Thinking of an opportunity to intern in India?
“If there is one place on the face of earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India.” – Romain Rolland
Reasons to intern in India
From slums to traffic jams to extreme weather conditions, India is a country where beauty lies in its chaos. If one were to look at the bright side, the economy is making significant strides with many opportunities for young people. It is a popular destination for investors, business professionals, students and even interns. Here we discuss reasons to intern in India.
Here’s why you should consider choosing if i could… New Delhi when you decide to intern in India.
1. Economic boom
India the seventh-largest economy in the world in terms of nominal GDP. In addition, they have the third-largest purchasing power parity (PPP). India has become the world’s fastest-growing major economy from the last quarter of 2014, replacing China. If these facts aren’t enough, consider the startup economy, now home to 3100 plus startups, and constantly multiplying. India today is the fastest-growing entrepreneurship eco-system in the world.
This economic boom has also increased the gap between the rich and the poor, giving rise to increased opportunities for graduates and social scientists to intern in India in the development sector. India welcomes international interns and volunteers with open arms with the hope of receiving talent with broader or more updated perspectives.
As of today, over 30,000 non-Indians live and work in the major cities of India like New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Chennai. Our internships in New Delhi enable our interns to contribute meaningfully to this economic boom whilst ‘doing good and giving back to humanity’.
2. Culture and history
India is one of the world’s oldest and most diverse cultures. It is quite an experience to see how the language changes every 20 kilometres and how people from religions like Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Christianity, Sikhism and Islam live together in one community. The well-preserved historical monuments are like storybooks carrying great tales of the past. Set aside some time while you intern in India to take a tour around some of these awe-inspiring cultural and historic sites.
It is also very interesting to learn about things people say and do in the Hindu culture. Every time one meets an elderly person in the family, other than joining hands to say ‘namaste’ one is also expected to touch the feet of the elderly in order to receive their blessings.
If there’s one thing every single person needs to do, it is to visit India solely for the food! Although Indian food is heavily influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions, the use of a combination of herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables make the food an absolute delight.
Apart from the famous ‘curry’, what is worth trying is the street food called ‘chaat’. Indian chaats are typically savoury snacks found on road-side food carts and are very tangy and spicy on the palette. Nowhere else in the world can one find so much variety in food!
The Hindu calendar is full of festivals throughout the year, typically celebrating either events from the Hindu mythology or commemorating seasonal changes. Some of the famous festivals include ‘Diwali’ (the festival of lights), ‘Holi’ (the festival of colours) and ‘Baisakhi’ and ‘Sankranti’ (the festival of the harvest season).
You may be lucky to witness one of these one-of-a-kind festivals. They are about celebrations, yet also depict Indian culture and society. By interning in New Delhi, it is likely you will attend one of the festivals so prepare to be amazed and inspired.
Working in a third world country like India, which is going through an economic boom, combined with the experience of living with 1.2-billion fellow inhabitants and getting to know their culture, religion, tradition, while enjoying the beautiful nature the country has to offer, makes for a truly memorable experience.
Not only will you grow your skills and build your resume but you will also grow as a person given the richness and diversity of this country.
If there’s one thing an Indian can be proud of, it is their hospitality. Indians are one of the warmest people and treat their guests like gold. From a street vendor to a posh businessman, one thing you will notice in common is that they are always ready to help!
If you are shopping at a local market and someone notices that you are unable to convey your message to the vendor, they will immediately jump at the opportunity to help you in translating to the vendor and vice versa. It is quite serendipitous to see that despite all the chaos, everyone finds a way to keep smiling and going out of the way to help strangers, especially foreigners. Rest assured, if you decide to intern in India, you are not alone – over 1.2-billion people are with you!
7. Value for money
India has been known as a very affordable, and even cheap, destination. What you might not realise is that there is a lot more to India than just Bollywood films, elephant rides and crazy traffic. In terms of value for money, there is so much more India has to offer.
From mountain climbing in Ladakh to surfing in Port Blair – all these trips can be arranged at very affordable rates! So, if you are looking to intern where you can bear your own expenses and still not dig a hole in your pockets, India is the place for you.
8. First World and Third World Combination
India is a Third World country with First Rate people – that’s strange to hear, right? While it is true that India still suffers from poverty, disparity and some hygiene issues, it is one of the fastest-growing countries with a GDP of US$ 1.9-trillion and home to over a thousand multinational companies.
Especially in the working space, it provides quite a mix of experience. So, if you are looking for something to keep you comfortable and at the same time test your endurance, head to India.
Spiritual India, rich in holy places, traditions and rituals, offers much for those seeking knowledge and awareness. Popular sacred destinations such as Varanasi, Bodhgaya, Amritsar, Haridwar and Rishikesh are the best to maximize your spiritual experience in India.
Even Yoga is said to have originated in India and is an important practice in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. When in India, one can either visit Ashrams or even go to the hills to learn Yoga from Yoga Gurus. Now, where else would you find chaos and peace of mind at the same time?
10. Wider horizons
We all look for experiences that broaden our perspective and change us for the better. India is far from being a simple country. The culture shock you experience upon arriving there almost demands you to change your horizon. You will look at things in a way like never before.
When a stranger helps you or even when a child you helped touches your feet and folds hands to express how thankful he or she is to you, there is no way you cannot feel a feeling – a feeling you have never had. What we say about India can never do justice to what you can actually experience there, but rest assured you will not leave the same person.
if i could… is so glad to have made strong connections with NGOs who do meaningful work at a grassroots level in the field of human rights, women’s rights, education, childcare, animal welfare, drug abuse, HIV/AIDS and healthcare in India. We look forward to inspiring you more towards this beautiful country and assisting you with an unforgettable internship experience.