To finalize the course we had a 308 hours internship in an institution related to the agricultural arena in Portugal. I was accepted to do my internship at the Agriculture Chamber (CAN-Câmara de Agricultura do Norte), a recently founded and totally new type of associative organization that was trying to emulate the French model of Chambres d' Agriculture. It was a 5th-level organization because it had, as associates, a number of Cooperatives, Associations, and their Unions, Federations, and Confederations representing Portuguese agriculture (Wine, Dairy, agricultural inputs such as fertilizers and seeds, and lobbying associations) that would defend and promote Portuguese farmer's interests (from the North region of the Portuguese continental territory usually characterized by smallholder farms) before the government and other authorities, national and international. Ultimately, as a symbol of a very much desired decentralization of services and competencies in the agricultural sphere, this organization aimed at being a precursor of other similar organizations in the other regions of Portugal (Center, South of the continental territory, and the Atlantic islands of Azores and Madeira).
My internship consisted of organizing an Agricultural Fair at the International Fair of Porto (EXPONOR) called RURAL SHOW. After my internship, the Agricultural Chamber hired me for a two-tier role on its two Departments: Marketing and Support to the Associate and the Professional Training Department. For the latter purpose, I had to complement my certification in "Coordination of Training Courses" certifying me to be able to organize and coordinate professional training courses and to be homologated as a trainer on the following subjects sanctioned by the Portuguese Ministry of Work: ASSOCIATIVISM, SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CHARACTERIZATION, TRADING OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS, COMMON AGRICULTURAL POLICY (EU CAP).