First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure
The first day is a little bit chilled out. The first thing that they do is brief you about the Foundation and the programmes they are running in the city.
You meet the team and decide on the work timings, the kind of work you want to do, your research work, etc.
The infrastructure is pretty good, its next to marine drive and if you get bored, look out of the window you’ll see Jimmy Choo’s showroom and enjoy. 😛
The main task assigned to us was research.
They have a lot of programmes going on simultaneously. They assign you a certain team and a research head who will help you out and are available all the time.
Work environment and people
Even though SBF is an NGO, it works exactly like a corporate firm. The work environment is amazing and the people are very supportive.
There are a few rules that you do need to follow. They are very strict about reporting time, deadlines and office manners.
The best thing about the Salaam Bombay Foundation is that you get earn a lot about researching. If you are a beginner and don’t know how to start researching, you’ll learn a lot.
Everybody is very helping and have a lot of patience. Even if you make a mistake 10 times, they won’t overlook it and tell you to correct it. Basically, they want to utilise the most of your potential.
There are no bad things as such.
There is no stipend.
This was the first time I interned at such an organisation. Since it was just my second internship, I have learnt a lot of lessons.
The biggest one was not taking things seriously. You might even loose your internship. Focus. Make sure you are making the most and learning to the fullest. These people are putting in efforts too.
When you have such great people around, try and get the best out of it. Ask doubts, know more about the research topic. Make contacts. Get their business cards.
I stayed at my relatives near Nariman Point. However, PGs are available in Colaba.
Office timing at Salaam Bombay Foundation depend upon the work you are allotted.
They are flexible and the organisation usually lets you pick the timing according to your convenience.
Our office timing was however from 10am to 4pm. We also stayed late sometimes.
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