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Internship in the United States or "New Adventures of Ukrainians in America"

A Special American Business Internship Training Program – SABIT - on the topic "Packaging of food and beverages" took place in the USA in September.  The CEO of "DanCo Decor" Oleg Victorovich Dobrynin took part in it. The internship was scheduled for three weeks, during which the group traveled to four states and the District of Columbia (Washington).

The objective of the SABIT program, organized by the US Department of Commerce, is to introduce the peculiarities of  doing business in the United States, the newest technological achievements in packaging foods and beverages to top managers of foreign companies, to help them establish direct contacts with representatives of the business circles of the United States, federal agencies and industrial associations. Only 18 people out of more than 230  applicants were selected for the participation in this program. Along with Ukraine the group included representatives of Azerbaijan, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Russia.

The internship program was interesting and saturated. Curiously, most of the seminars were held in the library of the US Ministry of Commerce, where the table of Herbert Hoover, who used to be Minister of Trade and President of the country in the 20s-30s of the last century. The monumental building of the Ministry bears his name not for free, as until now, Herbert Hoover is considered to be the best US Secretary of Commerce ever in the USA. In addition to seminars and lectures the program included numerous visits to American companies and professional associations(including, for example, the world-famous brewer Miller), as well as participation in the exhibition ProExpo, held annually in Chicago. By the way, during the exhibition O. V. Dobrynin had an opportunity to talk to his American counterparts, who told him about the growing demand for dairy products and beer in the decorated glass bottles. A visit to the exhibition ProExpo, on the one hand, made it possible to learn about the latest developments in the field of packaging, and on the other - once again make sure that the level of applied technologies and quality of work "DanCo Decor" does meet the highest international standards.

Surely, except of the main business program, a busy internship schedule implied also some time to experience the American culture, and to know what is the "American way of life". Program participants visited numerous museums of Washington, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee; listened to the wonderful concerts in the classic "electric" blues homeland -  Chicago, watched the American football game together with a crowd of seventy thousandth fans, climbed the sky deck of the highest skyscraper in the United States - Willis Tower ...

At the end of the program all the participants were awarded by certificates of successful completion of trainingg. But, certainly, the advanced experience and know-how,  became the main score of this internship. Each member of the group has obtained useful business contacts, that he has taken home from the United States in order to do his job more effective, his products - more competitive, hence, his country - better and stronger.