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Asha Internship Programme 2014

Asha Internship Programme 2014

The Asha Internship Programme 2014 was formally launched on 13th June 2014 at the New Zealand High Commission. The groundbreaking initiative that gives students from the slums a chance to get work experience in some of Delhi’s elite work places includes 70 students who will intern in 20 of Delhi’s elite work places this year.

The event, graciously hosted by the New Zealand High Commission opened with welcoming remarks from New Zealand High Commissioner, HE Mr Grahame Morton, who expressed joy at the High Commission being able to partner with Asha in this programme.

                               New Zealand High Commissioner, HE Mr Grahame Morton welcoming the gathering

New Zealand High Commissioner, HE Mr Grahame Morton welcoming the gathering

Asha’s Programme Manager, Ms Kiran Gera gave the company representatives a brief overview of the organization and its work. Asha Internship and Mentorship Coordinator, Ms Liz Peak, gave the employers an overview of the programme and shared her experiences from the previous year. Bharti, one of the Asha college students shared how the internship opportunity in the last two years gave her exposure to the work environment and the skills she learned at the workplace.

                                 Internship and Mentorship Coordinator, Ms Liz Peak briefing the employers

Internship and Mentorship Coordinator, Ms Liz Peak briefing the employers

The highlight of the event was the one to one interaction between the Asha students and the company representatives. Both parties had many questions for the other: the representatives wanted to know more about the students’ backgrounds and experiences and the students were eager to know what their responsibilities would be during the internship.

Mr Wilfred D’Souza from the Lodhi group interacting with the students

Mr Wilfred D’Souza from the Lodhi group interacting with the students

After last year’s success, Asha hopes that the programme will continue to be a turning point in students’ life as they enter the professional world. This year, many new organisations like the British High Commission, Marks and Spencer, Wheebox, Lumis Partners, The Lodhi, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), VFS global, Bausch and Lomb, People Strong, Dr Gulati’s Imaging and Dr Bohra’s Psychiatry are taking Asha students as interns.

Asha would like to thank the New Zealand High and Australian High Commissions for supporting the Asha Internship Programme and helping us make a difference in the lives of so many young individuals.

To see more photographs from the event click here: http://on.fb.me/1nftt2J

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