and exposure in the agriculture sector.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the internship period though short, was structured to expose both students to different aspects of CARDI’s work. They assisted in the development of several commodity profiles and contributed ideas to the Institute’s Big Data Working Group. The interns also got the opportunity to experience aspects of CARDI’s field work first hand. They visited and interacted with hot pepper farmers in Barrackpore, Piparo and Chaguanas. Through the use of CARDI’s technologies, their interaction was not only limited to staff at Headquarters but with Country Representatives in Belize, St. Lucia, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands – who were able to share their knowledge and experience with the interns.
Overall, the interns were able to increase their awareness about CARDI and the role of the Institute in advancing agricultural research to develop the sector. They termed the experience as valuable, knowledgeable and critical to the completion of their degree. CARDI appreciates the candid feedback provided by these young professionals on the operations of the organisation and as stated by the Executive Director, Barton Clarke, “welcomed this mutually beneficial relationship.”