The Asha Internship Programme entered its fourth year with the launch of its 2015 wave at the Australian High Commission on June 5, 2015. The evening saw company representatives from renowned organisations come together to lend their support to the remarkable initiative. Also present were Mentors of some Asha students to cheer and support their mentees on the onset of this wonderful journey.
Since 2012, the programme has provided internships to over 140 students in diplomatic missions and corporates across Delhi. Impressed by the students' performance, many of the employers have extended the internship durations, while a number of them offered jobs to the interns. This year, 17 companies across Delhi/NCR have hired 49 Asha students.
Extremely inspired by the past performances of Asha students, Amanda Day, Counsellor (Education), Australian High Commission remarked, “Internships are an integral part of the professional world … and we are very excited to continue supporting Asha for this initiative.” She encouraged the new batch of students to utilize this opportunity in the best possible manner.
Students and Employers of previous years’ internships shared their experiences with the gathering. Kaushalya from Ekta Vihar slum colony interned with the Australian High Commission and Rio Tinto, in the past. She recounted, “These internships have taught me a lot about the professional world and have boosted my confidence.”
The event concluded with students and company representatives interacting with each other over tea. During this one-to-one interaction, they bonded well with each other. The students clarified their queries and the company representatives gave them a brief overview about the company and their work.
Asha would like to thank the Australian and New Zealand High Commissions for supporting the Asha Internship Programme and helping us make a difference in the lives of so many young individuals.