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Our Enthusiastic Interns Tell Us Why We Are A Great Place To Work – Part 4

NGO internship experience

The Akshaya Patra Foundation was certified as a Great Place to Work by Great Place to Work® Institute. Apart from employees, our interns play a major role in making the place what it is. They share their experience with us.

abhay intern at Akshaya Patra

Q. Why did you choose this Organization?
A. One of the reasons why I’ve chosen to become a lawyer is to give back to the society that I’m a part of and Akshaya Patra provided me with an opportunity to do precisely that. The organisation being the largest Mid-Day Meal programmes in the country working towards the eradication of malnutrition and thereby increasing access to education among the underprivileged allows me to precisely that.

Q. How is your typical day like?
A. Well my regular day would start at 10 and it would involve reviewing the activities that would be done throughout the day and then we would get down to business. Work involves researching and identifying potential donors which engage in CSR. Once a comprehensive list has been drawn up, the next task involves pointing out the specific individual within the company who handles these functions. Once this has been done, the next step would be making the cold call to the concerned individual in order to establish a relationship.

This goes on till we break for lunch at 1 where we eat a great meal courtesy from Akshaya Patra.
Work then resumes from 2 and them we keep working till 6:30 after which we conclude.

Q. What are the challenges you faced so far? How did you overcome them?
A. I believe one of my biggest challenges was managing my time and adhering to set and strict deadlines. As a member of a corporate work space, it was important that I learnt to manage my time efficiently and I overcame this challenge by drawing up a time table for myself strictly adhering to it which worked for me.

Q. Any memorable moment you had at TAPF? What did you like most about interning here?
A. I believe one of the best things about working at TAPF would be the work environment and the amazing people who worked there making my entire internship memorable. Everyone made me feel welcome and as one of their own making my work experience that much more enjoyable and productive.

Q. Why do you think Akshaya Patra is a ‘Great Place to Work’?
A. I believe that TAPF is a Great Place to Work for multiple reasons, ranging from the amazing work atmosphere that it provides, friendly co-workers, a top management that constantly works towards making your work experience that much more comfortable. Every day is a new experience with new challenges and there is a great sense of team spirit which allows for more opportunities to take on these challenges head on as a team and reaching towards more viable solutions.


Anshu intern at Akshaya Patra

Q. Why did you choose this Organization?
A. I chose it because The Akshaya Patra Foundation is one of the well-known organizations in Bangalore.

Q. How’s your typical day like?
A. It started with my work being assigned by my mentor. We got a lunch break at 1 and would break for tea at around 11:30.

Q. What are the challenges you faced so far? How did you overcome them?
A. My experience at The Akshaya Patra Foundation is something that is extremely special and important to me, as it was the first time that I worked as an intern. My mentor Bala, was extremely supportive of me and made sure that I got all the help that I required in overcoming every challenge,

Q. Any memorable moment you had at TAPF? What did you like most about interning here?
A. After making over 200 follow up and cold calls each day, associating and starting conversation with multiple corporates, setting a couple of meetings, I believe that I’ve achieved a tremendous amount of learning experience which has helped me at a personal level.

Q. Why do you think Akshaya Patra is a ‘Great Place to Work’?
A. I’m beyond thankful to The Akshaya Patra Foundation for giving me this opportunity to intern with them and contribute my bit towards the idea and motive of the foundation, that I believe in too.

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To apply for internship with The Akshaya Patra Foundation, you can contact us on [email protected]

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