From University to Workplace: Asha Internship Launch 2017

The Asha’s trailblazing Internship programme for 2017, was launched in Australian High Commission for the second consecutive year on June 2. Now in its sixth year, this programme has become one of the main highlights of our student’s journey. So far 200 students have efficaciously interned at various High Commissions and Corporates.

The event started with the Australian Deputy High Commissioner to India, Mr Chris Elstoft , welcoming all the guests present for the launch, that included representatives from Partner Organizations. Also present was the batch of 53 students, ready to start their internships for this year.

The Australian Deputy High Commissioner to India, Mr Chris Elstoft , welcoming all the guests present for the launch.

Mr Chris Elstoft, in his speech, expressed joy and pride at being able to host this noteworthy initiative for the second time in a row. Talking about Australian High Commission and Asha’s 15 years of long-standing association, he commended Asha’s mission to send slum kids to universities and now through the Internship programme a great opportunity to enter the professional world.

‘’Our affiliation and visits to Asha slum communities has helped us understand India better and we are happy to invest in this relationship. This year 7 students will be interning at the Australian High Commission,’’ – shared Mr Elstoft .

Interns and representatives present for the Internship launch 2017

A very glad Dr Kiran Martin, began her speech by expressing her excitement at the recent class 12 outstanding results and thanked all the present dignitaries and companies for their tremendous support towards the internship programme and welcomed the new Organizations who have come on board for the first time.

Dr Kiran stressed on the importance of this programme for the students from slums and on the positive effects it has had on the slum communities.

Dr Kiran Martin addressing the gathering

Internship Coordinator, Nadia Stuewer thanked and appreciated the efforts of all the supporters present and assured them of the intern’s dedication and enthusiasm towards their work.She shared her own internship experience and said that it goes a long way in shaping the student’s professional life.

Internship Coordinator, Nadia Stuewer presenting the Interns for the year 2017

Asha student Ambassador, Kajal Kajania from Ambedkar slum shared her life changing experience through her Internship opportunity with Macquarie Group and advised her fellow students to be excited and make the most out of this wonderful opportunity.

Kajal Kajania, sharing her Asha experience with the guests

This year 14 multinational companies, International NGO’s, financial service providers, high commissions and embassies have stepped in take on board the students for a professional work experience. The event concluded with Interns and company representatives one- to-one interaction over the refreshments and a photo session.

Ineterns interacting with the representatives from their work place

Asha would like to thank the Australian High Commission and all our Partner Organizations for their continued support towards this resourceful programme and wish our students the very best.