Internship Experience @ Hope Foundation, Kolkata: Regular Field Trips, Lots of Interaction

Your Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID

Sunit Kumar Mondal, Gujarat National Law University, Second Year, [email protected]

Name of Organisation, Location (city), Team Strength

Hope Kolkata Foundation, Kolkata, 2

Application Process (with contact details)

One needs to send their CV along with a Cover Letter stating the purpose for the internship at [email protected]

Also, if you are a localite you can easily visit their office in person and apply for the internship.

Address

Hope Kolkata Foundation

39,Panditya Place, Kolkata 700029

Tel: +91 33 2474 2904

Duration of internship and timings

One month.

Timings were flexible and upon your discretion.

I worked from 10 A.M to 5 P.M.

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

I arrived at their main office at Panditya Place.

It was actually an underprivileged children home with their office in the ground floor.

I was made to fill out the required internship form and further handed over a prospectus of the projects the NGO works on.

After choosing the project, I was assigned a project leader who took me to the Lake Gardens office from where the project is being handled.

The office in Lake Gardens is on the ground floor and every individual present had their work station, not very large but workable.

I was taken on a field trip of the project area the very first day.

Main tasks

To understand my main task I have to explain the project I worked on briefly.

I was assigned under the Go CODE – Addressing the Unaddressed.

GO-Code designs and implements digital location code systems that tell you exactly where you are, or helps you find out precisely where you need to go – whether it’s a road, field or river.

You can use GO Codes on the web, on your mobile, or on SatNav devices.

Just by entering the GO-Code of where you want to go and a map appears showing you the way.

GO Code has developed location code systems for use in many countries around the world.

The Go Code gave an unique identification for every dwellings in the probably what is known as the ‘Dharavi’ of Calcutta – Chetla.

This recognition actually proves their existence to the Government as a whole, because the whole area consisting of over about 2500 dwellings in a cramp was identified with a single address and there were no individual identification.

The Go Code assigned to the dwellings also helped them apply for their Aadhar Cards, Ration Cards, Voter I.D’s, Bank Pass Books and probably every possible Government recognition for nothing but their welfare as a whole.

I was given Research work which included collection of primary data by regular field trips to the Chetla slum.

I also helped the team to organise awareness camps sponsored by government officials which turned out to be a great learning experience by the means of interaction with the public at the grass root level.

I even drafted project proposals for two upcoming projects of the NGO.

Work environment at Hope Foundation and people

My team leader actually worked solo on this project, and he generally prefer Male interns as the area is quite large and he have had experience of Females not being very comfortable in the depths of the slum area.

I was mostly occupied with the regular field trips, there were a very few days where we did not visit the area.

And area I worked on was pretty cramped up with dwellings, but the people had a very friendly approach and were very much interested in our idea.

At office, an Irish woman heads the Hope Kolkata Foundation, interactions with her actually made me realize about the real idea of an NGO and what goes into the running of the same.

Best things

Interactions with all kinds of people.

I literally mean all kinds, from a rickshaw puller to the Head of an Irish Organisation.

Since it was my first internship I didn’t want to work from an office and that was the main idea for choosing this project.

There was other projects available too, where one can teach, networking etc.

Bad things

Well the field trips usually will tire you out, but since I am a localite I didn’t face any major issues.

Stipend

None.

Biggest Lessons

First internship should be something memorable and the one you can cherish when you look back.

Well, this was one of them.

When you see people working for the underprivileged gratuitously without any motive, it actually inspires you to do the same, and give back to the community.

I am still in touch with the organisation and my team leader, which proves that once you are a part of this you will get connected with the happenings and feel like participating in future.

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