Teach For India is one of India’s premier organisations in the social sector and has been awarded a ‘Great Place to Work’ several times. It is a good option for interns who wish to explore the opportunities in the social sector. We spoke to Arundhati Pathak, who is currently pursuing a video internship in Teach for India.
Arundhati is an MA Literature student and has undergone many internships and freelance projects. This is what she speaks of her journey with Teach For India –
How did you get the Internship in Teach For India?
The official website of Teach For India regularly posts their internship opportunities. I applied through it and was called for a series of interviews. I had discussions with the video department as well as HR. They are focused on hiring interns who are passionate and understand the task at hand. I was prepared well for it as I had also done a few freelance projects with them earlier.
However, I still underwent the usual hiring process.
What do you do as a Video Intern? What kind of projects are you involved with?
Teach for India has many ongoing video projects at any given time. They use videos for various things like recruitment, impact stories, to create awareness about Indian education etc. As a video intern I worked on editing these videos as well as on the creative narratives for the videos. Depending on your skill level they assign you the work on any of the projects.
How does your day look like? Do you work out of an office or on field?
I have been working as a part time intern at TFI as I am also studying MA simultaneously. They have a very flexible schedule and I could work from home as well. I was into editing so it didn’t need field work as such. There is a well set system of reporting where I work with my manager and report my progress from time to time. When I am in office, I work with the rest of the team, get feedback on the work I have done and discuss the future assignments.
What did you learn from the video internship?
I have a passion for photography and cinematography; in fact I also work as a freelance photographer. With this background I was keen on grasping the technical nuances of video editing. I was lucky to have a great mentor in the organisation who led my projects and inspired me to work better. I learned how professionals use technical tools and software.
How is it working with a non-profit like TFI? You have had previous internship experience with corporate organisations, how different are the working environment, people and processes?
I personally feel the connection to your work is missing in a corporate environment. In TFI, I come across people all the time who are passionate about the impact (see another student testimonial from a TFI Fellow) they create on the young children and the entire education system. In a corporate, that passion is lost along the way as you do not really see how your work impacts the ultimate consumer.
Also, I feel the size of a company does not matter as long as the work is productive and impactful. I enjoy creativity in my work and an organization like TFI is helping me fulfil it. It also helps that my thoughts on the Indian education system align with TFI, which has makes me really enjoy creating videos for them!
Has the internship helped in deciding the future steps in your career?
Yes. I was so enthusiastic about a videography internship and now I have the technical knowledge with this internship. It has given me the confidence and technical backing to my passion and now I can plan and expand my skills on a broader perspective.
With the high competition today where everybody claims to be an artist, it’s hard to survive with just the ‘enthusiasm or passion’ for something. You need technical and practical support to back your execution. That won’t lessen the level of competition, but it’ll
definitely help you sustain.
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