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Internship and Volunteering at Saath

“It was a beautiful journey of five weeks and I am glad that I chose Saath for my block field work internship. Saath as an organisation is doing incredible work for the marginalized section of the society with its holistic approach of intervention and empowerment. I would be more than happy to be of any help in the future and the time spent at Saath would always be cherished and remembered”.

Read Shanbhavi’s full experience here: https://saath.wordpress.com/2016/03/02/a-walk-down-the-memory-lane-my-internship-with-saath-shmbhavi-sharma/

— Shambhavi Sharma, Intern 

“My internship with Saath has been a truly unforgettable experience. I worked with the organisation from February-May 2014, conducting research for my Master’s thesis. My research focused on the experiences of male youth in slum communities in Ahmedabad, and how this can be used to inform and shape effective youth and gender policy and programmes. Saath’s youth programme – Youth Force – provided me with an ideal platform through which to talk to young men in the city, to hear their stories, and understand their views and perception”.

Read Sam’s full experience here: https://saath.wordpress.com/2014/05/14/3-months-with-saath-sam-bowers/

— Sam Bowers, Intern

Saath has a steady flow of volunteers, interns, fellows and research students. Internship and Volunteering opportunities are available around the year and you can apply to us any time by filling our internship form and send it back to us at rdc@saath.org.

Saath has facilitated interns from diverse backgrounds like Management, Law, Science, Architecture, Social sciences, Commerce etc. Saath works on varied thematic areas, enabling us to offer a wide range of assignments to the interns which matches their preference related to their field.

A brief interview is done with all the interns/volunteers firsthand to know their potential and match them with the programmes accordingly. Each intern/volunteer coming to Saath is given a complete orientation and meets with people of all the programmes and they have an appointed supervisor, a clear work profile or study brief and support from all levels of the programme they work within.

About Research, Documentation and Communication (RDC) Cell:

The RDC cell looks after the facilitation of interns at Saath. The RDC makes this process easier for the students/researcher visiting from all over the globe and within India, which includes logistical issues like their boarding and lodging while they are associated with the organisation.

Internship Process

RDC follows a specific process for the internship programme, which can be summed up in the following way: –

  1. Requisition Letter from the college/ university (Which describes the student name, internship period and reason for the internship).
  2. Interns have to provide their CV.
  3. Confirmation letter of Internship will be provided for college reference (after submission of requisition letter)
  4. Interns have to fill the internship form (Available on Website). Students/ Researchers need to fill in the internship form which the RDC provides after the initial enquiry email sent to us.
  5. Student/Researchers Orientation before the internship programme starts off. The international interns/fellows/researchers are sent a detailed document with details about Indian culture, Ahmedabad, the Visa Process and Accommodation availability in Ahmedabad etc. The RDC takes care of the complete process and facilitates them throughout. The international interns are also facilitated through Video conferencing via Skype.
  6. Introduction with the entire team of Saath and field visits of the field offices for understanding the activities of the organisation with direct contact with the communities and programmes.
  7. Discussions and Selection of the specific programme under which the intern would like to work and the assignment allotment
  8. Assignment starts and post assignment feedback from the interns
  9. Interns have to maintain their activity sheet (As per the work assigned from the coordinator)
  10. Filling up of the college forms meant for review/evaluation of the intern’s performance at the organisation to be filled by the RDC team member. If needed, RDC team member even gives a direct feedback to the guide of the students/researcher.
  11. One brief write up for our blog post describing their experience.
  12. Please submit your passport size picture (softcopy/ hardcopy)
  13. At the end of the internship, Experience Certificate will be provided to the intern. 

Internship Form- Fill it and email it back to us at rdc@saath.org 

Over 120 interns/volunteers have passed through Saath in the past 3 years and have given their contribution with various programmes of Saath.

Partnerships:

Some of the reputed partners of Saath from which Saath receives interns every year are as follows:

  • Nirma University, Ahmedabad
  • Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai
  • Utrecht University, Netherlands,
  • United Nations Student Association, Maastricht University, Netherlands
  • Pandit Deendayal Petroleum Univeristy, Ahmedabad
  • Symbiosis Institute of Communications, Pune
  • Mahatma Gandhi Labour Institute, Ahmedabad