About the Author: Bommireddy Meghana is pursuing Bachelor of Arts from Christ University, Bangalore. She shares how internships helped her realise her passion for social work.
I first heard about Internships through my friends when I was in school. I didn’t pursue them until after I joined college. At that time, I had a lot of questions in my head viz. what are the types of internships I could look for, what to expect from an internship, etc., and all my doubts were cleared after I visited an online internship platform and saw a plethora of internships based on my skill set and preferences.
Considering that I aspire to become a civil servant, social work interested me inherently, so I started looking for internships in the same. I came across Evidyaloka, an online teaching platform that provides education to underprivileged kids in rural areas. The selection process involved a Skype interview with Mrs. Anusree Nived, who later became my mentor. She made me extremely comfortable during the interview and asked me why I wanted to join the internship to which I replied that it seemed unfair that so many children did not have access to quality education and I would feel honored if I could help them in any way. Then, she asked me about my academic background along with the subjects of my interest so that she could assign the responsibilities accordingly. As the content developer at Evidyaloka, I was in charge of preparing assessment sheets, question papers, and worksheets to evaluate the knowledge gained by children after their online lessons. I prepared worksheets on Mathematics, English, and Science for students of grades 5th to 10th. Based on the syllabus for a particular assessment, I prepared appropriate questions along with the answer key with the help of a few reference books that were given to me. To make sure there was no language barrier, I also prepared the questions in Telugu as some of the students were comfortable with it. It felt refreshing to use Telugu since even though it was my mother tongue, I hadn’t written in it for long. Furthermore, I learnt quite a few mathematical techniques which would come in handy in my civil services examinations. This internship also gave me an immense sense of satisfaction because I was able to help children build their future.
Once this internship was over, I began my search again. Being an environmentalist, I have always been enthusiastic about reviving and nourishing the environment. The online platform presented me with an internship at Teach for Green, an organization that relentlessly works towards making the environment more sustainable by promoting the use of renewable energy, to realize this passion. As a part of the shortlisting process, I was asked to write about an environmental issue that bothered me the most. I composed a write-up about ‘Climate change’, emphasizing how it has become a reality and simple day-to-day activities that we can do in order to create a sustainable environment. At Teach for Green, I was assigned numerous tasks such as writing blogs, preparing the annual reports, and writing newsletters. I was also in charge of editing the already written posts and reports. This stint helped me improve my writing skills given the frequency at which I wrote. Moreover, it was enriching and informative as I gained useful insights into various environmental issues and the pressing need to take preventive measures. I was also keen on doing the groundwork there but I couldn’t since the organization was based out of Delhi and I was studying in Bangalore.
Courtesy: Internshala, an internships and trainings platform (internshala.com)