PanAAC Student Intern Programme (PSIP)

PanAAC Student Intern Programme (PSIP) is an internship programme initiated by PanAAC that links the Universities and the Private Sector. The program offers students in Agribusiness and agricultural sciences in general an opportunity to be interned with the private sector through an elaborate mentorship programme. PanAAC initiated the PSIP program with an aim of strengthening linkages between producers of technology, agricultural training institutions and agribusiness in order to make agricultural graduates, owners of business, employers and skilled and marketable professionals. The program provides a learning approach that incorporates new methodologies and approaches that are demand-driven thus increasing the real, interactive participation of all parties at all levels of decision making through extension delivery network.

It achieves this by helping African university students and graduates to develop agribusiness and technologies with viable potential where students are given an opportunity to showcase their ideas and technologies to potential financiers, private sector partners and incubators as well as international institutions involved in technological research and development.

It has succeeded in bringing together agribusiness and agro industry value chain and support services to enable them access information, knowledge, strategic partnerships and financial remediation.

In collaboration with its partners PanAAC seeks to promote agricultural innovation and assist the universities to produce graduates with entrepreneurial, business skills and research –based knowledge that is relevant to the development of African agriculture and agribusiness.

Objectives

PSIP is one amongst several programs that are being developed by PanAAC that reinforces and feeds into the UniBRAIN goals. The objectives of the programme are to:

  1. Develop conceptualized agribusiness training that responds to the demands of the agribusiness and agro industry.
  2. Enable the students obtain hands on experience and develop solutions on the real life situation.
  3. Provide an opportunity for the students to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in class and obtain feedback on the impact of their interventions.
  4. Enable the student meets part of the requirement for the completion of their Degree/Diploma course in Agricultural sciences discipline.
  5. Provide the graduates with the necessary tools and experience to enable them responds to the ever evolving demands of the job market in the agribusiness industry.Partners and beneficiaries
    The PSIP programme was officially launched by the Chief Executive Officer of PanAAC, Mrs. Lucy Muchoki on 20th May 2011 at a ceremony held at Safari Park Hotel. The launch drew participants who included University Students, Mentors from the Private Sector and other partners.