Internship @ Hope Foundation, Kolkata: Slum Visits, Child Rights Research, No Stipend

Yes, there is still “Hope” for the human race.

Name, College, Year of Study

Oyshee Gupta, Chanakya National Law University, Patna, 2nd Year, B.A.LL.B.(Hons.)

Name of Organisation, Location, Team Strength

Hope Foundation, Kolkata. 15

Application Process

I had mailed my Cover Letter and CV to [email protected] and then followed up with them. I was asked to contact Ms. Rosy Roy, a real amicable lady and thus, it was really a hassle-free affair.

Note: One needs to give them a call and ask about the status of the application within a week or two after sending the mail.

Contact Details :

E-mail id: [email protected]
Tel: +91 33 4064 5851
Website  HERE.

Duration of internship and timings

I interned for 4 weeks in Dec-Jan.

The timings were quite flexible. I chose the second shift which started from 1pm and stretched till 6. I was often asked to report to the head office which would mean that I had to start the day’s work from 9.30 am. 5 days in a week.

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

I was asked to report to the head office which is situated at Lake Gardens and there I met my coordinator who gave me a brochure and a copy of the policies of the NGO. She explained the areas on which I would be working for the next 30 days and even asked me if I had any particular area of interest or not.

The office is neatly done with extremely efficient staffs. They asked me about my career choice and reason for choosing to intern at Hope Foundations. Their cordial nature and friendly approach made me feel at home from the very first day.

Main tasks

Hope Foundation has many projects spread across Kolkata. I was working mainly with Nabadisha, which provides formal and informal education to children living in the nearby slum areas.

I had the task of interacting with them and teaching them. It was an enriching experience as this was an exposure to a world of which we are often unaware.

I used to engage them with various activities and we did have our share of fun during the Christmas and New Year’s celebrations.

I was often asked to report to the head office where I was required to submit various research articles on various legislations pertaining to Child Rights and the likes.

I was even asked to cover various seminars and conferences that took place, on Child and Youth Rights, and was required to produce reports. I even had to go through many policies and drafts and research on given areas.

As a part of my internship, I made a power point presentation on Child Abuse.

Work environment and people

The work environment is absolutely brilliant as interns are given enough liberty when it comes to choosing their preferred slots and areas of interest.

The supervisors are extremely helpful and one can approach them at any hour of the day. They were even interested in the ideas given by the interns and were very accommodating.

Best things

The fact that you get to meet many people, from various walks of life, all working for the same cause. Since I was working at Nabadisha, Topsia centre, Park Street, New Market and Park Circus were real close-by.

We would often drop in at one or the other place in the weekend to chill out and have fun. 🙂

Hope Foundation works in collaboration with the University of Ireland and so students from Ireland are working with the organization all throughout the year.

You get to make friends from a different continent all together and it is a brilliant platform for exchange of cultures and ethos.

Bad things

Nothing at all.

Stipend

None

Biggest Lessons

It was a brilliant experience on a professional as well as personal levels. Since I had always wanted to work in the area of Child Rights and the likes, this was a golden opportunity for me.

It was quite disheartening to see the circumstances in which those kids were living and still putting their best foot forward to make their presence felt.

They are a power house of talents and Hope Foundation is working to uplift their conditions. Yes, there is still “Hope” for the human race.

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