We are glad to inform that the formal launch of Asha Internship Programme for the year 2016 took place on 3rd June at the Australian High Commission in New Delhi. The event commenced with the Australian Deputy High Commissioner to India, Mr Chris Elstoft praising the work of Asha, and sharing about his long standing association with the organisation. “It is a great honour for us to be associated with an organisation like Asha, and we are very proud to host them today,” shared Mr Elstoft.
Dr Kiran graced the audience with her ever-enduring smile. She shared a brief note on Asha and its internship programme, and how wonderful it is to be able to witness the improvements in the lives of Asha students. Later she also thanked all the present dignitaries and companies for their tremendous support towards the internship programme.
Asha Internship Coordinators, Fe Donaghae and Louise Wilson encouraged the students to make the most of this Internship opportunity by giving examples of previous years’ students, who have outshined in their respective workplaces and secured jobs.
Asha Student Ambassadors Ajay from Kusumpur Pahari and Usha from Ekta Vihar slum colony shared how overwhelming it is to intern with high commissions and multinational companies, despite their challenging life at the slums. For Ajay and Usha, it is all about now paying it forward to their own communities and be able to witness the positive changes in their juniors’ lives as well.
This year, over 60 Asha students have been selected to intern in renowned companies and high commissions. They will learn about the various intricacies of professionalism and will gain an insight into the corporate world. More than 12 multinational companies, financial service providers, high commissions and embassies have stepped in this year, providing Asha students an experience of a lifetime!
All of us at Asha couldn’t be happier about the achievement of these students and we wish all of them very successful years ahead.
Here are some more glimpses from the day…