College years are the perfect time to find your calling. To do your bit for society, giving back and stepping up to the needs of the country. And one of the ways you can do this is by investing your time, energies and efforts in NGO internships. Case in point – the recent call for the India Fellow Social Leadership Program.
What Is The India Fellow Program All About?
The India Fellow Program, is a year-long social leadership program, which immerses young Indians into a full-time field partner organisation, aimed at improving an issue together. At the end of the stint, participants are expected to have an enhanced understanding of the world around them and have better leadership skills.
Duration of the Program: 13 months
The 13-month India Fellow Program is divided into three segments.
1. Training and Coaching:
Spread over six weeks, this period involves all fellows gathering together for their systemic training and coaching. This happens in four stints –
i) Orientation Training – At the beginning of the program
ii) Mid-point Training – Six months into the India Fellow Program
iii) Travel Workshop – Held in the 10th month
iv) Endpoint Training – After work assignments for the grassroots organisations have been handed in, this is a summation of the entire exercise.
2. Work Assignment with Grassroots Organisation:
This is where you would most of your time and effort during the internship. The India Fellow program allows students to volunteer as fellows and LIVE in their work areas, typically rural setups. Fellows normally receive a stipend of Rs 15,000 per month for their living expenses.
This immersion process helps a fellow with a clear understanding of the circumstances and issues that the country faces – at the grassroots level.
The India Fellow program provides students with the opportunity to work with a mentor one-on-one, right from the third month. This mentor is an independent adviser, separate from the grassroots organisation where the fellow is placed, keen on their development, rather than just the fellowship or their individual assignments.
Applying to become an India Fellow:
You can apply to become an India Fellow, whenever the organisation announces it like it did here. This is the process which needs to be followed:
- Fill up a detailed online application form
- Shortlisted candidates qualify for a telephonic interview
- Selected candidates are invited for an assessment and personal interview at an iVolunteer centre.
- Age – 21 to 28 years of age
- Graduate (in any discipline) or Graduating by July 2018
- Indian citizen
- Available for 13-month, full-time commitment
- Willing to be engaged 24×7 in the community and its needs
- Be ready to be deployed across India, in any thematic
So, go ahead and apply today. There are only five positions available for an iVolunteer India Fellow.