This experience has been authored by Ishaan Verma of IMS University
The professors’ suggestion
First internship is full of excitement and is very important in every individual’s life. Choosing the right place for the internship is itself a difficult task. After lot of suggestions from my professors I choose to work under an NGO named Vikas Bharti.
Vikas Bharti has its office situated in Ranchi and has been working successful from the past 30 years in every district of Jharkhand state. It is one of the recognized and most respected NGO’s in India. Its sub-district offices are also situated in different district of Jharkhand state such as Gumla, Latehar.
My first internship was from 1st of June to the 30th June.
The First Day
First day of internship was full of excitement.
I must admit I was too scared to enter the office. I was standing outside the office when one of my senior interns called my name and asked me to come inside. I was given a warm welcome by my senior interns and was shown a place where I was suppose to sit for the rest of my internship period.
I was sitting idle with a blank face staring at the walls when my project head ‘Mrs.Neepa Das’ arrived. She is a joyful lady and she very well knows how to handle a first year intern.
I was informed that I will be dealing with making of the reports on different case studies. I will also be visiting villages for collecting data and for understanding the different works that an NGO does for the upliftment of women, children and in proper development of villages.
My office hours were from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. I used to work first five days in the office and every Saturday I had my field trip to a village located around 120 k.m from Ranchi in Gumla district of Jharkhand state.
Filed trip at a naxal village
Finally the day came when I was supposed to visit a village with my other interns and my project head. The village was located on the outskirts of the city in a naxalite prone area.
There was not even proper metallic road that could connect it with the city. The journey was really tiresome but my excitement kept on increasing with the every kilometer we went inside the village.
I had never happened to visit a village in my life. This was the first time when I saw what actually a village is. All that I knew about village was from my text books. But my theoretical knowledge completely seemed to be different from the reality.
On that day I visited few aanganbadi centers and talked to a lot of villagers. Village mostly consisted of the tribal population. The data what I collected from my field trip was very impressive.
The Good that NGOs do
The NGO had worked very hard for the upliftment of the women. There was no death in the past 6 months of children suffering from malnutrition or of pregnant women’s suffering from any other disease or while giving birth.
There is no scope of enjoyment during the office hours but the field trip is full of excitement and fun. We used to freely roam in the villages, in the paddy fields and even played with the little children in the village. The only problem that I suffered was the distance from the main office to the villages.
Even then I believe that it will be beneficial for me in the coming days. The main office is in a well developed area of Ranchi so it’s not at all a problem of travelling. For girls it could be a major problem in travelling long distances.
Though I received no stipend for the one month duration of my internship, all that I got was experience which cannot be compared in monetary value.
My internship completely transformed my way of thinking and speaking. If I ever get a chance of doing my internship in an NGO, I would certainly go back to the Vikas Bharti.
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