Previous Interns – Where are they now?

 

Taking part in DiA’s India Internship Placement Scheme provides young people with a fantastic opportunity to develop new skills and valuable experiences that will remain with them long after they’ve returned to the UK. To read about the experiences of previous interns, please select a name below:

Josh interned with Deep Griha Society from July-August 2014.

What is your favourite moment from interning with DiA?

My favourite moment interning with DiA was when I was running my design workshops with the women’s empowerment group because we got along so well and it was nice seeing them get really involved in what I had planned. We ended up bonding really well and on my last day I gave the women a big bag of Indian sweets and they surprised me with a goodbye card that they had made themselves which made me feel like my presence had been really valued.

What are you doing now?

I am currently completing my degree in Textile Design at Chelsea College of Art and Design in London.

What skills and experience did you develop through interning with DiA? How did these help you to get to where you are today?

I gained a wealth of skills and experience as part of my internship but in particular this included knowledge of project management and leadership through the design workshops I conducted at Deep Griha. This allowed me to develop real life experiences that I could never have achieved just through studying for my degree.

What advice would you give to people thinking about applying to the DiA India Internship Placement Scheme?

The first few weeks consist of activities with the Intern Coordinator and settling in so I would advise anyone thinking of applying for an India Internship Placement to have a good idea of the project that you would like to do and definitely plan this properly before you arrive so that you can hit the ground running.

Isobel interned with Deep Griha Society from September 2012 – February 2013.

What is your favourite moment from interning with DiA?

It’s so hard to pick one moment from the whole experience… Can I say the people I met?

What are you doing now?

I provide programme support for the International NGO Training and Research Centre, an organisation who works to strengthen civil society through training, consultancy and research.  I work on the day-to-day coordination of INTRAC’s Open Training and Blended Learning courses.  I am also vice chair of the DiA Management Committee this year.

What skills and experience did you develop through interning with DiA? How did these help you to get to where you are today?

DGS is a relatively small organisation for the range of work they do, and I was able to pitch in across much of what they were doing if I was interested and they need support.  So I wasn’t only coordinating their volunteer programme but working on the early stages of a fundraising strategy and corporate prospect research, and supporting the planning and delivery of a public health awareness campaign.  Being proactive was key, as was good organizational skills!

I gained a better understanding of how community-based organisations work, the challenges they face but also the unique position they find themselves in in how they can help the communities they’re rooted in. It has definitely influenced my view of international development and it was certainly a factor in me taking my current role.  Working on DGS’ volunteering programme gave me a different perspective of international volunteering which encouraged me to stay involved with Development in Action.

What advice would you give to people thinking about applying to the DiA India Internship Placement Scheme?

Think realistically about your motivations, the skills and experience you have, and where you will be able to contribute the most.

Be open to engaging with different world views, gaining new perspectives, and learning new things.

Jamie interned with St Gonsalo Garcia School and Orphanage from July-September 2010

What is your favourite moment from interning with DiA?

The most satisfying moment was finding out that three years after I was there, the fundraising documents I helped create have helped to raise a lot of money, meaning I’ve had an impact beyond my time there.

What are you doing now?

I am currently an economist at the Zanzibar Planning Commission as part of the ODI Fellowship Scheme. I’m also secretary of the Rotary Club of Zanzibar and founder of the London International Development Network.

What skills and experience did you develop through interning with DiA? How did these help you to get to where you are today?

It was my first experience of working abroad and dealing with the culture shock and frustration that involves. The ability to work across cultures is vital if you want to work abroad and the challenges of my placement have certainly helped me learn. In addition, being part of the DiA management committee for two years gave me leadership and management experience as well as great connections that have been crucial to my career progression.

What advice would you give to people thinking about applying to the DiA India Internship Placement Scheme?

Think carefully about what you want in an overseas placement – if you care about both your personal development and having a positive impact in the community in which you work, all within a context of support, then I couldn’t recommend DiA more.

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