The first Global Leaders’ Internship Programme for the year 2012 was successfully held between 21 May and 15 June. Twelve interns from institutions like the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras, Amity University, Amrita University and Madras School of Social Work participated in the Programme. They worked on projects in Education, Health, Self-Help Groups, Micro Enterprises, Monitoring & Evaluation and Citizens’ Centre Enterprises. The 4-week Programme kick-started with a day-long orientation session. Mr. Abraham Holland, Programme Head, Centre for Microfinance, Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR) gave a presentation on Microfinance in India which was followed by presentations from Pillar heads and representatives. Later, they interacted with the interns, explaining at length the various Hand in Hand interventions.
The Programme, which included extensive discussion, field visits and involved mentoring, culminated in passionate presentations by the interns on 15 June, with active participation by all the pillars and mentors. Professor Thillai Rajan, Associate Professor with Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras and Trustee, SEED, addressed the students this day. He spoke about key principles that students need to keep in mind while embarking on a professional career.
Every summer, Hand in Hand offers two four-week Global Leaders’ Internship Programmes focussed on well-defined projects and deliverables. Students pursuing Research and Masters Degrees from universities all over the world are invited to apply for the programme.