Internship Experience @ SNEHA, Mumbai NGO: Just like the modern city, the slums and Dharavi as well grow on you

Name of the organization. City

Non profit organization by name of SNEHA, based in Mumbai

Duration of the internship (example: March 15, 2013-April 15 2013). No. of days/week. Timings
It was a six week long internship from 10th May to 14th June. Timings were 10am to 6pm.

How big was the office? Team strength?

The office was located in a Government hospital. There were about 15 people.

Application procedure. Internship contact details

A family friend knew the organization and referred it to me.

Made a call and a small interview was taken on phone. However, if you call them directly, they will accept you.

Accommodation: how, where, how was it?

My residence is in Mumbai. But Mumbai offers large number of PGs.

First impression. First day, formalities etc.

The office was small and the locality was bad. It is located in the Chhota Sion Hospital which is adjacent to the Labour Refugee Camp in Dharavi.

The first day I was introduced to the workings of the NGO and was taken for a round in the slums to understand how things work in these areas. No such formality, you just have to meet your program head and she explains what is expected of you in the internship period.

Main tasks

Making a presentation on the POSCO Act, which entailed quite a bit of research.

The work was interesting and educational.

Work environment, people

Work environment was very friendly. People helped you in every step and we could take up any project of our choice. To quote my head-in-charge, “We can give you any project you want to work on and it is up to you as to how much experience you want to gain from this internship“.

My in charge was extremely helpful, accommodating and friendly.

Best things? 

Work, people and exposure to a new world. Just like the modern city, the slums and Dharavi as well grow on you. You can’t help but marvel at how this part of the city works and what it has to offer you.

Many small scale industries have been set up and some big workshops for companies. According to a stitching workshop, every cloth in Bombay has come at least once to this workshop to get stitched. People were cooperative.

Bad things?

The location of the NGO. However, such things will hardly matter once you start enjoying the things this part of the city has to offer you.

What did you do to chill? Co-interns, colleagues

We had enough time to mix up with other colleagues. I was the only one interning for the first four weeks so I got the chance to interact with all counselors and heads. Some restaurants nearby, which some might find unhygienic, were also present. There was a bar too just outside the premises of the hospital.


No salary

Anything else you’d like to tell; Biggest lessons

I understood the problems at the ground level, going to slums and meeting the people who are actually victimized by the society.

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