Off the beaten track
Who said internships are boring and dull? If you choose to work in an area that you are passionate about, no matter how unconventional, internships can be funeducation Updated: Jul 16, 2014 13:04 IST
Fancy a career in event management? Or are you someone with a social conscience who believes in making a difference to society? No matter what your interests, there are enough opportunities in internships that let you unleash your creative energy and take on new challenges. Although summer has almost ended, many companies continue to look out for super enthusiastic interns all through the year. Here is a quick look at some offbeat and fun internships on offer.
Where: LimeRoad.com, an online shopping portal with a focus on style and fashion
Projects: Scrapbook Community-building, brand marketing- activation, vendor development and merchandising
You ought to know: Community marketing interns will work closely with the LimeRoad Style Council which has on board celebrities like Neha Dhupia, bloggers and star ‘Scrapbookers’ from across the country. Interns will get an opportunity to participate in marketing plans to grow this community further and engage with them on ground.
One can also work as a virtual intern, irrespective of which city or town you are based out of, thanks to technology. The company is always on the lookout for “individuals who have an eye for discovering style, are excited about latest mobile and web technologies, and enthusiastic ideators who have a deep passion for learning”.
How to apply: The summer internships conclude on July 15 but the website also has a rolling programme where students are allotted projects on a monthly basis. Send your application forms to firstname.lastname@example.org. For details, visit www.LimeRoad.com
Where: Mindshift Interactive, a digital marketing and research firm
Roles: Digital marketing intern, digital research intern
You ought to know: A digital marketing intern is mentored by a digital manager and helps in research about competition and strategising with teams to add a fresh perspective to an existing brand. A digital research intern is mentored by a research analyst and helps out with industry reports, focus groups and analysing key trends within the digital sphere.
Rock ‘n’ roll
Where: Only Much Louder (OML), a company that focuses on music, events and alternative lifestyle culture
Projects: Bacardi NH7 Weekender, NH7 In Town and so on
You ought to know: OML has a core team of ‘super-interns’ called The Loudest Crew which is responsible for helping the company plan events, handle social media write for the group’s online magazine (NH7.in) or NH7 In Town, a city event guide, and take care of web development and graphic design. Besides, this team also does a lot of ground work in terms of ticketing and promotions, production, stage management, food and beverage management and logistics among others at some of the key festivals and events conducted by OML, prime among them being Bacardi NH7 Weekender, a music festival across cities in India.
Where: Teach For India (TFI), a ‘nation-wide education movement’
Roles: Communications, human resources, alumni impact, teacher training portal, research co-ordinator, fellowship recruitment, etc
You ought to know: TFI offers a number of opportunities for students who are passionate about teaching under-privileged students and are keen on making a difference.
What they say
Working in the real world adds a different perspective to what you’ve learnt from text books
Zafar Rais,CEO, MindShift Interactive
Internships are an important space for students to get a glimpse of an industry and see if they would be a good fit. Working in the real world adds a different perspective to what they’ve learnt from their textbooks. In today’s competitive world, with jobs being difficult to come by, an internship gives students a much-needed edge. Networking with colleagues and other interns, along with on-the-job experience, plays a vital role in getting you known in the industry for a future reference and recommendation.