Sunday, November 9, 2014

Internships, negligence and responsibilites

I thought many times before putting this down in words but somewhere I really felt that this very much necessary.
At the foundation we keep on having students coming for their academic internships.
I have always tried to be really very frank, open and understanding the flexibility a student might want in his/her internship period like want to go and hang out with friends, go for a movie, take a mini vacation etc.
In most of the cases we haven't denied them to do anything which they wish to do because I don't believe in getting something done with force specially for something like an internship with community where you are an individual attempting to teach or explain what is right and wrong and possible and viable for another individual.
But what really pisses the head off is lies, irregularities, laziness and the most nonsensical excuses which people might not have given in 1950s if they had internships back then.

What needs to be understood by individuals going for internships is that its not a piece of paper you earn at the end of  a few weeks or month, its the experience which you have to take back because that's what is going to stay with you for your life time. 
What needs to be understood by individuals going for internships is that even the organization and the people in the organization put equal amount of energies to create resources and possibilities from which you can get a chance to learn and take back something worthwhile.
What needs to be understood by individuals going for internships is that you can try speaking the truth and speak from your heart about what you are exactly looking for on any given day of your internship. With me, you can even say I am in a bad mood today give me something easy to do or a day off. Yes, it works with me. I din't give my third semester post graduate exams because I dint have a good mood to write a paper.
What needs to be understood by individuals going for internships is to sometimes finishing a project when it is supposed to be if not before that. Using up all your energy and sweat for creating something good in the world is what is required when you consciously decide to take up an internship with community work organization.
What needs to be understood by individuals going for internships is that as an organization we know this is the time you will fall sick and people in your family will die multiple number of times but have the courtesy of giving a phone call and telling the same to the organization. You wont loose anything but a rupee or two. Don't whatsapp your excuse for the sake of Mark Zuck. He will feel really bad.

What made me write this today?
We have two students who have come down for an internship with us from Symbiosis Bengaluru who are on a self decided holiday without submitting their work of two weeks, forget the interest of using their time for an internship they decided to take up to add something to the organization. Even after multiple confirmation before arranging logistics for a commitment on behalf of the organization and not turning up at the last moment. If you are sick, tell your doctor to make a phone call.

After giving a serious thought, yes the organization also can not invest time and energy into students who cannot understand the responsibility of tangible and intangible resources which are put into use.