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InternFeel ID: IF15005

10671391_827437997295855_5372011377214141606_nQ1) In which course are you presently enrolled? Please tell us something about yourself- your interests and areas of specialization.

My name is Oshin Dhawan. I am currently pursuing Political Science Hons. from Gargi College, Delhi University. Speaking of interests, I have a taste for dance, music, travelling, interacting with people and of course I am really fond of food.

Q2) Which internship did you opt for? Briefly describe the application process and eligibility with a few details like stipend, duration and location.

I had an amazing internship experience at Atulyakala. Atulyakala is an organisation which works for the empowerment of artists who cannot hear. It was an unpaid two months long internship, although I am still working with them by writing for their blog “Humans of Sign Language”. This internship is located in Dwarka.

The organisation goes through an applicant’s resume,followed by a personal interview to evaluate the degree of commitment one has towards helping the differently abled. The requirements for this internship are creativity, a passion for social change, dynamism and an experimental attitude.

Q3)Is this your first Internship? How did you come to know about the internship? Which channels of information (Internet/ Personal/Corporate contacts etc.) did you utilize?

No, I have previously worked with “Global Youth India”. I came across this organisation as a matter of chance. I met Smriti (Founder) at Craft Museum where they were having an event of “hear+art”. By the time I reached there event was almost over but from then onwards, I kept in touch with Smriti over emails expressing an interest to be part of this organisation. I then saw an update on their Facebook page regarding the internship and sent my resume on the given ID.


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Q4) Let’s talk about how competitive the selection process is. What qualities of yours do you think helped you to have an edge in the selection process?

I believe my enthusiasm to learn Sign Language and integrate myself into the cultural environment played a crucial role in Atulyakala’s decision to hire me as an intern.

Q5)According to you, what are some common mistakes that you feel applicants should avoid in the internship application process?

They should not try to provide ‘ideal’ answers. Just be yourself.

Q6)What kind of groundwork did you do post-selection and before beginning the internship?

Prior to joining this internship, I focused on brushing up my reading and writing skills.


Q7)Please give us a brief overview of your work. What was the best feature of the work ethic of the organization and the internship? What were your gains and takeaways?

I was working as a content writer for Atulyakala. Presently I am dealing with the Facebook page “Humans of Sign Language” on which we try to give a glimpse of the lives of people who are some or the other way connected to the Deaf Culture (Deaf culture is the set of social beliefs, behaviour, values and institutions of communities that are influenced by deafness and which use sign languages as the main means of communication)

My internship experience at Atulyakala was absolutely unique as one does not usually communicate through signs in every internship. The best feature of the work ethic of this organisation was that it was disciplined and systematic but it was not exhausting or demotivating. The work environment was very healthy and cheerful, full of colour, art, and a creative environment. This internship has helped me in becoming a good human being by developing an optimistic mindset. My biggest takeaway is obviously Indian Sign Language. This internship has also helped me in improving my writing and interactive skills.

Q8) Let’s now talk about some negatives. What were the glitches and problems that came your way, which you think your juniors should be careful to avoid?

There was nothing really negative about it. The only problem at times was the travelling. It is pretty far but worth the travel.They will be working round this problem soon.


Q9) Were there any special events during the internships? (Events can be academics related like field trips, conferences, hackathons, meets etc and also non-academic, relating to your hostel life and the like)

There were many special events. For me the best experience was visiting the Google office, Gurgaon and doodling Google in Sign language. There were also 2-3 events at Oxford Cha-Bar.

Q10) What are your future plans and how much of an impact do you think this internship will have on it?

I might opt for a career as an interpreter. This internship has actually had a great afflatus upon me.

Q11) Any advice for juniors that can help them in getting internships in future and for deriving the best learning experience out of it?

Be passionate about bringing a change in society. The best learning experience from this internship will be the Sign Language skills you develop and the way you evolve as a human being.

Q12) Any views about this initiative of InternFeel, and how beneficial it would be? Any suggestions/feedback for improvement?

I really appreciate this initiative of Internfeel as a platform for students to make informed choices about which internship they should opt for.

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