For 20-year old Sumit Shah, a career as a stand-up comedian is not something his parents approve of. But after relentless persuasion, he is now interning with seasoned stand-up comedians to fine tune his act.
“The kind of exposure I get while working on scripts for some of these acts has given me more insights than writing on his own,” he said.
Sumit is one of the many youngsters in Mumbai opting for such off-beat interning opportunities. The trend is catching on among students and social media plays an important role.
“Interesting internship opportunities often get posted on Facebook or Twitter. I always keep my eyes open for as I don’t want to confine myself to typical career options,” said Pranali Misra, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree from TISS.
Misra has done short internships with theatre companies for stage set ups and food bloggers.
Khushroo Mistry, a marketing student is interning with a music app company to keep his love for music alive. Though he works in the marketing team, he often gets roped in for managing events.
“Internships make my resume stronger. Other places would have restrained me from doing so but since Saavn is a music media company, it helps,” he said.
Apart from such companies, students are also opting for non-profit internships.
As admission in most foreign universities also take community service into account, NGOs say that in summer a large number of students line up for internships.
Evan Nazareth, third year BSc student is on a year-long internship with NGO Save Our Seals where he undertakes trips for mapping shark diversity and population.
“Every morning, we go out to the docks and monitor the catch brought in by the fisherman. Sometimes we also go out in the open sea for mapping. It makes for a great learning experience,” said Evan, a student of St Xavier’s College.
Colleges too are encouraging their students to take up internships rather than sticking to the tried-and-tested path.
“We often have start-up founders come for talks with our students to encourage them to follow their passions. This gets students thinking out-of-the-box in terms of career,” said Jyoti Thakur, vice-principal, Jai Hind College.