Shakti Shalini’s educational enhancement program encapsulates the diverse range of internships and volunteerships offered by the organisation. Each internship and volunteership is personalised and individualised to compliment the needs of and available opportunities at the organization with the skills and strengths of the candidate. The vision of the program is to train and nurture interns and volunteers, with a priority on youth, to understand the challenges and complexities of addressing gender and sexual violence at the grassroots within the Indian context. It is our hope to qualitatively deepen the practical, theoretical, and emotional understanding of young people upon the subjects of gender and violence so that tomorrow they may be the champions of gender equality, zero tolerance to violence, and build a world of greater safety, solidarity, and sensitivity.
Absolutely anybody irrespective of educational qualifications, work experience, or skill set. University students mandated to complete field internships as a part of their course requirements may apply for an internship. Young people of any academic/ professional background who wish to work with us independently may apply either to our internship/volunteership. While building youth leadership is central to the educational enhancement program, we are open to interns and volunteers within any age bracket. Applicants marginalised along the lines of gender, sexuality, disability, class, caste, tribe, religion, region, educational and economic opportunities, are encouraged to join our educational enhancement program. All we require is a commitment to put in the work to boost the organization and an aspiration to create a world of gender equality.
Step one: Send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org expressing your interest in volunteering or interning with us. The mail must include the following:
Step two: Interview (In-person / Skype for outstation applicants)
Important Note: We highly recommend a study of our website and social media prior to making an application. Shakti Shalini reserves the right to reject a candidate at any step of the selection process. The selection process of interns and volunteers will be conducted by the Honorary Strategic Manager. Our application process is open across the year.
Orientation: Each selected intern or volunteer will meet the Honorary Strategic Manager for an orientation. Based on the application process, other team members may also be present at the meeting. The intern/ volunteer will be provided an overview of the organisation’s history, vision, and programs, followed by an interactive conversation to assess the skills/ strengths/interests of the intern/ volunteer and match them with the available opportunities and needs of the organization
Mentor/Point of Contact Allocation: Based on the results of the orientation, the Honorary Strategic Manager will allot a mentor/ point of contact to the intern/ volunteer. Every intern/ volunteer will be allotted a mentor. The intern/volunteer and their respective mentor will together agree upon a work plan and reporting system.The mentor will remain the primary contact person and guide for the intern/ volunteer through the course of the internship/volunteership. Open and transparent communication is expected between the intern/ volunteer and mentor.
We recognise that interns and volunteers are often exploring their interests and preferences within the social sector and the different activities of an organisation. Thus, our internships/volunteerships are not rigid. We encourage interns to communicate openly with their respective mentor about their growing interests and any new ideas or suggestions that may be incorporated during the course of their internship. There is ample room for creativity and innovation. We want the experience to remain explorative, focused on enhancement of knowledge and skills, as well as self-discovery. We hope to learn from the intern as much!
Internships at Shakti Shalini are relatively stricter, requiring greater time contribution, and physical presence on field. They have greater compulsory components and stricter reporting systems. All interns are provided mentors. Volunteerships at Shakti Shalini have greater flexibility in terms of incorporating the time schedules, preferences, and logistical needs of the volunteer. Volunteerships can also be work from home. Most youth volunteers are usually allotted mentors but some volunteers, based on the nature of their contribution, may simply be allotted a primary point of contact. The reporting systems for volunteers are kept very flexible and are dependent entirely on the nature of the volunteership.
Shakti Shalini’s internships are intensive and demanding, requiring the focus and complete commitment of the interns.
Compulsory activities for each intern:
Every intern will be provided a certificate that will detail the dates of the internships, the broad tasks completed, as well as the work ethic displayed by the intern. We trust our interns to work with us with commitment and honesty. Any intern who fails to deliver upon their commitments will find the same reflected in the certificate.
Some activities conducted by past interns
Shakti Shalini does not provide paid internships.
Shakti Shalini appreciates and acknowledges the contribution of time and skills by its volunteers. Our volunteerships are flexible and accommodative of the volunteer’s time availability and frequency based on which the type, quantity, and nature of work is determined. We are open to various modalities of volunteering ranging from regular field impact to work from home depending on the nature of the work and the skills of the volunteer. A volunteership may evolve and grow over time as the volunteer understand the work of the organisation in more depth, builds their own expertise, and identifies their key interests and strengths. We trust our volunteers to bring commitment and passion to the organisation and reflect the same in all their work. Shakti Shalini considers it a key goal of the organisation to build and foster a culture of volunteering in India.
Recommended activities (not compulsory)
Reporting and Feedback
Reporting is determined mutually between the volunteer and concerned mentor. A minimum of a quarterly feedback is expected from the volunteer.
Certification is not assumed but Shakti Shalini is happy to provide certificates to volunteers. Volunteers are required to inform their mentor two weeks in advance if they require a certificate.
Some activities conducted by past volunteers:
Educational Enhancement, Shakti Shalini’s current partners include
We are always open to new partnerships. If you are an education based institution looking to partner with a grassroots organization, please write to us on any of the following email IDs:
Let’s make education more informed, more responsible, responsive and more sensitive!
Kargil Park Lane, Jangpura B
New Delhi, India.
Pin Code: 110014