Akram Ansari, a B.Tech. 6th semester student in the department of Civil Engineering went to Bangdung, Indonesia for an internship on social entrepreneurship. This is an absolute new kind of idea being introduced in front of the NITR junta. Read on to find out his experiences and the job he had to do during this period of time.
MM: What are the basic requirements to get an internship?
AA: First of all, I would like to clarify that you don’t need to have high CGPAs to fetch internships. The most important thing that is required for an internship is burning desire. You have to be persistent and consistent in your approach. The job is to convince the person sitting in front of you that you are suitable for the required purpose and show your dedication towards the project. The interviewer should never feel that you would let him down after a certain period of time. In my second year, I had done an internship in IIT Kharagpur. So, I mailed applications to the professors at least two or three times, only then they would reply owing to the enthusiasm you show for it. And it is of course better to send mails to professors in specific fields where you have your interest.
MM: How did you approach towards the internship?
AA: The major step to approach for internships is connections. Doing an internship in my second year was one of my positive points. Then I met with one of my friend in ISM Dhanbad with the help of whom I applied through AIESEC to obtain an internship in social entrepreneurship.
Here the main focus is not to earn money but to help the society.
MM: Share some of your experiences during the project.
AA: Our project was related to a village. The aim was to increase the economy of the village by 50%. We were trained in workshops and our job was to implement those ideas in the village for their betterment. For example, some women from the village used to make bags. Our job was to increase their customers, teach those marketing skills and instill some long term planning so that the village can improve. Another instance was that, I helped an intern to move to a hospital. One of them said that I was not an intern but Organizing Committee staff.
MM: How was your experience interacting with the other students present there?
AA: I was the youngest among them. This is worth mentioning that the students of India were much more laborious than that of the other countries. And the best part is that though I was one of the youngest, I was the project leader there. We start our education at a much earlier stage compared to the students of other countries. It’s like when we complete our B.tech, they start their degree. The interactions with the students were an equal give and take experience. They praised me for qualities and frankly told me how I could improve myself in the future.
MM: Whether this internship is a paid or unpaid internship?
AA: I was very much helped by Prof. Bidyadhar Subudhi. Travelling was the main expenditure. The accommodation and daily expenses were funded by them. Part of the funds was raised from the alumni, thanks to Prof. Subudhi once again.
Don’t tell your dream how big your obstacle is. Always tell the obstacle how big your dream is.
Excitement, energy, enthusiasm and honesty are the keys to succeed in life. I will persist until I succeed. So, I contacted the alumni and after going through many procedures everything was finalised in the end. Right now, I am in contact with many alumni across different countries. The funds were not a loan but were given to me in the expectation that whenever I have the opportunity, I would help my juniors in such endeavours.
MM: Give us an example of a specific experience.
AA: In 1955, the conference of newly independent countries of Asia and Africa was held in Bagdung, Indonesia where Jawaharlal Nehru had gone to represent India. Having gone to the location of the conference, which is now a museum, he was asked for his identity proof and on confirmation taken to a meeting where the ambassador of Africa and some students from various countries were present discussing and sharing opinions about a conference to be held in April, 2015 of only 300 students from Asian and African countries. I participated in the meeting and was asked to give a presentation in the seminar the next day. The presentation was appreciated and I am supposed to be one of the students representing India on the same stage where once Pt. Nehru stood on behalf of India.
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