Virtual Internship @ Alexis Insights: A brilliant work from home experience

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Name of the student, College: Deepshi, Gujarat National Law University ( Second year)

Name of the organization: Alexis Foundation

City: Headquarters at Lucknow

Nature of work: Online (Work From Home)

Duration: 2 Months (April-May 2015)

About the organization:

Alexis Foundation is India’s most diversified youth-led think tank, which conducts research and provides consultancy in areas such as economics, information technology, law, management, public policy and strategy.

Legal Status: Registered as a Public Charitable Trust under Indian Trusts Act, 1882

Website: alexis.org.in

The internship was for Alexis Insights, the official blog of Alexis Foundation for undergraduate, and postgraduate and doctoral students interested in writing about contemporary issues in economics, public policy, psychology, law, information technology, strategy, and management.

They had a six-tier progression system:

  • Intern – 0-2 months
  • Editorial Intern – 2-4 months
  • Assistant Editor – 4-6 months
  • Associate Editor – 6-9 months
  • Editor – 9-12 months
  • Senior/Executive Editor – 12 months & beyond

Getting to work with them

Writing had always interested me and for a really long time I had been looking for an opportunity to write well-researched articles for a reputed blog on the Internet.

I had subscribed to the Alexis Newsletter in my inbox and through that I learnt about the internship opportunity.

As a part of my application I had to send them my CV along with a writing sample. Soon they shortlisted me and I was intimated of the same through e-mail.

Work assigned

The internship began on April 1 2015 and ranged over a period of two months. The tasks assigned ranged over a wide variety and they were quite diverse in nature.

8 tasks, which included 4 articles, and 4 social media tasks were covered in a span of two months, each to be submitted every seven days.

The tasks were very interesting and we had the freedom to choose what we wanted to do. Since we had exams going on in the middle of the internship we could also take a leave from any of the tasks and postpone it later.

The internship was extremely flexible and there was a great degree of independence provided to us. Within a couple of weeks I was upgraded to the position of editorial intern and I could also edit articles by other interns in addition to writing my own articles.

Assigning of tasks and all the interaction was carried over Facebook and it was extremely friendly and informal and we could get our queries addressed in the best possible way.

Best part: Flexibility.

Worst part: None

Stipend : None

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  1. What is the significance of online internship? Have they given u internship certificate after completion?

    1. Most of such organisations give certificates. Online internships keep you involved in a project which can be a useful thing in case you don’t have anything better to do. If the project has meaningful tasks and a good team, it make for a pretty useful experience.

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